Moustiers, France

A quaint little village South of France. Situated between two cliffs and there’s a beautiful waterfall in the center of the village. Probably the most important historical monument is the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Beauvoir; it takes 262 steps to get to the top to see the chapel but it is totally worth it and the view of the rooftops of Moustiers is quite breathtaking. I enjoyed an amazing croissant and hot chocolate in one of the coffee shops and we bought snacks from a beautiful pastry shop. It was a quick little visit after running in the lavender fields in Valensole, but I’m super glad I saw this quaint little village with my own eyes. P.S. Thanks to my friend, Claire, for the middle picture… 7th photo from the top. :)France_20190622_MariaPeterson0173 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0161 France_20190622_MariaPeterson015820190703_untitled_0001-220190703_untitled_0001France_20190622_MariaPeterson019520190703_untitled_0002-2France_20190622_MariaPeterson019620190703_untitled_0002France_20190622_MariaPeterson018320190703_untitled_0002-320190703_untitled_0001-420190703_untitled_0001-5 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0200

Who lives sees, but who travels sees more. – Anonymous


Lavandes Angelvin, France

My favorite way of learning geography is through traveling. It was truly a beautiful experience to arrive at the lavender field by 5AM to wait for the sunrise; and I will never forget the smell of lavender the second we opened the car’s door. These are the things that remain in your bones forever.France_20190622_MariaPeterson0011 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0008 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0014 France_20190622_MariaPeterson0019

“True humility is born out of an awesomeness of God’s greatness, grows in a heart full of gratitude, and matures in the awe of His passionate love for us.”


Cassis, France

Such a cute little town with such cool vibes on the Mediterranean Sea. And my first time swimming in the Mediterranean Sea too. Mind-blown.

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“To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Anderson


Goult, France

I basically went all the way to South of France for this cooking class. It took three days to get here and there were times the thought did enter my mind that God might not want this for me and that I led Him instead of Him leading me. I was being tested to trust and not for a moment to think that God is not good and didn’t care about me. So when my feet landed in Aix-en-Provence the evening of June 19, 2019,  I knew that this cooking class was a GIFT straight from heaven. The experience with Giuseppina Mabilia was more wonderful than I imagined; Giuseppina is a woman of vision and passion. I loved being there with my good friend, Claire, and five other people from Hong Kong. The day was like a dream and it will be one of the highlights in my entire life. I am beyond thankful.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4France_20190620_MariaPeterson0013 France_20190620_MariaPeterson001120190627_untitled_0002 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0026France_20190620_MariaPeterson0023 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0045 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0075 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0029 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0110France_20190620_MariaPeterson0087 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0088 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0140 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0054 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0107 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0150France_20190620_MariaPeterson0168 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0170 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0187France_20190620_MariaPeterson0190 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0194 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0205 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0209 20190627_untitled_0001-2France_20190620_MariaPeterson0241 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0225 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0227France_20190620_MariaPeterson0237France_20190620_MariaPeterson0245France_20190620_MariaPeterson0255 France_20190620_MariaPeterson0252“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Harriet van Horne




Sometimes I’m in an uncomfortable place where I feel like I’m on an assignment but I don’t have all the details before me. When it comes to photography, there are a few situations where I feel like I’m “not done” or unable to put up a proper blog and questioning whether I’m just slacking or there’s more to the story…or there’s a deeper truth I’m supposed to wait for. This is the case with Christina and Kyle. I never felt settled about putting up a blog of their wedding 9 months ago in Austin, TX…but now I realized that the more precious story is this trip they made all the way to Panama to have an intimate wedding celebration where Abuelo/Grandpa Ramiro can join them. Sharing the traditional Panamanian wedding cake (Sopa Borracha) was something special to Grandpa’s heart and now they got to share that moment with him. This might be very ordinary to most people, but I feel so blessed and privileged that I was able to be the documentarian in this life-giving celebration and it makes my heart so full knowing that God appointed this special place and time for me. These are the things that make me feel alive and I am beyond thankful for the gift of photography. So being an artist is becoming less and less about the camera and  cranking out beautiful images and having people’s approval…but more about being fully present, truly engaging with people that I admire and love, and learning something. And in between those sacred things, I take some photos and hopefully tell the most sincere and beautiful story I know how.
P.S. And if you are reading this blog, how amazing is it that the wedding celebration for Christina+Kyle happened on Grandpa’s farm and the million dollar view is that of a lake that feeds into the Panama Canal which is known as the Bridge of the World and Center of the Universe?! The incredible things you learn when you travel. I love it!

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched…they must be felt with the heart.”