On assignment for Travel+Leisure inspiring people to travel and look good doing it. I shot with Anne Menke a unique talent in the fashion photography world. Anne, an expat from Germany, lives in Mexico now and captures fashion on models without posing or looking unnatural.
After arriving in Purto Vallarta we drove 2.5 hours up a mountain road until we arrived in Careyas a Pacific coast haven with grand views and vividly painted buildings. The aura is 1980’s and you can still imagine the parties that went on there. It’s a place where the rich and famous go to hide and enjoy the landscapes and being away from it all. Discovered and founded by an Italian gentleman whom we met. His name is Gianfranco and he in in his late 80’s but that didn’t stop him from wearing a blue cotton ground grazing kaftan carrying a walking stick looking like the hippie he is. After Careyas we drove back towards Puerto Vallarta to a resort called Hotelito Desconiscito, a “ecco” resort. That just means there is no lights so I pulled my mosquito netting around my bed, turned the fan on and ready by flashlight at night. IT was fine but I worried about snakes slithering in my bed at night. The huts sit on swamps you see and are not sealed off to the swampy waters.
Anne Menke’s images are beautiful and making photos with her is super fun. You can’t go too wrong with Mexico.