Mary Bartnikowski (bartnikowski)

Dear Friends, Welcome to my gallery! You'll see the cream of the crop of 27 years of being an award-winning photographer, author, artist, educator, mother, and world citizen.

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Who am I?

I've led programs at Stanford, Intel, Apple, and worldwide for humanitarian foundations and in my own private sessions guiding 1249 students to learn one-on-one in real time and online what I've learned in 27 years of shooting professionally in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Your photography is guaranteed to greatly improve immediately in your private session with me or your money back!

I've explored 32 countries (this year was Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal and India,) and traveled solo around the world twice buying one-way tickets along the way without a plan. And loved it.

My best photography and advice on solo travel and taking amazing photos is in my app for ipads/iphones Vagabond Travel Photography Mag -- here's the link

I write about my travel adventures in my 4 books on Amazon the newest one is Discover the Best of Big Island, Hawaii check it out now:

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Secrets of Stunning Photographs

674,879 views! On YouTube
Travel videos of me discovering, exploring, and ranting from around the world. See the Dalai Lama, twin baby elephants, and my most viewed video, Best Beaches in Bali.
Why? It did help to open with a Brazilian babe in a bikini.
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Here are some highlights of the last 7 years,

Photographed the Dalai Lama twice, rode elephants bareback in Nepal, taught children and elders English in Colombia, lived in an ashram in India on the Ganges River teaching yoga and photographing saints, surfed in Ecuador and Peru, hitchhiked solo in the Himalayas, explored the Nubra Valley in Ladakh while crammed in a share jeep driving over the highest motor-able pass in the world at 18,000 feet, scuba dived in Grand Cayman, motor-biked in Thailand and lived to tell the tale after crashing, shot Angkor Wat by biking in the dark 9 miles to see the sun rise over Ta Prohm Temple and discovered Myanmar and Cambodia and now I'm on Kauai after swimming with wild dolphins on Hawaii Island, no not in a tank, in the wild, people!

In between shootings I taught photography to Sikh students in Amritsar, photographed the golden temple at 3AM, celebrated Kunigan a holy day in Bali, played in the Holi festival in India, bathed in the Ganges River, tango-ed in Buenos Aires, fell in love in Florence, got drenched by the biggest waterfall in the world, Iguazu, between Argentina and Brazil, fund-raised for abandoned people in Argentina by writing and photographing, taught photography to people in India, Bali, Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Nepal and USA.

My first volunteer project was teaching the staff of the Nepal Youth Foundation how to take great photos of their children, and then I fell for Nepal.

But Thailand was calling.

One of my teachers lives in Thailand so my heart said go live in his Buddhist temple -- no one spoke English but I still woke up at 3AM every day to meditate with the nuns and monks. I also tackled the Thai language. And lost.

Moving onto South America after I sold my car in Palo Alto I climbed Picchu peak in Machu Picchu and got personal with llamas as in taking photos up close. I photographed lightening in the middle of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and rode in a bus over glaciers from La Paz to Salta Argentina, for 36 hours.

Come to think of it I bought my first bikini in Brazil right after my 50th birthday.

But we won't go into it here.

Join Mary in Hawaii in 2015.