After several years of hard work as wedding photographers in San Antonio, TX (check out www.kminorphotography.com), we decided it was time for a change of artistic direction. Kristen and I have always had a special love for the ocean. The first thing we did as a married couple was to head to the French Polynesian and nearly every vacation we’ve been on since (excluding our trip to the Arctic) has somehow involved getting to the sea. In fact, Kristen’s lifelong dream has always been to swim with whales. This dream needed to be remedied into a reality, so in an effort to bring our passion for photography and the ocean together we bought underwater housing for our cameras, put our wedding photography on hold and in August of 2010 we moved to a little island in the Caribbean called Bonaire with the intention of training ourselves as underwater photographers.
Bonaire is the perfect destination to get easy experience in both scuba diving and underwater photography. We debated for months before deciding on Bonaire and are very pleased that we did. There are over 80 shore dive sites that feature an amazingly healthy reef system. As a bonus, we set ourselves up to pay only $5 per dive by having all our own gear and buying tanks when we arrived on the island. Well done, Matt and Kristen. Well done.
Bonaire is a desert island with desert-like conditions – simplified, this means it’s hot and dry. It almost never sees hurricanes (although it has in the past 10 years) and yet we are now confronted with tropical depression Matthew. Why?
Want videos, shipwrecks and eerie night dives? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
September 27, 2010 – Scootering in Bonaire
September 28, 2010 – Calamari?
October 4, 2010 – The Hilma Hooker and the Deep
October 7, 2010 – Pow! You Just Got Hit with the Ocean!
October 10, 2010 – Here Fishy, Fishy
October 13, 2010 – Nothing Good Happens After 11 PM or Does It?
October 17, 2010 – A Coral Paradise
Ocotber 23, 2010 – Hide and Seek
A wonderful thing about moving away for a time is to have visitors. Could I be happier to have part of my family coming to dive and enjoy Bonaire? I think not.
Living in Bonaire has become more than just being by the ocean. God is stirring our heats as we enjoy His bounty of the deep. Oh, and squids (plural squid?) are amazing.
Again, we are blessed by another visitor – this time my best mate (yeah, I said “mate” – what of it?) Steve, who has come to confront his fear of the ocean by diving in head first.
On November 23, 2010, we left Bonaire to return back to San Antonio, TX. It was one of the most bittersweet moments of my life and I will never be the same after having experienced the ocean for such an extended amount of time. How could we not be changed after a time like this?
Overall, we achieved the goal we set when we moved to Bonaire. We logged over 100 dives and came away with thousands of photos and most importantly, we learned through the experience of constantly being in the water. We will both always look back at our time in Bonaire with fondness even though there were some tough emotional moments. Now, with the confidence that only comes with time, we honestly feel prepared to move onto more difficult things that we would like to photograph. I think it’s time to fulfill Kristen’s dream…