Ethiopian women with their wonderfully diverse head adornment. From my 2013 trip to Omo Valley.
I love different styles of personal adornment. These women of the Karen tribe make fanciful headgear that reminds me of western wedding veils.
Maria belongs to the Karen tribe originally from Burma but now living in northern Thailand.
I first met Maria in 2012 at her village near Chiang Mia Thailand.
She was very shy but showed me how she created beautiful weavings for sale.
In 2013, when we met again, I brought the photo I took and had her pose with it.
By the time I returned in 2015, she was quite the salesperson and I bought seven of her beautiful woven scarves.
When photographing people, I love the interchange between the subject and the photographer. Most times I need an interpreter to start a conversation. But once the conversation is started, non-verbal cues can build a rapport.
This woman, a member of the Karen tribe, a refugee from Burma, let her hair down. When I complemented her on her beautiful hair, I was rewarded with this beautiful smile.
This is how she looked before we connected on a personal level.