Arequipa, Peru for the Monasterio de Santa Catalina

I am so grateful for this find. I was in Peru scouting locations for a small photo shoot. During a research session in my cozy little room in the corner of a local bed and breakfast, I ran onto pictures of this monastery. I decided immediately – this *must* be the place.

I read that a lot of the tourists visit in the morning, so I took my time getting ready for the day, and stopped into a little market for a cup of coffee and some fruits. I headed over to the monastery around 1 p.m. When I arrived, I paid the entrance fee, and met my guide. She accompanied me for the first hour, and was very friendly and engaging. She explained the history a little more in depth, for which I was incredibly grateful. I always feel more inspired to shoot when I get to learn a bit about what the location has seen.

My guide and I parted ways, and I continued to explore. It was impossible to choose specific locations within the monastery that would lend themselves best to pictures – the whole thing was absolutely awe-inspiring. I decided that, in an effort to respect the sacredness of the area, I’d want to bring the smallest team possible – maybe even just a stylist and a model (and me, with my camera, of course). I truly believe that’s all we’d need. The technicolor walls and rich textures would do the rest of the work.

Once I felt like I had seen everything and taken some test shots, I stopped into the little garden cafeteria, which is still run by the resident nuns. Incredible baked goods, crafted with love. What an incredible day!

Insider Tip

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Where I stayed / started

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

http://www.santacatalina.org.pe

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