Grand Rapids wedding photographer: Kelly Sweet Photography » Portrait and wedding photographer servicing Grand Rapids, Michigan, Detroit, Chicago, Traverse City, Michigan and destination wedding locations.


My blog has been sadly ignored, but now I have photos to show what I have been up to! I spent a few weeks traveling through Thailand with my boyfriend and had an incredible time. We flew into Bangkok and the adventure began from there. We headed up to Chiang Mai, then down south to Krabi and the island of Koh Lanta, and then back to Bangkok. There are a lot of elephant images and let me just say, I absolutely love animals and now elephants are added to my “animal love” list. We were very disappointed to find out how poorly elephants are treated in many parts of Thailand and chose to spend our money at the places that love their elephants. We visited the Elephant Nature Park (close to Chiang Mai) and were able to see elephants that were rescued from a life of misery, living the rest of their lives in a peaceful and happy environment. If I had a ton of money, I would donate every penny to this organization – it was so inspiring and heart wrenching. We chose to avoid participating in activities at the tourist camps where elephants are ridden (although it was tempting!!!). One of our hotels was located close to these camps so you will see several images of oxcarts and elephant riding that I took while exploring and documenting that area of Thailand.  The secondary elephant images (where the elephants are roaming freely, being bathed, and not being ridden) were taken at the Elephant Nature Park.  I highly recommend visiting there and skipping the tourist camps if you ever decide to take a trip to Thailand!


  • Lisa - April 4, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Kelly, these pictures are an absolute dream!! You captured Thailand PERFECTLY, and I just love all of the colors. Looks like you had an amazing trip! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - April 4, 2012 - 10:59 pm

    I feel like I went to Thailand!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Carroll - April 5, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    Kelly! I am IN LOVE with these pictures. They are amazing and I am now officially putting Thailand on my list of places to travel to soon. So lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Arnold - April 6, 2012 - 1:50 am

    Wow, what a different world, it looks amazing. The picture with the curled up fern is outstanding.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Yeoman - April 6, 2012 - 7:21 am

    These photos are breathtaking. I love the color spectrums. I am an old HS friend with Pete and I feel like I already really really like his girlfriend. You are honoring Thailand with your photographic genius. I traveled through there about 15 years ago and seeing these images brought back even the smell of Thailand. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Lynne - April 13, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Ahhhhh, these are gorgeous!! I want to go back so bad, you captured it perfectly 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Braman - May 30, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Kelly!! These photos are simply stunning! What an Amazing adventure! Love them all!!ReplyCancel

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