Luanda is the capitol city of Angola and it is located on the northern coast of the country on the Atlantic Ocean. This is the city in which I photographed Christian & Berta's wedding a couple weeks ago, and today I want to share more photos with you from our time there. If you need to get caught up, check out these links:

What I did when I got an email asking me to shoot a wedding in Africa
African Wedding Photos
Photos from our stop-over in Madrid, Spain

Luanda is a booming city. I hear it is second only to Dubai in oil production so there is a growing contingent of wealthy citizens there. My sister and I walked along the boardwalk next to the ocean and I think I counted at least 35 cranes over the skyline of the city. It's growing like crazy!

This photo is taken from the window of our 7th-story hotel room (whose windows fully opened, by the way):
Here's a typical apartment building in the interior of the city:
On the outskirts of the city, we saw housing that I've found more typical in other cities in 3rd-world Africa -- pieced together homes with electricity but no running water. Many people still carry their plastic jugs everyday to fill up and meet their water needs.

Right below our hotel window there was a lively game of soccer taking place:
While there, we had a driver who spoke only Portuguese, but who took us everywhere we needed to go. We joked around that he was our "Amazing Race" taxi driver because on the day of the wedding, he answered the call to get us to our destinations muito rapido.

Everywhere we drove, we saw women carrying things on their heads. I wish I had more photos, because it was astounding. Some of the baskets of goods they had atop their heads, I would struggle to carry in my arms!
The President of Angola adorned many a billboard:
And I love this make-shift game of checkers we happened upon at an African market:
We were only in Angola for four days -- two of which we were shooting. But on the day before the wedding, we were able to drive three hours out of the city to do a safari. I loved getting out to see some of the countryside:
Three years ago, I went on a safari in Tanzania that was AMAZING - click here, here and here to see photos. So the bar for this safari was set high. Unfortunately it was just ok in comparison to my experience in Tanzania -- I'm guessing Angola isn't really known for their safaris -- but it was still an amazing opportunity.

I found that this safari was a bit more tropical than the last. Here's a lookout view from the safari camp:
We got to see quite a few giraffes -- my favorite!
Lots of different types of deer:
And one elephant:
I'm so thankful for this opportunity to see another part of Africa!


Equipment used for above photos: Canon 5D Mark III // Canon 50mm 1.2 lens // Canon 70-200 2.8 lens
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