Scenes from Cuba & preview of Photo Night

Hello Friends, thanks for bearing with our lack of posting during our absence as of late. As some of you know, we took a personal trip to Cuba. This was a much needed trip after a non-stop 8 months of work both in studio and on location. We were due for some personal time and Cuba was the perfect destination to re-fuel our souls both personally and creatively again.

Our cravings for personal travel often take us to parts of the world that always leave us curious and longing for more about their people, culture and history. Cuba was definitely on the top of our list and thanks to some dear friends, we were able to organize a small, intimate culture exchange trip. This amazing trip to the bustling city of Havana and the rural Western slopes of the island left us with a deeper understanding of Cuban culture and passion. We were also working on some personal creative projects here in Cuba, which we’ll be sharing more of soon.

Intimate Photo Night with us: For now, we wanted to share a preview of an event we’re holding at our private studio. We weren’t planning to announce it till the end of the month, but we wanted to you,  our regular readers,  a sneak peak & first chance to attend. On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 we’re having a special evening of photo & video, where we share with you our personal photography journey. We’ll be sharing private, personal images and video from our private collections. You’ll be able to see our personal work and inspirations that define us as photographers and filmmakers beyond what you see on our blog.

You can pre-register here on the reservation site.

In the meantime, here are some moments we were able to capture from our trip. We’ll also be sharing in depth, the stories behind these images from Cuba during Photo Night.

All photographs were captured with the iPhone 4 & edited on iPhone 4.


above: Havana Day

above: Havana nights

Dinner by candlelight

Cuban light and beauty

Little Fella and His Friends

Cigars & Peace

Censored Artist

Cab Ride in Cuba

Last Flight out of Cuba


{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Anita

    Beatiful photos! Would love to see some travel photos of Asia!

  2. Kevin Mike

    Beautiful photos. Cuba makes for amazing daily life photography. All you have to do is walk around, camera in hand, and capture the images all around you.

  3. Addie

    Found you through a search for a bread recipe….. Writing about the Cuba trip – would love to know more about the “cultural exchange”. My parents were born in Cuba, and I dream about going myself and taking our boys to experience the music, on top of everything I’ve heard about for years. We have our upstairs hall lined with black and white photos of Cuba – images my father took in the 50s and that my design-professional brother cropped and enlarged. I love the food, the music and dance, and the playful and proud character of the Cubans I know. From your photos, it looks like your trip was the intimate experience you were hoping for.

    Great website, blog, recipes, and, of course, luscious photos. It’s been a nice little inspiration for my current business rebrand.


  4. Lisa

    The photos are beautiful, I’m so envious of your trip. My husband and I are trying to figure out how to get to Cuba this year (our Christmas present to each other) and I was wondering how you went about it. We’ve both been photographers and the one thing that we have in common (opposites DO attract!) is that we love going out and shooting together. There are some group trips that he has found, but I find that they are really expensive and leave little time for personal exploring. I’d be grateful for any information you could impart.

  5. Fragolina

    hi, i’m not being able to shoot at night. I wanna take a picture for a plate, food i baked, but there isn’t alot of light in the room. If I want to use the close up mode, the shutter doesn’t work. only in Auto mode, without zooming in. Manually, I try with the Iso and aperture, not working… what can I do? thank you.

  6. sphotolife

    🙂 I am the same way… travel is such a huge part of who I am. And I always come back craving for more – people, culture, food, etc. But it also helps me to deeply appreciate “home” as well. I’m finally going on a similar trip and am looking forward to it. Wishing you all the best on the 14th!


    Lovely photos. And they look amazing as black and white… Cuba a very different feel from the usual loud, in your face color. This shows a subtle, almost dreamy side of Havana…..and I love the one of the young beautiful girl. Thanks for sharing, guys!!

  8. Jon @ vodkitchen

    Beautiful impressions of Cuba so far!

  9. TripleScoop

    What a cool idea to have a Photo night. That behind the scenes insight is going to be so cool to hear and see.

  10. Fran

    Welcome home! This just proves that it’s not the gear, but the talent and creativity behind the camera that makes photos come alive.

  11. Kim

    Beautiful, guys. I’ve been following along on Instagram… so happy there’s more to share! Very much looking forward to the evening. 🙂


    1. White on Rice Couple

      look forward to seeing you again Kim!

  12. nicole

    Beautiful photos.
    I wish I lived close to you guys! I would love to have come for you 12/14 event.

  13. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I love all of these shots (isn’t it amazing what the iPhone can do?), but the one that I adore the most is the one of Little Fella. What a fantastic scene… so glad you had a good time.

  14. Urban Wife

    Oh, these pictures touch a part of my soul I never knew existed. Since I am part-Cuban, maybe that’s the reason. Either way, absolutely lovely photographs! Thank you for sharing these pictures and I’m so happy you both took a well deserved break.

  15. Nick (Macheesmo)

    Great photos guys. That cab photo turned out amazing.

  16. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Absolutely beautiful. I felt as if I were flipping through a LIFE magazine spread. You two… you’re so good together at this stuff.

  17. christina @ ovenadventures

    I am such a huge fan. You have helped me see photography in a very different wonderfully inspiring way.

  18. Hector

    Cuba is such a wonderful country. I bet that you will have some amazing photographs when you get home. Have a brilliant time, I am so jealous of you!!

  19. Kiran @

    Y’all are so amazing, even with an iphone! It’s not about the gadget, it’s a passion and you both do it so well 🙂

  20. Cookin' Canuck

    With only an iPhone in hand, you managed to capture the soul and spirit of the people and places. How I wish I could attend your photo night…what a lovely way to share your personal photos.

  21. Laura @ GotChocolate

    Having never been to Cuba, these photos give me a great idea of the food, atmosphere and fun I could have there. I love the one of the dinner by candle light the best. 🙂

  22. Christine

    These photos are fantastic, they remind me pictures from my dad’s travels around South America in the early 1950’s. Love the black and white images vs. color. They evoke so much more!

  23. Christyna

    May I ask how you edited your photos on the iPhone 4? Is there an app that you use to do that? I love taking photos on my cell, but some can turn out yellow looking, etc., due to poor lighting and I was wondering if there’s anything I can do about that. Thanks! Glad to see you guys taking a break in Cuba 🙂

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Hi Christyna.

      There are several apps we like on the iPhone for editing. Two that we use the most are Filterstorm and Noir. Filterstorm is great for most all edits and Noir is great for Black and White. Hope that helps!


      1. Christyna

        Thanks! Downloaded the app and looking forward to figuring it all out.

  24. SoupAddict

    The photo of the cab – looks like it was taken right out of the 1950’s. What an amazing trip that must have been!

  25. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee)

    What an amazing and special trip this must have been. The photographs are evocative and leave a lasting impression. Theres something about B & W, and then theres something about WORs B & W…beautiful!! What a wonderful window on a country I know little of.

  26. Victoria Challalncin

    Wonderful photos. I love it that they were taken with your iPhone as well. Just great. You have such an inspiring blog. Thank you.

  27. JulieD

    You’re both constantly an inspiration to me! I loved seeing some of these images on twitter & instagram. I wish I could be there next month!!! I need to make a trek to LA to visit you all! 🙂 xoxo Thank you, as always for everything!


    so love you guys and whenever i find myself here, i’m always dreaming of ways to move to LA . . .

  29. bellini

    I love Cuba and can’t wait to go back there with a different persepective. Thanks for sharing your take on this magnificent country.

  30. Jessica

    You guys always amaze me….but these are simply stunning. I can not wait to see more pictures of your trip to Cuba!!

  31. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    The images are amazing and the one of that young girl, the story you told on your IG feed…so powerful and moving.

    I am so happy for you two that you had this time away; sounds like it was much needed and that it really recharged your batteries.

    I will be out of the country in December otherwise I would be reserving my spot for the 14th. Darn!

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