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11 enchanting photos of women in Myanmar

The following post was submitted by Petra of The Global Couple. Check out their blog for more incredible travel photography!


Myanmar is a country filled with striking women whom our camera lenses seemed to gravitate towards.

Women undertake a huge range of different tasks from day to day – they can be seen doing anything from threshing rice in the fields to selling fish at market, and from cooking for their families to weaving baskets outside their homes.

It was a privilege to engage with these busy women and get an insight into their daily lives with our cameras.

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Petra Chappell

Petra and Shaun of The Global Couple travel blog are two twenty-something New Zealanders. They love road trips, street food, and wandering with no destination in mind!

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19 Responses to “11 enchanting photos of women in Myanmar”

  1. Petra @ The Global Couple

    Hey Ashlea, the photos look great! I love how they’re all in one long thread. Looking at the photos again makes me want to head back to Myanmar so much! Thanks again for featuring us on your site 🙂 Have a great day! Petra & Shaun.

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      You really have some talent in photography, I absolutely LOVE the photos! They definitely make me want to visit Myanmar, thanks for sharing a part of your trip with us 🙂

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  2. Lorena

    Amazing photos! I love how you are giving us an insight into their lives. I will need to visit some day 🙂

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  3. Danni @Two Peas in a Pack

    For the photographer- How do you approach people about taking their photo? I always feel awkward and intrusive unless I ask but I don’t want to be a nuisance. Do you have any tips for shy girl like me?

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    • Petra @ The Global Couple

      Hey Danni, I always feel a bit awkward taking photos of people but generally they don’t mind it. If I’m close up I’ll usually smile at them and point at my camera, and if they nod and smile back I’ll take their photo. Sometimes I want those shots like the first one where they’re in the middle of doing something, so I’ll have my telephoto lens on and just take the photo from a bit further away (it’s a bit sneaky, I know). I find it much easier to take photos of women than men. I’m a bit shy too so I’ll read the situation before asking/photographing. Good luck!

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      • Ashlea Wheeler

        This is really interesting. I’m shy too, so I tend not to take photos of people as much as I do buildings or landscapes. Though I’m sure a telephoto lens would make this a whole lot easier!

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        • Petra @ The Global Couple

          Yes it can be quite intimidating sometimes. I am too shy to take photos of people in western countries, for example the US, unless I’m far away! But it seems easier to photograph people in Asian countries (where most of my travel has taken place) – I don’t know why! Maybe the language barrier makes it easier somehow?

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          • Ashlea Wheeler

            Maybe it’s because the people in Asian countries are generally curious about westerners (or that’s what I’ve found, anyway!), so we don’t feel quite as weird feeling curious about them?

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