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Capture | Gap Year Costa Rica
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Capture | Gap Year Costa Rica

The role of Photographer Guide allows one to take a step beyond observing your subject, but experience and connect in the moment. Creating an image, freezing the moment in time, and allowing this moment to be shared is what photography is all about.

The images below are from Louis Bryant, Spanish Immersion and Service Photographer Guide extraordinaire.

Want to see more of life through Louis’ lens? He is taking over our Instagram for the next week so you can get a glimpse of his life leading our spring Gap semester in Latin America.


“This past fall I was lucky to be selected as a Photo Guide to travel and work alongside sixteen amazing students from all over the world. We initiated our Gap semester in the Dominican Republic, cruised over to Costa Rica, and concluded our adventure in Peru.

This blog highlights an experience I documented and remember vividly in Costa Rica. Our group just finished an extensive community service project in Turrialba and after a day of white water kayaking we took a trip to Uvita beach.

Palm trees filed in line along the Pacific coast to watch the sunset of the shores of Coast Rica. Our group was excited for the upcoming sporting experience that was scheduled the following morning: surfing!

No matter what was going on with each one of us that week, the moment I saw my students hit the beach, I sensed the elation immediately. The surfing lessons were fun, successful, and highly anticipated due to the fact that my co-leader and friend was from Costa Rica AND a surfing god.

Here are the photos to highlight the fun from this fraction of our trip:

Students are receiving safety instructions and proper techniques to use while in the water surfing.

Ellen successfully rising to the occasion as she mounts her surfboard with confidence and determination.

Julia’s face describes the moment for everyone. She exhibits pure joy and pride as she rides this wave into shore.

Annika excitedly hurries back to the incoming frothing warm water waves with her board and a smile.

A spare board lies as the students are in the distance laughing, smiling and enjoying their moments surfing in the warm Pacific waters.

My co-leader, Rolando Carazo greets a fellow surfing family as he just capped off his day of surfing with some amazing rips.

About the Author

Emily Weiner

Marketing Coordinator

Emily is a Phoenix-area native with a journalism and photography degree from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining Rustic Pathways in 2015, Emily lived in Tel Aviv as a journalist for Time Out Israel magazine. Her passion for creative writing and travel drives the editorial content she produces for the creative team. During her spare time, you will find her hiking camera-in-hand, eating Mexican food, exploring San Francisco, and writing for Time Out San Francisco online.