Hola from Punta Cana, a vibrant Dominican experience

I love being by the ocean. There is something majestic in the way it moves and soothes my soul with its sound. Here in the Dominican, I am already noticing a different quality to the locals: there is a certain innocence that transpires from the way they are and the things they say. Plus, what is really heart warming to notice is their natural way of being and enjoying life. This makes me wonder: is it that the more we move away from simplicity the more our minds wander and make us crave for things we do not have? Maybe the Dominicans hold the secret: appreciating life for what it is and giving every moment the importance it deserves, with no judgment.

I am here with my friend Krista from Verve Photo Co to shoot a wedding at the beautiful Riu Palace Resort. Yesterday we hired a private driver who took us off the beaten path.

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Despite the pouring rain, we still managed to capture some heart warming images of a few locals, who were so friendly, kind and welcoming. They invited us inside their homes and I felt truly privileged!

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Here are some pictures taken during a stroll on the resort’s beach. Loved the light right before the rain. The colours popped and the setting felt almost surreal.

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This scuba diver came ‘out of nowhere’ while I was taking some shots of the boat, adding a surreal element to the already ineffable setting.

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I came back with so many photos that I find it difficult to narrow them down. I am trying to keep the post as small as I can, yet at the same time still allowing my images to provide an accurate feel over my experience. Below I am attaching a few photos taken around the beautiful Riu Palace resort, including a few of my lovely friend Krista.

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The waiters at the restaurant were the loveliest and most professional people, not to mention beautiful. They soon learned that our favorite drink was what they called ‘Calimucho’, a mix of red wine and Pepsi….yummm!

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I will finish this post with a few breathtaking sunset photographs taken the night before we left. I barely touched these images up, just to give you an idea of how vibrant the sky was.

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Engagement photo journals: shapes, curves, structures

Jen and Ben are two lovely people with an interesting life story. After a few years spent in Liverpool, they are now looking to settling down in Canada. Their wedding will be held in August at the quaint Hernder Estates Winery, Niagara. We got to spend a couple of hours on a borderline rainy day and we had a lot of fun in spite of the random drops falling from the grey sky. From my perspective it was heaven because as we all know, such days offer the most incredible even light. Taking wrong exits and sometimes going in circles, we accidentally discovered magic spots that made for interesting backdrops. It so happens whenever we allow it. Relaxed, fun, spontaneous and truly loving, this is who they are and I hope I captured their character the closest possible.

Dear Jen and Ben, thank you for a great time and I very much look forward to more this summer!

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Lucian Matis at LG Fashion Week, Fall 2010 collection

Not sure what would be the most appropriate words to perfectly describe Lucian Matis‘ work. Back in October, while photographing his spring 2010 collection, I was talking to him and his eyes lit up as he kindly shared his new vision, a collection that would incorporate traditional Romanian elements. I was so very pleased to hear that and I knew the project would be fantastic. But I could have not possibly imagined to which extent his imagination and powerful creativity would stretch and marvel us all. I was blown away! While in prep room, Lucian showed me a few authentic¬† items brought from little Romanian villages: a hand made shirt with fine embroidery, the kind my grandma use to sew and wear; beautiful wool vests; a skirt with a motif based on religious figures. Lucian is an artist whose eyes sparkle with love for his creations. Last Thursday I have been on such a journey: visually captivating elements (rich textures, warm tones, fantastic lines paired up with amazing jewellery), all this mixed with a real passion for our Romanian heritage. The result: a truly emotional experience. I managed to find a decent spot by the catwalk and got shivers down my spine at the sight of all that shining beauty graciously walking on the sound of a remixed famous Romanian balad: “Lume, Soro Lume”. I truly felt it was my heart making my camera click. Amazing!!

Team: Fashion photographer Arline Malakian; Jewellery Karen McFarlane

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