( Dreams Tulum, part 2 )

I got up bright and early the next morning. I ordered delicious room service and stood for far too long under the steamy hot water of my over-sized tiled shower. I got dressed (barely, in a bikini, that’s hardly clothing) and climbed into the hammock on my private balcony overlooking the resort. I tried taking a picture of myself with my blackberry, buuuut, the change in position altered the angle of the hammock and I lost my balance and fell out. Sat on the cement for a second, making it look like I was concentrating on something, and made a mental note to only attempt the hammock this time of day when not many people were around.

I grabbed the G11 (probably the best point and shoot camera going) and started exploring. I didn’t know where I was going to go, or what I was going to see, so wanted something portable to document spots that I wanted to come back to later. Great little camera!

The day was beautiful. Quiet and almost eerily still in the morning, with pelicans silhouetted in the sunrise, I found myself grinning when looking down at what I was capturing on the little G11. “This is my job,” I said out loud as I took the same picture with my blackberry and sent it to friends back home.

Here are a few shots of how I saw the resort the first day.

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Jill - January 26, 2011 - 9:51 am

Each part of this wedding makes me more and more excited for my first destination wedding this fall. :) And I love that you were rocking your P&S.

Laura Ross - January 26, 2011 - 4:00 pm

What everyone can easily see when they look at Danique’s work is how talented she is. Her skill and devotion to her craft is without question. I have been a huge fan of her work for several years now and was over-the-moon excited when she agreed to come away with us for the wedding.

What people can’t know about Danique until they have had the chance to spend time with her is how amazing SHE is. I knew by taking her with us we would have a collection of awesome pictures and I mean like REALLY awesome pictures! That was never a hope- it was guaranteed. I never had even a hair of doubt that I would not be completely blown away by the final product. It was the process of getting there where she did blow me and every single member of my family away.

She has this really cool ability to make people with even the worst confidence issues feel pretty, and happy, and totally comfortable in front of her huge camera. For the first time in my 25 years I didn’t have that knee jerk reaction to run and hide when I seen a camera come out. She fit in with our little group like we had all known her for years. By the second day she knew everyone’s name and we all felt like she was part of the family. All week we got lots of comments about Danique from our guests. We heard the same things over and over from different people, “She’s awesome!”, “The pictures are amazing!”,”She’s so talented”. The endless comments were very well deserved and we could not have felt luckier to have her with us for those 7 days.

Her work ethic is unquestionable. Some days I thought we were going to have to tie her to the beach chair to get her to take a break. Every day she was shooting, and editing, and missing precious beach bumming time to make sure she captured every special moment of our whole week. She went above and beyond every step of every day from the time we met her at 4am in the Halifax airport to the group shot she took before everyone got on the bus to leave. We were constantly impressed.

She mentioned in her last post that I was patient bride. It is very easy to be patient when you have so much faith and trust in a person. When you know they are there for you and the end product will be better than you could have ever hoped and make you smile and laugh and cry all at once. It is really easy when you know how hard they work, and what an amazing person they are.

After all this “Thank you” seems so inadequate. But thank you so much for all you have given us. I hope you know how much we cherish that experience and will cherish the final product for the rest of our days.

From two extremely happy customers
Laura & Craig xo

Kendra Tonet - January 27, 2011 - 8:46 am

Danique,
Hi this is the Mother of the Bride, our lives are filled with moments, you know the moments that make you stop, stop right in your tracks, and look around. The moments that you have when your all alone and you just know this special moment will be with you always. The moment you meet a individual and you just know that it was meant to be. Life is so busy and we all go around, laughing , crying , stressing , wishing and being to busy to take the time to capture so many precious moments. They just slip by, and then we think wow, if only I had captured that moment.
It truly is a honor to call Danique my friend, her ability to capture moments , those precious moments. When I met her for the first time, it was one of those moments. Her ability to see you from the heart is so comforting. You know she is not trying to size you up and think well if I get her to stand over here and they can go over there….no no not Danique, she looks into your eyes and your heart with her camera. I know that photography is a skill but for Danique I believe it is passion that comes from deep inside her beautiful little frame. Thank you Danique for being more than the photographer.It’s like how we feel about our loved ones, a person, an animal or a location. When I look at Laura and Craig, I can see it, it’s like your a proud mom of everything you photograph, your love is clear, just like your photos. <3 When I think of all the wonderful and precious moments in my life , you my dear friend are part of them, thank you! When I think of moments , I can't help but think how amazing it must of been the the first Moment you looked through a camera lens. :) I have the deepest gratitude and respect for you.

Kirsten Hanley - January 27, 2011 - 2:33 pm

Once again, Danique… breathlessly beautiful. I can’t believe these ones are from a P&S.

Theresa Coleman - January 31, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Exactly as I remember it – we had an AWESOME time at Dreams just two weeks ago…Beautiful pictures!

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