Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Going Somewhere


A couple of weeks ago I photographed a beautiful wedding.  I ran into the young woman who made the wedding cake, exchange hellos and she introduced herself as a cousin of the bride.
I was surprised to hear from her a few days later... just a quick Facebook message inquiring about my photography package for weddings.

I responded with my rate & what services I provide, happy to even be considered to be a part of her special day.

Can I just say my jaw dropped when I heard back from her a few minutes later...

She & her fianc√© are having a destination wedding and they want to pay my trip to Punta Cana to be their photographer!!! 
Say whaaaaAAAT!?

I'm sure I thought I had misread or misinterpreted her message, so I verified the details... and sure enough, I would be paid in a ''trip'' instead of monetary compensation.

I had to think it over and discuss it with my husband, of course.
At first, we thought he'd come with me.  A honeymoon trip we never got to take... but really, it's an expense we weren't planning for.  Plus, he has a ton of tattoo projects in the works and those aren't free.
Then I considered going alone!  I mean, a free trip is a free trip.  FREE. Sure, I'd have to ''work'' one of those days, but the rest of the holiday would be all mine.  I could just bring a bunch of books & bathing suits and hang out by the pool  Heaven?
Even better, though, I think my sister is going to come with me!  It's something we'd probably never do otherwise, and we've never done a ''sisters-only'' trip.  It will be so much fun.

There was a silly little issue with NOT having a passport (I had one YEARS ago and I went to Florida ONCE and then I let it expire... I don't get out much)... but a quick trip to the passport office and a few days later... my passport is in my hands and plans are underway for me to head to Punta Cana at the end of January.

I never in a million years thought my little photography hobby would open so many possibilities and new adventures for me.  After the last few years that I've had, this trip couldn't have come at a better time!


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25 comments

  1. So cool lady! I'm already excited to see the pics!

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  2. How fun! Also, I can't believe how quickly you got your passport. It takes forever here in the States.

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  3. What an awesome opportunity! Your pictures are beautiful, I can definitely understand why the bride-to-be would want you there for their big day!! And so much fun that your sis gets to go with you... You guys are going to have a BLAST!!!

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  4. How fantastic! I had some friends go there last year and they loved it. I can't wait to hear about the trip and see pictures.

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  5. How awesome!!!!! Talk about work perks. I'd jump on that free trip in a heartbeat.

    Also, I'm impressed by Canada's passport efficiency - it takes several several weeks to get a passport here.

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  6. Wow~ What a fantastic way to get a FREE trip! Too bad your hubby can't go but at least you'll get some beach and sun in.

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  7. Congrats!! That's ridiculously awesome!

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  8. I wish you could be my photographer in Hawai'i. THAT WOULD RULE.

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  9. That is awesome! I just put my oldest on a plane (well, right now she is still probably waiting to board) to France today. I'm a little envious that she is taking the trip I wanted to do in high school. I've never owned a passport, but it's on my list of "someday" needs.

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  10. whoa!! I am SO stoked for you!!! That would be such an incredible honor!!!!!!!!!! EEEks!!

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  11. wow! That's amazing, I hope you have a blast..I'm sure the photos will be stunning.

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  12. Wow! That's so exciting :) Have fun
    -Tori
    Fashion, Trends & More

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  13. This is so so awesome!! How exciting!!

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  14. Lucky, lucky girl!! Congrats on your growing success :)

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  15. Oh my word that's super exciting and amazing and awesome and so many other fabulous adjectives!!

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  16. woah woah.. awesome fun!! How did I miss that key detail that you're a Canadian too?! lol Hope it's a great trip for you!
    xx
    mel
    needle and nest

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  17. Wow! Lucky you girl. That is incredible. Hard work pays off! Awesome!

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  18. what a great opportunity i hope you have a amazing time! found your blog through berice baby´s friday chaos party x

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  19. what a great opportunity i hope you have a amazing time! found your blog through berice baby´s friday chaos party x

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  20. Wow that's awesome! Have fun!
    Thank you for linking up at the Friday chaos blog hop

    Have a great weekend

    Kerry

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  21. Whoa, congrats to you! How awesome is this?!! I just found your blog thru the Collective Hop, but I would have been happy to tag along! ;) That must be so encouraging to you in your photography business to get such an offer!!
    Eva @ Snappee Turtle

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  22. You lucky duck! So jealous! Initially found you via the Collective Hop. Now I'm a follower. :-)

    Kelly
    ~www.yunbesote.com

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  23. SAY WHAT?! That's awesome, girl! Congrats on this opportunity!

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  24. Girl, that is totally awesome. I am so happy for you. Sometimes there are much better ways to receive payment than through cash aren't there. Hope you have a fantastic trip.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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