WORKSHOP: Montreal

We’re very excited to announce two workshops for professional wedding photographers, at our studio in Montreal. They will be held October 7-8 and December 2-3 this year.

We gave priority to our workshop mailing list, and both dates are almost sold out. We have only a couple spots left. If you’re interested in joining us, you can do so here (and get more information):http://davinaplusdaniel.com/workshops/2014-workshop-montreal/

We will take people on a first come first serve basis. If we can’t accommodate you, we will make sure you’re first in line for the next one. We are considering adding a date in early 2015. Just make sure you fill out the form in the link (no payment required), and this way we can get in touch easily with you.

Hope to see you in our hometown soon!

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C + W | Paro, Bhutan

When Davina and I traveled to Bhutan two years ago, we did not take any of it for granted. We both assumed this was a once in a lifetime trip, and we took it all in while we were there. Bhutan is a country that sits at the base of the Himalayas, between India & Nepal, and has only been open to tourists since the 1960′s. Even today, visitors have to pay a hefty amount for a daily visa, making it one of the few, somewhat untouched places left to visit off the beaten path. We absolutely adored the place and felt so lucky to have had the opportunity to travel there.

Fast forward to new year’s day of this year, we received an email from C+W who had seen the photos we took at Irene + Jimmy’s wedding. They had a pretty awesome plan: to tie the knot while they were touring Bhutan on an educational photography trek. The date was coming up in a couple of months, so planning was tight. Just a few days later, my good friend (and associate photographer) Adam and I were making arrangements for the 40hr+ trip (as many of you may know, Davina and I are expecting our first little boy any day now – and the high altitude was too dangerous for her during her pregnancy).

The couple got ready together in the morning, and headed to one of the oldest temples in the world for a traditional Bhutanese blessing, followed by a horse procession & more blessings from monks at the beautiful Amankora Paro resort. The rest of the day was spent doing portraits with the newlyweds, first at Paro Dzhong in the centre of town and later at an abandoned fortress which sits on the side of a cliff overlooking the Paro valley.

Adam & I spent the rest of our time in Bhutan touring the many temples, hiking up to Tiger’s Nest, and playing with kids on the streets, all while taking lots of photographs. I loved this country on our first visit there, but really felt a bond this time around. Now I am feeling a strong urge to return, with our little boy this time, hopefully sometime soon.

C+W have asked us to keep their identities somewhat private by not using their full names and to make sure the groom is not recognizable in the photos. Even though the couple received many images where he was fully visible in the photo, we knew we wanted to come out of the wedding with photos we would be proud to share on our blog, and their request proved to be an excellent learning experience and challenge. C+W are now planning their second wedding later this summer, with their kids and families, in Greece. We look forward to getting to know all of their loved ones and documenting their union once more!

A big thank you to Adam for lending us his talent at this wedding. Some of his images appear in this post.

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  1. daniel stark

    speechless, you guys. every shot is breathtaking.

  2. Adam Kealing

    Still Cannot thank you enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity! It was incredible to not only shoot this wedding, but to have the time to travel the Country and really take in the different culture with you. Thank you C + W! It was so fun getting to know you and spend all the time we did together, I can’t wait to see the images from your upcoming wedding with family.

  3. DavidOne

    Incredible work ! Bravo !!

  4. Cidneye

    I’ll sign up for ‘Traveling Nanny’ when you return! Beautiful (as usual) pics! you guys…and pregnant gal….ROCK! peace

  5. Victor

    Amazing work as allways!… What an incredible journy most be. Keep the good work.. You guys are an inspiration to other photographers like me. All the best!

  6. Mandisa

    These are stunning!

  7. Matt Wiens

    Powerful images, there. Beautiful.

  8. Linda

    I am blown away by the beauty of these images. Your work is truly inspiring.

  9. Flavio Roberto Fotógrafo

    Great Pics! What a Mystic place! I have never had a setting like this, I hope some day I will to do what I love the most!

  10. Aric Hoek

    Absolutely stunning work. What a great addition to ones portfolio.

  11. liam smith

    you guys are just ridiculously good

  12. Adam

    Amazing!

Eliza + Seth | La Antigua, Guatemala

Fate can be a funny thing. Eliza and Seth met a few years ago, just as Seth was preparing to embark on the journey of a lifetime: a two year bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. With timing this unfortunate, one might think that this relationship just wasn’t meant to be, yet something kept these two interested in each other during that entire time, and they picked things up again upon Seth’s return… for good!

Eliza had clearly left a lasting impression, and so did the town of La Antigua, Guatemala, which Seth visited during his trip. When he and Eliza decided to tie the knot, a destination wedding was a must and Antigua was at the top of the list. The pair told us that they solidified that choice when they saw images from Kristiaan and Lionel’s wedding which we photographed two years ago. This magical little town was one of our favorite locations in the world, and we were thrilled that Eliza and Seth wanted us to return to document their turn at the altar.

Their wedding brought about a most impressive turnout considering the distant location, with close to a hundred friends and family enthusiastically joining in on the celebrations. With the romantic, candlelit ruins of San Jose El Viejo as a backdrop for both the ceremony and reception, everyone in attendance was simply blown away by the beauty of it all. We were able to incorporate even more of Antigua when we explored the town with Eliza and Seth the next day for their day-after portrait session. They were complete troopers, posing in the street as hundreds of locals and tourists peered on curiously, or kicking dust around on the mountain after sunset. We rely so heavily on the keenness and patience of our couples to pull off these fun portraits, and we could not have asked for more willing participants than Eliza and Seth.

We had an absolute blast with these two and we look forward to a growing friendship with them. A huge thank-you to them for their trust and enthusiasm in the photography process, and an equally huge thank-you to our associate Adam for coming along with us and giving us an extra set of eyes (and arms!) to help this pregnant photographer out!

As always, you can view a set of our personal favorite images by scrolling through the images above (some photos are by Adam Kealing).

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  1. MC

    So much perfection.

  2. Daniel Stark

    so damn good. like truly amazing. go double d!

  3. Khoa

    Amazing! Possibly my favourite!

  4. Camila Magalhães

    it’s difficult to make a comment about it! It’s beyond perfect!

  5. Helen Batt

    Simply incredible, how I wish I could be a fly on the wall at a wedding you photograph to see how you guys work! Brilliant.

  6. magali

    Gorgeous! And that foot picture! That’s a fearless award waiting to happen!

  7. Morgan

    Killer set of images, D+D and A!! Lucky lucky couple… That dipping shot during the reception is to die for!

  8. Juyá

    Fantasticas! FELICITACIONES!!

  9. Jesse

    Love this so much.

  10. molina

    ok, I’ve decided that this is not a real wedding because it is too good. the end.

  11. Juan

    I just loved every image :) congrats

  12. Erin Chrisman

    um, holy shit. my new favorite wedding of yours, hands down. every single frame here is like BAM. Total knockout set of images.

  13. Douglas

    My goodness this is just gorgeous and breathtaking!! I love the lighting

  14. Erica Ann

    Wow, always with the light and the shadows and the composition! This was a gorgeous wedding full of color. Eliza and Seth must be over the moon!

  15. Gilles Diaz

    Incredible work!! and the location is just marvellous
    Saludos desde Colombia