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Deniz + Khoa | Istanbul, Turkey

Deniz and Khoa’s engagement session in Istanbul was one of many firsts and mosts for us. For starters, it was Daniel and I’s first time in the beautiful country of Turkey. It is also furthest we’ve ever travelled for an engagement session, and the first time we’ve ever travelled with a couple before their wedding. As it turns out, Deniz and Khoa were very compatible travel parters for Daniel and I. Having grown up in Istanbul, Deniz proved to be an excellent tour guide; taking us to all the sights and suggesting what and where we should eat (For the foodies, highlights were: Turkish breakfast – especially the fried cheese; Lahmacun – a Turkish pizza of sorts; mastic ice cream; salt-crusted fish flambe; and my personal favorite, Cigkofte – the most delicious raw meat I’ve ever had).

We spent a total of three days in Istanbul with Deniz and Khoa, and when we weren’t eating, we were visiting the sights – Aya Sophia, Dolmabahçe palace, Kapalı Çarşı (the Grand Bazaar) – and of course taking photos. On our last day, they treated us to a very unique and traditional experience: the Turkish bath, or Hamam. If traveling with these two hadn’t yet bonded us, then for Khoa and Daniel, and Deniz and I, being scrubbed down in a hot room while half naked was sure to do the trick!

I have to say, I think taking a trip together is probably the best way we’ve ever gotten to know a couple. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know a place that is so meaningful to both Deniz and Khoa, and to have done their engagement photos there. And to think, this trip was just part one… we are so excited to join them in Turks and Caicos for their wedding next month!


  1. Urška

    Simply amazing! The way you work with light…gorgeous!

  2. Khoa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderfully amazing photographs and heartfelt words! Both took me back to those 3 amazing days with you two!

  3. Juya

    incredible vision!!!

  4. Elisha

    Absolutely gorgeous set! Love the use of ambient light in the chandelier image. Bravo!

  5. andi

    wow, these are simply stunning! amazing.

  6. Daniel Stark

    super awesome–love them all! we’re going to turkey in september. we’ll have to talk turkey soon! 🙂

  7. Tiffany

    We already hired a photographer for our July, Turks and Caicos Wedding but how I wished we had found you both first. All the photographs are beautiful. This is one lucky couple!!

  8. tina

    Incredible work as usual D & D ! I love the way you played with light and composition.