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Punta Cana & Cocotal | Vancouver Wedding & Boudoir Photography | Stay In A Beautiful Home

It's been total silence from me the last couple of weeks, I know. Technically, I arrived on the 12th of January, but in a way it feels like I've just arrived the past few days as, you know, the first couple of weeks you spend just trying to figure your surroundings out. 

As soon as I rolled in my suitcase to the place I was staying at, looking at the floor, I saw beautiful marbled tiles, looked up at at a gallery wall full of beautiful art and 16 foot ceilings, and around a room that was just filled with plants and art and textures and light. It was just jaw-dropping. Anyone who knows me, knows I am obsessed with details and beautiful spaces. Karina and Vlad (Karina from Karina Jensen Photography) are letting me stay here (a complete stranger to them!) and I'm beyond grateful. Every moment I appreciate and love this gorgeous space <3

Karina has a a beautiful, feminine, ethereal sense of style with an understanding of texture that mystifies me. She mixes old and new perfectly. Her colour palette is flawless. It's dreamy. It inspires me.

The Cocotal is a golf course populated with houses and, though I've only walked around a bit of it, is apparently huge. Every few houses has a small pool and there are multiple, massive pools with a bar located in the centre - the club house. I'm not going to lie, it's strange being in a gated community where you see busloads of Haitians and Dominicans being brought in to do the landscaping and upkeep. Most of the areas here are gated. Or, at least anywhere that tourists and ex-pats go. My curiosity around this just can't be kept a secret, I consider the implications that tourism has on the local community and how this dynamic will unfold over time. On one hand, there is work. On the other hand, it is a market run by capitalism and those who have the capital have the control. Tourism here is booming, development is happening everywhere around us. It's unusual to me, and it certainly affects my perception, forcing me to reflect. 

Naturally, the place I start to explore is my immediate space - but I don't want to bore you with too many photos so I've kept it to a minimum! Enjoy, and I would love to hear your thoughts. If you want to receive more updates, please subscribe - I will be updating often during this adventure.