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 fiancé are having a destination wedding and they want to pay my trip to Punta Cana to be their photographer!!!
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!