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Travels :: Pointe-a-Pitre {Gaudeloupe}

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Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe was another interesting port of call via Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas”.  It was highly recommended by the Cruise Director to book a tour via the cruise, as there wasn’t as much to do near the dock and not many local tours available.  So we decided to book the Hindu Temple/Waterfall tour.  I’m generally not that big of a fan of booking excursions through the cruise, as you’re usually packed into a big air conditioned bus with 40 other people.  Usually if you book a local tour, it’s only 8-10 people and they let you take photos out the window and/or they stop more often at different sites.  And usually the guide has more character and is typically really funny.  Never-the-less, we tried to make the most of it.  Kind of disappointed, but when our cruise tour bus took us to the Hindu Temple, we were not allowed in because it was closed.  So we could only take photos from the outside.  Our 2nd stop was Carbet Falls, which was really nice.  We trekked through the rainforest until we got to the end of the trail and saw one of the main waterfalls — although there was a big tree in the way…oh well.  A cool thing about Gaudeloupe is the shape of the island — looks like a butterfly.  After our tour, we walked around town to check out some of the local shops.  Surprisingly, pharmacy drug prices were relatively cheap, you can get a 30 pk of ibuprofen for approx $3.50 USD.  I guess we should’ve stocked up!

Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Location : Pointe-a-Pitre {Guadeloupe}

Travels :: Basseterre {St. Kitts}

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Basseterre, St. Kitts was another interesting port via Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas” Cruise.  All the shops are pretty much at the port once you get off the ship.  We were greeted by many locals with monkeys wearing diapers asking if we wanted to take a picture with it — we politely declined. We were tempted to rent a scooter and just ride around the island on our own, but thought it might be too tiring, so we opted to do a local bus tour.  There was a cool “Rum Tree”, where people could hang their empty rum bottles to the tree.  Close by was an example of Carib Petroglyph Rock Drawings. On a side note : those that are interested in becoming doctors, there are many medical schools in St. Kitts ; people often fly in from India, US, etc to study here.  Continuing with the tour, we stopped off at Romney Manor, where we saw the Saman Tree and Lipstick Plant. There were also demos of batik-making in the shop.  Later we stopped off to see the volcanic black sand beach.  To quench our thirst, we got some fresh coconut juice — which was sooo good!

Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Basseterre, St. Kitts {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Location : Basseterre {St. Kitts}

Travels :: Philipsburg {St. Maarten}

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten was one of the beautiful ports via Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas” cruise.  When you get off the ship, it’s a $3 USD pp taxi ride to the town of Philipsburg.  You can opt to walk but it’s about 30 minutes.  So depends how pressed for time you are and how much you’re carrying.  Once you get there, there are a lot of shops.  I find there are A LOT of jewelry stores.  And when I say “a lot” is almost an understatement. There was a nice beach to relax at too.  We kept wandering around and eventually took a local bus ($2 USD pp) to Marigot (the capital of French St. Martin).  This is where all the luxurious yachts are!  We stopped by a bakery and bought the biggest French macaron we’ve ever seen! Yum!  There were also some nice shops and street vendors.  While heading back, there was a lot of traffic.  You kind of have to be mindful of “Island Time”.  Most people start work around 7:30am and finish early around 3:30pm.  Sometimes tourists don’t realize this and are late getting back to the ship. If you take an excursion through the ship, then they’ll wait for you if you’re late.  But do your own thing and come back late, the ship goes BUH-BYE!

Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : Philipsburg, St. Maarten {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Location : Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Testimonial :: Renee {Etobicoke Bridal Shower}

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Testimonials :: Renee {Toronto Bridal Shower Photographer}
Normally I don’t really participate in any bridal shows, as I’m a strong believer of gaining most of my clientele via referrals, but I had the opportunity to join the Dash Wedding Show and thought I’d give it a try.  So Renee (who attended the show) decided to contact me re: documenting her Italian Bridal Shower.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, so we communicated via email a bunch of times and I asked her a ton of questions re: her day.  It sounded like she was very detailed oriented and had a lot planned.  When I showed up, I was totally blown away by EVERYTHING!  The decor, the pastry/candy table, the stationary (which Renee designed BTW!), and everything in between.  Everything was so colourful and bright.  And I was so glad the venue had lots of natural light coming through the windows — which made for very pretty photos!  Honestly, this was one of the most fun events of the year I’ve gotten to document — hands down!  It was a plus that everyone was so nice and a lot of fun to hang around.  Thanks Renee for letting us take some candy/pastries home at the end of the day!  The homemade pastries were so yummy!!! *Nom Nom Nom*

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Here’s a nice testimonial from Renee :

I can’t even put into words how impressed I am with the photography for my shower.  You were more than a pleasure to work with — easy-going, calm, personable and professional.

My mom and I spent a lot of time worrying about all the little details for the shower : from personalized menu cards, hand-dyed napkins, sweets, the guest book, etc. — and you captured every single one of them.  Every time I look at the photo album you made us, I can look back and remember every part of the day!

You were more than amazing when Corey came to surprise me at the venue and we got to sneak away from the crowd for a bit to do a quick photo shoot of our own. We’re both camera-shy, and usually it can get pretty awkward to be photographed in a public setting, but you put us both at ease and we got some amazing shots we will always remember.

You absolutely exceeded my expectations for the day, and we have amazing pictures to show for it! I will definitely recommend you to any of my friends and family members in the future…and I will certainly keep you in mind to capture more of our milestones in the future!

THANK YOU!

RENEE

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CREDITS from THE BRIDAL SHOWER
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Photo Assistant : Tobin C Studio
Makeup + Hair : Maggie Ng
Venue : Islington Golf Club
Stationary Design : Renee [Bride]
Bride’s Shoes : Salvatore Ferragamo
Bride’s Dress : Alice + Olivia
Cake : Truffle Cake
Black Onyx Ring : David Yurman
Florist : Floret

Travels : San Juan {Puerto Rico}

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After we finished our cruise with Royal Caribbean “Brilliance of the Seas”, we decided to stay 3 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico, since we had already taken the time to fly there in the first place.  The hotel we stayed at was called Casa Condado, which is in the tourist area of San Juan.  It wasn’t anything fancy, but for the price, it served its main purpose : it was a clean place to sleep and shower.  It was very conveniently located, just a few minutes walk from the beach.  There is a Walgreen’s close by in case you needed any drinks or randomness.  It was close to Ashford Avenue, which had some really nice ritzy stores.  We took a cab one day to the biggest Caribbean mall called Plaza Las Americas Shopping Centre.  Also stopped by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.  Our hotel was also close to a bus stop which took us to Old San Juan for $0.75 USD each way. While in Old San Juan, we enjoyed some of the restaurants and did a little bit of shopping.  There were also two forts in Old San Juan : Castillo de San Cristobal and El Morro that are worth checking out.  On our last day, we took the bus, then the train to the Rio Piedras Market, where you’ll find fruits, vegetables and lots of bargains for clothing, shoes, etc. If we had stayed an extra day, we would’ve made a trip to see the rainforest called El Yunque — heard it was beautiful. Maybe next time…

Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels : San Juan, Puerto Rico {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]