WILLIE + CARMEN- Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

July 26, 2019

I have been wanting to shoot a couple in Tulum ever since we booked our trip a few months ago! Hubby and I were out exploring one night and I noticed a beautiful and super stylish couple walking next to us. They had the exact look that I wanted too shoot in Mexico. I pointed them out to Kiril and he said you better go ask them to shoot before I go and ask them myself. We walked a few more blocks behind them and I kept going back and forth on whether or not I should approach them. As we were walking, I saw an opening for a conversation and just went for it. We talked for a few moments and I decided to step out of my comfort zone and told them that I was a wedding photographer and would love to photograph them. I then asked how much longer they were going to be in Tulum for. They told us that they were leaving in the morning and so we parted ways and I was absolutely crushed. As we walked away, Willie runs after us and tells us that they might be able to squeeze in a mini session in the morning. Inside I was screaming with happiness. As we got to talking and exchanged IGs, we learned that they were from Germany and were currently on their honeymoon. They eloped a while back and decided to honeymoon before their big family wedding later this month. We started chatting more about where we are from and told them that we are from the U.S. and how we speak Russian. Willie smiles and startes speaking Russian to us and we all burst out laughing from shock. It was so unexpected. Like something from a movie. Once we got back to our Airbnb, I messaged Carmen and we made plans for our morning session. We woke up early the next day and drove to meet them at Pablo Escobar's former mansion, Casa Malca. Since we weren't allowed to use cameras there, we weren't able to shoot much. We spent some time exploring the property and decided to head to another location that was more flexible and allowed us to us my DSLR. As we walked over to where our cars were parked, we looked around and our car was gone. It took us a moment to realize what had happened; our car was towed. We struggled to figure out what to do and where to go since practically no one spoke English. Our new friends helped us out and drove us to the police station to get everything sorted. After 2 hours, we finally got our rental car back and headed to our airbnb to shoot some more around the pool. After that, we headed to Coco Tulum, the beautiful all white hotel. We had the most amazing drinks and fish tacos and took a few more photos before we all parted ways. Willie and Carmen, thank you for making our trip 10000x better and allowing a complete stranger to photograph you. The number one thing I learned from this entire experience was never be afraid to take chances, because in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. So take a chance, you never know what might happen. 

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