The creativity of both Vivi Ruffino and David Matias have really outdone themselves through their company: Freedom Beachwear ! High quality suits that are both adorable and practical - I love them! Not to mention their newest product, the Mulata Glow tanning oil!
Beautiful company! Ananí is a company of handmade woven purses are made from artisans around the world: Dominican Republic, Columbia, Ecuador + Venezuela. They're mission is to support families + assist them in their crafty businesses by supporting them through advertising and selling their products.
_______________ A word from Vicmary + Ignacio (both co-founders): ______________________
"With the purchase of a piece of Ananí, you do not take only a carefully made accessory to use on a daily basis, you take a bit of the heart of the craftsman who spent many hours in making that piece, you also acquire a piece of their culture because each crafts represents a region with different ways of making crafts and ways of life. The idea is for the Ananí customer to connect with the story behind the product, because behind each piece the common element is PEOPLE and that is what we want to bring them."
Local artisanal dry fruits company, DriFrü. It was the perfect healthy road snack! They've got Mango, Coconut, Pineapple and even some mixed packages - give them a follow on Instagram ( @drifrutreats ) to see more of my photos!
Listen up! These yoga mats are no joke! Most importantly, these yoga mats made by 2nd Wind are eco-friendly made from cork! This helps with making it non slip and odorless. These mats aren't being produced on massive scales and once they are discontinued you won't see them again. So, don't miss out! High quality, eco-friendly, small scale production... can't beat it!
Click here to scope out their amazing yoga mats!
Had the opportunity to check out the work Live Different has invested into a community in Puerto Plata! Here's a little snippet of what they do taken from their website about Live Different Builds:
"Live Different Builds give volunteers from across Canada the opportunity to make a difference in the developing world as we build houses, schools, and complete other much needed projects. We partner with local organizations on the ground in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Thailand, where we work with community leaders to help us ensure that our programs are effective and sustainable in our host communities. This program allows our volunteers to see first-hand how two-thirds of the world lives, expands their worldview, and gives them the opportunity to consider how they can build hope and make change in their own lives."
I am so stoked about this shoot. It isn't anything breathtaking but these photos have been a tool for empowerment + confidence in the natural beauty she has and is! I'm so honored to be a part of helping people see themselves for who they truly look like/are even when our negative minds may think otherwise. Here are some shots...
As I'm pursuing my photography more, I want to continuously challenge myself.
This family shoot was just that! I had never done a family shoot before + I'm honestly really proud of the results! Granite, I had a beautiful family which made my job easy-breezy. Apparently, it's a good idea to have an assistant solely to entertain the kids so that you aren't running around like a crazy person looking like a goon to keep the kids smiling while getting the shots...like I was doing! I had a blast, though.
The best part is: I'm learning something new every single time I pick up my camera which is a huge reason why I love photography so much! It's a never ending lesson + room for growth.
Kin Leather Co. is a honestly amazing!!
A small batch, artisanal leather handbags made ethically in the Dominican Republic.
Each handbag is made ethically using fair labour practices in the Dominican Republic, with a portion of the profits from each purchase going towards supporting healthy community development projects in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.
"I'm excited to share Kin Leather Co. with you and announce the debut of the Scout Crossbody Bag!"
- Liam McDonough, Founder of Kin Leather Co.
This is just the first of his products - so excited to see what's next!
Take care of your bathing suits!
Bikinis Over Everything (also, known as BOE) has the BEST smelling bikinis wash. It does wonders with marks on your suits as well as sustaining the quality of your suits at its original state!
Check out more of my photos on their website! - www.bikinisovereverything.com
My very own sister's company - Artifact!
Cement plant pots, candleholders, winestoppers, bowls + more!
You can find more of her products at @rachelsierraart + https://www.etsy.com/shop/RachelSierraArt?ref=profile_shopicon