Happy new year!

posted in Day to Day
December 29, 2010

We were going to finish up 2010 with our ‘best of’ slideshow but alas we ran out of time while getting ready for our presentation at the Mystic Seminars, and packing for 3 weeks of traveling.

We are off to London to ring in the new year with our friends MJ + Mike, before returning to NYC & Mystic, and shooting a wedding in Toronto in a couple of weeks.

We leave you on an exciting note (for photographers): we are teaming up with the very talented Fer Juaristi for a workshop next May, in Toronto. Visit our WORKSHOPS page for more information and to register.

Happy new year to all! We can’t wait for 2011 to start!

davina + daniel workshop


Connie + Steven | November 18th, 2010 | Cancun, Mexico

posted in Weddings
December 16, 2010

Written by Davina Palik, Photographed by Davina Palik and Daniel Kudish.

We first met Connie and Steven when a mutual friend set us up on a blind date, so-to-speak. They had just gotten engaged and were just starting to think about how/where/when they’d actually tie the knot so we joined them at their place in New York City for a casual session and for some wedding talk, naturally. It was just so easy to get along with them, and it wasn’t long before we were trading destination wedding planning tricks with them over dinner and catching up with them whenever we were back in the city.

Naturally, when they picked Mexico as the location for their wedding, we were doubly excited and hoping that they’d take us along! Needless to say, we’re thrilled that they picked us to document their beautiful wedding in paradise. They had about 75 of their friends and family join them all the way in Cancun – a real testament to how loved these two are. And Mother Nature must love them too, as unpredictable torrential downpours hit throughout their wedding day, but conveniently stopped whenever they were needed to be outdoors. How’s that for lucky?!

You can browse through of favorites below by clicking on the arrows:

  • fer juaristi: you guys are killing it! (12.16.2010 06:16pm)
  • Cathy and David: GORGEOUS guys. Love the kid in the veil. :D (12.16.2010 06:20pm)
  • Micah & Megan: You guys constantly remind us how much we love storytelling and photojournalism. Epic. Timeless. (12.16.2010 06:53pm)
  • julian moniz: you guys rock...I have to come out to Montreal to pay you a visit... (12.17.2010 02:30am)
  • Julian Abram Wainwright: Great use of a cloudy, stormy day for drama. As always, really enjoying your pictures! (12.17.2010 03:05pm)
  • Jenna: Connie you look absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! (12.19.2010 02:37pm)
  • dalisa: the only problem is how much I adore you yet rarely see you... (12.20.2010 02:16am)
  • name*Lorraine Daley: Loving the viel shot. beautiful work as usual. (12.20.2010 12:12pm)
  • Monica Salazar: Kickass wedding! Love all the shots :) (12.22.2010 12:26pm)
  • Kristy Berends Photography: Beautiful images! I love the one in the car with her head on his shoulder. At least I assume its a car. Either way...very sweet. (01.03.2011 08:27pm)
  • Sally Watts: Oh.My.God. I wandered over here from Junebug, and I cannot even get past this first image. Holy cow-it's insane. Love! (01.08.2011 11:35pm)
  • josep alfaro: WOW!!!! beautiful work! love it all images! (01.09.2011 03:54pm)
  • Marysol Flores: I just love your work! Congratulations. (01.11.2011 07:05pm)
  • Kris: Stunning, lovely work. (01.24.2011 10:43am)
  • Beth: I adore your style! These pictures are the best I've seen! (03.11.2011 11:39pm)



posted in Travel
December 12, 2010

Written by Daniel Kudish. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

A couple of weeks ago, we travelled to Mexico for 2 weeks. During this “workation” (work + vacation), we photographed Connie + Steven’s wedding (photos coming up next), attended Ben & Erin‘s wedding (which was completely out of this world), and had a chance to spend some time in Puerto Vallarta, planning our own wedding, for which we can’t wait for!

We took the time to roam around some of the backroads between Cancun & Campeche, and absolutely fell in love with this country. We can’t wait to be back over there very soon! Although we didn’t take many photos, here are few of our favorite shots – you can browse through them by using the arrows on the sides:

  • Natan: message* Love the composition, light and colors of fifth pic, pirĂ¡mide reflexion... (12.13.2010 03:58am)
  • Megan: Guys, I love it! I feel like I was there. And they way that you two see the world is so unique! (12.13.2010 04:52pm)
  • Charisse: Amazing photos! I esp. love the ones of the pyramids! (12.18.2010 11:44pm)
  • Sergio Mejia: Davina + Daniel: Welcome to my country, I hope you had a great time. Nice pictures.. Next time you should visit a Mayan Cenote!... Greetings!.. (01.13.2011 01:22pm)


Tracy + Richard | November 13th, 2010 | Montreal, QC

posted in Weddings
December 5, 2010

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

It is impossible not to love Tracy and Richard. The evening after their wedding, they stopped by our studio with hot dogs and fries. Hangover food, they said. Daniel and I were experiencing what we call a “wedding hangover” (the soreness and exhaustion we get after a long day of shooting), while Tracy and Richard were experiencing a real hangover, caused by the impressive amount of wine they consumed from their giant wine glasses the previous night.

You see, Tracy has a thing for novelty oversized objects. She has a giant pen, a large calculator and an even larger calculator… It’s one of the things we love most about her – a giant eraser can make her laugh out loud! It is things like this that makes it easy to picture Tracy and Richard when they first met in high school. Richard was Tracy’s hall monitor and he would hide her shoes from her. Since then, they have started a family and have a beautiful son named Noah, but giant objects still make them laugh. I love that.

Their wedding day was a perfect testament to who they are as a couple. It truly was a celebration of their beautifully genuine love topped off with one of the best dance parties we’ve ever seen.

Here are a few of our favorites, from one of our favorite weddings of the year. You can browse through them by using the arrows on the sides.

  • Micheal B: Fantastic post guys! Love the darker and moody frames from this set. (12.06.2010 10:40pm)
  • Cathy and David: Wow. These are fantastic guys. Absolutely LOVE the lighting and all the layers in your images. Way to rock our world. :) (12.06.2010 10:51pm)
  • michele bowman: i always LOVE looking at your work!!! you do such a beautiful job!! (12.07.2010 08:18am)
  • Melanie K: I think the first picture is my favourite all time pic ! Amazing (12.07.2010 10:20am)
  • Adam Kealing: This is some of your best work EVER! Floored once again. (12.07.2010 11:41am)
  • scott williams: message*Great work guys, love these images... especially the 'shot' shot! (12.07.2010 05:10pm)
  • Aron: The force is strong with these two. (12.07.2010 07:21pm)
  • Jesse Bachmann: Agreed with Adam, I think this is some of your best work ever, truly spectacular. (12.08.2010 12:35am)
  • Richard from Purplest: I'll sound like a broken record player, but FABULOUS work once again! The photos are breathtaking! (12.09.2010 01:29pm)
  • Micah: Really really really great storytelling guys! Love the shot through the car window and the over the shoulder ceremony shot. (12.09.2010 02:08pm)
  • Gardner WeddingPhotographer Hamilton: message*As always you guys not only blow your clients away but take the breath from many pro photographers at the same time..Stunning production guys... (12.09.2010 09:09pm)
  • fer juaristi: dudes, are you serious? Killer post! (12.10.2010 12:58pm)
  • molina: gosh you guys, i'm running out of ways to say how beautiful your work is so i'll go the opposite direction. awful wedding and horrendous photos! we don't love you. </3 (12.11.2010 04:19pm)
  • Jeremy: This post is all kinds of awesome, guys (12.12.2010 03:50pm)
  • Winter: This is my favorite album from Davina + Daniel. The colors are amazing and you really got some great candid shots. This looks like it was a really fun wedding to photograph. (12.13.2010 12:09pm)
  • LiWi: The 'entering the church' shot- hard to put into words how incredible it is. WOW. (12.14.2010 03:28pm)
  • Funmi Omotade-Tan: Awesome lighting and compositions, the bride's entrance and dancing images are pure beauty! (12.30.2010 04:14pm)
  • Dylan | davina + daniel | wedding photography: [...] sharing, and capturing joy is the highlight of our jobs. When we photographed the wedding of Tracy and Richard last November, there was an abundance of it, and out of this joyous union, we got two new friends. [...] (08.15.2011 12:06am)


Bonnie + Dave | November 6th, 2010 | Montreal, QC

posted in Weddings
November 15, 2010

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik and Daniel Kudish.

I think Dave described this wedding best when he said, “this wedding is a total reflection of Bonnie: understated elegance.” The Auberge Saint-Gabriel, in the heart of Old Montreal was the perfect location for their romantic evening ceremony and reception. One of my favorite moments from the day was the few seconds before Bonnie walked down the aisle as she waited on the other side of the old wooden doors, with the glow of the candlelight illuminating her slightly… The anticipation was palpable and the setting was so dramatic and romantic, it was a moment that took my breath away and I feel so lucky to have witnessed it.

Bonnie and Dave also gave us some of the sweetest, most sincere speeches we’ve ever heard (I hope Daniel was taking notes, because our own wedding is just a few months away!). The love and appreciation they so eloquently expressed to one another, in front of their friends and family, was just beautiful.

Special thanks to our new intern, Jean-Michel, who came to help us out and contributed to this post.
You can browse through our favorites below by using the arrows on the sides.

  • fer juaristi: you guys really know how to roll. awesome post. (11.15.2010 10:17am)
  • Quin: My favorite shot is the reception one through the glasses! You guys did a spectacular job!!! You're always pushing it! (11.15.2010 10:42am)
  • Nataly D.: Beautiful! I've always loved the Auberge St-Gabriel and with the candlelight, it can be so intimate and elegant. Great work guys! :) (11.15.2010 11:32am)
  • Micah & Megan: Really killer compositions guys! Love her getting ready shot and the kiss. This whole shoot has such a wonderful mood. Great use of light. (11.15.2010 12:00pm)
  • Natan: Only one word : SUPERB Congrats from Spain. (11.15.2010 04:36pm)
  • Abby: These pictures are just beautiful. The wedding was exquisite. You both look so very happy. MAZEL TOV again. I wish you love, happiness, health and patience in your lives together. (11.15.2010 06:52pm)
  • Julia: Such warmth. One of my favourite sets. (11.16.2010 06:07am)
  • Richard from Purplest: Another great set! Loving the lighting and reflection! Have a safe trip to Mexico! (11.16.2010 09:23am)
  • Christina Craft: Another gorgeous post. You always make me want to see more and more!! (11.16.2010 09:21pm)
  • Golda Peres: amazing pictures, i just could not stop myself commenting on this... great photography, effects made the pictures lively. (11.17.2010 02:36pm)
  • Sergio Mejia: Two words: surprising and amazing. (12.03.2010 09:12pm)
  • Gulnara: Those are incredible!! (12.06.2010 11:14pm)
  • reggie: WOW... I'm at a lost for words.... and that don't happen much. (12.07.2010 02:32pm)
  • nadine austin: Really amazing and great perspectives! (12.29.2010 11:36am)