Lifestyle Photographer Playa Langosta, Costa Rica: Gillian Mandich –
I like to laugh my butt off and smile from ear to ear. And when it comes to happiness, I pretty much quit my corporate bank job in New York City and moved to Costa Rica for my happiness. So when I received an email a couple of weeks ago from a potential client inquiring about lifestyle photos to help promote her work as a happiness researcher while vacationing in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, I nearly fell of my couch. After exchanging a couple of emails, Gillian and I booked her session and I had this feeling that her lifestyle shoot was going to be an epic one.
Gosh, where do I even begin to describe the awesomeness of Gillian? Despite the fact that her backpack was stolen on the beach in Tamarindo a couple of days before our scheduled shoot (side note – NEVER EVER leave your belongings unattended on the beach in Costa Rica), Gillian did not let this setback pull her down. From the moment that we met at the beginning of her shoot at Cala Luna Boutique Hotel in Playa Langosta, I felt like she was a long lost friend. Fast forward twenty minutes and it turns out that we both are alumni of Marie Forleo‘s B-School. Hell yea B-School! (If you are reading this and looking to lead a life and have a business that you love, seriously Google “Marie Forleo B School” and check it out. Even though registration for this year has closed, you can follow Marie’s amazing work by subscribing to her email list.).
Gillian and I started her lifestyle photo shoot in the beautiful jungle-esque gardens at Cala Luna Boutique Hotel. We roamed the pathways, picked some plantains, and Gillian even climbed some trees.
Our conversations flowed from one topic to the next and Gillian never stopped smiling and laughing. We then headed to the beach at Playa Langosta to get some magical sunset photos. After two hours of shooting, thirteen outfit changes, and several location changes later, I was sad to say goodbye to Gillian, but so happy to have spent one hundred and twenty minutes of pure fun with this awesome woman.