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Katie Ett  Photographing families, weddings, events, travel, and everything else in NYC, Ohio, and the world.

The Caribbean really is this beautiful on the La Romana side of the Dominican Republic. It really is completely clear, and the sand really is completely white, and there really are this few people in the water at any time at the resort where we stayed. Plus, the water is extremely calm, so it's amazing for floating and kayaking, although you might get a little bored if you're a person who likes to play in the waves.

Just some friendly little ducks to greet you on your way to breakfast at the resort. We usually woke up too late to make it to the main buffet breakfast, but there was a smaller breakfast served in the beach palapa that we took advantage of. A couple of dollars tip here and there to the lady who served us there got us even better service (and made it so hard to come back to NYC, where you tip 20%+ and still get attitude).

The resort pool at night. We were a little sad that there was no nightswimming here, but I guess you were supposed to be at the Michael Jackson impersonator show or getting drunk on your all-inclusive drinks at the club. We mostly went for walks on the beach or around the resort and were usually alone.

The Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus resort was decorated for the holidays, which made it such a pretty backdrop for pictures. I basically can't imagine going back at a non-Christmas time. This was on our way to the buffet one night, which was usually had a nightly theme of things like sushi or Italian food or a sea meat feast. We were allowed to make three a la carte restaurant reservations during our week-long stay, so we chose the Japanese, the Mexican, and the French restaurants. The Japanese included a hibachi entree made Benihana-style in front of you with a sushi starter. The Mexican restaurant had an appetizer buffet (dreamy!) and then a plated entree ordered from a menu. The French place was supposed to be the classy one, but our food was kind of bland, and the atmosphere was sort of stuffy, so we recommend the other two.

The resort where we stayed in the Dominican Republic is known for this lighthouse at the end of its beach, where you can grab a quick Coco Loco from the bartender and then go pee in the ocean. (Or the very nearby and very nice resort restrooms, which is what we used, OF COURSE.)

You don't want to know how much time we spent each day at the pond near the lobby of our resort in the Dominican Republic, talking to and about the animals as if they were . . . I don't want to say "our friends", because that's weird, but let's be honest here . . . our friends.

As promised, the pool at Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in La Romana, Dominican Republic. It was about this full at all times of the day, even though the resort warned us that it was the busiest week of the year and the resort was sold out. Like, we literally don't know what the other people there did all day, because they weren't at the pool, and they weren't at the beach. Our room was in the orange building just across the way, which was perfect for us because it was right in the middle of the resort. We were right beside the pool, one building away from the beach, and one building away from the restaurants.

My boyfriend (now fiancé) and I went to the Dominican Republic from December 26th of last year to January 1st of this year to escape the NYC winter and try out our first all-inclusive resort! We chose the La Romana area of the island because I read that the water's calmer and therefore clearer on the Caribbean vs. the Atlantic side, and the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus was the highest-rated resort on TripAdvisor there, so we figured, might as well go hard. It was about four times more expensive that time of year, so I definitely don't recommend that week if you can avoid it, but the resort itself was wonderful. We didn't leave the grounds the entire time we were there, so please enjoy my many upcoming photos of the pool.

From one of my photoshoots this winter. Gorgeous lady, gorgeous setting.

Another attempt at capturing falling snowflakes this winter. Still terrible, but at least you can see a few! And I love that warm little light in the background.

Just booked our tickets for #disneylandparis! Poor @actionjaksnm, I don't think he knew what he was getting into when he started dating me.

Sunset last night over the Manhattan skyline.

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