Sunrise Yoga with Santé Yoga | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex


Meeting up with Danielle from Santé Yoga for a sunrise session was just wonderful. From my initial callout for a yoga teacher for a photo session, a few ladies came forward and sent me lovely emails offering to participate in my little concept, but something about Danielle's vibrancy for life just exuded from her initial email, so right from the get-go I knew she was the right lady for the session!

Dani - Yoga - Grace Elizabeth

We arranged to meet (having not even caught up for coffee or met face to face!) a few days later, because Danielle was the very next day, going to be jetting off to France to work on her yoga retreat, followed by a trip to Africa - this lady never stops. (You can follow her adventures as she builds her yoga retreat on instagram, or if you fancy, you check out the location ready for booking!) Stupidly, neither of us checked the car park opening times at Cudmore Grove, and, naturally, it was closed for our planned arrival of 5am - eek! So at 11pm and a few hurried WhatsApp messages later we decided to reschedule for 7am and hope that the sun would still be about to rise. Thankfully, I drove over the the strood in my little red VW polo, the most gorgeous red sunrise covered the sky, so much so that it almost matched my car's exterior!

Danielle was one of those people I instantly connected with, not just as she is so easy to get along with and strikingly very similar to me in so many ways, but we both feel we connected on a spiritual level. She is wise beyond her years, and I left our session some three hours later (the time absolutely whizzed by) feeling more refreshed and invigorated than ever. I tell you, Dani is incredibly positive, and five minutes of her time will leave you with a totally new mindset. In the  middle of being in a long distance relationship myself too, she was exactly the kind of person I needed on that day and I am really very grateful that she gave up some of her time to let me photograph her. With that said, here are some of the photos we managed to get from the session, and what a lovely session it was too!