I first started experimenting with double exposures a few years ago and now I’m hooked!
I love image manipulation and creating digital art in Photoshop, but I also really enjoy capturing a distorted image right in my camera. There is something really pure about creating a really amazing distorted image without using computer software. This technique involves setting the camera to capture two images within the same frame. In the days of film photography you just wouldn’t have wound the film over, today there is a special setting on the digital cameras that allows you to do more than one exposure in a frame. I usually start with a silhouette image and then look for a fun texture in the environment near me to fill in the details.
Double exposures add fun to a photo session and also help to tell the clients story a little better. For ocean lovers, images of the beach and the sea merged into their portraits are perfect for adding some magic to the final collection of photographs. I absolutely love taking a few of these and then getting to show them to my clients on the back of my camera, it always makes people smile!
Lyndsay and Marshall have known each other since they were children. They have been lifelong sweet hearts and finally tied the knot on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. I was so excited to have the chance to photograph their wedding on Flamenco Beach. Flamenco beach is ranked the third most beautiful beach in the world, it is always a pleasure to photograph weddings there. I asked Lyndsay a few questions about love, marriage and how she and Marshall met. Check out the photographs from their wedding day and her answers below.
What do you think makes for a good, life long marriage?
“Love isn’t finding someone you can live with, it’s finding someone you cannot live without.” Marshall and I have this quote hanging on the wall at the foot of our bed so that we see it every morning. Let’s be honest, we’re all human and are bound to get on each other’s nerves, but it’s never giving up on your spouse.. even on their worst days, if you are understanding and there for each other 100% of the time, you will live a good, lifelong marriage.
When did you and Marshall fist meet?
We went to the same middle school.. Marshall was two years older than me. We became best friends when I was in 6thgrade (2006) and started dating in 2007.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?
My favorite thing about our wedding was when I first stepped foot into the sand and laid eyes on the amazing set up that Peri had created for us. Seeing Marshall standing under the coral and white pergola just gave me goose bumps.. This is really happening..
Apparently, there was a bad storm the night before that ruined the pergola and she had to completely redo everything minutes before the ceremony. I thought oh well… no matter what it looks like I will be Mrs. Marshall Olson today. Once I saw how beautiful it was I couldn’t even believe Peri was fussing around. It was an absolutely magical sight that we will never forget.
How did he ‘pop’ the question?
December 30, 2013 we were curled up on the couch watching TV and I told him we needed to go get balloons because the 31st is my little sister’s birthday.. I had to freshen up before we could go and he went out to start the truck. When I came out to put my shoes on.. BAM there he was on one knee.. I was so surprised I didn’t know how to react but start crying and shake my head yes. When we first starting talking about marriage, I said I didn’t want a fancy proposal.. this couldn’t have been more fitting for us. So casual and I wasn’t suspicious at all!
What are you most excited about when you think of spending the rest of your life with your partner?
When I think about spending the rest of my life with Marshall, it excites me to no end to think about the precious little family we will eventually make. Step by step we are slowly molding our lives around the children that we hope to have and cherish in the future.
Why did you choose a destination wedding on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico?
We chose a destination wedding because we are in no way “traditional”. I could not see myself in a big white gown at a church. Plus, we both have very large families are we did not want a huge wedding. By choosing a destination we were able to keep it down to 9 guests, which made it so much more intimate.
We chose Culebra as our destination because my family and I had been visiting Culebra since I was three years old!! One vacation, I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, my dad and I were walking to the tank at flamenco and I looked up and said “daddy, one day I will get married on this beach.” We consider it our home away from home. When Marshall and I had been dating for 1 year, my parents allowed him to come along on our family vacation.. that was six years ago and he loves it as much as us!! Flamenco beach is very special to our family, and now that we tied the knot there, it gives us all the more reason to visit every January… for our anniversary!
What advice do you have for brides having professional pictures taken for the first time?
With all the chaos of the wedding planning.. don’t forget to take some time to talk with your photographer and look at different wedding poses that you may want.. I did not take much time to look at different poses, but I had talked to Frances multiple times and explained that I had no clue what kind of pictures I was looking for.. I left my picture faith in her hands.. She did an absolutely wonderful job in capturing the most beautiful moments.. I basically left all of the thinking to her and was not disappointed!
This time last year I was packing my gear for the most amazing destination and all around adventure I had ever been on. I was flying out to Las Vegas, Nevada to photograph Anastacia and Trevors off-beat, Valentines day, western themed, Vegas wedding in the Valley of Fire. My assistant was my long time friend Katie Crisman. We had worked together on several jobs while we were in College together in south Florida. I couldn’t think of a better person to help me with this zany couple.
Anastacia is a costume and set designer so all of her western themed decorations were hand made. The DIY details included her crochet wedding dress, bouquet and of course western themed Valentines day goodie bags for all her guests.
I photographed the wedding using my infrared camera and a special prism lens. The result was a trippy collection of wedding photographs. They brought their cats with them to hang out in their swanky Vegas hotel room that they had decorated with all western themed items.
I had a blast following this amazing bunch of people all around Vegas and the Valley of Fire snapping photographs.
I spend most of my time by the sea on the west coast of Puerto Rico, soothing ocean waves and calm breezes. Every so often though, I get the chance to play in the big city. Trips to Viejo San Juan always help recharge my creative batteries. Its important especially as a photographer to give yourself a change of scenery from time to time, it helps keep the eye fresh. On this particular trip I stayed at Da House. A cute boutique hotel above the lively Newyorican Cafe.
The rooftop patio of the hotel is cozy and there is a hot tub. I opted against dragging my lighting equipment up the four flights of stairs to the roof and just used my tripod and a little bit of fill from my on camera flash. I created a few images around the sky light above the stair case. Those tiles at the bottom of the stairs are quintessential Viejo San Juan tiles and the iron work is iconic of Viejo San Juan as well. The last picture is a long exposure of me playing with an LED hula hoop. I love hooping… after photography it really is the other great love of my life. I like to use a similar technique when I’m doing wedding photography. I do long exposures during the reception to create trails of light around dancing guests.
A few weeks ago Drew called me up to discuss having some photography done to celebrate his marriage to Oh. They had had a civil ceremony back in the states but wanted something extra special to commemorate to occasion. We talked a little bit about ideas and locations and settled on Pools Beach and Steps beach. When we arrived at Pools we had the beach to ourselves. It was just the three of us there with the sun and sand and sea as the only other witnesses. Drew and Oh had both written out their vows on cards that they had in special red envelopes. I took photos as they recited their vows to each other. We were all moved to tears that then became smiles. It was the simplest and most romantic ceremony I have ever photographed. I felt honored that they selected me to be there and share the space with them.
After that we went over to Steps beach, one of Drew and Ohs favorite beaches they had discovered while they were here. We got to play around a bit on the beach, jumping and making funny faces. The photo session was a lot of fun and ended with a gorgeous red and orange sunset. I wish Drew and Oh all the best as they start their lives together.
Scott and Colleen were married at the beautiful and tropical Villa Cofresi Resort and Hotel, in Rincon, Puerto Rico this past October. Everything about this wedding said Tropical fun! Her fantastic hand beaded bouquet as well as all the tropical seashells, and colorful touches made for a playful and romantic celebration. I absolutely loved the hawaiian t-shirts and tropical flowers. The whimsical murals on the walls at Villa Cofresi made great back drops for some of our pre ceremony pictures. The couple was also blessed with a gorgeous sunset that made for fantastic photographs as well.
I’m really a portrait photographer at heart, that’s why I love photographing weddings so much. There are only a few occasions in a persons life when they get to have their portrait taken professionally and weddings are one of those occasions. Over the course of the wedding day there are lots of different moments for pictures and different kinds of portraits. My favorite time with a bride is right before the ceremony just after she’s put her dress on. Her make up is fresh, and she is usually surrounded by her closest female friends and family, so it’s a very supportive environment. There is a lot of anticipation and excitement. I shot these photographs of Brooke before her wedding in Rincon. The light on the balcony was perfect. There are always lots of colorful photographs during tropical beach weddings but I chose to edit these in high contrast black and white.
These photographs were shot on the balcony of Pelican Point at Sandy Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.