Wow! It seems like it was only yesterday I was standing on the beautiful white sand beaches of Culebra Island with Jett and Chelsea before their beautiful destination wedding in Puerto Rico. It was my first time on the island of Culebra, a beautiful remote island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. It is only accessible by small 8 seater plans and a ferry. The population of permanent residents is about 1500 so its a very small community. The beach where the wedding was held was Flamenco Beach ranked #3 in the world! Of course it made a beautiful back drop for beach wedding photography.
Jett and Chelsea’s wedding was my first Same Sex wedding. I’ve been doing wedding photography on the island for over 5 years now so I think its about time. Their destination wedding on culebra island was intimate with just close friends and family. They had beautiful tropical decorations. The wedding was catered and organized by the amazing folks at Homeless Dog Cafe, I can’t recommend them enough!
There is nothing more beautiful than a June Bride…. well maybe two June Brides!
I had the honor and pleasure of photographing Elizabeth and Adriana’s beautiful Arecibo destination beach wedding. I had connected with the ladies via Skype and we talked a little bit about couples style and the overall feel of their wedding. Lots of beautiful delicate details and beautiful feminine dresses. They were blessed with clear skies and a wonderful sunset. I’m thrilled to have been a part of their wedding.
Most of the weddings I photograph are more or less the same… even the same sex ones! So most of what I do is look for unique and interesting things that will bring out the individual style of the couple I am photographing. Sometimes its something with the decor, or an interesting new tradition that has been added to the ceremony. These are important things to think about when planning your wedding. How will you show your personality… what kind of things will you include in your ceremony to make it more meaningful? For Elizabeth and Adriana it was a special Rose ceremony honoring their parents as well as a sand ceremony to symbolize their lives becoming intermixed.
Hey Hey! So I had the chance to have some fun last night with some friends and some flour in an abandoned building in Mayaguez. Beth runs a traveling art gallery out of her RV in the states and collects different kinds of animal bones to turn into jewelry and household items. I’d been dying to do some more highspeed photos and I was excited to try out the flour.
I think this technique would work really well as part of a second day photoshoot or ‘trash the dress’ session. The white flour won’t stain a white dress and the look is incredible. It would be a lot of fun the day after your wedding to go crazy throwing flour all over each other. I’ve even seem pictures done using colored powder and glitter mixtures…. the possibilities are endless.
This beautiful waterfall is just a few minutes north of Rincon and its a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. I hadn’t been up to these falls since I was in high school… seeing them brought back so many memories. Especially being on the trip with 19 year old Marina from western florida. She and her boyfriend were adventuring around the island and decided to take a trip to the falls. I watched as her boyfriend snap some photos of her and I could tell she wanted some more glamorous shots to commemorate her trip. I had my infrared camera on me and offered to take a few photographs. Infrared photography is a lot of fun and is a great way for me as a portrait photographer to add some creativity into a photo session. These are a few of the images I made of Marina that day.
When the local magazine in Rincon el Coqui of Rincon (www.elcoquiofrincon.com) contacted me for photographs of Ryan Wykoff for their April 2014 issue I jumped at the opportunity. Ryan is a Rincon local that literally makes a living flying on the ocean. Starting the first and only Kiteboarding school in Rincon, Ryan teaches others how to fly and shares the magic of the ocean with locals and tourists alike. These are the images we created during our Sandy Beach photo-shoot. For appointments with Ryan call the Radical Rincon kiteboarding school: 787 431 6329
Christopher and Rachael were married by the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. They took extra special care to make sure that everything was perfect, that the venue was well decorated and everything fit the mood for their tropical destination wedding. Both of their families were in attendance and had a wonderful time celebrating their wedding by the beach.
The venue for this wedding was Sunset Paradise Villas, its right on the water and one of my favorite places to do wedding photography in Rincon, Puerto Rico. The planner who made sure everything went smoothly was Mary Gilmartin of Classic Events.
Their destination beach wedding in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico was a joy to photograph. Racquel’s selection of beautiful tropical flowers and creative and inspiring decorations set the tone for the day. Their family and friends couldn’t have been happier and everyone had a great time that their wedding. Below are a few of the photographs from their wedding collection. The two photographs of them together as a couple and the head and shoulders portrait of Racquel were created just after the ceremony. As a wedding photographer its always important to keep trying new things, and its especially important as a destination wedding photographer in Puerto Rico since most of the time I’m photographing on the beach or similar location. To create these images I had my assistant hold the soft box behind them and shot directly into the light to get the high key effect in these portraits. Its important to experiment with lighting, and creating different kinds of images. All of my couples are so different and their wedding images should reflect some of their unique personality.
Stephanie came to Rincon, to escape the cold winter in New York. We had some conversations and a few drinks before we decided to hit the sand for a spur of the moment photoshoot. I’d watched Beyonces video ‘Drunk in Love’ and was mesmerized by the black and white images on the beach. I wanted to capture a little bit of that sexy mysterious vibe during my photoshoot with Stephanie. The sun had just gone down on the beach here in Rincon, so I pulled out my Alien Bee strobe to light these portraits. Beach photography can be a lot fun, especially if the subject is willing to get a little wet and sandy and really interact with the environment. Lucky for me I’m a photographer in Rincon, Puerto Rico where the water is always warm and inviting. The camera has magic, it gives us permission to be inspired and truly expressive, in ways we might not ordinarily allow ourselves to be.
This wedding was absolutely gorgeous, the flowers, her dress, and all of the little details made this seaside wedding at La Copa Llena unforgettable.
Vince and Suzanne live up north but vacation often here in Rincon. Their story is filled with Rincon Romance… they met each other for the first time at Pool Bar, a hot spot in the Puntas area, and Rincon has been a special place for them ever since.
La Copa Llena is one of my favorite venues because it has such a great combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Its perfect for any kind of weather and also a lot of fun for me as a Rincon Wedding photographer because it offers a variety of different kinds of light and backgrounds to play with.
SO after the fabulous Great Gatsby Photoshoot, Mary Kate and I decided to take a little time for ourselves.
This beautiful photo series was done at Maria’s a fabulous venue for Destination weddings in Rincon Puerto Rico. Mary Kate was the model for this photoshoot but was also the make up artist. She does incredible work for tv and film, check out some of her info here.
It was just starting to rain outside as we wrapped up the first shoot. The mix of the rain and wind along with the eerie effects of the infrared camera produced these pictures. Nothing better than pushing for more… even after a great photosession there is usually a little juice left to be squeezed. Often times some of the best pictures happen just before everyone is ready to quit. I’m happy we stuck around because the weather and the fantastic modeling made for exquisite photographs.