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.
Brooke and Evan were married in Rincon, Puerto Rico on October 4th. They held their ceremony at the iconic Rincon light house. Followed by a reception with close friends and family at Pelican Point on Sandy Beach. Brooke selected orange and soft pastel colors which gave the day a romantic tropical feel.
Tamara and Jason met as correctional officers in the United States (Yes of course I had to ask her about Orange is the New Black!… and she told me that for the most part its pretty true to life), they were partnered together for self defense classes. We did this wonderful day before photoshoot at the Faro (lighthouse) here in Rincon. Their destination wedding was right down the beach from where we did this engagement style portrait session. I find that destination wedding photographers in puerto rico can sometimes get in a rut with coming up with creative portrait ideas since we are usually photographing on the beach. Using some creative photography tricks any place can become the perfect spot for portraits. Pre and Post photo sessions are great because there is extra time to spend focusing on making wonderful images, there also isn’t the pressure of a time line or other people around. During Tamara and Jason’s session I did some more creative photography; double exposures and I also used my infrared camera. Having the extra time and space as well as a couple who is up for making something beautiful is the best space to create amazing new pictures. I always highly highly recommend doing an additional portrait session as an add on to wedding photography. I tell my friends that most photographers will even do it at a discounted rate if they are already doing the photography for the wedding. Its always worth it and another chance to have fun in front of the camera… and if you doing a post wedding session it could be another opportunity to wear your dress!
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
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.
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.