5 reasons why if I’m your wedding photographer I shouldn’t eat your cake

5 reasons why if I’m your wedding photographer I shouldn’t eat your cake

During last nights fourth of July wedding I was graciously offered a piece of the wedding cake. I am often offered cake at the weddings I photograph. On a rare occasion I may choose to indulge in piece of cake but for the most part I decline. This got me thinking about why I don’t usually accept cake at weddings so I came up with “The 5 reasons why if I’m your wedding photographer I shouldn’t eat your cake”….

The delicious cake from last nights fourth of July wedding. Photographed but not consumed by Rincon Images wedding photography :)
The delicious cake from last nights fourth of July wedding. Photographed but not consumed by Rincon Images wedding photography 🙂
  1. Sticky Fingers

I can’t have all that sugary frosting on my hands while I’m trying to operate my top of the line DSLR to capture the magical moments of your reception.

Guests having fun on the light up dance floor covering the outdoor pool just after the cake was cut.
Guests having fun on the light up dance floor covering the outdoor pool just after the cake was cut.
  1. Weekly dessert budget..

If I ate cake every Saturday that would put me waaaay over my desserts budget for the week… and sometimes I really like icecream on Sunday during Game of Thrones.

This wedding cake was almost too beautiful to cut! The soft pink colors and the beautiful flowers made it look just as great as I'm sure it tasted. ;)
This wedding cake was almost too beautiful to cut! The soft pink colors and the beautiful flowers made it look just as great as I’m sure it tasted. 😉
  1. To cake or not to cake

I’m really more of an ice cream girl anyway… sometimes I’ll eat cheesecake but I’m not sure if that’s even considered cake or not.

This bride had cream and cake for her wedding! Too fun! The cream was the perfect refreshing treat for a summer wedding in Puerto Rico.
This bride had cream and cake for her wedding! Too fun! The cream was the perfect refreshing treat for a summer wedding in Puerto Rico.
  1. Sugar High

About 5 – 15 minutes after your cake has been cut and served all of your guests will be experiencing an extreme sugar rush. Combined with the champagne from the toasts this makes for an extreme spike in activity that I need to be level headed enough to capture on film at a moments notice.

This bride and groom didn't hold back at all after the cake was cut. Frosting and cake flying everywhere! I must admit this was a great moment to photograph.
This bride and groom didn’t hold back at all after the wedding cake was cut. Frosting and cake flying everywhere! I must admit this was a great moment to photograph.
  1. Quite honestly, I really enjoyed the steak dinner you were so generous to share with me and I could probably go for a second helping of that instead… does anyone in the kitchen have a hidden bottle of A1?

*** none of the wedding cakes pictured here were harmed by me in the making of this post. Just photographed and immortalized forever.

I also have a Wedding Cake Pinterest Board dedicated entirely to the amazing cakes I have photographed at different weddings.

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Viejo San Juan Cemetery – Double Exposures

Viejo San Juan Cemetery – Double Exposures

This past weekend I had a photo-session scheduled for 8am in Viejo San Juan. There were several large events scheduled in the San Juan area that morning creating unbelievable traffic, I was already in the city early to scout the location for my portrait session so I missed the traffic, but the couple I was supposed to photograph got stuck in the middle of it. We decided to reschedule the photo session for sunset the following day. If found myself in San Juan with my camera and lenses on a bright sunny morning and decided to take a photo walk.

One of my favorite places to photograph is the Cemeterio Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis. It is a beautiful cemetery nestled at the foot of El Morro with the caribbean sea as its back drop. To get there you go through a tunnel that is covered in graffiti. The whole place is so rich with metaphors, to me I don’t get a creepy sense being down there, things just feel peaceful. Last January I did a really interesting self portrait photography series there using my infrared camera. I love getting to revisit different locations. There are so many ways of photographing the same place. This time I did some experimenting with double exposures using the cemetery statuary as my models.

The Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is located in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is a great place to take photographs and has an amazing number of cemetery statues.
The Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is located in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is a great place to take photographs and has an amazing number of cemetery statues.
All over San Juan there are these 'garitas' or look out towers. The shape and texture of them is iconic to Viejo San Juan. I can just imagine in the past someone looking out through those tiny windows watching the horizon for sail ships coming in on the trade winds.
All over San Juan there are these ‘garitas’ or look out towers. The shape and texture of them is iconic to Viejo San Juan. I can just imagine in the past someone looking out through those tiny windows watching the horizon for sail ships coming in on the trade winds.
A view of the viejo san juan cemetery from afar.
This view of the cemetery is from the lawn in front of El Morro. There are so many different angles and vantage points to photograph this place from.
To get into the San Juan cemetery you need to first pass through a tunnel. The tunnel is covered in graffiti and always feels a little creepy to go through, even though during the day it is very safe. Going through the tunnel to reach the cemetery always makes me think of
To get into the San Juan cemetery you need to first pass through a tunnel. The tunnel is covered in graffiti and always feels a little creepy to go through, even though during the day it is very safe. Going through the tunnel to reach the cemetery always makes me think of crossing over into the after life.
The cemetery itself is named for the nun, sister Magdalena de Pazzi of Florence Italy who lived from 1566 - 1607. She is most remembered as a somewhat eccentric woman who was given to raptures and profound ecstasies through much of her life. When she first joined the sister hood she became very ill and professed intense revelations while in an altered state on what everyone though would be her death bed. She survived the illness and continued to have visions and reevaluations through out her life that her fellow sisters helped write in a series of five books. Her connection to the spirit world and her fiery personality make her a very fitting namesake for this cemetery on the caribbean sea.
The cemetery itself is named for the nun, sister Magdalena de Pazzi of Florence Italy who lived from 1566 – 1607. She is most remembered as a somewhat eccentric woman who was given to raptures and profound ecstasies through much of her life. When she first joined the sisterhood she became very ill and professed intense revelations while in an altered state on what everyone though would be her death bed. She survived the illness and continued to have visions and revelations through out her life that her fellow sisters transcribed in a series of five books. Her connection to the spirit world and her fiery personality make her a very fitting namesake for this cemetery on the caribbean sea.
The variety of tombstones, cemetery art and statuary in this cemetery is breathtaking. Many common symbols are angels, crosses and figures of Jesus Christ or the Mother Mary looking over the tombs. In addition to these symbols there are also many mourning women and angels. One of the tombs even has statues of the surviving family members mourning around the outside of a casket. Some of the headstones are in better condition than others. The cemetery is maintained to an extent and family members still come to place silk flowers on the graves. A portion of the cemetery is currently under construction.
The variety of tombstones, cemetery art and statuary in this cemetery is breathtaking. Many common symbols are angels, crosses and figures of Jesus Christ or the Mother Mary looking over the tombs. In addition to these symbols there are also many mourning women and angels. One of the tombs even has statues of the surviving family members mourning around the outside of a casket. Some of the headstones are in better condition than others. The cemetery is maintained to an extent and family members still come to place silk flowers on the graves. A portion of the cemetery is currently under construction.
This is my favorite statue in the cemetery. The posture of the woman is so beautiful and the emotion is so sorrowful. This statue was created by a very skilled sculptor and continues to endure the test of time. I have photographed this sculpture several times and look forward to seeing it in a new light every time I visit.
This is my favorite statue in the cemetery. The posture of the woman is so beautiful and the emotion is so sorrowful. This statue was created by a very skilled sculptor and continues to endure the test of time. I have photographed this sculpture several times and look forward to seeing it in a new light every time I visit.
This double exposure is of a tombstone and the view of the coastline from the western part of the cemetery. There is a community in Viejo San Juan called La Perla that you can see from the cemetery.
This double exposure is of a tombstone and the view of the coastline from the western part of the cemetery. There is a community in Viejo San Juan called La Perla that you can see from the cemetery.
One thing I love doing with double exposures is playing with the orientation of the images. The flipped city scape against this woman's face is an interesting perspective.
One thing I love doing with double exposures is playing with the orientation of the images. The flipped city scape against this woman’s face is an interesting perspective.

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Creative double exposure portrait photography – Photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico

Creative double exposure portrait photography – Photographer Rincon, Puerto Rico

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!

Just a couple of palm trees blowing in the breeze. This double exposure photograph was taken on Barrero Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Just a couple of palm trees blowing in the breeze. This double exposure photograph was taken on Barrero Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
Water is always a great subject for photographs. The way it reflects like and the amazing shapes it creates are always so ingesting visually. This double exposure is extra special because this couple really loves the ocean, so the photograph describes them perfectly. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Water is always a great subject for photographs. The way it reflects like and the amazing shapes it creates are always so ingesting visually. This double exposure is extra special because this couple really loves the ocean, so the photograph describes them perfectly.
When making double exposure photographs it is important to experiment with the orientation of the camera. This particular photograph was made by combining a vertical image and a horizontal image.  Photograph by RIncon Images wedding photographer puerto rico.
When making double exposure photographs it is important to experiment with the orientation of the camera. This particular photograph was made by combining a vertical image and a horizontal image.
Bubbles and sea foam! The size relationship of the two frames combined here is what makes this image interesting. The tiny sea foam bubbles look larger than life agains the silhouette of the couple on the beach.  Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Bubbles and sea foam! The size relationship of the two frames combined here is what makes this image interesting. The tiny sea foam bubbles look larger than life agains the silhouette of the couple on the beach.
Viejo San Juan Engagement photography session – Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico

Viejo San Juan Engagement photography session – Wedding Photographer Puerto Rico

Jerod dips his bride to be on the romantic cobble stone streets of Viejo San Juan. Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Jerod dips his bride to be on the romantic cobble stone streets of Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When did you and your fiancé first meet?

Jerod and I met about 6 years ago. He did some training for a few months in one of the clinics I worked

in before transferring into the operations department. We both work in healthcare administration. We

both shared that passion for working for the underserved community. We would see each other a few

times a year and developed a friendship. Since then we no longer work for the same company, but

similar companies. We both work for health centers to serve the uninsured, low income part of the

community, adults and pediatrics.

This couple had a blast during their Viejo San Juan photography session. I love using this particular street in San Juan, Puerto Rico to photograph wedding and engagement sessions, it has beautiful colored buildings and almost no cars. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
This couple had a blast during their Viejo San Juan photography session. I love using this particular street in San Juan, Puerto Rico to photograph wedding and engagement sessions, it has beautiful colored buildings and almost no cars.
Gorgeous photograph of a couple in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cobble stone streets and shoes look beautiful in this photograph. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Gorgeous photograph of the couple in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cobble stone streets and shoes look beautiful in this photograph.
I absolutely loved the colorful shoes that Heather was wearing for our photography session in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tropical colors looked fabulous next to the cobble stone streets. It really is all about the details! Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
I absolutely loved the colorful shoes that Heather was wearing for our photography session in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tropical colors looked fabulous next to the cobble stone streets. It really is all about the details!
I love using this banyan tree in photographs. It is a great location right on Paseo de la Princesa. The tall tree provides lots of shade to keep things cool, and the long branches make beautiful patterns of light on the ground. Its a great spot for wedding and engagement photography in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photography by Rincon Images wedding photography Puerto Rico.
I love using this banyan tree in photographs. It is a great location right on Paseo de la Princesa. The tall tree provides lots of shade to keep things cool, and the long branches make beautiful patterns of light on the ground. Its a great spot for wedding and engagement photography in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tell us about your first date…

Our first date was at the yummy Mexican restaurant, that we go back to ALL the time. It was then

followed by a movie. Typical date! We watched the movie Ted and we laughed so much together. I think

we even ended it with ice cream for dessert. We literally repeat this date all the time. Dinner, movie, ice

cream.

This photograph was taken right in front of the red doors on Paseo de la Princesa in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. This kind of architectural detailing is iconic of Viejo San Juan, and is perfect for wedding and engagement photography sessions. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
This photograph was taken right in front of the red doors on Paseo de la Princesa in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. This kind of architectural detailing is iconic of Viejo San Juan, and is perfect for wedding and engagement photography sessions.
Natural light can really make for fabulous photographs. Knowing where to be at what time of day is what made the beautiful light in this photograph possible. I love photographing new locations, but getting to know a particular area makes it really easy to nail certain shots. Photography by Rincon Images Wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
Natural light can really make for fabulous photographs. Knowing where to be at what time of day is what made the beautiful light in this photograph possible. I love photographing new locations, but getting to know a particular area makes it really easy to nail certain shots.

How did he ‘pop’ the question?

Jerod had taken me to look at rings a few weeks before he proposed. Actually I think it was about 2

months. I already knew we would be together forever so I knew it was coming. I would think to myself I

wonder how hes going to do it. I am very vigilant and would probably figure it out. So he did it when I

least expected it. I was in the middle of an ab workout when he popped the question! Let’s just say I was

definitely surprised and not expecting it at all!

I love using natural elements when doing wedding photography. The rich lush green color of this aloe plant really makes the purple hues in the amethyst ring pop. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
I love using natural elements when doing wedding photography. The rich lush green color of this aloe plant really makes the purple hues in the amethyst ring pop.

I love the photograph I took of your ring, can you tell me what its made of and where it came from?

My ring is one of a kind. I knew I always liked color and I am not too into silver or white gold, although it

is pretty. When Jerod took me to look “just in case” he asked me “If I could have whatever I want, what

would it be?”. I chose a 14k rose gold band with diamonds on the side and around the middle stone. The

middle stone is a pink amethyst stone. When I told the lady at the store what I wanted, she was a bit

puzzled, since every girl is supposed to want a huge diamond. Well, not me. I like simple, elegant, yet

pretty things. What she put together was just what I envisioned. Thanks to Jennifer at Diamonds Direct

in Austin for making my dream ring come true!

I love using a lens flare in this kind of location, it really adds to the romantic sunset mood. This particular location in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico is on Calle Norzagary.  Photography by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
I love using a lens flare in this kind of location, it really adds to the romantic sunset mood. This particular location in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico is on Calle Norzagary.
My off camera flash made this moody El Morro photograph possible. Having a variety of techniques and a selection of photography equipment makes it easy to have fun at any location any time of day. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
My off camera flash made this moody El Morro photograph possible. Having a variety of techniques and a selection of photography equipment makes it easy to have fun at any location any time of day.

What are you most excited about when you think of spending the rest of your life with your partner?

We are excited for the laughter, peace and love that we will have with each other. Jerod and I do truly

like spending time together. We haven’t gotten into that phase yet where we need our own space and

get annoyed at each other when we spend to much time together, hopefully that day doesn’t come. We

are excited to start a family. We have talked about adopting because there are so many children in this

world that need a stable home! And we are excited for more traveling together!

This was the last spot we stopped during Heather and Jerods engagement photography session. I'm so happy they were up for just a few more photographs. When the sun goes down in Viejo San Juan the city lights come up and make for wonderful photographs. Photograph by Rincon Images wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
This was the last spot we stopped during Heather and Jerods engagement photography session. I’m so happy they were up for just a few more photographs. When the sun goes down in Viejo San Juan the city lights come up and make for wonderful photographs.
Published! ForReal! LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico

Published! ForReal! LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico

I am so thrilled! My beautiful June Brides were chosen to be featured on ForReal – A marriage equality blog! ForReal is a wedding blog about real LGBT couples who are tying the knot. They feature only the best in LGBT wedding photography so it truly is an honor to be published on their blog.

This is a video slide show of the photographs from their wedding.

 

Here are a few more of my favorite photographs from that Arecibo wedding.

Ariana and Elizabeths wedding rings were kept in a beautiful 'I promise' box that was lined with burlap. The two bride figurines were a beautiful addition to their cake table decorations.
Ariana and Elizabeths wedding rings were kept in a beautiful ‘I promise’ box that was lined with burlap. The two bride figurines were a beautiful addition to their cake table decorations.
Their LGBT destination beach wedding took place on the sandy beach just down from the Arecibo Lighthouse.
This LGBT destination beach wedding took place on the sandy beach just down from the Arecibo Lighthouse.
Gay marriage is not yet legal in Puerto Rico, but Mark Bowman performed a symbolic wedding ceremony on the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Gay marriage is not yet legal in Puerto Rico, but Mark Bowman performed a symbolic wedding ceremony on the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Elizabeth look beautiful in her simple white wedding dress. The wedding was filled with ocean inspired details right down to her pearl necklace.
Elizabeth look beautiful in her simple white wedding dress. The wedding was filled with ocean inspired details right down to her pearl necklace.
Two beautiful LGBT brides after their wedding in Arecibo Puerto Rico.
Two beautiful LGBT brides after their wedding in Arecibo Puerto Rico.
A beautiful sunset with two LGBT brides on the beach in Puerto Rico after their wedding ceremony.
A beautiful sunset with two LGBT brides on the beach in Puerto Rico after their wedding ceremony.
Black and white reception photograph. LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico.
Black and white reception photograph. LGBT wedding photography Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican Government No Longer Defending Same Sex Marriage Ban – Lambda Legals LGBT clients photographed by Rincon Images Photography

Puerto Rican Government No Longer Defending Same Sex Marriage Ban – Lambda Legals LGBT clients photographed by Rincon Images Photography

Last summer I was contacted by Lambda Legal, a large not for profit legal organization that defends the civil rights of gay, lesbian and transgendered people all around the united states. I covered their press conference in San Juan and took portraits of their clients who were filing law suits on the steps of the government building where the press conference was held. It was such a wonderful experience to work with such  a great organization and to meet the couples that were being brave enough to stand up for change. On March 20th, 2015 the government of Puerto Rico declared that it would no longer defend the ban on Same Sex marriage in Puerto Rico. Read the full story from Lambda Legal here.

Photograph of Maritza López Aviles  & Iris Delia Rivera Rivera a lesbian couple represented by Lambda Legal. I shot this photograph after the press conference and then Lambda Legal used it as part of their PR campaign.
Photograph of Maritza López Aviles & Iris Delia Rivera Rivera a lesbian couple represented by Lambda Legal. I shot this photograph after the press conference and then Lambda Legal used it as part of their PR campaign.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro & Zulma Oliveras Vega another couple represented by Lambda Legal that I photographed that same day. I just love the light in this one.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro & Zulma Oliveras Vega another couple represented by Lambda Legal that I photographed that same day. I just love the light in this one.

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, said:

In declining to further defend the Commonwealth’s discriminatory marriage ban, Puerto Rico’s government finally recognizes that denying marriage to LGBT people is harmful and cannot be justified. The marriage ban’s sole purpose is to perpetuate discrimination, and it is just plain wrong. Same-sex couples, LGBT people and their families are part of Puerto Rico’s rich social and cultural fabric. Today’s actions fulfill the constitutional promises of justice and fairness for LGBT people in Puerto Rico. Simply put, discrimination is never in Puerto Rico’s best interests.

I feel so honored and excited to have been a part of this historic happening. Even though my photographs were only a very small part of the process of moving the island towards marriage equality if feels wonderful to have contributed to something so important to me. As a wedding photographer I get to make people happy by creating amazing photographs of them in love on their wedding day. I do this for both my gay and straight clients. Although getting to use my talents as a photographer to create portraits of brave couples that were used as part of a national campaign for marriage equality has been a truly rewarding experience. I can’t wait to photograph the wedding days of all loving couples when everyone is legally allowed to marry on the enchanted island of Puerto Rico. For more information about my photographic approach to LGBT weddings in Puerto Rico check out the LGBT wedding photography section of my website.

Wedding photographer stands in front of the blue lambda legal back drop at a press conference in san juan.
Thats me! Frances Davis the principal photographer for Rincon Images, standing in front of the Lambda Legal back drop. Same sex wedding photographer Puerto Rico.
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I highly recommend their concierge services for planning things to do with your family and friends while they are in town for your wedding!