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.
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Flamenco Beach wedding on Culebra Island – Lyndsay & Marshall

Flamenco Beach wedding on Culebra Island – Lyndsay & Marshall

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.

Bride wearing a white dress on her wedding day on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. This wedding photograph was taken on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico by Rincon Images Photography.
Lyndsay was nice and relaxed the day of her wedding. It was great to finally meet her after several months of communication via telephone and email.
Lyndsays short lace wedding dress blowing in the island breeze. This wedding dress was the perfect choice for their Culebra Island wedding.
Lyndsays short lace wedding dress blowing in the island breeze. This wedding dress was the perfect choice for their Culebra Island wedding.

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Bride wearing a white dress on her wedding day on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico. This wedding photograph was taken on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico by Rincon Images Photography.
I loved all of the bridal details Lyndsay chose to wear on her wedding day. The starfish necklaces looked wonderful on her and her family members. The sparkling hairpiece was my favorite, it really dressed up her short lace beach wedding dress.

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.

Marshall, the groom, enjoying a quiet moment before heading to the beach for the wedding.
Marshall, the groom, enjoying a quiet moment before heading to the beach for the wedding.

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.

The beautiful setup at Flamenco beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Flamenco beach is ranked the third most beautiful beach in the world. Flamenco beach is a gorgeous place for a wedding photographer to take pictures of a  happy couple!
The beautiful setup at Flamenco beach on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Flamenco beach is ranked the third most beautiful beach in the world. Flamenco beach is a gorgeous place for a wedding photographer to take pictures of a happy couple!

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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!

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Lyndsay and Marshall holding their wedding rings in a handful of sand from Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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My first Same Sex Wedding LGBT friendly Wedding photographer in Puerto Rico

My first Same Sex Wedding LGBT friendly Wedding photographer in Puerto Rico

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!

Check out some of my other wedding photography here.

Cute matching Bride and Bride hats for Jett and Chelseas Same Sex wedding on Culebra island.
Cute matching Bride and Bride hats for Jett and Chelseas Same Sex wedding on Culebra island.
The beautiful blue water and perfect white sand on flamenco beach make for great wedding photography.
The beautiful blue water and perfect white sand on flamenco beach make for great wedding photography.
Jett and Chelsea showing their Love and Pride on Flamenco beach in this romantic same sex wedding photograph.
Jett and Chelsea showing their Love and Pride on Flamenco beach in this romantic same sex wedding photograph.
It's all about the ladies! LGBT and Same sex friendly wedding photographer.
It’s all about the ladies! LGBT and Same sex friendly wedding photographer.
The ladies get ready to say "I do!"  - LGBT, same sex friendly wedding photographer culebra island.
The ladies get ready to say “I do!” – LGBT, same sex friendly wedding photographer culebra island.