Brittany and Chris are getting married in Costa Rica in 2019. It isn't often that I get to photograph my wedding couples before their wedding day. It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph them. They were staying at Villas Alturas, a mountain top wildlife sanctuary with views overlooking the "whale's tail" in Uvita, Costa Rica.
Anna and her beautiful family traveled from New York City to stay at the Discovery Beach House for the holidays. During that stay she wanted to get family photos, as it had been a long time (and two kids later) since they had last taken family portraits. The kids two grandmothers were also with them so it was a great opportunity to get photos of everyone together.
It was a beautiful day with a fantastic sunset. We walked from the Discovery Beach House right onto the beach, and stopped along the way for photos.
Monique and Derrick took a vacation together to Costa Rica, but this was not just any vacation, this was a no kids vacation. I think any parent can relate to this when I say that family vacations and "no kids" vacations are two completely different things. Of course we all love vacationing with our families, and Monique and Derrick are no exception, but we also love vacationing without our families as that is when we, as adults and parents, really feel like we are 100% on vacation. This sweet couple took advantage of being alone for the week to take some romantic photos of just the two of them on the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio.
Monique and Derrick climbed out onto one of the volcanic rocks in the oceans tide. It made for gorgeous photos. On the way back they had to run in before the next wave came and soaked them.
Vanessa and Thai contacted me about taking portraits for their 10 year anniversary. They were staying at Oxygen Jungle Villas, in the mountains of Uvita. We started up by the villas in the more groomed greenery and then hiked from there to the nearby waterfall. The couple ended the session with some flirty-fun portraits in bathing suits.
Courtney and Matthew honeymooned in a few different countries (lucky them!), Costa Rica being one of them. It is an interesting story of how I met this lovely couple. A friend of theirs got married a few months before in Costa Rica, and I was the photographer. So when they returned to the country they decided to contact me to take some honeymoon photos.
It was an overcast day to say the least. We weren't sure if the rain would hold out, and it almost didn't. We had walked quite a bit from where we had parked, and had to walk back through pouring rain right after the session. the rain was coming down so hard that you couldn't even see the islands on the horizon anymore. Luckily they were an easy going couple and didn't mind getting a bit wet.
Photography: Yours Truly
Location: Manuel Antonio Beach
I don't normally blog about family portraits but I thought it would be nice to have some variety in my posts. This family was vacationing here and decided to surprise their mother with family portraits on the beach. It is actually 3 families in one, as the children are now grown and have families of their own. The tide was very high but we managed to get some beautiful sunset photographs to preserve the memory of their trip here.
Julio, Sarah and their beautiful daughter came to Costa Rica from Spain. They were headed here on a family vacation, and thought that it would be a good idea to finally tie the knot. We did things a little out of order, taking portraits early in the morning and then having the ceremony in the early evening.
After our morning session at the beach the family spent their day in the national park in Manuel Antonio. In the evening we all met again at Costa Verde, where Isabel (Costa Verde's wedding planner) helped facilitate the ceremony. It was very intimate and they were joined by another couple from Spain that they had met on their vacation.
About mid ceremony it started to sprinkle. We continued but eventually it started to pick up so the couple was given an umbrella.
Photography: Yours truly
Venue: Costa Verde Hotel
Wedding Planner: Isabel Vargas
Officiant: Jorge Luis Chaves
Flowers: Floristeria Quepos
Anne and her lovely family came to Costa Rica for vacation from Texas. We has planned to do a sunset shoot the evening before, but due to rain we did an early morning session instead.
Anne is actually a photographer herself. I was excited to be able to take photos of her, as she normally is not in a lot of her family photos she takes.
Tina and her family wanted to take beautiful family portraits on the beaches of Costa Rica while they were vacationing here. Mother nature didn't want us to. We originally were going to take the photos at Los Suenos Resort, where the family was staying for most of their trip, but as it sometimes does in July in Costa Rica, the rain storms came in. We ended up rescheduling a few times by the time we were actually able to meet, but the photos turned out beautiful so I am happy it all worked out.
The boys just LOVED it when I asked them to put their arms around one another...not. Although you can't tell at all in the photo!
I always touch on wardrobe with my clients before they make their trip here, just to make sure everything will look cohesive in the photos. Tina was super prepared, she even emailed me a photo of the family in their outfits before hand to see what I thought. She did a great job, as you can see, the colors work perfectly with one another and with the setting.
I was checking the weather constantly the whole day before this session took place. The rains had just started coming in, and it had been raining every evening for the past week, so I was not optimistic. The weather held out but we could see the storm coming in over the horizon, which made for a very interesting sunset. The rain began just as the session wrapped up, I think it was meant to be.
We started the session near some large boulders on the beach, a stark contrast to the ocean backdrop that would come next.
You can clearly see which direction the storm was coming from. The clouds were thick on the left and let no light through whatsoever. It creates a bit of a different mood.
Sibling love. You could tell this family was enjoying their vacation, completely relaxed and full of smiles.
We took a break from group photos mid-session and did some couples portraits.
We finished off the session by having a little fun and getting our feet wet. This wave came out of no where and surprised the group as the rest of the waves were much smaller.
Hi Everyone! My name is Madison aka Madi and I am a photographer who LOVES weddings!