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January 1, 2016
Jamaica Wedding Photography and Destination WeddingsLet me start by expressing how grateful I am that you have made it to my page and since you are here I suppose you are seeking a fine arts or wedding photographer; if such is the case, you've come to the right place. Jamaica is a beautiful place for destination weddings and this wonderfully located island country offers some amazing backdrops for the perfect wedding shots; combine that with the right photographer and you are bound to have extraordinary images. Now let's be frank, I may not be your ideal photographer (and that's ok) as my style may not appeal to you, but I am sure (if not) you will be able to find someone that suits your needs from the awesome pool of talents here in Jamaica. Before you delve into my work, here's a little info about my shooting style and process.
I consider myself a fine arts photographer who shoots weddings, this is because I focus more on the story than just capturing random or sporadic frames. Each moment of a wedding day represents the culmination of everything happening in that single instance, my job is to cease those moments indefinitely in the most artistic way possible. I started out as a fine arts photographer before I discovered wedding photography, so my mind is always operating along the narrative of extrapolating the best emotional resonance I can from each scene or click. Yes, it is your wedding day and mine too because your wedding is personal to me. You'd have endowed me with the task of preserving moments of possibly the most important day of your life, such a task I do not take lightly. Oh, did I mention I'm a fun guy? Yes! I sing for my clients and crack corny jokes and trust me they never work, lol! I guess that's actually what makes them work, the fact that they don't.
Ok let's get back on track. Amidst the tropical climate and the scenic beauty of this beautiful country, Jamaica hits the right chord when it comes to photography, especially for your big day! So for all of those who are planning a destination wedding in Jamaica and wish to make the most out of the photographs, here are a few tips and suggestions that might help:
• Get the beach in!
One of the most effective tips that anyone will ever give you when it comes to your Jamaican destination wedding is to include the beach in some of your wedding shots. The true Jamaican texture and feel can only be captured if the magical blue ocean can be included in the shots. If you are not getting married on the beach itself, then make sure you take time to head to one. You can either do this in broad daylight or even when the sun sets.
• Head to Dunn’s River falls!
If you truly want to capture Jamaica in your wedding pictures, then you must check out Dunn’s River fall a little before your wedding and see if you like it as a possible background for wedding photography. If yes, then this could be a wonderful location for photography as it takes you away from the crowds and makes for a romantic getaway as well!
• Appleton Estate Rum
This rum estate is a perfect place to add culture to your Jamaica wedding photographs. This estate organized tours for visitors but you can acquire permission for photography beforehand and get a few shots clicked here in its very raw environment. Ask your photographer to check out the place in advance and figure out a few good frames.
• Off The Beaten Path
It is often said that the best secrets are well kept, at least I think that's how it goes. Feel free to ask me about locations that may not be directly available in the public records. Jamaica has a lot to offer, not just the well known attractions but beautiful locations tucked away in its pristine environment. It is important that you discuss such ideas with your photographer because when its all over the only thing you will have to relive your experience and wedding in Jamaica will be your photographs, so how about preserving with uncommon style in diverse locations?
• Get candid!
The whole idea behind destination specific weddings in Jamaica is to take in as much rhythm of the place as possible during the wedding ceremony and also during the photography sessions. But posing formally even at beaches won’t help. Hence when you are outdoors, try to get only candid shots clicked. Posing in front of a waterfall sounds unnatural, doesn’t it? So let go and forget that a camera is pointed at you.
November 20, 2014
Photography is just not about the shutter, aperture or exposure, those are all just peripherals; it is about the moment, or better yet moments which can transcend time. About 3 years ago my style became completely revolutionized. It was the first time an image made my Vogue Italia portfolio. The editor in her words stated, "A good photograph needs to have a soul, be open, not provide answers but rather trigger questions, it needs to intrigue, have several layers of meaning and not be dull, flat, banal or one-dimensional." That statement completely shattered my prior one dimensional view of photography for both fine arts and weddings. My emphasis was always based on the objective perception, that is for many persons to acquire the same meaning, but that is so limited in many ways more than one. The problem with objectivity ( even though it's useful in some realms of art) is that the artist tells the story, but with subjectivity the viewer creates their own. I then employed the perspective of subjectivity and with such I brought soul to my work. This soul became much more than just the resonance of emotions, it was the culmination of telling stories whilst preserving the authenticity of each moment. I transferred this art of telling stories from my fine arts background to my weddings and the results became like poetry, sweet to the tongue, warm to the heart and soothing to the mind.
November 10, 2014
Wedding Photography & Destination Weddings.Every year millions of tourist flock to the Caribbean in search of the perfect location to seal deal. Are you someone who is still wondering whether destination wedding is a good idea for you or not? While for some, a destination wedding in the Caribbean may seem like a sure shot decision, others may still be a little confused. No matter what your choice is, a destination wedding is a beautiful concept. Whether it is the blue ocean in the background of a beach wedding or the setting sun on the mountain top, destination weddings are in vogue and for a worthy enough reason. A wedding on an overseas or out of town land is a unique and unforgettable experience. You can make each of the ceremonies completely your own and add a twist to it to reflect the feel of the destination. A destination wedding is truly unlike any other wedding. Moreover, the kind of gathering opportunity a destination wedding offers is impossible to obtain at any other wedding ceremony. Destination weddings last not just for the day of the wedding but go on for a string of days together which gives a family an opportunity to spend a decent period of time with one another. Also, the couple who is getting married gets enough time to have a one-on-one with each of the guest, which is not possible during regular weddings. Destination weddings are not just limited to the wedding functions, song and dance and ceremonies but can also be extended to a family vacation or holiday at your favorite destination. The entire family and extended guests get to visit and enjoy a destination together and spend those couple of days happily together. Whereas the same is not possible during regular weddings where guests enjoy for as long as they are at the ceremony, which is usually not more than a few hours a day. The kind of options you get for decoration, cuisine and theme are definitely more when it comes to destination weddings. And not to forget, destination weddings have many more ideas for wedding photography. Imagine getting photos clicked in front of Eiffel tower during a destination wedding in Paris and that too with the person you love the most. No more using Photoshop to include monuments and natural sights into your photo album as a destination wedding offers wonders of its own. Doesn’t that sound truly amazing? Well yes, that’s the beauty of destination weddings. So if you are convinced even a little bit, go on and book that destination wedding of your dreams. You will be surprised with how happy it can make you and your guests. Remember to book in advance to avoid making it a hefty affair!
October 1, 2014
Moments after the wedding of Kate and Anthony, we scuttled around the hotel property of Couples Negril taking advantage of each of its beautiful location. The radiance and utter chemistry between both Kate and Anthony permeated the air like the scent of daisies on a windy spring afternoon. I could tell they were both comfortable in front of the camera, not because of how natural they assimilated each position but because of how they seemed to inadvertently forget I was even there, all I had to do was provide slight indications of that which was needed to attain suitable frames; this made my work even easier. We traveled the entire extent of the hotel property whilst I documented their journey accordingly. It seemed even mother nature was in agreement with their love as the various settings they were in complemented them without hesitation- they gave life to their environment. After about 20 minutes of photographing we came to an isolated room area where there was a porch facing the ocean. At this point she was engaged in a mild conversation with her husband, I gently motioned and Anthony took notice, "Oh you're ready?" he asked, I responded accordingly, " yes, I'm just going to capture a few portraits with you both on the patio sofa." I went over in a haste to sit before the sofa and beckoned to my lighting assistant (Jason Barnett) to be ready as I wanted to capture a few candids of their journey to the sofa...Then it hit me; I saw an image of her sitting in the sofa just exuding an expression of self, there was nothing complicated about it, it was like poetry, at least to me. I quickly signaled to them both and ask if I could have a portrait shot with just Kate before we proceed, Anthony smiled in acknowledgement. She went over and sat on the sofa and I said to her, "I want to capture the essence of who you are, an image that represents and culminates this day for you." That was it, that was all that needed to be said; I mildly directed her and without a moments hesitation she lowered her head, cast her eyes downward, exhaled a familiar sigh of joy which seemed to had release the idea that had impressed itself upon me earlier, it was deja vu; I smiled internally and with my supposedly 12,000th click I captured her soul's expression. Kate's Photograph above became one of my most critically acclaimed photographs, it was even ranked number one on the photography hallmark website 500px for almost two consecutive days.
October 1, 2014
Christopher and Dasha's wedding was nothing short of phenomenal. From the moment we met it had dawned on me that these two shared a rare kind of love, the kind that consumes you just to be in their presence, it was genuine, natural and effortless. They complemented each other as the clouds to the sky on a beautiful summer's evening; they were ready to officially culminate their love for each other and mine was the task to preserve this blessed opportunity. They had reserved one of the most beautiful locations to get married at the Grand Palladium hotel. They choose the gazebo that stood at the edge of a cliff back-dropped by the beautiful Caribbean sea, it was truly breath taking sight. The grooms men were swagged in vintage style suits will the bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses which complemented the decorations of the site and at large the very aesthetics of the environment, the coordination and details were executed mercilessly. The wedding procession proceeded as one would have expected, it was filled with laughter and expressions of love which resonated throughout the atmosphere, it was joyous occasion and even such a word as 'joyous' seems to be an understatement. "You may kiss the bride," the pastors words reverberated throughout the air and with a sudden gesture Christopher swayed Dasha over towards the isle and serenaded her lips with his 'click click' and it was over. I felt I had captured one of the most elusive first kiss photographs of my career, it was a product of my shooting position and their spontaneous nature, it was chemistry; this was a culmination of great things to come. NB: Christopher & Dasha's Wedding took place in Jamaica at The Grand Palladium hotel in Lucea, Hanover. To see more of their photographs please visit our Photo Gallery Page
September 22, 2014
Capturing photographs during a marital ceremony is quite commonly sought after by the couple. This is the process that allows the couple to look back on the occasion and have the ability to simply have memories of their special day. This is usually an effort that is best left to a competent and skilled professional. Anyone that is getting married in Jamaica has an amazing number of professional options available when considered. This often creates a great deal of confusion when considering what options should be considered for their event. Keeping several considerations in mind ensures this hiring process is performed in an effective manner. Couples often begin their efforts by completing a detailed portfolio review. The portfolios that are maintained by professionals are able to help offer some of the best insights into how skilled they are. Paying attention to quality and creativity is usually common in this process. There should also be an assessment of the personality that is demonstrated by the professional. These are usually central figures in the ceremony and will have contact with a vast majority of attendees to the event. This makes it crucial to ensure they are warm and friendly. What is involved is being diligent in the research to find the right one. Each photographer will have his or her own special style of doing things and talent to take the right pictures. Thank you for reading, I truly hope you found this information beneficial.
May 18, 2014
"What is it that inspires your work and style of editing?" I've been ask that question alot and each time the answer that I provide remains constant, "God". No I'm not a religious freak but I am a righteous person, one who is dependent on unorthodox inspiration in order to attain certain photographs and produce work of a certain caliber, therefore there is no simpler or less polarizing way to put it, God inspires me. I could have easily said a world renowned artist inspires my work or I could make up countless stories of how I garnered certain photographs. The truth is there are artists that I respect and whose work I hold to a high stature, but my goal is not produce work of similar style in order to be considered amongst the greats but rather to create my own sphere of art that connects with people and create/invoke emotions that raises questions and provide answers. I believe a photograph serves two purpose, it must either ask or provide, but if it does neither then one has already failed as a photographer. I consider myself to be a Vintage Stylistic and Minimalistic Photographer. Most of my photographs are representative of such. I don't believe there is a set standard for tones in relation to photography, what I do believe is that a photographs tone is dependent on the mood being depicted. Despite being more inclined to capturing photographs representative of my style I also ensure to meet the requirements of my clients. Therefore not all my photographs are edited to represent vintage stylism or captured through a minimalistic perspective. I represent a mixture of styles with those aspects being the most dominant as they are representative of who I am. With such I ensure that i provide three versions to every photo taken. Let's say I have completed your wedding and have a total of 500 photographs. Those 500 may be multiplied by two or three; for every photo that represents Vintage Stylism there will also be the other version with standard tones and quite possibly another in monochrome (black and white). Not all photographs can be edited vintage stylistically or monochrome for that matter. Wedding photography is more than just capturing a photographic record of events before, during and after the marital ceremony. I seek to create enduring, lasting memories that capture immortalize the wonder and magic of that special day. My passion is to create memories that will always invoke the sentiments and utter excellence of that beautiful day when two souls become one.
May 17, 2014
Tips to help you plan that perfect wedding! For almost every person in the world, especially for females, the day of their wedding is the most special day in the lifetime and is one day which they wish goes perfectly. But behind a fairytale wedding goes on a lot of planning, detailing, months of hard-work and proper management. For some, planning of the wedding is more adventurous than the wedding itself! Amidst the chaos, the confusion and the zest to have a perfect wedding day, there are some tips which can come to your rescue. Well, take a look: • Plan out a budget The first and the most important step that must be taken before actually starting all the planning, the bookings and the hiring is to decide on a budget. It is very important to figure out a decent and practical budget for the wedding and then go on to the bookings only with a budget in mind. Without a definite restriction on the expenditure, you will most likely overspend and then regret later. Thus it is better to be smart about it! • Allocate duties Doing all the planning from the cake, to the decoration, to the music and to the photography is not a one person job. Avoid taking all that stress on your shoulders and allocate and distribute duties among a close group of people. If you have chosen a bridesmaid then try taking her help or engage a few family members or friends to help you out. This is a more organized way to planning a wedding • Decide on a venue One of the most important things associated with wedding planning is the venue. You would want your wedding to be set in a fairytale land but it is better to be practical about it. Choose a location which matches your expectations but also fits the budget. If you are planning on a destination wedding, then research your options well and if possible, try visiting the destination before booking it. • Hire the caterer, the decorator and the music band The next step is to do all the hiring and booking work. You will need a caterer for the food, a decorator for the venue decoration, a music band for the party and also even an event planner to decide on the sequence of events. Make sure you make these bookings only after comparing a few options and their prices. It is a lot better if the services of your hired service providers have been tried and tested before by someone you know. • Hire a photographer Any wedding is incomplete without the memories of it captured away through photographs. Your photographer must not only be experienced and technically equipped but also creative and imaginative. Make sure you take a look at the photographer’s previous work before hiring him for the shoot. Focus on one which believes in candid photography. • Have a backup plan For everything that you plan, make sure you have a backup plan in store. You must be prepared for any circumstance or situation. Order a little more food than required, have a backup musician on your list and make proper weather proof arrangements for the dinner!
May 17, 2014
What is the identity of photography? It may not be as valued today or classically seated with it’s creative counterparts, but at its core, it is art. Normally it is assumed the work and what it takes to become a photographer is quite easy; preposterous! Everyone believes that they can take a picture, hence that makes them a photographer. Sure, anyone can take a photo. Synonymously, anyone can paint, but will that painting be something of an Avant Garde degree or of prime standard? Though such is dependent on the observer and one’s perception of acceptable, question is… will your work separate you from the herd? Photography is art, being artistic is not a skill, it is a talent. A skill is inculcated, facilitated and developed by man. Talent on the other hand can be described as being innate, instilled by God. A person cannot be taught creativity, no one teaches creativity, what you believe to have been taught was already innate to you. You however, can be taught the process to exude creativity, but that process is not what gives you creativity. The quintessential photographer bears many accolades, he is not just an artist or visual composer but also a technical savant and lighting director. It is important to understand that in order to be the quintessential photographer talent alone will not suffice, skills are required. Talent is not what operates a DLSR camera in manual mode, those are skills inculcated, facilitated and developed. You were not born with the knowledge of operating a camera, however it could easily be proven from an early age that you possessed artistic abilities without the interference of mankind’s notions and precepts. This is where skill meets talent, hence photography is at the apex of artistic composition. In no other facet of still artistry is the skill required to operate tool, combined with talent as exhaustive and immense as with that of photography. An artist picks up a brush, mixes his paint, selects surface and constructs his composition. The brush and paint represent his tool. Simple tools which do not require any form of advance understanding to operate. A photographer picks up his camera, turns it on, selects his composition, frames shot, sets his ISO, adjusts F. Stop, increase-decrease shutter exposure time, adjust focal length (exclusive of lighting setup)…snap! Of course the principal factor between the two would be the time it takes to construct the image. There are many strengths and weaknesses with both aspects. However an artist mainly operates on the basis of pure talent, without the requirement of skills. It is worth understanding therefore, that even if a person is a talented artist with an abundance creative thoughts, it is no good to him as a photographer if his skills of operating a camera are inadequate. Similarly, a person who lacks creativity/artistry but is highly skilled with the understanding and operation of a camera may often end up in what is known as, “photographer’s rut/block” having few or no ideas of his own to construct compositions. Over the past few months I’ve spent a vast amount of time capitalizing on my artistic abilities as well as my skills of operating a camera in diverse scenarios which require quick thinking and thorough manipulation of such abilities. What I have garnered through such is this: Good taste is an inhibitor of greatness. Do not allow yourself to be defined by the parameters of mankind, good taste is what keeps you average and undervalued. If you want to exude excellence, keep that quote in mind. It came to me whilst observing the work of some of two of the world’s most accomplished and creative photographers, Seb Janial & Karl Taylor. I have learnt that to be the best and stand out from the herd of photographers and herd mentality, it is imperative that you find your niche/style and capitalize on it through an uncultured perspective. There are two factors which facilitate creativity: curiosity and awareness. That is to discover, explore and establish whilst being aware of that which already exists, but being sure not to tread the same path that has already been trampled. Create your own sphere of excellence and let others marvel in awe. Step outside the sphere of social conditioning and precepts of mankind which has taught you, “Yes, this is how things work and this is what defines true standards of perfection.” Nonsense! It is those standards that have worked to inadvertently limit you your entire life, those cultured beliefs have restrained you like reins to a horse. If you allow yourself to be defined by the standards others have set for you, or that which you have been taught, then I’m sorry, you’ve been deposited deep in the rabbit hole of societal conditioning. Enlist your mind to think in an unorthodox manner, do not allow yourself to be confined and confused like rats in a labyrinth. There is a creativity in you, whether born of talent or inculcated skills. All kids are creative-Pablo Picasso; it is when they start to grow and societal conditioning sets in that such becomes thwarted. All artists are creative, they are capable of uniquely recomposing that which already exists visually or imaginatively, despite such, the fact that a person is an artist does not necessarily make them more creative than a person who isn’t. Therefore my fellow reader, the secret to the creativity and excellence in you is already within you, even if it is NOT a God given talent. Like I said initially, creative cannot be taught or spontaneously impress itself upon you, only with the right condition it can develop gradually and be sustained. Dedicate yourself to developing your skill or expanding your talent emotionally and intellectually. Truth is: You don’t have to be an Einstein or Newton, it has nothing to do with your schooling or IQ- It has everything to do with the process. Strip back the layers and at the core of the best photographers and you will find: Diligence in assimilation of information, amalgamation of ideas, a lack of good taste (Uncultured Perspective) and for some, there is the addition of talent. Experience the art of Jamaica Wedding Photography