Architectural Photography – Casa Bamboo Costa Rica 2014

I recently photographed a gorgeous house called Casa Bamboo, the owner wanted some good photos for vacation rental marketing. This luxury villa is located in  a small village called Dominicalito on Costa Rica’s central Pacific Coast, between Dominical and Uvita. The villa has outstanding ocean views, I love the windows in the living room fill the house with light. This house is really interesting with it’s many angles and balconies pointed towards the ocean.
There are many beautiful vacation rental houses in Costa Rica, so good professional photographs can really make a huge difference in the marketing of your vacation rental. Your potential renters can really feel the essence of a vacation home and imagine themselves sitting on the terrace or by the pool watching the sunset and listening to the sounds of the jungle.

Please go to my website to see more examples of architectural photography in Costa Rica www.johnwilliamsonphotography.net

I am now on pinterest too – check out my new photos.

John

Costa Rica’s Phosphorescent Waves – 2014

Several year ago I was in Montezuma photographing a wedding at the Ylang Ylang beach Resort. That night walking back along the beach after the ceremony, I was amazed be the phosphorescence in the water.

This weekend, again I was walking back after a wedding at Ylang Ylang and looking out to the ocean I could see an incredible phosphorescent light show in the water.  I stopped for about an hour playing with my camera and taking some amazing long exposure photos. Even as I stepped in the waves I could see the phosphorescence sparkling around my feet in the wet sand, it was a magical photo session.

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The first photo is a 3 1/2 minute Exposure, I love the movement of the water around the rocks, it gives a really ghostly appearance.

The second photo was a 7 minutes exposure. The streaks in the sky are the star moving and the lights on the water are fishing boats in the distance. I am proud to say that this photo was selected by the National Geographic to be their lead image in their weekly space gallery!

Why does this magic light show occur? Certain types of oceanic plankton produce a phosphorescence in a chemical response to the energy produced by the waves movement.

If you would like to see the 2012 of the phosphorescence go to Costa Rica’s Phosphorescent Waves . The photo from 2012 was selected for National Geographic’s Daily Dozen you can compare both photos from 2012 and 2014 on my NatGeo site.

Have a great week,  To find out more about what I am up to follow my Facebook Page and to see more of my Nature and Landscape Photography visit my website

John

Architectural Photography – Villa Ambiente Costa Rica 2013

I have recently been working on an architectural photography project of Villa Ambiente. This eight bedroom luxury villa is located in  a small village called Dominicalito on Costa Rica’s central Pacific Coast, between Dominical and Uvita. The villa has outstanding ocean views and a beautiful outdoor living space to them.. The cocktail bar looking over the ocean is amazing. The eight bedroom are all set off an plant-filled inner atrium ..tropical living at it’s best!

There are many beautiful vacation rental houses in Costa Rica, so good professional photographs can really make a huge difference in the marketing of your vacation rental. Your potential renters can really feel the essence of a vacation home and imagine themselves sitting on the terrace or by the pool watching the sunset and listening to the sounds of the jungle.

Would you like to stay here? Look here for information on renting Villa Ambiente.

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica February 2013

The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica is wonderful place for a destination wedding. Montezuma itself is a small colorful artist-filled town and it’s just a short walk along the beach back to Ylang Ylang’s secluded bungalows set in lush tropical gardens.
An added bonus is that for me to get to Montezuma from Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific coast I need to take a speed boat…Awesome!!
The wedding took place in the grounds of the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort followed by fun photos on the beach and a then the guest returned for an amazing dinner at the Resort.


This wedding was organized by the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma.

10 Things I Love about Costa Rica

On my walk this morning I was pondering to myself all the reasons I chose to live in Costa Rica. Having been away for several months, I can see with a new perspective the natural beauty around me as they say “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”

1. Connection with Nature – I can step out of my house in Manuel Antonio and go for a walk in the Costa Rican rainforest, being close to nature is so good for the soul. And not having to get into a car to do exercise is better for the environment and plus it’s easier!

2. Abundant Wildlife – As I am writing this on my balcony, I have a troop of White Face monkeys passing by. Yesterday morning there were 4 toucans in the tree outside my house, being able to share these impromptu experiences with my daughter is priceless.

3. Fresh Fruit at great prices – The day after we got back from travelling we went to our local market and stocked up on tropical fruits and vegetables. We had tons of stuff for smoothies and stirfries for the whole week and did not break the bank.

4. Diversity – Costa Rica is the most incredibly diverse country: geographically  you can find beaches, rivers, valleys mountains, volcanoes, within a couple of hours drive? There are so many different habitats, such as  cloud forest, tropical rainforest, tropical dry forest, mangroves. This give so many wild and wonderful creatures…sloths, monkeys, toucans, iguanas, leaf cutter ants…incredible.

5. Good Honest Slow  Food – Food here in Costa Rica is cooked from scratch, go to a “soda” or a local cafe and the food might take a while but there is no processed food full of additives and hidden preservatives. In our first week back we went to one of our favorites in Quepos “Esquina de Sabor” and my love for the humble casado (typical plate of chicken, meat of fish with rice, beans and a veg) is BACK!

6. Value – The day after we got back one of my cats cuts himself and I had to take him to the vets to get fixed up.  Anaestisa, stitches,  antibiotics, iodine and a cat of cat food was $25… you can’t beat that.

7. Freedom – Being able to trek to waterfalls and pools in the forest without having to sign a waiver is so refreshing! I love the fact that is Costa Rica you can explore and discover. Even though there Costa Rica is becoming a popular destination you can still easily get of the beaten track.

8. Friends – I love the mix of people here, I have good friends from Costa Rica and from all over that have settled here –  We are, as the ticos would say, an Ensalda (Salad) and it makes an interesting mix.

9. The Beach – Costa Rica has over 800 miles of beach, all of them different and beautiful. My local beach, Manuel Antonio is stunning. We were they yesterday afternoon, in the shade under some almond trees, my daughter was running about getting excited making sand castles and jumping waves…good natural fun. And so beautiful, that’s why so many people choose Costa Rica for their weddings.

10. A Healthy “Pura Vida” Life Style – It is easy to be healthy here, food choices are healthy, activities are energetic (in my first week back I have been snorkeling, walking on the beach and in the jungle, swimming and lots of playing with my little girl) Admittedly I have been to a couple of sunset happy hours, but drinking an ice-cold beer with good friends in a bamboo rancho surrounded by plants with an ocean view has got to be good for you somehow..right?!

Anyway I hope you enjoy my ponderings on this lazy Sunday, a little rest before the crazy summer photography season starts here in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica’s Phosphorescent Waves

A couple months ago I went to Montezuma, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, to photograph a wedding, it was a few days before the full moon and the beach was really light even at 10pm at night. Looking out to the ocean, I could see this electrical charge of light as the large waves crashed against the beach. Certain types of oceanic plankton produce a phosphorescence in a chemical response to the energy produced by the waves movement. This gave me a wonderful light show and a slow shutter speed gave the beach an ethereal effect. Glad I had my camera but I think I would have preferred my surf board!


What would you have preferred your Camera or your Board?!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend. To find out more about what I am up to you can like my Facebook Page “Photography in Costa Rica”

John

Architectural Photography Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2012

Last month I was working on an architectural photography project of The Pacific Souss Hotel. The hotel is located on the Punta Quepos Headland so has outstanding ocean views and a unique combination of both minimalist and luxurious design.

There are many beautiful hotels in Costa Rica so professional photos are required to enhance their marketing and get the feel of the hotel. Here are a few of the photos…


Good professional photographs can really make a huge difference in your marketing of your hotel, your clients can really feel the essence of a hotel and imagine themselves sitting on the terrace or by the pool watching the sunset and listening to the sounds of the jungle.

Wedding in the Osa Peninsular Costa Rica January 2012

What luck, a wedding to photograph in such a beautiful and wild part of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula! This wedding took place on the beach in front of the Iguana Lodge, in Puerto Jimenez followed by a beach reception with a fabulous bonfire.


This wedding took place at the Iguana Lodge in Puerto Jimenez, which is on the Osa Peninsular on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Puerto Jimenez is close to the Corcovado National Park, which is one of Costa Rica’s most untouched areas and therefore has an abundance of wildlife.

It’s not JUST a house…

This week has been a busy week, with four weddings and a family portrait shoot, but I started off the week with some architectural photography.

Many people in Costa Rica have beautiful homes which are used as vacation rental properties for at least part of the year, and are looking for spectacular photos to enhance their marketing. Other people are looking to sell their homes and need that added edge in the real estate market

This week I photographed an amazing home located in the center of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, here are a few of the photos…


Great Photographs can really make a huge difference in your marketing of your property, your clients can really feel the essence of a home and imagine themselves sitting on your terrace watching the sunset and listening to the sounds of the jungle.

Here comes summer…

Many people seem to think that Costa Rica is all about endless sunshine, playing on the beach and romping through the sun-dappled rainforest. Well, I am pleased to say that is mainly true, BUT in Costa Rica, we do have a “Green Season” too.

So what is this “Green Season”?? A typical day has beautiful sunny mornings and then in the afternoon, like clockwork  the clouds gather and there is rain……hard, tropical rain for an hour or two, sometimes more sometimes less, but one thing is for sure there is nearly always rain.

I personally quite like the rainy season. Firstly, the rain is warm! In the rainy season the rainforest is much lusher and filled with fabulous waterfalls, there are beautiful sunsets created by the clouds and there are fewer people!


From a photographers point of view it is the quiet season, fewer people means less weddings and less portraits. But it gives us a breath of fresh air to rejuvenate us for the crazy, high season that is just starting.
Amongst nature photography and house repairs, this green season I have been able to spend lots of time with my family and wonderful new baby daughter. We are however looking forward to the high season…someone has to pay for all those diapers!

Preparation is key in Wedding Photography

It is a huge responsibility to photographing a couple’s wedding day and it is one of the most emotional, intense jobs in the photographic industry. There are no opportunities to re-shoot, so it’s important to get it right first time!

I have been photographing weddings for the past 10 years, and the last 7 years here in Costa Rica. A lot of people that I have met throughout the years think that wedding photography is a glamorous job, it’s not really! But it is one that I am very passionate about, and it is one that you have to put a lot of energy and emotion into. It is very important to connect and get close to your clients, then you will get your clients to feel comfortable and get photographs that reflect who they are.

Meeting or communication with the couple before the big day is an important part of this process. A lot of my clients come to Costa Rica for a destination wedding so time is limited,  if we can meet up before it is great, but we can also get to know each other easily with email or phone.

We go over the logistics of the day, plus any special events that I need to look out for, what they might be looking for in the terms of couple and group photographs. Most people admit that they are nervous about being in front of the camera….by getting to know the clients this can make for relaxed and fun photographs..and a fantastic wedding day.

If you would like to see more of my Photography work, please go to my Wedding Photography Website or my Architectural Photography Website

Why Costa Rica?

So how did  I end up in Costa Rica?

I think I have always had a lust for travel, nature, photography and adventure…It all started when I was a wee baby born in Ireland, when I was just 1 years old, my parents decided to start a new life for our family in the USA, so my parents, 2 older sisters and I all moved to the east coast state of Virginia. This is where I developed my deep love of nature and later for photography. As a child, I had the freedom to roam in the Blue Ridge Mountains, putting insects in my pockets and following tracks of animals, only coming home as dusk started to settle. As I grew older I realized I wanted to capture moments of nature’s glory to remember forever and this is when I first started to take photos.

Living in Costa Rica gives me daily moments that I can be immersed in nature, and more than enough adventure to fulfill my childhood dream of being Indiana Jones. Manuel Antonio, the town where I live, is like an adventure activity playground where kayaking, canyoning, surfing, and scuba diving are the normal weekend activities, I live in a house where the monkeys run across my roof every morning and back again in the afternoon.

Some of my more memorable nature photography moments have taken place here. Photographing the amazing diversity of creatures, from the tiny, colorful insects to the slow-moving moss-covered sloths. You are never quite sure what might surprise you, like the 15 ft boa constrictor I found outside my house last week…my motto is always keep a camera handy!

For these reasons I chose to settle here in Costa Rica, now I have been here over 10 years and can really call the jungle paradise my home.