Intimate Beach Elopement – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2014

This intimate beach elopement ceremony took place on the Tulemar Beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The bride and groom were staying in the Buena Vista Villas, my wife and I met them at their villa before going down to the beach. The afternoon was absolutely perfect, the weather the ceremony and the sunset could not have been better. My wife, Katharine, conducted the ceremony, (as the couple had been legally married in the US, she was able to be a non-legal officiate). After the ceremony we took a few aerial photos and then got some portraits using various backdrops. The bride was particularly keen to get in the water for some “Trash the Dress” photos. As the sun went down I surprised them with a wish lantern, it was such a special moment, my wife and I both felt moved just watching them…an amazing couple, best of luck!

Location: Buena Vista Villas
Hair: Monica Mosapor
Officiate: Katharine Evans
Photography: John Williamson

Surprise Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica February 2014

February is the month for romance! We’ve had the fabulously romantic sailboat engagement and now a surprise wedding!
When my good friend called me, telling me that her cousin wanted to surprise her boyfriend with a wedding, I thought..this is going to be FUN!
The couple were engaged but had just not got round to tying the knot, so this was a great relaxed way to it do it. To entice the unsuspecting groom the Tulemar Beach in Manuel Antonio we made up a story about my friend needing some photos done. And when they arrived at the beach there was an officiant and flowers…the fiancee was over joyed and it was a lovely simply beach ceremony….ahh vive la romance!


Have a wonderful weekend!

John

Beach Wedding at “The Bali House” – Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica – Jan 2014

This beautiful beach wedding took place at sunset of Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio’s main beach. The wedding party were all staying at the stunning Casa Akira, often know as “The Bali House”. Casa Akira is one of the very few beach front rental properties in Manuel Antonio, there is a short trail from the house to the beach through beautiful jungle gardens. This means the wedding party could “step out” on the gorgeous Manuel Antonio beach, but still have privacy. Such a beautiful day, gorgeous colors and lovely people.

I have included several photographs of the lighting of the paper lanterns, as I love these images! They captured such a wonderful moment!


Location: Casa Akira (The Bali House) Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Feliz Dia de Amor y Amistad!
John

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.

Beach Elopement – Montezuma Costa Rica November 2013

Montezuma is a laid back artsy little town on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. A perfect location for this couple from Canada! This elopement wedding took place on the beach, there was a little sprinkle during the ceremony, but that did not stop us…it’s lucky too!


This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma. 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 to Ylang Ylang’s secluded bungalows set in lush tropical gardens.

John

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica November 2013

This French Canadian couple got married on the beach in front of the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica. The wedding was conducted in both French and English. The bride wore red and she looked stunning and I love how the red pops out against the darkening sky. The group returned to the hotel for a fun reception party and then had a bonfire on the beach. Check out the last photo of the couple next to bonfire, I managed to capture a lightening bolt over the ocean for an epic wedding photo!


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

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.

A Rainforest Vow Renewal – Rainmaker Costa Rica August 2012

This adventurous couple wanted to celebrate their marriage in the heart of the Costa Rican Rainforest. The couple had done a civil service in the US, but wanted to their wedding memories to be a little more personal and romantic! We conducted the vow renewal ceremony at Rainmaker, just a short drive from Manuel Antonio. This spot by the river is about a 20 minute hike into Rainmaker along rainforest trails. After a change out of hiking gear into wedding attire my soon to be wife, Katharine, conducted the vow renewal. The glorious back drop of the Costa Rican rainforest combined with a wonderfully happy couple made taking photographs easy! Congratulations to you both!


The following photographs are a few of the hike in and a few fun ones that we took on the hike out…I hope you enjoy them!

 

It’s my own wedding next week…so over and out for now!

John

Trash the Dress – Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica July 2012

This bride and groom decided they wanted something a little different for their wedding photographs. The day after their beautiful hill-top wedding in Manuel Antonio we headed to the beach for a “Trash the Dress” photo session. We got some dramatic photographs against the volcanic rock and fun, romantic shots in the sand, then to the water! We got some gorgeous photographs in the waves, before a big swell came in, look at the 3rd ocean photo! We then returned to their Villa and took some stunning underwater photos, I love the one of the bride floating with the orchids…


The wedding ceremony took place  at La Reserva in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; look at my previous Blog post “Sunset Wedding” to see the photos.

Sunset Wedding – La Reserva Manuel Antonio Costa Rica July 2012

A wonderful July wedding set on a Ocean-View hill-top in Manuel Antonio. This wedding was held at Casa Paraiso, one of La Reserva’s fantastic rental homes. The wedding had a wonderful relaxed feel with all the family staying at Casa Paraiso. The ceremony took place just a short walk away down the aisle, under a canopy strung with fresh orchids. The weather was perfect for the ceremony and on queue dramatic clouds gathered for some stunning sunset shots. The Wedding party returned to Casa Paraiso for cocktails and the reception dinner.


This beautiful wedding was planned by The Special Events Department at La Reserva in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and catered by Ernesto Saavedra from Tamarindo Spice, Manuel Antonio.

My next Blog post will be the amazing Trash the Dress Photo Session that we did the day after the wedding..Awesome!

Nature Photography in the Rainforest, Costa Rica 2012

Over my years here in Costa Rica I have hiked into the jungle countless times, carrying not much more than my camera and water. This is when I feel alive, creeping along listening out for a rustling of leaves, a “ting” of a glass frog..like a hunter armed with a gentler sort of Canon. I realized that I have not been sharing these photographs of various Costa Rican critters that I have found, this is a collection of photographs I have taken over the last 6 months…and have been meaning to post!


Most of these photos have been taken at Rainmaker; during some amazing adventures with friends and family, hikes with their incredible nature guides, plus several night excursions, the last photo is of me on one of the hanging bridges.

Feliz Lunes!
John

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

Commitment Ceremony on Montezuma Beach Costa Rica April 2012

This intimate commitment ceremony took place on the stunning Montezuma Beach. This was my first same-sex ceremony and it could not have been a nicer couple, it was very relaxed – and I am really happy with how the photos came out. Montezuma is one of my favorite parts of this coast as it has a lot of exposed volcanic rock, which makes for some dramatic photos.


This commitment ceremony was organized by the couple they stayed at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma.

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 Photography: Reception Decorations

Mostly wedding photographs are of people who are celebrating their day, but other beautiful photographs may not contain people at all. These are not photographs that will go onto your wall, but remember to take photographs of the Decor, they will bring great memories in years to come.


These are a few examples of decor from weddings that I have photographed in Costa Rica. I just take the pictures the wedding planners do all the decoration! To see more of my photography work please go to my wedding website www.weddingphotoscostarica.com  I just updated my website with new photos of the 2012 wedding season in Costa Rica..enjoy!

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.

Family Portraits Manuel Antonio Costa Rica January 2012

Last week I got the opportunity to photograph a beautiful family. A couple were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary by bringing all their children and grandchildren to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. We did a sunset family portrait session at Casa Punto de Vista. They really enjoyed the session, it was so much fun!

 

 

 

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.

What style of wedding photography do YOU like?

There are quite a few different styles of wedding photography, what do you think would suit you?? ..What’s chic? But what would Great Auntie Vera like? What would you like hang on your wall? What will still look good on your mantle piece for your 40th wedding anniversary?!

So lets looks at Traditional Wedding Photography…

Traditional style wedding photography up to about 15 or 20 years ago WAS Wedding Photography, but in recent years it has gone a bit out of fashion. Most people think of traditional wedding photography as hours of tedious, group photographs, “The Bride and Groom with his family”, “the Bride and Groom with her family”, “the Bride and Groom with the ushers” etc.  Even though it is a bit out of fashion, don’t disregard it completely, traditional photography has stood the test of time and will always produce photos that you will look back at over the years.  Great Auntie Vera will expect this type of picture from your wedding and even through it is not fashionable at the moment these will still be the pictures you see hanging on walls. Plus you can get some fun group photos and it doesn’t have to take hours, just a few photos with you family and best friends.

How about Photo-journalistic Wedding Photography?

This is more in fashion at the moment. A photo-journalistic approach will give you a story of your wedding day, recording the events as they happen. There usually is not any formally posed pictures and the photographer stays in the background and photographs various parts of the day. At the end of the day you will have a photo album of what went on, which will always bring back happy memories. However, the disadvantage is that you are relying on the photographers instincts and they may miss something important to you. You may also regret the lack of formal images of friends and family in your album.

What is Contemporary Wedding Photography??

This type of photography uses beautiful backgrounds and perfect of interesting lighting to make the set and the bride and groom appear idealized – when done properly the results can be stunning! These will be the pictures that look like they have come from magazines. This type of photography makes you look FANTASTIC, but the downside is as fashions and style changes it will date quickly and it may end up looking a bit behind the times!

So what will work for you?

Well, it is ultimately up to you, but I would recommend a mix of all three types of wedding photography…The most important thing is to relax, enjoy and have fun with the photographs and they will always to special memories of you fabulous day!

To look at more of my wedding photography please go to my website www.weddingphotoscostarica.com and have a great 2012

John Williamson

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!