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 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!

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  I just updated my website with new photos of the 2012 wedding season in Costa Rica..enjoy!

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!




Wedding at La Mansion Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Jan 2012

Another fantastic wedding organized by Weddings Costa Rica, this destination wedding was located at Hotel La Mansion in the heart of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. This was a medium-sized wedding with a wonderful ocean view ceremony, a roof top reception dinner followed by a Carnival Style Brazilian Dance Party.

A few more detail photographs of the day


The wedding was expertly planned by the team at Weddings Costa Rica.

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 and have a great 2012

John Williamson