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  • Jackie Lamas - International Photographer


    Hi Everyone!  I'm Jackie.  I have been a photographer for about 10 years now specializing in weddings and portraits.  I got started in photography during my time in college while I was taking an intro to photography class and just fell in love.  I loved how it gave me an outlet to create and to offer something to the world.  After doing an internship with a great photographer and mentor, I fell even more in love with weddings and photographing people.  Photography is so powerful and even more so when it is of people you love.  That is what makes it worthwhile!


    I now live in the Rivera Nayarit in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Punta de Mita) and love to photograph destination weddings.  It was a big change moving from sunny California to Mexico however, it has been such a wonderful experience to fully immerse myself in the culture and continue to do what I love best: photographing people.

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    Weddings are my favorite, mostly because I am a hopeful romantic and enjoy hearing how two people met and decided on forever together.  What I love most is when my clients allow me to go on adventures with them and be a part of their story.


    For me it's about creating something that reflects who my clients are as individuals and ultimately as a couple.  It's about their love story coming to life through the power of photographs.  When I can create that for a couple, then I know I have done my job!


    Like Gabriela and Fernando.  Their wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was an intimate, romantic, and beautiful beach front wedding full of love.  With only their close family and friends to share in such a joyous moment.  I was in awe of their love and all the emotions that flowed through out the entire day.

    COMPANY: Jackie Lamas


    SOCIAL: facebook, pinterest, instagram


  • Elegant Edge Photography


    I, Anne Gattilia, am the owner and lead photographer of Elegant Edge Photography.  When I was asked to select only one wedding to feature in this post, I really had to stop and think what makes each of the weddings that I shoot special to me.  The experience is what I always think back on, and Jacqueline and Stephen’s wedding was a particularly special one. We kept an eye on the weather all week leading up to the wedding, and the forecast was just rain, and lots of it.  I was sure to prepare my couple with the possibility that it would not be the beautiful day that every couple hopes they will have.


    The morning of the wedding, that possibility became a reality; it was pouring and the radar showed no hope of a break.  My couple (as well as the bridal party and all of the guests) took it all in stride.  Dresses were hiked up when necessary, and all the splashing through puddles was done while smiling and celebrating.


    The church was beautiful and so perfectly lit that it was simple to shoot the ceremony.  Because we knew that the venue had very limited indoor or outdoor locations to shoot formals, we decided to see how creative we could get with the formals in the church.  We used the lighting and the lines of the church to create many types of dynamic images, all while it poured outside.

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    Minutes before arriving at the venue, the sky cleared into a beautiful blue sky.  Since there were few options of locations to shoot there, we headed to the parking lot on the water to see what we could get, and I could not have been happier with how the photos turned out.


    The bridal party took it all in stride, and was willing to take some time before the reception to get the images done.  My favorite shot from the entire day was of Jacqueline and Stephen being silhouetted in front of the perfect sky.


    So yes, I loved the photos from this wedding but just as importantly I loved the experience.  My couple took the whole day as it was, and made it a great experience for their friends and family, and also for my assistant and me.

    COMPANY: Elegant Edge Photography


    SOCIAL: facebook, theknot, instagram



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