It seems that ever since I moved to Ottawa for school, most of my shooting has been maternity or baby related shoots. But I have no complaints as I really love doing them! I had the opportunity to take maternity photographs for a family friend of mine who is due to give birth very soon. In less than a month, a new baby girl will be entering the family. Very excited for that!
For my first shoot of 2013 I was fortunate enough to be the wedding photographer for a beautiful destination wedding in Jamaica. This wedding is extra special to me because the bride, Josephine, happens to be my cousin. Last year, I took her and Russell’s engagement photos in Ottawa. Afterwards they asked me to shoot their wedding! Josephine and I were playmates when we were younger and I didn’t want to miss out on taking part in the celebrations with family and friends. So of course I said yes! I felt incredibly honoured that Josephine and Russell would ask me to shoot for them. This would also be my first solo wedding as Charles de Jesus where I was not shooting for a company or another affiliation.
The flown-in wedding party and guests stayed at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton resort & spa, an all-inclusive paradise of soft white sand and clear blue waters with unlimited food, drinks, and parties at all hours of the day. There was so much to do which was great because we had a few days to relax and have fun before the wedding day.
You couldn’t have asked for a better day to get married. The sun was up and there was a nice, cool breeze keeping everyone in a cheerful mood. It was a nice and intimate wedding where everyone knew everyone and most of the people in the audience played some part in the wedding. After the ceremony ended, the bride and groom greeted their guests as husband and wife and the guests greeted them in return with loud cheers and rose petals.
The reception was held in an open air restaurant and was really fun and unique. Usually, in order to make the bride and groom kiss, the wedding guests tap on their wine glasses. However, because Josephine and Russell are both soccer players, they had the guests try to juggle a soccer ball and the number of consecutive bounces was the the amount of seconds the couple had to kiss. The longest kiss was half a minute long! There was also a cultural African performance which included all sorts of things like fire breathing and head balancing. My favourite performance of the night was when my cousins all went up to do a Filipino dance called Tinikling, using two large sticks that the African performers used in their own dance earlier on. Check out the video at the bottom of this post to see Josephine do some pretty intricate moves in her wedding dress!
It was a fun evening that led into late night dancing at the resort’s disco room. The following morning, we did a “trash the dress” session where we had all the guys carry the couple onto platforms in the middle of the pool and took some shots there.
It was a very awesome wedding and I am so thankful to have been a part of it. Congrats to both Russell and Josephine and best wishes
PS: If you’re interested in hiring me, please go to my main webpage: charlesdejesus.com
This was my last wedding of 2012 and the first time I’ve been flown in to do a wedding. I was flown in from Ottawa to shoot this Vancouver wedding and shot for Brellow Productions. This is just a highlight of some of the pics from the wedding that I liked.
In the morning, I headed over to the Bride’s house by myself and did her getting ready pics there. After, I headed to the temple and then over to a park in Coquitlam to shoot the formals. That was the end of that day and the following day was a nice reception.
I will keep things short and precise as this is a very late blog post. I shot Safana and Imran’s wedding way back in August for Brellow Productions but I had to leave for school right after so I didn’t have any time to blog this. After that, I didn’t get to really look at these pics again until recently when we delivered these photos.
I shot at the grooms in the morning and then went to the temple which was followed by a few group pics at that location right after. We then headed over to the couple’s apartment and shot the bride getting ready for the evening reception. It was a very beautiful apartment that was filled with wall sized windows. Great lighting for shooting in. We then did some more pictures at the park right nearby the apartment. The day ended with a reception at the Brix restaurant. It was nice and intimate as the location was small compared to a hall.
These two had their engagement photo session just a few days before their wedding which you can find here. This was a Brellow Productions wedding which included both a same day video and same day slideshow edit.
This wedding was a two parter. The first part was the persian ceremony. Then a few days later, the civil ceremony occurred. The Persian ceremony happened on a thursday which started with a quick photo session with the couple followed by the ceremony itself. There was a quick talk followed by gift giving and picture taking. Then the night ended with some dancing!
Saturday was the civil ceremony! It was a fun shoot that started early in the morning at the bride’s hotel room and then followed by shooting at the groom’s hotel room. Once everyone was ready, we headed down to the lobby for the first look where the Groom sees the bride for the first time that day.
After that, we headed to gastown for some pictures! We walked all over, from the alleyways to the streets. Nice shots all over. We then headed over to Stanley Park where they were going to have their ceremony!
It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony with lots of sunshine! It was then followed by a march lead by a bagpiper into some nice fields for group photos. We then continued with more bride/groom photos and then had a little break before reception occurred.
The reception was at the Grand Villa and it was nice and elegant. We showed the same day edits and the night ended with some awesome dancing which was accompanied by the bagpiper!
Bamboo played at the River Rock Casino Resort here in Metro Vancouver. It was a great concert that was fronted by F.Y.E. Vancouver! I shot for Reyfort Media Group.
Bamboo really interacted with the audience and at one point, even sang into one of the iPhones that was livestreaming to some people from Alberta! It was a great performance and, during the meet and greet, it was good to see that Bamboo really took time with his fans even though it was late and there was a lot of people wanting to see him.
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Tagged 24-70, 70-200, bamboo, charles, concert, D700, de jesus, nikon, river rock, vancouver
This is my last Brellow engagement session before my vacation to the Philippines! This couple will be getting married in the fall and we will be covering their photography for their wedding day.
We met up with the couple at Mundy Park in Coquitlam. It was a very sunny day and very hot but we did a lot of shooting in the forest areas so it wasn’t so bad.
This Brellow Productions Engagement was part of a series of days that we would spend with Atash and Chris. These pics were taken on a Monday and their wedding ceremony would be a two part event with the Persian ceremony happening on a Thursday and the civil wedding happening on a Saturday. All in the same week!
We shot at Granville Island with overcast weather so it was perfect!
I shot an Indian wedding along with all the ceremonies for Brellow Productions. This couple booked the complete Brellow package which included Photo/Video coverage as well as the Photobooth! It’s been a while since we all gathered together this big.
It was 3 days of shooting amazing cultural events. This particular couple was very interesting. The bride, Sagan, just happens to have come from the Philippines! She grew up there and is actually much better than me at speaking the language
This wedding is definitely one of my favourite in terms of the photography I got to do. So many different things to shoot! Check out the rest of the post for all the pics from the different days!
I second shot for Jomari of Flip Vision Productions for a Filipino wedding. This is my first wedding not shooting for Brellow Productions as well as my first wedding not shooting primary (usually you start shooting as an assistant or second shooter before doing primary shooting but I’m the other way around hehe ^_^). Check out the rest of the entry for the pics!