Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Last month I went down to Cartagena, Colombia to photograph Jess and Ivan's wedding. I was excited to return to Cartagena, which I had last visited for my own wedding in 2011. Working with such a lovely couple made the trip even better.
Jess and Ivan found me on the Internet (on a site called WeddingMapper), and we did our wedding meetings over Skype as they live on the other side of the planet in Melbourne, Australia! Despite the great distances involved, I loved these guys right away and couldn't wait to meet them in person. I also felt like I understood them well, as I am also part of a half-Colombian couple (Ivan is a Colombian living in Oz, and Jess is a native Australian).
I arrived in Colombia a few days before the wedding, giving us time to do a engagement photo session in Cartagena's beautiful old city. Jess and Ivan were staying at the Santa Clara Hotel, a beautiful converted monastery right in the heart of the historic district, so we started our shoot there. After that we wandered around the old city and up onto the old city walls overlooking the Caribbean.
As an aside, and not to be hyperbolic, but Cartagena's cuidad vieja is really one of the most photogenic places I've ever visited. Usually when a photographer is shooting you're trying to find a great background amidst a lot of imperfect or ugly backgrounds. In Cartagena everything is perfect and it can be a bit overwhelming -- do I choose the 500 year old church door, the old wall crawling with bougainvilla blossoms or the ocean view from the old coral walls?! Where to begin?! But then, there are worse problems to have....
A few photos here from our engagement shoot, with photos of the wedding itself coming soon!