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Because small just doesn’t cut it in photos.

I almost titled this post, “Go big or go home” but then I realized I’m talking about myself. LOL. I had to post some of my favorite images from Carlos + Christina’s wedding, FULL SIZE, because although I posted a gazillion images in the previous post I still felt like they got jipped. (yes, that’s a word) I am spoiled by big images and lots of small ones just don’t have the same impact so here you go.  The commentary is a bonus.

I love, love, love this image.  I stood in the street holding up traffic while I shot in this doorway.  Christina is beautiful enough to stop traffic on her own and the driver was more than happy to stop and watch.  The streets are super narrow and this was a one-way cobblestone street so people stopped on the sidewalk and smiled and yelled out “Felicitaciones!”  Old San Juan has beautiful doors, incredibly tall doors, as if made for giants and this one was on the side of El Convento, which was where the reception was.

I don’t even need to say how cute this image is. Christina had the most amazing dress, and underneath were layers of pick rafia. Her veil had a touch of pink added to it by R-Mine Bridal Couture. Carlos

Christina had a lot to manage with her dress and veil and when a breeze came by I asked her to let it go…just let the wind dance with it…she did and the wind was much obliged.

I ran to the end of the street and asked them to walk towards me as if they had nowhere to go.  This image just does it for me. It’s all in the way she’s looking at him. You can just SEE that she loves him and that’s what it’s all about. Capturing what’s in the heart.

This is the entrance to Fort San Felipe del Morro, a sixteenth century citadel on the northwest tip of San Juan. To be totally honest, we didn’t have near the time we wanted to on their wedding day to roam the city and shoot so Christina and I talked Carlos into a Monday morning, 6 am shoot before I flew home. We made it to the Fort early enough to avoid the crowds and captured some beautiful images. Thanks for being such a trooper, Carlos. You made your photographer and new bride very happy.

As I was walking backwards I held the camera down to the ground and clicked away. I love the fact that Carlos is holding a pink parasol. There’s something about a guy who is confident enough to hold a bouquet or an umbrella and walk like he owns the thing. Masculinity is about knowing who you are, son.

Ok, so I’m sure that by this time, you’re thinking how it’s all fun and glamorous to shoot weddings (it is) and maybe you’re even a little jealous so I thought I would put this image in and mention that it was about 95+ degrees and 90% humidity by 9 am. Chrsitina’s dress was like a small furnace with no air flow and I was so sunburned I matched her silk hair flowers. ( the day before, Heather asked me on the beach if I had any sunblock and when I handed her my SPF 4 she said, “A 4? That’s not sunblock, that’s tan accelerator!”  Did I listen?  Nope.) so this is an image that represents how bad we were all hurting even though she still looks great.  Believe me, that fan was like water in the desert.

Inside the Fort.

Christina says that Carlos makes her laugh. I think that is so important in a marriage. Humor is good.

All I can say about this image is that the more I look at it, the more I like it. It reminds me of a James Bond movie. Maybe it’s the combination of the helicopter flying by and the movement that she is making.  I’m not sure yet but it’s different and I like it.

Of course I was very happy when she said she wanted to get in the water with her dress. That incredible dress. The one that was cut off just above the knee and then re-fastened with ties so that it could be removed after the ceremony. Yea, that one.

Like a bird caught in a snare, about to be set free….


  • Meg - holy fetch! Shawna—you are amazing. However the bride and groom must have been awesome too because these pictures are stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandizzle - BEAUTIFUL photos. You are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Julie B. - What a recipe: Shawna Herring (the most gifted wedding photographer ever) + C & C (what a BEAUTIFUL couple) + Puerto Rico (one of my favorite places in the world!) = Incredible photos…just amazing! You are so talented in capturing emotion, beauty and sentiment and your love of people and love of LOVE always shine through.ReplyCancel

  • Jody - Wow- these are some of the best photos I have seen you do! How are you going to decide which ones to enter in WPJA????? Nice jobReplyCancel

  • gail - Wow, you need to do more weddings in Puerto Rico – just stunning!! wooohooooReplyCancel

  • Kristen Weaver - Your session with them the day after is absolutely fantastical. The whole wedding was amazing. You have a new fan for life 🙂 Go on with your bad self!ReplyCancel

  • Gabi - Shawna- Your work is OUTSTANDING!ReplyCancel

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