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Old San Juan Wedding Photography Session

I met up with Sally and Luis the week before their destination wedding at La Concha Resort for a portrait session in Old San Juan.  They considered having the ceremony in the plaza next to Castillo San Cristobal but ultimately opted for a beach ceremony.  Because of that, I am especially glad we had the opportunity to get some images that capture the history and feel of the area.

One of my favorite quotes is “Life happens when you’re busy making plans”. We went into the session with a rough plan of where we wanted to go but the best images were made spontaneously and unscripted along the way. That’s the thrill of being a documentary style photographer; you never know what exactly you are walking into and what will present itself. Each session is really a collaborative creative endeavor and I’m not just shooting down a list. Of course you prepare and make sure you cover your basics, but when the magic happens, you gotta be ready to throw it all out the window and change gears. Be observant. Try. Fail. Keep trying. Peel the onion.

Here are some of my favorite ‘moments of magic’ from the session:

 

Got to feature some cats if you’re shooting in Old San Juan!

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Baha Mar Bahamas Destination Wedding

It was a pleasure meeting and working with Tina and Danijel for their island destination wedding at Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. The ceremony was in Baha Mar’s beautiful Wedding Chapel with reception held at the Palms Terrace.

A laid back couple and a fun group of guests is a winning recipe to capture some fun and meaningful moments. Thanks Tina and Danijel! Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

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Destination Wedding Eleuthera – Abby & Shaun – Cocodimama

Abby and Shaun hosted their closest friends and families at Cocodimama Resort in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera for their intimate Bahamas beach wedding escape. I love to shoot these smaller destination weddings because I usually have the chance to meet and chat with everyone before the day is over. These guys were tons of fun and invited me to stay after I was done and sample some of the amazing wines they had brought. The groom is a professional Sommelier so they were amazing! Here’s what they had to say about the photos:

“So in love with these photos!!… Your photographs are beautiful! What a special time… take me back!! I have only spent a few minutes looking at them and I am already in love! Thank you so much for your time and beautiful work.”

Here is a selection of some of my favorite wedding photographs from the day, Enjoy!

 

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‘Close Encounters’ National Geographic publication

I am thrilled to announce that a photograph from my Junkanoo documentary photography project has been selected for ‘Close Encounters’, a story for the National Geographic website. The story features 28 photographs that the editors Matt Adams and Kristen McNicholas selected out of more than 13,000 submissions.

From the article:

“Each editor on this story realized very early on that the title Close Encounters could have many different meanings. It could be an up close view, it could be you the photographer getting to know a location, person, or species on a deeper level, or it could be that brief moment where things just appear closer than normal. The following images are a collection of three points of view that make up one final story. This was our close encounterwith the incredible images submitted to this assignment.”

Erik Kruthoff Photography Junkanoo National Geographic

Click image to go to story on NationalGeographic.com

Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans

While traveling to New Orleans for the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, I was especially excited to witness the Mardi Gras Indian groups and the Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs that form an important part of New Orleans culture and identity. The similarities to these traditions and Junkanoo in The Bahamas are apparent. It is interesting to see these traditions in a cross-cultural context. Any Junkanooer could easily jump into a second line and fit right in.

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New Orleans Street Photography

My wife and I recently traveled to New Orleans to attend the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. After living in the Caribbean for a number of years, it was interesting to note some of the similarities between the cultures. I especially was interesting in seeing the Mardi Gras Indians perform as well as some of the brass bands and second lines. No one I asked was familiar with Junkanoo in the Bahamas, even though the traditions have striking similarities. Walking around town, we gained a little glimpse on this amazing and vibrant city. It’s truly one of America’s cultural gems.

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Junkanoo Season Officially Starts. Genesis Junkanoo

With Junkanoo Carnival finished up, it’s time to switch gears to this year’s Junkanoo. Weekly group practices and activities have started. I will be attending various groups’ practices and documenting their progress. Here are some shots of Genesis Junkanoo Organization, who recently made the jump to an ‘A Group’ classification, which means they have over 200 members rushing.

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Orleans Yacht Club & the Church of the Holy Spirit – Cape Cod Wedding Photography

I had a great time shooting this wedding in Cape Cod for this lovely international couple.  The wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit and the reception took place at the Orleans Yacht Club.   Here is a sample of some of my favorite shots from the day:

 

 

 

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Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography

 

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Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography

 

Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography

 

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Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography

 

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Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography

 

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Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography

 

 

Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography

 

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Cape Cod wedding photography by Erik Kruthoff Photography