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Dorado Beach Engagement Session

I recently met up with Shay and Carlos for a sunrise engagement photo session on the beach in beautiful Dorado, Puerto Rico. I knew the early start time wouldn’t phase them since they both work as flight attendants for Delta. They live in the Us and have family in both Puerto Rico and Mexico, which is where the ceremony will be. It was really important to them that Puerto Rico was incorporated into their wedding story and here are the results!

I love the calmness of shooting in the early morning and how the quality of light changes so much so quickly. It starts and shifts from a dull, subtle blue to glowing hard, warm light. I am pleased we took advantage of the conditions presented to us and created some really nice images together.

Afterwards, we met up in Old San Juan to take a few more shots before they had to jump on a plane back home.

 

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Old San Juan Wedding Proposal and Engagement Shoot

Planning secret proposal shoots is so much fun. It’s such a thrill to help plan and then capture such momentous and meaningful moments. It’s a funny story of how this connection even happened in the first place.

My mother-in-law ran into D’Andree’s father at a pickleball tournament in Arizona and got to talking about how his son is going to Puerto Rico on vacation and is going to propose to his girlfriend. She mentioned I am a wedding photographer in Puerto Rico and offer engagement shoots… and the rest is in the books!

D’Andree and I had a lot of contact ahead of time, and even right up to the last munte to find and settle on the perfect spot.

Here’s some highlights from the mini-session,

Family Photo Shoot in Dorado Beach

We headed out in the golf cart and cruised around the beautiful Dorado Beach for this recent family photography session. As is typical, we had a really fun, laid-back session together. The kids’ personalities really shine through here in these images.

Call today to book your Puerto Rico family photo shoot in 2020 with Erik Kruthoff Photography. We service all of Puerto Rico.

Here are a few highlights from the shoot.

Family portrait of walking on the beach together in Dorado, Puerto Rico
Girl riding in a golf cart on the way to the beach at Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach
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Family photograph by Erik Kruthoff Photography in Dorado Beach East, Puerto Rico.
Family portrait by Erik Kruthoff of a family sitting on adirondack chairs at Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
Portrait by Erik Kruthoff of a little girl in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
Mother and daughter laughing together at Dorado Beach

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Surprise Wedding Proposal in the Amazing Natural Beauty of Puerto Rico

Making images that combine different genres of is one of the ways that I love to explore the craft of photography. I love it when I am able to use elements of Landscape, Portraiture, Documentary, and Wedding Photography simultaneously to create unique and meaningful images.

Steven wanted to propose to his girlfriend Ashley on their vacation to Puerto Rico. He wanted to pop the question in a spectacular way at a beautiful location. We coordinated ahead of time and came up with a game plan. We decided on the location and the exact spot. I arrived early to find my angle and then act like a tourist so that Ashley wouldn’t suspect anything. The resulting engagement photo session…

Epic!

The cliffs and arches of La Cueva del Indio provided for the perfect backdrop to this awe-inspiring moment!

Cheers to Steven and Ashley!

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Dorado Beach Family Photography Session – Embassy Suites Dorado Del Mar

We took a casual and laid back approach to this quick family photography session at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado Del Mar Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. I always like to try and capture little moments along the way to getting the “Christmas Card” group-posed shot that is expected. These candid moments often tell more about people’s personalities and relationships with each other than a posed group portrait will. That’s why I try to do both!

I offer Documentary Family Photography Sessions which provide a different approach to typical family photo shoots. It’s about celebrating the stories and beauty of everyday normal life.

Email info@erikruthoff.com or call (939)428-4327 for inquiries.

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Hyatt Baha Mar Beach Destination Wedding – Ashley & Derek

One of the newest resorts in the Caribbean, Hyatt Baha Mar, is truly a spectacle to behold. It’s the perfect venue for a beach destination wedding. It helps that my house is so close to the resort I can walk there. I love walking to work if I can.

Ashley and Derek’s wedding ceremony was on the beach and the reception was held on the 25th floor balcony. I really enjoyed photographing their wedding. With around 30 guests attending, I had a chance to meet everyone and really gel with the crowd.

I was able to shoot the entire wedding without using any flashes and only using ambient light the entire. To me this is ideal. It’s definitely more challenging doing it this way (I had flashes in my bag ready to go still), but I just think the results look so much more natural and give the viewer a truer sense of the atmosphere and general vibe. Years of shooting Junkanoo has made me a low-light, fast movement ninja. Nothing scares me anymore. Here are some of my favorites from the day:

 

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Britt and Christian: Coral Sands Beach Destination Wedding – Harbour Island, Bahamas

I had such a blast shooting this destination beach wedding in The Bahamas. This very international group was a ton of fun getting to know and it truly was a pleasure to document this epic weekend everyone had on Harbour Island. We ran all over the island and completed about 20 hours of shooting at […]

Destination wedding: The Cove Eleuthera – Caitlin and Matt – Erik Kruthoff Photography

A hidden gem in The Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera, The Cove resort is an ideal spot for a destination wedding. The seclusion and natural beauty of Eleuthera has even caught the attention of some international celebrities. Rumor has it that Justin Bieber rented the whole place out for his 21st birthday. Lenny Kravitz lives just the road and has can sometimes be spotted riding his bike to nearby Gregory Town.

The natural promontory between the two coves/beaches at the resort serves as a perfect spot for the ceremony. The wedding was brilliantly planned and styled by Mish and her crew at Boy Meets Girl Weddings.

Caitlin and Matt hosted a bonfire welcome party on Friday night and had me come to photograph that event as well. It’s nice to getting to know some of the people beforehand so come wedding day they are already comfortable with me and my camera clicking away. People often look at me funny at first and are surprised I am not constantly posing them and asking them to “say, cheese!” Once they realize that I am capturing real, candid moments they relax and understand my method.

Here’s what Caitlin had to say before she had even seen any of the photos,

“Erik was a true professional from beginning to end. He responded promptly to all emails and reported for our events exactly as planned. We are eager to see the photos he took, but we would recommend him wholeheartedly on dependability alone.”

 

 

Friday Night Welcome Dinner and Beach Bonfire

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