December 2010

When Maria and Hector hired me to document their wedding in Puerto Morelos (in between Cancun and Playa del Carmen) at the Ceiba del Mar I was ecstatic. It was my first wedding on the Gulf Coast of Mexico and my good friend Michelle Bres got to come with me. We have such a great time shooting together so it was like a little vacation (with lots of work)!

Maria is probably the calmest bride I have ever worked with. Her stylist was almost two hours late which made us extremely short on time, but you wouldn’t have known it to look at her. Secretly I was freaking out a little bit inside. We lost almost all of the light that we had been counting on and had to throw out the beach photos in order to get to the church on time. Luckily we were able to sneak in a few photos after the ceremony.

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  • Michelle Bres - Jill, this pics are great! it was great worked with you!!!!! hope to do it again…

Shannon and Jeremy got married at the gorgeous villa Casa Todo Bien en Rancho Estates in Punta Mita. Their reception was held at Hotel des Artistes in Punta Mita. Gabriela organized everything amazingly down to the last detail. It was an absolute pleasure documenting the day of two people so in love surrounded by their family and friends.

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Jessica and Brian are exactly the type of couple who should be getting married in Mexico. Adventurous travelers they have a love of all things foreign and it was such a pleasure to be a part of their wedding in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. They had their welcome dinner at La Perla restaurant on Playa Ropa and the wedding was held at the gorgeous Hotel Tentaciones a boutique hotel overlooking Playa Madera. Add to that a Nicole Miller dress and Badgley Mishka shoes and I was a very happy photographer.

Akike has been living in Zihua for more than ten years and besides being an amazing musician he is starting a school of music for the local children. He already gives daily classes and it’s amazing to see how far these kids have come. He focuses on classical and jazz which aren’t as common to find down here so it’s extra special.

Another local musician, Juanito, stopped by to play a bit even though he was only supposed to play the wedding the next day. It was a great surprise and everybody loved it… especially Jessica and her sister!

The views at Hotel Tentaciones are absolutely incredible and combined with their gorgeous architecture it was by far on of the most beautiful hotels in the area.

Mmm… Nicole Miller and Badgley Mischka…

Apparently being an ex-Marine means laying everything out perfectly even for your wedding. Oh and as Jessica let me know, he always makes the bed!

After the wedding we hopped in a taxi to town and got some last minute shots in while trying to hold on to the last bits of sunlight.

Everyone on the dock was super cute and congratulatory to the newly weds chanting “Beso! Beso!” (Kiss) Brian and Jessica happily obliged.

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  • Amanda - oh so fabulous
    love the pics of the happy couple in town
    all looks beautiful

  • Debby - Great photography! You definitely caught their moment in time! Love the smiles of the bride and groom! Blog entries were so perfect! Great work, Jill!

  • Jessica - Absolutely perfect! For any brides to be out there, two things you need to do – get married in Mexico, and get Jillian to be the photographer! :)

  • admin - It was easy with the two of you! Thanks for such a fun time in Zihua!

  • Susan Carlson - Incredibly beautiful photography. Jillian you captured our daughter’s wedding to the tea!

  • RK Mitchell - WOW! Great shots and super editing! You capure the essence of what getting married in Mexico is all about!

  • Aunty Donna - “WOW” Beautiful wedding photos, you didn’t miss a thing. You should be the most sought after photographer in the area.

  • Mindy Russo - Just Beautiful!

  • Carol Betancourt - Loved the photos and your original touches for the wedding! Could you email me your wedding welcome kit? Thanks!!!!

I took some photos for my friend Sara the other day to promote her fire dancing. She is amazing. I was trying a new technique where I used a gelled flash to get more of her face lit up. Shooting fire dancers is a little on the difficult side since they are always moving and the light source is constantly changing so often the dancers faces aren’t as exposed as the fire. If you use straight flash you lose the effect of the fire so that’s where the gel came into play. I’m pretty pleased with the way they came out.

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  • RK Mitchell - WOW! The gel technique worked great!
    What fantastic shots!

    Great explanation on why a different technique was necessary.

    If you have an opportunity…you gotta be overwhelmed with editing work…a description of the gel flash technique would be great!