This journal introduces images from the following new series (and introduces many into existing ones)
- Roadside Driveby – Montego Bay, Jamaica (visual noises)
- Roadside Driveby – Montego Bay, Jamaica (cityscape details)
- Riu Palace Resort – Montego Bay, Jamaica (cityscape details)
- Abandoned Cafe Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica (cityscape details)
- Jamaican Oceanfront (cityscape details)
- Stormclouds and the Ocean (visial noises)
- Overview of Riu Palace
- Previous Engagement Shoot with Sony & Hilliard
- From Detroit to Atlanta
- Atlanta to Sangster International airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Arrival to Riu Palace
- Selected images from the wedding day, November 3rd
- Selections of Romantics
- The Next Day, an Excursion
- Pictures from the Scuba Caribe
- Cliff Jumping
- Unanticipated Excitement, back to Riu Palace
Visiting a place that is far from anything I usually experience, gets me inspired. When time is limited I have to make the best of it, and I found Jamaica to be an incredible place containing great beauty and poverty. Sometime mid-July I got a phone call. My former boss Hilliard, and his fiancee Sony asked me to be their photographer for their wedding in Jamaica (November 3rd). The realization that I could have an all expenses paid for trip, something I’ve never experienced, and traveling with my family got me very excited! Passports arrived about a month later, and a couple months after that we arrived at the Riu Palace resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Below is a preview of my architecture series, Riu Palace, Montego Bay Jamaica
This trip would not have been possible if it weren’t for me being hired as Sony & Hilliard’s wedding photographer and paid for our travel. One of the reasons Jen and I got chosen to be their wedding photographers is from my experience photographing their engagement pictures. This picture below is one of my favorites. These were taken back in May in their hometown of Detroit.
With a printed off boarding information in-hand, here we are at 6 am arriving at the Detroit Metro Airport the day before the wedding. This was my first time booking a vacation with a travel agent. Tina Mifflin, located in the Detroit / Metro area, made the whole thing really easy to understand.
The first thing that hits you even after just getting into the airport is the heat. Jamaica is a very hot place, even in November.
Jamaica isn’t quite what I expected, but then again, I didn’t really know what to expect. What I saw around me was a lot of home business designed for the tourists driving up and down the one road that led to a series of resorts. Before we got that far, we got to see all the K-12 kids getting out of school and walking all in a uniform. Below are just a few examples from Roadside Driveby (people, visual noises) and Roadside Driveby (architecture, cityscape details)
Once Jen found out there was going to be unlimited food and drinks at the resort she went from excited, to very excited.
In-between our arrival and wedding to photograph next day, we spent the rest of our time eating food at the luxurious all-you-can-eat buffet and putting Elon down early that night.
Jamaica’s primary income, especially in these parts, seemed to come from tourism. Besides Sony & Hilliard’s wedding party, all tourists visiting were prevalent white. Juxtaposed with the contrast of all dark-skinned staff, this experience was much different than what I was used to.
The next morning we woke up, had breakfast, and spent time enjoying the sun before everything got going.
While I was off taking pictures of the girls getting hair done for the ceremony at 1 pm, Jen and Elon were enjoying themselves on the beach.
After the ceremony and some dinner, I headed out to photograph some romantics. Hilliard previously had arranged a cab to show us some good local spots. Our driver knew what was up and took us to four very interesting and beautiful places.
This setting led to the architecture series, abandoned cafe and resort. We discovered this place on route back to Riu Palace from Rick’s Cafe.
The next day we headed out on an excursion. Our boat tour was complete with snorkeling, swimming under a cave, and cliff jumping from Rick’s Cafe. We had some time, so we went for a swim. This was Jen and Elon’s first swim in the ocean.
Everyone here was either from our wedding party or the others who were with us.
Below are some of my favorite landscape scenes I captured before we headed to Rick’s Cafe. As we cruised along, I was only paying attention to getting great shots from the side of the boat. A storm really was brewing, and fortunately for me, it made for some epic clouds, which of course is why these look so dramatic.
The local boys jumping from the cliff made it seem so easy, which is why I thought it no harm for both myself and Jen to take turns jumping from Rick’s Cafe.
The guy next to Jen only told her to jump to the side, otherwise she would hit the cliffs. I think this was partly the reason of what happened next. She wasn’t thinking of the landing, no, she was thinking about the cliff! I jumped before this by the way, and there was no way you could hit the cliff… maybe next time dude, let people know how they should land.
This whole group was so supportive to us and just awesome to work with and get to know.