Fotografía Profesional en Costa Rica–Professional Photography in Costa Rica



La Casa de la Mariposa

A quick video for marketing and for an eventual website update.

Un pequeño video para una clienta, para uso en mercadeo y en su eventual mejora de sitio web.

If you would like a web video for you business please contact me here

Si ud requiere un video para su negocio, contácteme aqui:




Video: Chris Howard Live & Retire in Costa Rica Tour

A teaser video for Chris Howard’s excellent informational tour.  Chris is one of the  leading experts and authors on relocating and retiring in Costa Rica.

Un video para el tour dirigido a los que buscan vivir o pensionarse en Costa Rica. Chris es uno de mas reconocidos expertos y autores en la materia de pensionarse en Costa Rica.

If you would like to discuss a web video for your business you can contact me here. Si desear conversar sobre un video para web para su negocio, me puede contactar aquí

Feb 1 2013 Here’s short testimonial video for Chris’ Tours:

Releasing Sea Turtles, 1 in a Million

The article originally appeared in The Costa Rica Star, please stop by and have a look. If you would like to reach me for photography or other services you can do so here.

Update OCT 24 2012. I’ve added the video referenced in the article!

Undisclosed Pacific Coast Location


It’s early enough that even the guard isn’t at his post yet. After about 10 minutes of driving through a series of shallow ponds wrongly called a road, we’re at the access gate. We’ve already ignored one “No public access” sign, what’s a unmanned guard shack? It’s not as bad as I think, the driver has already called ahead. We pull up to a government run ranger station and I unload my gear quickly while the others check in with the park rangers.

“He’s writing an article.” Fingers point at me. I am?

“I am.”

Clearly my status as a reporter has been slightly (or grossly) overstated but I’m carrying a bunch of gear which always lends credibility. I’m really here to get video of baby turtles for my client, who will use the footage to support conservation efforts. I’m not about to blow it on account of a lack of clarification.

I keep my head down and look busy unpacking before anyone asks any questions about my credentials.


A gentlemen appears carrying a 5 gallon bucket and dryly states:

“…But there’s a problem.”


“The tide is up and you will get your shoes and pants wet.”

Before he’s done speaking my shoes are off and am unzipping my pants into shorts (I suspected this might happen so I wore convertible pants). I prefer the beach barefoot rather than have shoes full of sand anyway. The same gentlemen who shows such concern for our shoes points to his bucket: “Here are the turtles.”

I take a quick peek and am shocked to find 100 wriggling newborn Olive Ridley sea turtles. It seems rather unceremonious, but I trust no harm is being done.

6:32 am

The sun has been up for a while but the light is still a little flat (not much contrast), our portly guide charges ahead of us with his 5 gallon bucket. I hang back a bit trying to get some “dramatic” scenes of him leaving a trail of footprints in the sand. In retrospect though, there is nothing graceful or dramatic about a middle-aged man wearing rubber boots trudging through wet sand carrying a bucket. Try it you’ll see what I mean. Plus the footage ends up all foggy anyway since my gear spent the night in air-conditioning and the sea breeze instantly condenses on the lens.


Our guide draws a line in the sand about 20 meters from the water line. The turtles need a bit of space to get their bearings so they can make their way back later in life. They are removed one by one from the bucket (wearing latex gloves so as not to contaminate them). They come out flapping oversized flippers with amazing ferocity, desperation even. They are painfully cute. Once on the sand they don’t head straight for the water but sort of wander around in fitful burst before finally heading towards the surf.

It’s quite difficult to keep the camera steady and the two inch turtles in manual focus while not interfering with any of them. I manage to get some nice footage while narrowly avoiding a wave or two splashing onto the camera.

As amazing an experience as it is, my version is a bit anesthetized since I live it through the view screen on my camera with a head full of settings and trying to keep things in focus. It’s something I’m glad I got to see since most folks aren’t allowed.


The babies are on their way to a sadly low survival rate in the water and our guide turns his attention to a nest he’s spotted. He expertly digs up the rubbery eggs and puts them in a plastic grocery bag (again it seems somewhat unceremonious). He carries the bag gently—no swaying allowed—to the nursery.


Fenced off and laid out in a grid, dozens of transplanted nests await their moment protected from any number of predators. After drawing a diagram for our edification he recreates a nest with the requisite shape and reburies the eggs.


The term translates to exhumation. I’m instantly not a fan of the word. Too many negative implications in English. It means digging up a nest that has recently hatched to find any stragglers. We find a few survivors while as tallying up the ones that didn’t make it and the eggs that stopped forming in different stages of development. It feels like the icky part of biology class or Discovery channel. I get footage that probably won’t be used.


Back out on the beach we find a disturbed nest. It might have been an animal, but after closer inspection: “People…people stole the eggs.”

Fortunately there are people who save them as well. People who work crazy hours without enough pay or the equipment they need. Volunteers too. What I saw isn’t really allowed in order to protect the turtles, but I just can’t help but think that if it were allowed it might be helpful to the cause. What might someone pay to have a one in a million experience?

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‘Colloquia in flore’ de Adriana Morales y Cristina Alpizar con AR Models

El resultado de un gran esfuerzo de muchísimas personas fue un bello y colorido desfile en Multiplaza Escazú. La agencia de AR Models se lució como nunca en un desfile de moda movimiento y música coordinada. Y yo sé porque trabajo con ellos frecuentemente. Tras bastidores era palpable el nivel de intensidad ya que normalmente es un ambiente jovial pero el detalle de los trajes floreados, maquillaje (con Luis González presente) y peinado llegaba mas allá de lo que normalmente vemos en este país. Felicito a todos los involucrados.

Si necesitas fotos para tu evento o negocio o quieres ampliar tu book, escríbeme aquí.

Festival de flores de la diaspora africana con AR Models

La antigua aduana vió un despliegue alegre y colorido de diseño de moda y arte inspirada en las tradiciones africanas. Celebrado en el día del afrodecendiente, los organizadores quisieron ser inclusivos por eso hay toda una variedad de modelos y participantes. Se contó con toda una presencia de diseñadores locales e internacionales.

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Trabajando con su fotógrafo comercial–Tips for working with your photographer on a commercial shoot.

Trabajando con su fotógrafo comercial

Ha decidido contratar a un fotógrafo para las fotos de su negocio. Felicitaciones. Ahora le toca trabajar con ella o el y si nunca lo ha hecho puede resultar frustrante o decepcionante. Manejo de expectativas y preparación son la clave para maximizar su inversión.


Comunicación y organización. Sea claro en cuanto a lo que busca y comuníqueselo a su fotógrafo. Si tiene a alguien que se encarga de mercadeo o anuncios, que estén presentes durante el proceso para guiar la idea de las fotos. Recuerde que es su producto (servicio etc) y visión la que se debe representar y su fotógrafo es parte del proceso pero no debe llevar la batuta. Tenga una idea clara y manténgala. Cuando tenga las fotos que requiere, entonces es el momento de dejar que su fotógrafo se suelte un poco.

No cambie las cosas a última hora. Me ha pasado que no traía el equipo necesario cuando una sesión de producto resultó tener una modelo y un fondo improvisado. No resulto muy bien. Hágale caso a su fotógrafo especialmente en temas técnicos. Perdí la cuenta de cuantas veces dije “sí se puede pero no con mi equipo” o “sí, pero no con nuestro presupuesto”. Comparta cuanta información pueda y no cambie sobre la hora sin consultarlo.

Preparación. Asegúrese de que áreas de trabajo, productos y modelos estén listos y en excelentes condiciones. Productos deben ser ejemplares y estar muy limpios. Si se trata de arquitectura (hoteles, casas, oficinas etc) asegúrese de cortar el pasto y tener todo pulido y esté preparado para reubicar algunas cosas durante el proceso. Si requiere de modelos, deben estar profesionalmente maquilladas y peinadas, no dependa de que su fotógrafo les haga “photoshop” gratis. Alguna vez duré demasiado quitándole decenas de picaduras de mosquitos a  las piernas de una modelo. Una espinilla puede ser un arreglo rápido pero demasiado solo resulta en un fotógrafo cansado.

Fotógrafos tienen maneras distintas de trabajar y algunos prefieren no mostrar las fotos que van saliendo en el momento, otros no se molestan. Yo prefiero compartirlas con mis clientes en el momento ya que me ayuda a saber qué quieren y si les gusta lo que va saliendo. Acuérdese que lo que ve en la pantallita puede variar bastante respecto a la foto ya editada. Y hablando de editado asegúrese de preguntar cuanto editado puede hacer Ud. después de recibir sus fotos. La mayoría de nosotros pasamos un buen rato en editado así que si ocupa un aspecto diferente (incluso a blanco y negro) pídalo. En general no hay problemas con recortes pero un cambio radical a los colores o contraste podría ser un tema a conversar.

Si tienen algún proyecto o preguntas adicionales sobre el proceso estoy a la orden para conversar.


Tips for working with your photographer on a commercial shoot.


You’ve made the decision to hire a photographer for your business photos. Great. Now you have to actually work with him or her. If you’ve never done this before it could be a frustrating or disappointing experience. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare is the key to getting the most out of your investment.


Communication and organization. Be clear about what you are looking for, and let your photographer know. If you have someone in charge of marketing/advertising etc have them present to help guide the vision. Remember that it’s your product (service etc) and vision that’s being created and the photographer should be a part of that but not its driving force. Have an idea and stick to it. When you have what you want then that’s the time to let your photographer get a little more creative.


Don’t change things at the last minute. I’ve been caught without the right gear on hand when I went in for what I was told would be a product shoot and found the client trying to set up a make-shift backdrop for a model. That shoot didn’t go very well in the end. Listen to your photographer, especially about the technical stuff. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to say “yes it can be done, but not with my equipment” or “yes, but not on our budget.” Give your photographer as much info as possible and don’t change things at the last minute without discussing it first.


Preparing. Be sure to have work areas, models or products ready and in top shape. Product should be exemplary and very clean. If you are shooting architectural (hotels home offices etc) areas have the lawn mowed everything polished and be prepared to move things around for photos. If you have models be sure that they are professionally styled and made-up, don’t rely on your photographer to “photoshop” it for free. I once spent way too much time removing mosquito bites from a model’s legs. A pimple or other small defect can be a quick fix but dozens of bites over hundreds of shots just makes for a tired photographer.


Different photographers have different styles and some don’t like to show the pictures as they are being taken, some don’t mind. I prefer to share my shots with clients as it helps me get a feel for what they want and if they like what is happening. Just remember that what you see on that camera screen could be quite a bit different after the editing process. Speaking of editing, be sure to ask how much is OK to do yourself after you get your shots. Most of us spend a lot of time editing so if you need a different look, ask. Generally, cropping is fine but major changes to contrast or color choice (including black and white conversion) could be an issue.


If you have a project in mind or have any questions about the process I’m happy to help.




Evento “Junio se viste de Italia”–Event Coverage

Acompañé a las bellas chicas de AR Models en su desfile para Dandara Costa Rica. El evento fue el el Restauranate Italiano D’amalfi en Escazú. Además contaba con la presencia adicional de Euroalimentos y DisItali (Fiat, Alfaromeo).

I accompanied the lovely ladies from AR Models as they presented clothes from Dandara Costa Rica. This event was held at the D’amalfi Italian Resaurant in Escazú, and featured the presence of Euroalimentos and Disitali (Fiat, Alfaromeo)