I am currently RETIRED from photography
and working as a Cannabis farmer...   
You can see more of my new life at..... NaturesMeds.us

 

My good friend Juan Carlos is a Fantastic Wedding photographer who
lives and works in the Oregon Willamette valley.

You can find him and see his work at...    www.juancarlosphotography.com

 

I'm leaving this website operational just for fun and because I can't really handle the idea of deleting it yet.

 

Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

 

 

Dominican Republic wedding photographer

Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Sosua

 

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Are you searching for a highly experienced, english speaking destination wedding photographer to meet you in the Dominican Republic?

In 2007 I photographed two weddings in the Dominican Republic on consecutive weekends.

One was in Punta Cana and the other at Puerto Plata near the town of Sosua so I got the bright idea that I would rent a car and drive all the way across the country between the two weddings.

Driving a rental car from one end of the DR to the other and back, will definitely rank as one of the more interesting, challenging and memorable experiences of my life.

There were moments when I felt lucky to have survived, and others when I felt blessed for having the chance to experience it. In hindsight, I don't reccomend trying it.

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The resorts, the beaches and the people I met were all wonderful and I would love to go back,
but next time I might not rent a car.

One wedding was at the Sivory Resort in Punta Cana and the other was at a large and very beautiful Villa near Sosua.
Both were really incredible locations for a Destination Wedding .

While in Punta Cana, I stayed at a very small family owned "hotel" in a very rough neighborhood.
The people I met there were amazingly happy even though they lived in extreme poverty. We Americans don't get to see real poverty very often. A young boy of about 10-12 yrs old was in charge of the entire hotel (about 5 rooms) and he did a really
good job of taking care of me. When I paid him for the first night, he immediately took off at a full run and dissapeared around the corner and down the alley. I thought I'd just been ripped off for sure. But a few minutes later he returned with a bag of groceries and he quickly had some chicken & dumplings with noodles cooked up - which of course he demanded to share with me. The realization that this kid was that hungry - was a real shocker for me. He showed me around his house and pointed out where his father had been shot to death by a burglar the year before.

Later that night, I sat up on the roof with him and his brothers and sisters, talking about their lives and watching the everyday drama of the neighborhood as it unfolded down below us.

Meeting people like this and experiencing their lives for a few hours is one of my favorite parts of the Destination Wedding Photography job. I don't say that because I enjoy hearing about their suffering, but because it makes me appreciate all the gifts I have in my own life. My own trivial suffering can never match theirs, and it helps me to accept the diversity in my own life to know that I've got it good. No matter how bad things may seem for me, I now know what it looks like to be poor, and hungry, and to live in danger.

 

On a totally different note...

the resorts in the Dominican Republic are truly incredible.

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Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

 

Welcome!

My name is Glen and I've been a full time wedding photographer for the past twelve years, during which time I've shot well over 200 weddings. I live in a beautiful place called the Willamette Valley, in Central Oregon. From that home base, I travel the world shooting weddings for Eugene Oregon Wedding Photographer Glen Johnsonclients that care deeply about having their wedding day captured as a story, told by an artist. I just recently completed my 58th Destination wedding outside the continental US.

I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love meeting new people, making beautiful art with cameras and computers, and traveling around the world.

I often find myself in some beautiful or exotic location and I'll stop, take a long look around, and think to myself, "I'm the luckiest person in the universe for having found this profession."

My style...  is to shoot quietly and unobtrusively in the background throughout most of the day, and then work with you to create dramatic and unusual environmental portraits when we've got a few minutes alone. My greatest compliment is when a bride looks through the photos and says, "I didn't even know you were there when that happened."

Your style...  is bold, fun loving, adventurous and totally in love with your new partner. You appreciate photography as an art and you want an outgoing, friendly photographer that you feel comfortable hanging out with. You don't want to worry about being embarrased by an egotistical photographer who tries to take over your day. You're not looking for the cheapest photographer - you're look for quality and expect it to cost more because it's the best. Finding a photographer who can tell a story with a camera is of the highest priority to you. You shudder at the thought of seeing your own faces in the cheesy wedding photos that are so typical these days. You want a large collection of natural, unstaged images that capture a moment, and all together, they tell the story of your day.

Some advice...  You are almost certainly a new bride or groom just venturing into the confusion of shopping photographers for your wedding. I've talked with hundreds of people in that place and I've personally seen enough weddings that I think I can provide some advice for you!

First of all, when you interview a photographer, perhaps the single most important thing to know is that it's very easy for new or moderate quality photographers to buy a website that makes them look as good as the really great photographers - at first glance.

The thing to remember is that most photographers will pick out their favorite 20 images from each wedding and show those on their website, but that should leave you wondering what the heck they were doing for the rest of the wedding day.

You need to know that any beginner can get 20 good shots during a 10 hour wedding day and that is NOT something to brag about.

So don't ask a photographer to "Show me your best picture."

What you should be asking them to do, is.... "Tell me a story." And believe me, there is a HUGE difference between the photographers that can get 20 decent shots, and those that can get the hundreds of great images it takes to tell the whole story of a wedding day.

More advice... Here are some more detailed things you should know about shopping photographers...

The slideshows below tell stories. Each show may contain over a hundred images but this is still only a small selection of the images taken at that wedding, and I hope you'll agree that each show tells the story of the day.

I hope that someday I have the pleasure of working with you, to capture your story.

 

These slideshows are from Oregon weddings.
For best viewing, turn on your speakers and set each video to play full screen at 1080.

 

 

Contact:    541-729-9256    -or-   grj (at) aperturephotographics.com

 

View More Video Slideshows from Other Weddings - each one tells a new story.

 

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grj [at] aperturephotographics.com       aperture1 [at] hotmail.com

All text and Images Copyright Glen Johnson

 

My Book for Brides - (eBook only)

Brides Guide Book

For most couples, finding the right photographer is a LARGE part of the wedding planning process. You know that aside from the rings, the pictures are all you’ll have left after the wedding is over. As you join together to become a new family, these images become the first record in your family history. The skill and style of the photographer you choose will determine how those memories are captured. And the scary part – for both the couple and the photographer – is that there are no second chances. Your wedding photographer has one chance to get it right and make it look beautiful – which means you’ve got only one chance to choose someone you can trust with that responsibility.

Read more about the book...
Download a copy...

 

(this book is NOT an advertisement for my
photography services)

 

I've been a full time wedding photographer, since 2000.

During that time I've shot over 300 weddings, with 58 of those being in other countries outside the US.

BOWP logoIn 2010 I was invited to become a founding member of an association called
Best of Wedding Photography. This is a gathering of the best wedding photographers on the planet. Membership is free, but it is by invitation only and there are less than 500 members worldwide. I was also invited to be an official board member for this organization. So now I am one of 8 Internationally know photographers on the board who are responsible for providing guidance about the formation of the organization, and also for actually interviewing other photographers around the world to decide who gets invited into the organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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