This is not your everyday post. It’s written by me, Alvis. Sam has been fired so that I can take a few moments to brag about my beautiful wife. Fair warning: I’m not a wordsmith like her and you’ll probably find a lot of grammar issues. But who gives, right? What matters most are the shots! But first, the story…
Sam and I were married nearly 10 years ago on a hot beach in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. It was a small affair with only our parents and her brother and sister. I will never forget seeing her walk down the beach in this simple white dress. My father-in-law Mike beamed beside her, I knew it must have been a proud moment for him. And even though our ceremony was mainly in Spanish, we opted for our own hand-written vows and I also won’t forget the promises that were made that day. The only tragedy of everything was our photos — or should I say lack thereof. Back then I was only freelancing and my real job was 100% I.T. Either way, obviously I couldn’t take any shots of us as I was slightly busy.
So Sam hired someone she found on the internet and thought was reputable. Some American dude who lived down there and whose name I gladly forget. Let’s just say he talked a good talk. Bless her heart she didn’t even really see a portfolio; she just trusted in his game. Sadly the images we have are few and are not all that good. He cut us a disk that day (after paying him a small fortune of money) and both of us were utterly disappointed at the results. Now there were a few average images, to be fair. But truthfully, anyone who comes into our home expecting to see some wedding shots of us is always disappointed to find none.
Fast forward to this crazy idea: get Sam to put her dress on again! Get her to feel like a princess one more time, but document it for her and our kids and our grandkids… so everyone can see how beautiful she feels in it. I did not really have to twist her arm on the idea. I mean we WERE heading to one of the most inspiring places in this hemisphere, Antigua, Guatemala.
So here they are, and she was a trooper. The first night (yes this was a 2-day shoot) I dragged her all over creation and even made her stand on a lamppost amidst tuk-tuks and nosy onlookers. Too bad those shots were “horrific” in her words! I thought they rocked. But oh well. A bride always wins. lol. Back to the shoot. We took advantage of the gracious boutique hotel Panza Verde and could have stayed for hours to shoot there. Every corner was a photographer’s dream. I also wisked her into one of the famed, ruined churches in Antigua’s Central Park area. After six hours that day it was time to get back to the kids and family and sadly that ended it. I so badly wanted her to do a shot in the pool at Panza Verde but she was tanked and I was sunburnt!
One more thing. You will notice that this is not so much “Sam trashing her dress” as it is Sam being Sam. Anyone who knows her will agree she is a bit of a ham, a drama queen (love you dear), she loves getting dressed up, she loves climbing on things, posing, voguing if you will! She is my muse and my best friend and I hope these images give you some good ideas for donning that dress one more time.