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Based in Puerto Rico, Nelson Javier Photography offers their services for your wedding day. Husband-and-wife team Nelson "Javi" Navarro Zayas and Gladysbeth Ortiz González love to capture the joyful emotions of your celebrations. Javi is a Professional Photographers of America member and a Certified Professional Photographer (one of only two in the whole Island); your wedding gallery is safe in this talented artist's hands. Some of his wedding photos have been selected in the prestigious Merit Collection of Professional Photographers of America.
Nelson Javier Photography combines several different styles for your wedding photography. Javi and Gladysbeth can capture the beautiful candid moments of your special day with their photojournalistic style, while a classic, fine-art approach can be used for your wedding portraits. This duo takes pride in their professionalism and keen attention to detail while maintaining a light-hearted, festive atmosphere for your photos. Whether your wedding is an intimate gathering or an elaborate event, let Nelson Javier Photography be a part of it and give you memories you can cherish for a lifetime.
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Javi (pronounced: "ha-vee") is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) who's been in the professional photography field for over 13 years (over 20 years overall photography experience).
As for the CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation, we would like to explain to you how or why this is important. First of all, Nelson ‘Javi’ Navarro Zayas is one of only two photographers on the whole Island of Puerto Rico to obtain this designation, so this lets you know that the PPA is not giving them away that easily (there are 26 active PPA members in Puerto Rico). To obtain a CPP you have to take, and pass, an exam and after that you must submit images that are evaluated for technical accuracy from a standard that the PPA has implemented. Soooo, why is this important? Well, every industry has its benchmark and the CPP is the one for the photographic industry.
Is a CPP a better photographer than a non-CPP? That’s not necessarily an absolute yes answer, but let me try to explain why. There are a lot of great photographers in our industry, and Puerto Rico is no exception; but, working with a CPP can guarantee that you’ll be dealing with a qualified, responsible, ethical, knowledgeable and committed professional that keeps working everyday to be at the top of his industry by learning, executing with great technical prowess, with a high sense of respect for the photographic industry, and in my case, with a good sense of humor while under pressure. All of these qualities are of the utmost importance, especially at weddings. Why is that, you may ask? Well, on a wedding day, time is of the essence as it is usually high-paced. You can’t expect great photographic results in a short time period, if your photographer doesn’t know the nuances of lighting, posing, composition, lens choice, camera settings, etc. Plus, a wedding photographer should be a well rounded photographer as we photograph products (wedding cake, rings, wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, flowers, etc.), models (the couple), we do photojournalism (for candid photos), classical photos or even fine art, portraits, group photos, landscape and architectural photography (sometimes both, depending on the venues) and all of this is done while on a time constraint.
After all that is done, we go to the editing side of wedding photography that's an important side of the results. We are proud to announce that on our way to obtain a Master of Wedding Photography degree from PPA (Professional Photographers of America), 4 of our images have been selected to the prestigious Merit Collection from PPA. These images have been evaluated by a panel of 5 experienced jurors who are assessing against 12 elements of a merit image standard. Some of those elements are Impact, Storytelling, Creativity, Composition, Technical Excellence, Technique, to name a few. In the wedding category, judges take into account the high-pace of the wedding day, the fact that the photographer doesn’t choose the ‘models’, hour of photography, venue, etc., but instead, how the photographer (in this case, my wife and I) handled all of those circumstances and was still able to produce or capture high quality images that are worthy of a merit.
As a photography assistant, I really enjoy capturing these special and spontaneous events that occur in the preparations of the bride and groom and in the ceremony. Having two people capture different angles is priceless. It's a great advantage and added value to each wedding. Having the groom's and bride's expressions at the same time is almost impossible to capture for a single photographer, with my assistance, we photograph both simultaneously. I also make sure that every litte detail on the bride is taken care of before we photograph them.