HEY I AM JAVIER. YOUR PERSONAL GUIDE TO CAPTURING PRICELESS MOMENTS

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I am honored that you want to know more about me. I was born and raised in San Carlos Costa Rica, near La Fortuna Arenal,  a tourist place you might have heard of or plan to visit.

Over the past decade, I feel privileged to document extraordinary love stories around the globe through elegant, authentic, and timeless images. My passion is capturing moments of happiness that love can bring. I am a fine art destination wedding and elopement photographer. I find inspiration from nature, music, and movies; bringing a lightness and elegance to my work.

When shooting, I’m a firm believer in a non-intrusive “go with the flow” approach, yet I am always happy to offer slight guidance and ideas from my experiences. Natural lighting combined with a documentary approach gives me the ability to deliver beautiful, honest, and timeless images.

My work has been featured in Junebug Weddings, The Howler Costa Rica Magazine, Goodlight Presets, Wandering Weddings, Mywedd, Fearless photographers, and Wedding Wire.

According to fearlessphotographers.com, my work is considered Top #1 Wedding Photographer in Costa Rica



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I’ve traveled to capture love

I know how it feels to plan something important out of our native country

For me, it is essential that all my couples feel confident with my work, personality, and process. All of the questions and doubts you have, I understand because I have been there many times. It still scares me every time I have to shoot outside of my comfort zone in Costa Rica.

In the end, it is an unforgettable experience. This is my hope for you as well. Feel free to share your plans, and expectations, and I will be there to assist you in any way I can. We will work together to create beautiful memories for your wedding.

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"The pictures are amazing! You are the best photographer we've ever had!

Great job! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience"

"We could not be happier with our decision to hire Javier for our Costa Rica wedding. He is extremely talented and possesses a rare gift of being able to capture the emotion behind the very moment. His demeanor allowed us to relax and let all of the joy and excitement we were feeling shine through. Our wedding photos are stunning."

- Jessica & Jason

- Matt & Meghan

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"While the experience was beyond my expectations (which are already very high), the photos blew me away! I got the photos I had only dreamed of and created memories I won’t soon forget. I can not recommend Javier Mendez enough!"

"Had chosen Javier as our wedding photographer was one of the best decision! Great vision, amazing way to made us felt comfortable in front of the camera and I am a very shy person. EXCELLENT WORK! Thank you so much for all!"

- Johanna & Andy

- Esteban & Grettel

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"OUTSTANDING. Javi did both our engagement and wedding photos and we couldn’t be happier with the results. More importantly, Javi and his team listen very well to what we were looking for. We did not have any previous experience with a professional photographer before and we were kind of nervous about the photo shoot, and Javi made sure we were comfortable and cover every detail. The final results exceeded our expectations and it’s amazing to have those memories forever."

"Thank you, Javi for your art, patience, and amazing work. We are so happy with our wedding photos"

- Daniela & Andreu

- Roberto & Alejandra

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If you see beauty the way I do, let's work together!

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