“She’s the meticulous one, she takes real pleasure in detail”
Carlos Charpentier and Pamela Fuster have been taking pictures together for ten years.
“He’s the big romantic” she adds. “When I first saw him I thought, not another photographer”.
He smiles, “And when I first saw her my thoughts were ‘she’s beautiful AND she’s got a camera’”.
They were married in 2004.
Together they’ve captured imagery for a huge cross section of Costa Rican trade, architecture and design, including more than 200 weddings.
“We left photographing weddings for a while to allow the market to simmer down a bit, there was a time when everybody wanted to get married here and the sheer volume of the work was hard on our creative ability to customize and work closely with the couples and their entourage”
He continues, “But now there’s a renewed magic happening all over the country, we’re emerging from the haze of massification and returning to our roots. And there’s no more exquisite backdrop to photograph a bride and groom than the bright opulence of the Costa Rican countryside”.
“Of course” Pamela says, “like our marriage which has grown into a family” -the couple received their first child in 2010- “we’d like to take our work further. We’d love to incoporate the rich multicultural traditions of weddings from the Far East, from close by in Latin America, from new laws that allow lesbians and gays to marry, to photograph unique yet familiar ceremonies and celebrations”.
“Since we’ve plateaud on commercial shoots” adds Carlos, “We’re interested in shoots that we can base exclusively in black and white. It’s a stark simplicity that allowes a coherent and honest narrative throughout the experience. People become sharper and more beautiful in the simplest format”.
They are a couple that has matured together.
“What’s wonderful about the wedding narrative” Pamela explains, “Is it’s the beginning of something even better than the wedding itself, family, home, legacy. We love being there on the most important day, interacting and capturing everyone’s excitement, but we also enjoy continued work with couples in days and years following the ceremony”.
Carlos laughs, “We shoot ‘trash the dress’ ceremonies, where the brides get to have fun, it’s the time when the couples look and feel the best. We also shoot births, well, Pamela does. And we’ll gladly travel abroad to provide couples with a photo album of their lives like none other.”
Fuster and Charpentier are the wedding photographers of choice for all of Costa Rica.