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Hi, my name is Asia Pimentel. And I am a wedding photographer.

From time to time, I stumble upon a post on the web that asks: Why are you a photographer? Usually, when this question comes up, people generally respond with something related to their grandma’s albums or their grandpa’s love for old cameras, among many other reasons most of them tied to many emotional and beautiful explanations.

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When I make this question to myself, I am never sure of what to answer. I got into photography pretty much because someone challenged me. I was 28 years old, and I’d never had a reflex camera in my hands up to this moment. I had never taken a photograph other than some quick snaps of my kids with an old point and shoot. But I criticized some pictures (Interestingly enough, my critique was not about the subject but the photographer’s work, lol!), and so my partner looked at me, and with a tone of clear disapproval, he asked me: Do you think you could do better? I responded jokingly; “You bet I can”, and so we forgot about it. Or so I thought since a few days later, he returned with a DSLR camera he had borrowed from a friend and a photography manual he had downloaded from the Internet.

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Asia Pimentel Destination wedding, film & Fine art photographer

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My great grandparents never saw a picture of themselves. Crazy, right? 

Not a single chubby-cheeked baby photo or a solitary elegant image from their wedding day. Nada. And if they wanted to relive their youth and their blossoming love story, they had to rely on their minds. They’d smile at each other, never quite able to conjure the details of their most special days.

And well, I wish I’d learned from them. I wish I hadn’t waited until so late to start capturing images of myself and my kids (It’s a long story, seriously!). But there are so many memories I’d love to look back on, and I can already feel my memory failing me sometimes.

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And well, what else could I say? Sometimes I feel my ties to photography go back to a past life; I am terrible at all technical aspects of life, but when I touch a camera, my hands move like they have a life of their own.

Why weddings? I am not sure I can properly answer that question. I love all forms of portraiture photography but weddings certainly have a secret meaning for me that I cannot explain yet. Let’s not even talk about how emotional I got when I’m booked to photograph a wedding.

(Confession: In the early days of my career, I’d even shake and cry!)

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Asia Pimentel shooting a Wedding at

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Knowing that I’ve been entrusted with documenting one of the most important days of someone’s life humbles me and fills me with profound gratitude. So, I pay back such honor by investing everything I have – mind, body, and soul – into chronicling their love story with meticulous care and immense respect.

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Bride walking to the altar with her mother

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Every single shot I take is intensely lived and considered. And every tool at my disposal, from lighting and positioning through to the equipment I use, is lovingly thought-out and prepared. There is an intention behind every photograph I deliver to my client; My photographs are not perfect; technically, I could enumerate a long list of details that seemingly could be improved in every image, but each one of my images has depth and feel real and alive. This is the difference Asia Pimentel Photography is happily known for. And it’s the difference I am proud to cultivate more and more with every wedding I document.

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husband whispering in his husband ears while hugging

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Now, I’d love to wax lyrical on each tool in my kit, but I know that not everyone is as interested in the semantics of photography as I am.

So, today, I wanted to share just one of them with you: Film photography.

If Asia Pimentel Photography were a superhero, film photography would be the sidekick. It’s the secret behind how I capture such soft, dreamy, and emotion-rich images, and it’s how I stay grounded and immersed in the magic of the moment.

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Bride walking with flower girls

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If you’re not sure what film photography is, remember the old-school cameras that use rolls of film that need to be sent to a lab for development. That’s film photography.

But why would a modern wedding photographer use a seemingly ancient photography method? Easy: The experience (and the result!) 

There is an almost religious feeling of creating images with film. Some of the greatest and most amazing movies ever made were shot on film. Most of the movies that are nominated for Oscar awards every year are shot on film still today. And certainly all of those old photographs your grandparent guard with passion and that you admire with reverence and make you feel intense emotions that you cannot even describe, were taken on film.

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Bride and groom kissing by sunset at Santo Domingo Colonial Zone

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For me shooting film is the easiest and the surest way to create a timeless, authentic, and true to life look. It also adds more value to the final product I deliver to my clients and injects new life and inspiration into my artistic process.

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Romantic looking bride with bouquet leaning into his groom chest

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When I’m using any of my reliable and old film cameras, I’m wholly, wonderfully, in tune with everything going on around me; The interactions between my couples and their loved ones and the emotions that are swirling in the room; The lights, and how everything works in harmony creating the atmosphere and mood of the moment. There is no second chance to capture an image.

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Punta cana Photographer - Bride and Maid of honor portrait

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I consider myself a visual historian, and for this, I have to honor the moment, put my all into it, be wholly present. Trust in the process, and in myself, to create the image, knowing that I won’t be able to review every shot on a digital camera screen.

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Bride and groom walking in the plaza with the flower girls and the ring bearers

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I love sending off my rolls of film, waiting anxiously for the scans to arrive, and having beautiful images (and many times delightful surprises) come back to me. I am confident in saying that 80% of the images I receive a few weeks after the wedding are always better than what they were in my mind. And the final product is not something that looks nice; it’s something that feels special too.

In a nutshell, film photography keeps me continually evolving, growing, improving, and inspired about my craft. 

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Caramoor Gardens Wedding reception - Photos by Asia Pimentel Photography

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But don’t get me wrong – digital photography still plays a vital role in my work. I will always shoot digital when I feel it’s the best medium for a specific moment, like during the dark hours of an evening wedding reception. For those digital images, I use presets to keep my film look consistent throughout and keep my post-processing as simple as possible.

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K+M Catholic Wedding at Altos de Chavon, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

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And well, friends, I think these few paragraphs sum up at least a fraction of my thoughts about my photography and my motivations. I hope this gives you a good glance into my world, and if this brings up other questions about it, please, please do not hesitate to reach out; I would love to hear you out and see what answers I come up with. 

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