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Best Wedding Photographers Riviera Maya

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Best Wedding Photographers Riviera Maya

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Here is the thousand(s) dollar question that brides who demand quality are asking:

“Who is the best wedding photographer in the Riviera Maya?”

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The easy answer – it’s M & J Photography! M & J is Michael and Jennifer Lewis, professional photographers who moved to the area in 2010, had a destination wedding, then fell in love with photographing destination weddings.

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Here is where we come clean, we (the writers) are M & J! This is why we think we are the best:

  • We meet every couple before we book the wedding and make sure that we have a connection with them. We are passionate about what we do and we want to help make the wedding day the best day ever. That is nearly impossible to do without an honest connection.
  • We bust our butts to make photos that tug your heart strings, bring tears to your parent’s eyes and make your friends envious.
  • With more than 30 years of experience as professional photographers and with photo assignments all over the world (including National Geographic), we are calm and flexible on your wedding day.
  • We photograph every wedding together, which means we miss nothing, we capture different angles of the same moment, and you’ll have a collaboration of two pros with different styles, but with one goal. To capture amazing images for you!
  • We love what we do and we love meeting new people. Don’t just take our word for it. Read what our past couples have said here.
  • We have searched for the best photo lab and the best album company in the world, which means you will have beautiful prints (giclee, canvas, metal, acrylic, etc) at reasonable prices and an album hand made in Italy.
  • We work from a place of honesty. For us to produce brilliant work, we must like you and you must like us. It’s not enough to simply like our images and think they are cool. We don’t want to be hired hands, we want to become your friends. It’s the only way that “amazing” happens.

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The Riviera Maya is home to talented photographers with many styles, different personalities and different ways to approach and document the wedding day.

How do you determine who is right for you? Meet the photographers who interest you and see if you connect.

Contact us, schedule a video call and see if we are right for you.


Diving Cozumel in the Summer

While summer on the island of Cozumel has it’s challenges (heat, rain, mosquitos, humidity), it also has several good points. Diving during the summer on Cozumel’s reefs is certainly one of the good points.

The wind tends to die down, which helps the visibility. Winter water temperatures are usually a pleasant 79 – 80 degrees F, but summer temperatures start hovering around 85, which means I’m not as likely to get as cold on the second dive and I’m not wearing two wetsuits.

Coral blooms, little fish hatch and the ocean seems to become a little more active during the summer. If you can catch a stretch of time without rain, then you’ve found the cosmic convergence of good diving conditions on Cozumel.

Here are a few photos from recent dives from the Swordfish with Aquatic Sports and from shore dives and snorkels from the Blue Angel Resort, two of our favorite Cozumel dive operations.

Turtles seem to be solitary by nature. I have rarely seen them swimming or feeding together.


A poaching victim?

Shallow shore dives give you the opportunity to slow down and look for the little things. There probably isn’t anything harder to find than a seahorse, except maybe a frog fish. However, one of our dive master friends told us about a spot where she has seen one repeatedly. It took about 25 minutes of slow swimming with our noses about 12″ above the ocean floor, but we did find one that was about four inches long.


The fish life around the sting ray enclosure next door to Blue Angel is alway active and varied. Pelicans hang around to feed regularly. One of these days I am going to hang out and try to catch them hitting the water while I am underwater. That should make a great photo.



Summertime on Isla Mujeres

We always enjoy visiting Isla Mujeres. It is so different from Cozumel. It is small and cozy, and just seems more tranquil. There are lots of great places to eat and sleep, and several interesting beach clubs along the west side. We were there to shoot an engagement session for a lovely couple from the San Francisco area. That meant it was more work than play, but, oh what a place to work!

First, we would like to acknowledge the warm welcome we received from the owner and concierge at the very cool and stylish Casa de los Sueños, where we shot many of the photos. We are looking forward to going back and checking out the rooms, hanging in the infinity pool and laying around the wooden dock.


We ended up staying in town at Casa el Pio, which was a stone’s throw from the small plaza and the eastern shore. Open the windows and listen to the surf break! The manager, Jill, took great care of us, and even opened up a room for our photo subjects when they arrived with a couple of changes of clothes. Unfortunately for Casa el Pio, Jill is headed to Tulum to manage Posada Yum Kin, which means we now know where we will stay in Tulum.

The shoot was made easier by Maru from Isla Mujeres Trips, who had a golf cart lined up for us outside of the normal 9 – 5 hours.



We had decent pizza and pasta at Armandos on Hidalgo, the island’s wonderful pedestrian street, and great coffee and tasty fruit crepes at Cafe Hidalgo the next morning.


It was hard to sit at dinner and listen to Jorge talk about the amazing whale shark trips he has been leading all summer. Lots of manta rays this year. We hope to fit in another trip before they are gone. We felt a little better about not bringing snorkeling and UW photo gear when the skies opened up and dumped a couple of inches of rain after sunset. That tends to keep the whale sharks in deep water for a day or so.


What’s your favorite Isla spot?

Best Restaurant on Isla Mujeres?

The argument can be made that Lolo Lorena is one of the best restaurants on Isla Mujeres. It is certainly the most interesting. Serving a limited number of people (maximum of sixteen) with a set menu that changes nightly is nothing new, but when you add the eclectic setting, the ability to bring your own wine without a corkage fee, and the high quality of the food, this is the place for serious eaters.

Isla Mujeres Whale Sharks – But, Not Many

Every summer brings the whale sharks to waters north of Isla Mujeres and north and east of Isla Holbox. A vibrant tourism industry has surround the discovery of this huge fish nearly ten years ago. Last year we saw quite a few. This year’s trip we could count the whale sharks on one hand, and this is the sad theme of this story.