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First I want to say Thank You for being here, you could’ve been reading about anyone else, but you’re here with me, and I greatly appreciate that! I’m going to try and give you a brief but thorough summary of who I am, what drives me and why I chose to be a wedding photographer. Whenever you’re ready to take the conversation further, hit the button below or slide over to my BOOKING page. I’m already pumped over the idea of talking with you.

THE SHORT SHORT VERSION

I am Ector Javier. I also answer to Hector 🙂 I was born in the 80s, raised in the 90s. I’m a UCF grad but only worked in my field of study for a couple of months before I realized it wasn’t for me (ooops).

I’m a wanna-be musician but can’t play any instruments, although I like to pretend like I can sing and do it often around my house at the expense of others. My brain is filled with movie and tv show pop culture references, which also means that I am fluent in (and tend to use a lot of) GIFs.

I am a father of two kitties. I watch all 8 Harry Potter movies each year, usually close to the holidays, and I have three Star Wars tattoos (which should say enough about how I feel toward that saga.)

I like to spend what little free time I have at the beach or disney world with my girlfriend, at a record store adding to my collection, at a concert/listening to music or just having drinks with friends and family that I haven’t seen in weeks because they work weekdays and I work weekends.

A little over 3 years ago, I began working alongside this beautiful woman. She was (and still is) the owner of Reel Feels Productions, a wedding videography company. I slid into her DM’s after seeing her out a few times and asked her to edit my videos. Our relationship turned into something I still pinch myself for, because she has made me see weddings in a whole new light. I want to remember every moment I have spent with her, and I want to do that for you and your love too. Intention changes everything.

WHY PHOTOGRAPHY?

I’m going to give away my age here a little bit, but my earliest memory with a camera was a pink Toys”R”Us film camera my parents bought me for a summer camp trip. From that moment on I became the documentary photographer I am today. Every party, every hangout, every family reunion; I became obsessed with taking pictures of the moments I wanted to remember at a time when camera phones were not yet a thing. Every time I was doing something fun with friends and family, I had to have my camera or we’d have to stop at Walgreens and buy a disposable. I have two knee-high storage bins worth of pictures covering my life from 12yo – my 20’s.

I wasn’t necessarily into the “artistic” side of photography, I was purely a documentarian. To me it was (and still is) all about, “I’m having fun right now, I want to remember this” *snap snap snap.

I’m an archiver by nature. Besides pictures, I also collect records, nostalgic toys, flyers/posters, movie/concert tickets, etc.  Some call it hoarding. I call it being a historian. What Would Indiana Jones Do?

WHY WEDDINGS?

I love the humanity of a wedding. The connections, the reunions. Don’t get me wrong, I also love all the pretty flowers, and table decorations BUT what really inspires me during a wedding is the people. I love catching these moments and interactions. I love being a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event in which this group of people is celebrating under one roof. And I’m devoted to capturing all of it.

The best compliment I’ve ever received at a wedding was from a bride’s father, he comes up to me before the ceremony, puts his arm around me and says “Listen, today, you’re not just a photographer okay, you are a REPORTER. These pictures, we’re going to be looking thru them for years to come. We have family here from all over, traveled from far. We don’t know when we’ll all be together again… for a happy occasion anyways. These pictures are very important to me and my wife. So today I need you to be a reporter, okay?”

Thats the promise I will continue to uphold for all of my couples. I promise to report the promises made, the laughs exchanged and the tears shed, because a once in a lifetime event should be treated as such.

"Is it Ector or Hector?"
I answer to both ;)

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I take different approaches to each part of the day. My priority is to make you and your guests feel completely themselves around me by shooting candids while blending in and assimilating to my environment. When it’s time for family formals, I’m right there directing the scene efficiently and making sure we get those must-have pictures for mom. During portrait time, I’ll direct you without posing you and create an easy-going atmosphere for pictures that look “posed but candid” – how else are you gonna know what to do with your hands?? Haha! And during reception, you can bet I’ll be right there in the middle, singing and dancing along with all of the 80’s ballads, making your guests forget that all their drunk dance moves are being documented 😉

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This Is Us

edited by Tessa Ling

A Mixtape. From me, to you.

I love to connect with people via music. Get to know me even more with this playlist. Enjoy!

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