Jimena San Miguel is recognized across the globe for her vibrant and artistic wedding photography.
Her trajectory, intimately bound to the world of fashion, gives her the experience to capture brighter, more stylish moments with a fresh and radiant aesthetic.
A lover of art direction, her ideas constantly flow as she creatively conveys the soul and love story behind each couple she photographs.
With an innate eye for detail and flair for color and luminosity, each project Jimena works on is filled with an inimitable freshness.
Behind The Brand
How would you describe your photography style?
My mom is a fashion designer, so we could say I was born among wedding dresses! Since I was young and I studied fine arts, I have held artistic positions including Creative Director at a fashion magazine. This has influenced my style and my way of understanding photography. I am passionate about art direction, I’m very detail-oriented with a special flair for color and illumination. I delight in capturing the warmth of a person with a radiant and fresh aesthetic.
I base my photography on getting to know the people who are the subjects in the photos. I love their timidity, their daring spirit or sweetness, and especially when they can feel at ease with me. I seek that feel like they can be truly themselves, authentic and unique. That for me is the meaning of beauty.
What is it that makes an image magical?
The magic for me is the feeling encapsulated in the photograph, that you can come back to and revisit time and time again. To see a photograph, close your eyes and feel it all over again, that intimate, brief sentiment of the moment. To remember the place, a look, a smell, a hug, words shared, a letter they wrote to you with love. It’s all an unexpected gift.
What advice would you give to the camera-shy couple?
There’s nothing wrong with being timid! Photography for me is to open a door to the heart, to extend a hand to a person and convey the joy that lets them feel proud of who they are.
I always meet with the couple three or four times before a wedding so that we can get to know each other. This way, the day of the wedding they don’t have a stranger photographing them, rather a friend.
Do you travel interstate or internationally?
I love getting to know new people, discovering new cultures and exploring new places. It refreshes my creativity and helps me renew my perspective. I travel all over the world. The more personal a place is for the couple, the more I love the destination.
As an estimate, how long does your editing process take?
We work intensely on the day of the wedding so that the photos turn out perfectly (great lighting, capturing the good side of a person, taking care for the aesthetics…). This helps in editing rounds in which we try to edit with the most natural color. If necessary, we offer an option of express delivery of photos complete within three weeks.
We generally send over 1,000 photos which can take about 170 hours of retouching. Once we finish editing, we let them rest for a little while. Afterwards, I relish in the process of reliving the special day photo by photo to re-connect with the magic of that day and add any final touches so that the result is perfect.
Describe a magical moment from a wedding you’ve photographed…
I treasure so many magical moments in my heart! I fondly remember George, a father-of-the-bride, who upon entering the room told me in a very serious voice, “I’m not going to let you take a photo of me—I hate them.” On the way to the church in the car, we talked about music (we both played the drums), laughed and connected. During the cocktail, his wife told me she didn’t have a photo of the two of them from within the last 20 years. I went directly to him and encouraged him that it would be truly special to capture this moment forever and gift his wife a photo of himself with his wife and daughter. To this day that is one of their most beloved photos.
Why we love it…
Radiant in every sense of the word, Jimena’s imagery spills with charisma and color. Each one of her frames is filled with incredible light, and palpably pours with warmth and passion.
For the couple…
For lovers of color and crisp, creatively composed photography. For the couple seeking laughter and fun, and look for a friend in their photographer.
Jimena has an instinctual eye for juxtaposing the stylish details of a wedding against incredible venues and locations. Consider an exotic destination to hold your wedding, and style with unexpected, whimsical decor.