Category: Countryside Engagements
The beautiful wedding of Daniela and Jesus took place in Rio de Janeiro, however, the grandparents of Jesus were not able to travel to Brazil to accompany them. As the saying goes “if the mountain does not go to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain” the bride and groom decided to make a trip to Spain, put on their wedding clothes and toasting with the grandparents. And in addition, a post-wedding in Madrid at the beautiful Capricho park.
Daniela is a designer at her own atelier in Brazil. Of course, she designed her (spectacular) wedding dress, so I conceived a photo session with 3 main characters: Jesus, Daniela and her gown.
I hope I have been able to capture, not only to the beauty of the “human” protagonists, but also to the beauty of the dress.
Carla, Javi and me prepared with great enthusiasm his portrait session in Scotland. On the one hand, they wanted to show what is now their place of residence and, on the other hand, I had long wanted to know the Highlands, the castles and the impressive Scottish lochs.
However, sometimes the plans do not go as planned.
On Saturday a torrential rain received us and it lasted all day. Our plan to stroll through the Highlands, Glencoe or Inveraray was truncated and only in St. Conan’s Kirk we could find shelter. Seeing the way it rains there, it does not surprise me that everything is green! The long hours in the car served Carla and Javi tell me about Scotland and their own history, at the same time we studied the weather forecast minute by minute looking for alternatives.
We adapted our plans so that on Sunday we could enjoy other locations that, although unforeseen, were just spectacular: Melrose Abbey was a treasure!
I returned from the weekend with a good bunch of photographs and experiences, grateful for the hospitality of Carla and Javi … and I still have an excuse to return to Scotland.
When you least expect it you may find a treasure, whether in the form of a dusk, an interesting conversation or a surprising landscape. All it takes to be a little attentive and enjoy those small gifts.
I discovered Bardenas Reales almost by chance, returning home from a wedding in Pamplona. When I saw it’s textures, the colors and the light, I knew that I would return for a photo session.
A few days later, I suggested to Elia and Miguel to shoot their trash the dress session in the desert. Although they may have to drive hundreds of kilometers, they accepted the idea excited (I love fearless couples!)
We drive through amazing Lunar lanscapes (or maybe Martian) while Bowie sings his “Space Oddity”. Dirt roads, it is the turn of AC / DC’s “Highway to Hell”. We run and laugh over the rocks and the mountains to the beat of “Don’t stop me now” by Queen.
That afternoon we had an interesting conversation in a spectacular landscape at sunset.
It was certainly a great gift.
I remember the day I met Lorena y Aidan: we were on the street and could not find where to take shelter from a rainstorm. I should have known that getting wet to the bone would be usual with this couple.
The meeting was like a mutual love at first sight, and few minutes later we were planning their prewedding in Ireland instead of talking about albums and rates. I do not remember who was more excited about the plan: me or them. Surely all three equally.
Eire is the sound of a sea of stone. The smell of saltpetre and damp earth. It is feeling the drops of a devilish rain bitting your skin. And then return to life with the taste of an irish stew and a paint of Smithwick’s next to the fireside. The harsh climate is compensated by an overwhelming landscape and it contrasts with the warmth of its people.
I have no words to describe what we experienced there.
Beaches with stone blocks instead of sand. Cliffs that make you lose your breath. Remains of a shipwreck in an apocalyptic landscape.
And also cooking lentils, lighting the fireplace and enjoying a fun and entertaining chat. I still smile when I remember the grimaces of Aidan (he is great comedic awaiting a talent scout to discover him) and Lorena calling him “Aidyyyyyyy …”
Sometimes the couples don’t know where to shoot their engagement session, or they don’t have any preferences about it. It wasn’t the case of Fátima & Víctor: from the begining they wanted their prewedding in Cáceres.
I remembered it’s wonderful historyc centre, where walking by it’s stoned streets was like making a trip to the past. And the gorgeous landscape at Los Barruecos, near Malpartida de Cáceres, was a delight for our senses.
We took the car, ready to spend a happy day and to reveal the top model skills of the couple. I think the camera loves them, and they love the camera in return… at least a little.
PD: thank you very much to the Atrio Restaurant for allowing us to use their fantastic facilities.
Although I always have a great time in each photo session, Cristina & Miguel’s prewedding in Talavera was especially fun: colourful sun glasses, hats, the will to be photographed and a lot of love. With these ingredients, we just had to enjoy a pleasant summer evening.
“[…]Then you try to remember where it all started and you discover that it started earlier than you thought …
Long before … and that’s just at that moment when you realize that things happen only once, and that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never feel the same ”
Federico Moccia – Three meters above the sky.
The tale of Alejandro and Paula begins in the distant Bavarian lands, where a determined Spanish guy traveled for work and ended up finding friendship, and then love.
Paula, the sister of Alejandro’s best friend, first was his (great) friend until one day she realized that there was something else. Without quite knowing how or why, that friendship had become something much bigger. Being friends was nice, but it was not enough.
This engagement session in Munich was like a gymkhana: we started visiting Neuschwanstein Castle (the same that inspired Disney to build his own). From there we went to Walchensee lake, where we feed our spirits with its landscape and our bodies with a delicious Käsespätzle (my new favorite meal).
The following day we strolled through Glockenbach, Sendlinger tor, Marienplatz (where what looks like a cathedral is actually the Town Hall), Odeonsplatz, Hofgarten, Englischer Garten … at full speed because we should go to drink some “little jars” of beer at Frühlingsfest with the traditional Bavarian dresses (dirndl and lederhosen).
So much to know and so little time for it.
From this trip I went with the memory cards full of images, my personal backpack full of experiences and strong desire to visit again Munich.
Thanks Paula and Alejandro for being such great hosts. See you very soon!