Category: International Engagements
New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York
I was happily surprised that I was asked to be their wedding photographer, and even more surprised when they asked me a couple session in New York City, their new place of residence.
Being a witness of their love is like watching a Hollywood movie, the kind of movie that you see with tissues in one hand and an ice cream in the other. Not a sad story but a romantic one, the kind that touches your heart. A true love that has lived on three different countries and three dreamy locations. A couple generous in kisses, caresses and laughs. Love is love, but also the city lights give some inspiration.
Thanks to this photo session I have discovered a couple of things.
NYC is an overwhelming city. It suddenly beats you in your face and knocks you down. The buildings, the traffic, the crowds of people coming and going… One could think that New Yorkers are unfriendly, but actually both NYC and the New Yorkers warmly welcome everyone there. The best way to enjoy the city is to flow, forget about your prejudices, walking with expectant eyes and your camera ready.
The other thing I have learnt is that photographing love and happiness is the same no matter where you are.
From Central Park to Times Square, this city is full of charming spots and it is a great destination for a romantic photo session. I fell in love with Brooklyn Bridge: its architecture, beauty and charm are awesome make it the perfect location to enjoy with the one that you love. We ended the day savoring the sunset, the lights and the reflections on the buildings.
Here is the first year of Lepus & Arnaud’s marriage, and their first story in NYC.
Hear it for New York.
“L’amour est vie”… We were told the walls of Paris.
Not without a reason it has always been called The City of Love. For that reason, because love is life and because there is where Lorena and Alexis live, we decided that Paris was the perfect destination to photograph their engagement session.
It was a great ideas because Alexis is a proud Parisian and Lorena is an art historian. That weekend tour of the city not only allowed us to have some photos of her favorite places, but also we could talk about them, discovering the unknown part of the city to those who live outside Paris.
We lose ourselves inside the Shakespeare & Co bookstore, where it’s not permitted to take pictures (but I finally got a special permission). The Stravinsky Fountain, next to the Pompidou for which Lorena as a great lover of art chose a dress representing a painting of Piet Mondrian; the Sainte-Chapelle with its beautiful polychrome stained glass windows where I was so moved by looking up and seeing them for the first time. And, of course, those other emblematic places that we all know when we talk about Paris.
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.
They say that if you want your dream to come true, you must first write it down.
Two years ago I desired to shoot a pre-wedding in Rome, inspired by the classic movie “Roman Holiday”… at that time I had a charming couple and a wonderful Vespa to play with, everything but Rome.
Finally, the Universe conspired in favor of my dream (and also, Amanda & Angel’s dream).
In this time we missed the Vespa (it was hard to find it in Rome). We enjoyed a wonderful weekend walking by the Eternal City, chatting and laughing, and also tasting delicious pasta and tiramisu to restore our energy.
I’ll write down my next desire, so the stars can start to align: I wish to photograph a wedding at a beach in Bali.
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 …”
I still remember one of the first posts in this blog saying that I love the City of Light and wanted to do someday one prewedding in Paris (or better yet, a wedding). That day has come and I can not be happier for the experience it has been spending a weekend fulfilling one of my dreams as a wedding photographer.
I’ve also been lucky enough to share a weekend with an exceptional couple, with whom I have felt warmly welcomed (it’s curious how you can get connected with people you have just met). A parisian breakfast, a family dinner with the best views I could ever wish, a night walk by the Quai, and we could not miss a visit to the Eiffel Tower, which still impress me no matter how many times I have seen it.
I leave you with a sample of an unique experience, I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I have loved being there.
I’m looking forward to the wedding day!
Je me souviens encore que dans un des premiers textes de ce blog je disais que j’aimais la Ville des Lumières et que je souhaiterais pouvoir faire un jour un shooting pre-mariage à Paris (ou mieux encore, un mariage).
Le jour est finalement arrivé et je ne peux pas être plus heureux car ce weekend j’ai réalisé l’un de mes rêves en tant que photographe de mariages.
De ailleurs j’ai eu la chance de partager un weekend avec un couple extraordinaire, avec qui je me suis senti très bien accueilli (c’est curieux comment on peut créer des liens avec des gents qu’on vient de rencontrer). Petit déjeuner parisien, dîner en famille avec la meilleure vue qu’on puisse souhaiter, une promenade nocturne au bord de la Seine… Tout ça sans oublier une visite à la Tour Eiffel, qui continue de m’impressionner chaque fois que je la vois.
Je vous laisse un échantillon de cette expérience unique, j’espère que vous allez en profiter autant que moi.
J’espère avec impatience que le jour du mariage arrive !
“[…]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!