“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.
Sometimes you get to connect deeply with someone in just a few hours, despite the distance, despite the language, despite cultural differences.
I can say that this pre-wedding in Seville has been one of the most carefully prepared that I have ever photographed. It started as a simple portrait session but it evolved into a surprising marriage proposal: e-mails flew from Madrid to Hong Kong preparing the day’s logistics, looking for the best way to transport the cloud of helium balloons where the ring would be hidden; choosing how to make the dresses perfectly arranged for the photo session and a dozen more details.
Meanwhile, I was getting to know Ed little by little: I loved his attention to detail to make this experience unforgettable.
The session in Seville could not be better: the scenes were happening while we talked as both about the history and the food of Spain and the traditions and the political situation of Hong Kong. While walking around Plaza de España I found the ideal place for the proposal (it is difficult to find an intimate spot in such a tourist place), Ed and I crossed a glance and nodded slightly: the moment had arrived.
Ed knelt, his trembling hand took the ring and slid it on Winifred’s finger. For a moment the time seemed to stop: it was just the two of them.
We ended the day sharing a table in a small tavern and our farewell wasn’t a “goodbye” but a “see you soon”: we will meet again in Hong Kong to share (and photograph) the happiness of their wedding.
To be continued…
We shot this pre-wedding in Seville on the eve of Holy Week, so we decided to start very early in the morning to avoid having the streets and locations filled with tourists.
Arnaud and Lepus were in a very good humor and joy throughout the day, although hair and makeup started at 5 in the morning. After some photographs around the Puente de Triana I took the opportunity to show them a “typical Spanish” breakfast: chocolate with churros and porras.
With renewed energy we marched to the Santa Cruz streets and the Alcazar, where we could barely dodge the groups of visitors who constantly approached the couple to photograph them with their brand-new-next-generation-mobile . Some appeared to have never seen a wedding dressed couple.
It was about noon when we finished the session in Plaza de Spain, with our feet tired but happy heart. When we parted I could not imagine that two days later they would ask me to be their wedding photographer in France.
À bientôt | 不久.
Jignesh contacted me a few weeks ago to ask me if I would photograph a very special moment: his marriage proposal in Seville.
I felt like half a paparazzi, half a FBI agent y agente del FBI tracking a “target” for photographing a unique moment between two people I haven’t met before. I just had an estimated time and place (The Real Alcazar, one of the most tourist sights of Seville).
I first met Natasha’s sisters, which were accomplices and links of Jignesh in Spain. I watched the coupled from a distance to go unnoticed among the tourists, which I had to avoid to not show up within the frame in the “decisive moment”.
Luckily, she said “yes”.
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.
One of the things that I like to be a wedding photographer is the posibility to meet all kinds of people. Different cultures, different habits but a common denominator: love.
Heidi loves flamenco and every time they travel to Spain their destination is the south, so they decided to make their engagement session in Seville. It was a pleasure to see them laugh constantly and share with them a journey that ended in a traditional tavern in Triana, where they discovered jewels of spanish gastronomy as chickpeas with prawns and bull tail.
A passionate, funny couple, involved to make the session an unforgettable experience. I do hope our paths cross again someday.
for the market and its floor of freshwater
cooking to the sun,
the table and the knife,
the skillet dented, the washed rice (at least seven times);
the wine in their glasses,
Thanks for the fan and its flickering rattle
in the gloom.
For the silver cutlery and the cloth napkins,
the light from the balcony while you read aloud for me
(for the pictures: for looking at me).
for your company.
It has happened to me before.
The first time I meet with a couple we just end planning their prewedding… and in this case it was easy: when Daniel told me he’s the owner of a restaurant, I immediately visualized them fooling around in the kitchen 🙂
We started the prewedding session in the Parque del Retiro, where Gema y Daniel let themselves be carried away by the sunset… and it was a pleasure to see how passionate they are in every gesture and every gaze.
The second part of the shooting was at Daniel’s restaurant, where there was not only passion but also they were eager to have a lot of fun.
I really don’t know who enjoyed it more: me or them.
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 …”
The 95% of the couples that hire me as their wedding photographer say things like “I think I don’t look good on photos”, “I don’t really like being in front of the camera”… so prewedding sessions are good to make them feel that they should not be afraid and that they look awesome on pictures.
Talking about the locations, I like to work where the couple feel comfortable because that place is part of their story, their hobbies or any other reason.
Marta and José Carlos wanted to do their engagement session in “El Templo de Debod” because it has seen the beginning of their relationship. A walk, laughs and (most of all) kisses and hugs. It is amazing to work with couples that not only love each other but want to share that with the camera.
I hope I got what they were looking for and that every insecurity has faded away, because that wedding is really soon.