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While everyone was trying to get a picture of the bride and groom, I saw the father of the bride struggle to get the lighting correct on his phone. After helping him with the settings I decided to frame the couple in the phone for an extra perceived depth to the picture.
When Hannah and Chris booked me to shoot their wedding in Petworth, West Sussex, I was so thrilled as this was the town where I used to live, many years ago. Grittenham Barn had been bathed in sunshine the whole day, which was a small miracle considering rain had been forecast to put a dampener on things. At about 8pm the light outside was looking just perfect, so I took the happy couple out into the field for a few glorious golden hour shots.
We photographed this gorgeous couple’s wedding in March 2016. One of the venues they chose for their photo session in between the ceremony and reception was the University of WA. This is a popular choice for bridal party photography in Perth. It consists of beautiful old architecture as well as stunning gardens. This gorgeous tree is a popular meeting point for people on the grounds. The bride was keen to have some photos that showed lots of garden settings. So the tree was an obvious choice. The light was too harsh on the other side of the tree. But on this side, it filtered beautifully through the branches. so we stood them amongst the roots of the tree, surrounded by a carpet of ivy and captured this image - we love it, so do the couple, it is a feature image in their wedding album.
We had just finished with all of our 'after ceremony photos' and we were heading up to the cocktail hour to rejoin the guests. When we walked around the side of the building, the sunset light came flooding through the trees. The groom turned and kissed the bride, ever so sweetly, and I snapped a couple impromptu photos. Sometimes the accidental shots are the most beautiful.
This was the last photo taken on that day. When we arrived at the location, everyone was exhausted from a whole day of wedding events. As this was the most important day of their lives, I hoped to leave them with a perfect ending for this moment. Then came this photo. Of course, Candy and Tony loves the photo, and I believe that that is the best compliment to a photographer. Thank you guys!
This was taken at the lovely Eleven Eleven Winery. I saw this beautiful wood paneled corridor and instantly knew that this would make a romantic picture.
This picture was taken in Peru, on the way to one of the historical monuments in the country. The snowy ridge, planting on road laterals, the stage set looked like a picture I botaria on the wall of my room .. We had to resist this photo "called us." The couple was ready at all times for the photos and our style of photography is one where we left almost aimlessly and stopped where the spiritual plane warn us!
This picture was taken in Lelystad. Normally I start the wedding day at the groom’s place, capturing the moment that he is putting on his costume. This groom was so proud of his wedding car that he was waiting for me up, already dressed. He took me with him for a super ride in this beautiful car. Pictures of his wedding costume were not that important for him, but riding this fast Aston Martin was a childhood dream for him and his photographer!
This picture was taken in a little village mear Hernani where Alaine and Aritz celebrated their wedding. There's a multinational company over there and ira building is really modern.
Both, the place and the building, gave is so many ways to take different pictures.
Although I knew the place, it was the first time I went there Ane I' m really pleased with the result. I love blending different types of architecture and specially the modern ones.
This photograph was taken at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire, UK. The barn was lit up with hundreds of fairy lights all over the ceiling and walls and looked amazing. I lit the couple from behind and experimented with shooting through different things to get this effect - which was all achieved in camera. This was the last photograph I took at the wedding.
This photograph shows a very beautiful couple. Dmitry and Elena dance their wedding dance. Location around symbolizes the fact that life not only consists of the holidays. The couple will be a lot of work, but in the future, the fortress will become really cozy and beautiful! After all, they are full of determination and energy! Dmitry and Elena dearly love each other, they will overcome all difficulties and fulfill their dreams!
This photo was taken really early in the morning (around 7.30 pm) on our way to the weddinglocaties. I always love driving and looking around me. When I saw these amazing sun rays, i pushed my hooter: stop! stop! We had to go here to take at least some pics. And the photo tells the story of love at early wedding hours.
This photo was taken in Aix-en-Provence, a magnificent city of the South of France. The « Cours Mirabeau » is a famous avenue in Provence. The inhabitants of Aix like surrendering to it to drink a coffee on the terraces or to contemplate the multiple fountains. Lolita, Thomas and myself we are made an appointment on a Sunday morning while the « Cours Mirabeau » was still deserted, as sleepy... Of this meeting between a city steeped in history, a couple and a photographer were born this photography filled with emotion, the prelude to their marriage.
This photo was taken during a pre-shoot at a destination wedding in Virgin Gorda. I spotted the location on Google Earth before arriving and I knew immediately I wanted to use it. It's an abandoned copper mine. My initial thought was to back light the couple but I didn't like it as much as this one, they just didn't stand out enough. I quickly asked my assistant to hide behind the foliage on the left with a gridded Profoto B2. I added one more light to my front left to help bring out the foliage even more. I think it helps to enhance the leading line to the couple framed in the doorway.
This photo was taken close to sunset at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California. A beautiful resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The bridesmaids each had a different style of dress and were having fun taking their photos with our beautiful bride. I love the ascending shadows and the way the light hits the palm trees. The lens flare from the sun added extra impact to the photo.
This photo was taken at the Lincoln center in Ft Collins, Colorado. We had and extremely hot day with temperatures reaching 100 degrees.Our bride and groom were amazing and never complained. The back side of the building was covered with some kind of vegetation and was also in the shade except for a splash of sun. It made a perfect backdrop for this dramatic photo.
This is a picture from an industrial zone which is very modern. The building is like a shape and it is ful of glasses. That is why it looks like a mirror. This picture is a picture of Aritz & Amaine's wedding. We all enjoyed a lot with them.
This is a photo of our amazing couple Shallece & Dubach, taken at Thanksgiving Point in Utah. They had a very non traditional wedding, and I think it would be fair to assume that they will have a very non traditional life together. This shot is from their "First Look" session being that their wedding was still a few weeks away. The look on Dubach's face when he saw his bride to be for the first time in her dress was nothing short of breathtaking. The love and emotion that these two share is priceless, and this shot was taken right after seeing her for the first time. I think the serene and and melancholy background provided an amazing backdrop to display the love that these two have for one another!
This image was taken in St. Louis, MO at the St. Francis Xavier Church with friend and model Corrin Stellakis of Syracuse NY. I wanted to create an image that displayed the beauty of this dress (made by friend Kate Mitchem, who is also a photographer located in VA), and this church was the perfect backdrop for it! Corrin is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and it was a lot of fun creating this special portrait for her.
This day didn't go as planned. We were supposed to shoot at a beautiful park, but on the way to the park it started to rain. So the bride and the groom decided on a restaurant. So there we were, on our way to a new experience. Luckily the bride and the groom were such a spontanius couple, the shooting went without trouble. We got some wonderfull ideas, under which this photo. A big thanks to the amazing couple for being so open en adjustable to the situation.
This couple was filled with the joy of life. We walked around Waikiki for this shoot after the ceremony on a beautiful sunny day. A lot of people on the street congratulated the couple. They told the bride how lovely she looked, which really created a great mood. As we came up to the surfboard racks the groom immediately made this surf pose and when the bride joined him I snapped this image. I think it perfectly captures how fun it was to shoot in Hawaii and the joy they felt on their special day.
This couple was a special one. Everything was prepared for their wedding. They are a very young couple and spent much of the dating time on the beach. The wedding was scheduled for early 2016 when they became pregnant, requiring advance the date in 7 months so they could get married before the baby is born and belly grow too much. They were married at her parent's home in Teresopolis, but decided to make the trash the dress at the beach Grande, Arraial does Cabo, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. It was a very beautiful and happy day, with everybody very happy by the union of the couple and the baby who was to come.
This couple shared my dream to do an incredible Loveshoot at the Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland near Dornie. As specialized Wedding Photographer, we only shoot weddings at old castles and mansions so we totally love this 13th-century castle. This photos was made nearly at midnight in June in the twilight. We parked the car near this great spot, and after some testing in the rain with the couple waiting in the car it went dry and we had about 5 minutes before the rain went back. Back in the car we discovered we forgot the close it, so we had a whole mosquito family the rest of the trip with us. But it was worth every mosquito bite ;).
They say you can tell an angel by her halo, but for Jeff, the vibrant angel wings that miraculously appeared during their creative engagement session at a park on the Tennessee River were a sign for him that his Sarah is an angel.
The weather had been on & off throughout, but during the evening the clouds parted to reveal the universe in all her glory. I was super lucky to have a couple willing to brave a cornfield in the pitch black, so we went out, set up a flash and shot 3 images - this was the first; a beautiful moment which the three of us won’t forget!
The symmetrical steel structure and the yellow iron chain below symbolize the protection, love, they have as well as the hindrance they will encounter in life. The newly-weds are situated in the middle with posture of holding on to each other, showing as long as they have each other, all will be overcome. The overall image is presented by lighter color , to reveal a more positive intent of the story I mean to tell them.
The photo was taken in the florin neighborhood in tel Aviv, and it's in the south part. I love this photo because of the beautiful color and depth of view. You can feel the neighborhood - it's also the area where the couple lives. :)
The Couple I had an honour of photographing on their wedding day met at a tango class, and just as in tango, their feelings quickly started to evolve into passionate and tender love. The day of the photo shoot was the only sunny day between many wet ones. I had a lot of fun capturing the tango poses on Vancouver's most beautiful beach, as well as candid moments from the event. The traditional Chinese red wedding dress was absolutely spectacular and I could not stop admiring how gorgeous the Bride looked. I am sure the Groom thought so too, as I have zero photos of him not gazing at his Wife.'
The bride is a good friend of mine and I am very excited to be able to take their engagement photos. I scouted the location a week before the shoot and I could just visualise how beautiful the image would be if I place the couple in the wood at the time the morning sun shimmer through the dense wood. It plays out exactly the way I want. We both love the image so much.
The bride and groom has wanted a photograph in front of their wedding venue, Knowsley Hall in Cheshire, and rather than take this during the day I thought it would be better to wait until after sunset for a more dramatic shot. This was the last photograph I took at the wedding and also my favourite!
Rosanna and Dario were married in May, the day was spent by, when together with the staff of the restaurant La Palma we decided where to place the cake for the cut I chose to put us against the light, because seeing the color of the cake and the sunlight had already imagined how it would come to the picture, the result was incredible and I was filled with joy!
Purgatory – a mountain gorge, one of the wonders of nature in Ukraine. In the XII century, there was an ancient monastery. Whoever dares to pass through a very narrow gap between two steep rocks, he is purified from all previous sins! It was made during his honeymoon Pavel and Ekaterina. The presence in such a Holy place – the best start for a new stage in the life of newlyweds. Now their life is a white sheet of paper, and only they decide what to write...
Photographing this couple was very fun. He works in advertising and she is a dermatologist. For the trash the dress we decided to shoot at Parque Lage. It is a property located in Rio de Janeiro that was transformed into a public park in 1960. Its mansion was notably featured in the 2003 music video for Snoop Dogg's single "Beautiful" in 2003. With its beautiful architecture and a beautiful water mirror, was the ideal place to do this photoshoot. I asked the groom Felipe to spin the bride on the little island on this water mirror, wondering what the dress would look like the edge of the island.
Once you come across such a beautiful tree, you know that you have to do something with it! I instantly got some ideas to shoot later on the wedding day.
During their wedding party I wanted to place the bride and groom right before the tree and then light them from behind. I asked the newly weds if they had 3 minutes of their time. So we went outside and within 3 minutes we were back at the party with a amazing tree-shot!
Once the vending guests had arrived, we decided to go off and take the bride and groom portraits. It didn’t take long to find these stunning corridors just out side of the venue. I knew that the orange and blue lights would make a perfect setting for a nice romantic moment.
Now then... what a wedding this was. Set in the Yorkshire countryside, there was no shortage of photo opportunities. But whilst driving from the ceremony to the reception, I just couldn't help but pull over and grab some wheat field shots. The weather wasn't ideal with hazy clouds and midday sun but that just pushed me to be more creative. I focused more on including the ground rather than the murky sky to create this more interesting framing. They were a great couple to work with and lots of fun.
Nina and Matt got married at the stunning St Ermin's in Westminster, London. One of the reasons they chose the hotel was because of its beautifully ornate rooms. They knew they wanted a photo on the sweeping staircase in the hotel lobby but I wanted to create something dramatic for them befitting of the opulence of the hotel. I would normally take a shot like this towards the end of the night but Nina was rushed into the hospital only a few days before the wedding for major surgery and, understandably it was looking like she might not have the energy to stay that late. So in the late afternoon as the guests were taking their seats for the wedding breakfast we took a little time out to create this shot. I exposed for the chandelier and the various lights in the lobby and used a video light to highlight the couple. Thankfully the couple is as delighted with the image as I am.
Nick and Rob moved to London together having met at university in Sheffield, so felt that marrying in the city was really important to them. They also wanted to maximise the time they had celebrating with their friends so chose to do their portraits in the morning before the ceremony. We headed out on the tube to Saint Pauls and walked over Millennium Bridge to embrace some of the iconic skylines... This is one of my favourite shots from the day, you can just make out the cathedral in the background, but there's so much more story in here; I love the film crew filming them and the passers-by stopping to see what's going on.
My first wedding of this season had it all. A great wedding couple with great light during the wedding on April 1st, (April Fools day). The couple planned their wedding shoot early in the morning, which was really fine by me. Knowing this location very well, I knew I had to do something different. With the bright sun coming in, I first saw the shade coming up on the groom. Just a minute later this shot was taken.
Matthew & Laura (who totally rock) got married at the most fabulous location in Wales, Llanvihangel Court. The grounds were incredible and tucked in the corner was the awesome Rhododendron. I'd never seen anything like it! The colour was so bright and it was just all around us. I just wanted the shot to be like a secret garden and I wanted the colour to wrap the couple up.
Mark and Sarah tied the knot after only 12 short years together (Mark’s a fast mover by his own admission). The couple married at the beautiful Prested Hall in Essex in late March. I didn’t hold out much hope for a sunset but we were treated to some lovely golden light in short spring evening and I managed to steal the couple away for a quiet five minutes together in the grounds of the hall.
Marisha and Chris were married on a beautiful day in small town Cabri Saskatchewan and we made the trip to a busy farmyard to get some shots of the wedding party! We had plans to go to a couple of different locations with the bride and groom but when the time got away from us, we started looking for options around the farm. When we came around to an open field in the back I couldn't help but take an image of them with the amazing sky as a focal point and them in the distance, it truly depicted the prairies for them and the sight they see often on the farm!
Lynsey and Ben created a stunning festival themed wedding that was 100% them, with their personalities ingrained in every detail. Before the wedding they mentioned to me that they would have a row of tents that would light up at night, straight away I had a pretty good idea of the shot I would capture. It was my last frame from an awesome day and it tied up the story perfectly.
Karina & Jamie’s wedding scored the ultimate wedding hat-trick - the stunning setting of South Farm in the Cambridgeshire countryside, a truly gorgeous couple inside-out & THAT light. We’d just enjoyed mountains of that food & some pretty emotional speeches & when we sneaked out for a few evening portraits all my photography dreams were made - the sun-baked day had turned into that golden hazy evening glow. Boom! I love this moment between Karina & Jamie - Karina’s eyes say it all really. So much love right here.
Josianne & Ismael married under the magic sky, away from a big city in an old farmhouse La Baronia. Josianne & Ismael are professional dancers and they had been able to turn the sky with their magical love.
It is a photograph of a wedding in a small town in Madrid. After the bride and groom do the dance we went outside and took this photograph. We combine artificial light that was in place with our flash to create this image. I like the simplicity that has, since the only elements that were used lanterns and grooms.
Ines and Sebastian came all the way from Spain to get married in their dream destination, Santorini. Their love and the view of the volcano had been a great combination for wedding pictures. It was a pleasure being their photographer and capture their most unique moments in my island!
In the frame the couple from Odessa Elena and Dmitry. It was a great day! nature has done us an incredible gift in the form of a massive white clouds. Of course, we did not hesitate to found a spacious place and photographed a gentle kiss on the newlyweds. The love is the same boundless as it is a beautiful sky!
I saw the stunning sunset break through the clouds and scouted around the back of the venue to try and find a clearing to be able to get a portrait shot in the golden light. I stumbled across an amazing field and excitedly hurried back to see if the bride and groom (Natalie & Scott) would be up for crossing the muddy field with me. They were both totally on board, Natalie put on her 'wedding wellies' and we were off on an adventure hopping fences and puddles.... Legends.
I photographed the couple in the jaffa area, the groom is from berlin and the couple lives there for the last 8 years. Yael the bride is from Israeli and they decided to get married in tel Aviv - jaffa. Yael is seen with her back to us but you can still feel how beautiful she is.
I love looking for pockets of light within lots of shadow and then trying to utilise it as best I can. The contrast of light in this location was very harsh but by putting the bride in the light and throwing her veil in the air I was able to take a shot that looks more dramatic than if she was stood in the shade.
I heard it long before I saw it. The infectious giggle of a little person carried across the field where I was shooting, I turned the corner to find this dude being propelled high into the sky, laughing and chattering as he sailed through the air.
I have to describe this couple as romantic and fun, the passion between them is as hot as the place where we make pictures for their wedding. The place is called "THE DUNAS" is located in Bani, Dominican Republic, is a small desert located in the southern part of the island. They expressed to me their ideas for their wedding photos and the recommendation was unanimous the place was ideal for them. I please be a part of that time and leave it marked for history.
I always enjoy shooting portraits in silhouette and this one, taken in Formby in the UK, is one of my favourites. I tried to find a location where the couple could be very small in relation to the huge trees and also look for symmetry in the composition. Once I found the location I just waited for the couple to do something cool, which they did!
Here is where Anton took Lara’s hand and guided her across the old ruins of Sutro Baths in San Francisco. The ocean breeze caught her red dress and the sunset mirrored their reflection into the pool in front. The birds gracefully aligned into this frame and in the heartbeat of the shutter clicking, I understood that this moment was going to be timelessly captured.
Greg and Lori are as adventurous as they are funny, and with a love for back country skiing a snowy mountain side was the perfect setting for a wedding. The laughter and excitement were apparent in every image, culling down the number of shots were an enormous task. Eventually, I went with the one that represented their personality best. Huge smiles, warm hearts, and a bluebird day.
De love story begins a couple years earlier when Sjoerd & Jessica meet at the grand central station in Amsterdam. The both were looking for love, but didn’t know, the would cross paths at a train-station. It was love at first sight. So when he asked and she said yes, the new that their pictures could ben taken in one place only and that would ben the grand central station Amsterdam. And that’s how it went. They sad, yes and we went tot de train station and did a beautiful photoshoot!
David and Rebecca are keen sailors, and for a number of years had been fellow competitors. They married at the historic Beaulieu Abbey, before leaving by boat and sailing to their wedding reception - a marquee erected opposite the sailing club that is so close to their hearts. This image was captured as they reached the end of the landing jetty, meeting their awaiting guests. Plenty of energy and vibrancy in their reactions - on top of the world and ready to party. Light was spectacular that day. It was still early in the season for an outdoor wedding, but they were blessed, being able to enjoy the scenic location.
Carmine and Tito are Italian same-sex couple who came to New York City to have their destination wedding. This shot was taken while we were shooting under the Brooklyn Bridge. The couple and their friends were so energetic and passionate, we wanted to have some fun moments added to the wedding shoot, so they did this posed jumping, what a great moment!
Brandon and Emma got married in a rock quarry in North Carolina which has been one of our favorite venues to date! This couple is very sweet and laid back, there was no location in the world that suited them better. Since their wedding was a morning wedding, by the time we were able to have a few minutes to shoot creatively with the bride and groom, the sun was almost directly overhead, rendering the lighting very difficult. In order to capture the awe inspiring location, we positioned a couple of the edge of the water and shot from behind to capture the scene in its entirety. We had Emma bring her chin up to illuminate her face in the most flattering way and encouraged Brandon to whisper sweet words in her ear to inspire her beautiful expression.
Ben and Vicky love to travel the world together but for their wedding day came back to their UK home. They had a beautiful relaxed family celebration surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Welsh borders. This old railway bridge was the perfect place to make the most of the sunlight as it filtered through the trees. I loved this quiet moment they shared on this gorgeous day.
Anina & Sven celebrated their beautiful Swiss wedding in sunny Vallemaggia in Ticino. They asked their guests to write wishes on every balloon so they could send them off to the sky for good luck. Once I saw this moment was happening and that the clouds looked beautiful behind the church tower, I got on my knees to clean the background and fill the sky with the balloons, which certainly added a magical touch when capturing this moment. I loved how their family and friends cheered for them and how romantic and photogenic this rite was.
Alex & Charlie were a dream couple and up for any suggestion I had for images. The wedding was at Bordesley Park which offered so many locations for shots and we came away with loads of great portraits. Towards the end of the night the rain started and I knew I wanted to try a backlit image. I introduced some fairy lights to give some interest to the top of the frame, grabbed a bridesmaid to act as a human light stand and the rest is history.
After seeing the couples stunning venue at the London Barbican Conservatory, I knew it would be tough to try and show the sheer awesomeness of their venue. After looking for a higher vantage point I noticed I could place the couple on the balcony and get most of the venue into the image. I decided to shoot with a wide angle lens to show how big the venue is.
A stunning venue in the English countryside, cloudless blue skies & a totally gorgeous couple. Hell yeah! Karina & Jamie have a deep connection & I wanted to capture that inner glow they both had just after the ceremony. I asked them to hold onto each other & take a moment to think about what getting married meant for them…. and this is what I saw.
Newlyweds Elena and Dmitry happy! Now this pair is enjoying the warmth of their feelings, youth and power! Together they firmly hold each other's hand. Let their rapid movement to the light would become infinite!
After shooting at several locations in San Francisco we headed down to the coast and the sky
and sun were in a perfect position. The Vanish & Ashnear hurried up the wall and stood in the perfect position and this was the end result to end the day.
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