Wout and Anique celebrate their wedding day on the beach in Noordwijk the Netherlands. It was summer but on their wedding day it rained the whole day. It was cold and the wind was really heavy. But Wout and Anique had fun the entire day. We make pictures in the rain and storm. And in the afternoon they want to walk in the sea in the wedding dress and suit. My camera was soakingwet but we had so much fun this day.
Why is it always the bride´s bouquet that they are throwing, why can it be something else? That was the idea about this picture when I thought about these throwing thingies. I needed to took few shots and then we got it. Usually the rings were in wrong position or something else that wouldn´t be so nicely balanced. It hasn´t always be rings laying on the bouquet or mirrored table, let´s try to get something new!
When rain invites itself to a wedding, you have to think quick and be creative. For this romantic shoot I took the couple to an unexpected place, the Rolex Learning Center: the campus hub and library of Swiss Polytechnical School of Lausanne (by the Leman Lake).
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners of the Tokyo-based design firm SANAA, are
creators nehing this unique architectural piece of art. Their building presents visitors with a concrete floor that slopes and swells like the surrounding Swiss landscape. Rounded openings here and there create intriguing light situations, while the curves create a soft geometrical environment.
We took a number of shots under the building as the rain kept pouring. Suddenly the rain stopped for a few minutes, and we took advantage of that short time to play around the openings. Never mind my jacket, or my pants. I lay on the wet floor and ask the bride and groom to come near me facing each other. It was like shooting the Dark Knight falling in love with his Batgirl. Yes, while I was lying there, ignoring the raindrops starting to fall on my face and my lens again, I think the spirit of Christopher Nolan was surrounding us!
Usually this kinda pics we are seeing when the ceremony is over and couple is coming out of the church. This actual moment was captured while there was going couple´s outrance of wedding party. The whole day was magical and we were shooting this day with my colleague who videographed the day. We spoke afterwards that we just felt like we were part of those regular wedding guests, and not vendors. Lovely day, very beautiful couple and one of the nicest outrance I´ve seen!
This picture was made during an autumn wedding in the South of Netherlands.
This happy family was playing with the leaves while I was taking pictures. The kids had a lot of fun playing.The leaves and the colors fit so perfect to the dress of the bride that I decided to send in this picture.Their wish was spontaneous pictures and this is the result.
This photograph was taken at a magic place - the Castle Anholt in Germany. My attention was attracted by a wild growing meadow near the Castle. It was such an authentic moment to capture the picture – the couple in love, the flowers all around, the castle behind... As if there is nothing and nobody else in the world except them. Only him and her. Only there for each other. Totally in love.
This photograph was shot during my last wedding of the season. It was a lovely autumn wedding with falling leaves and amazing colors. The couple actually got married in a converted tree hut. At the end of the photoshoot, we needed to hide a for few minutes, because they didn't want the arriving guests to see them yet. So we decided to hide near the entrance of the hut. There was this beautiful wooden wall, which I loved right away. The colour and texture of the wood was a great fit for the autumn theme of the wedding. Combine that with a beautiful couple in love, and this is what you get!
This photograph is from the post wedding of Silvia and Roberto, a couple who love the high mountain. Roberto asked marriage here so postboda photographs had to be done in this fantastic place of high mountain located in Salamanca, in the Sierra de Candelario, about 2000 meters.
This photo with beautiful bride Helen was shot in August 2015. When I found out that the bride's image and bouquet will contain a rowan, I immediately understood where and how I will shoot. And here's the result!
This photo was taken in the private home garden there this lovely couple celebrated them wedding. It was so cloudy all day, we couldn't get any sunshine until we walked to the bridge which was behind these amazing bushes. And something magical happened! Evening sun came out and lightened everything around with this amazing sunshine, evening sunshine! We were just lucky and happy to be in the right place at the right time!!!
This photo was taken during the exit of Stefania & Davide from their wedding ceremony in a tiny beautiful church in Valle Verzasca, Switzerland. The perfect example of being at the perfect place during the perfect moment and being fast. The exit lasted less than 30 seconds and I was waiting for their friend to walk back to the right side of the church with the wedding band they just cut - which completes the exit story. This photo summarizes the beautiful and joyful wedding they had.
This photo take from the day, but use artificial lighting to illuminate the couple in the car and so to highlight more the sky, creating a romantic atmosphere with lights and shadows ...
This photo is part of Tania & Luis trash the dress photoshoot.
This great couple defied me and my team to this amazing shoot at Sesimbra, Portugal, in the most incredible beach, with an almost impossible access. The trip payed of! The scenery was perfect, as their complicity.
This image was taken at the ‘Markthal’, a new and iconic building which has recently been added to the rich architecture of the city of Rotterdam. Peter and Sarah have a special connection with this place because they live right next door to it and do most of their shopping there, being it a huge indoor market. As such, it also features an underground car park and this is the escalator that leads to it. As I was drawn to the symmetry and shape of it, I asked the bride & groom to position themselves at the bottom and waited for the split second when no one else was on it, to get the shot.
This image was taken at Ghyll Manor near Horsham in West Sussex UK and is one of those elusive “moments” at a wedding that I am always looking for. The bride and groom were in the receiving line greeting their guests, who were crowded close around them in the small courtyard. It was hard to get through the crowd of people so I stayed back and used my 135mm lens. I positioned myself so that they would be framed by the two groomsmen in the foreground, and was rewarded when the groom gave his new wife a hug. I love her happy smile and the protective expression on his face.
This image was captured with an incredibly strong wind at one of my favorite places in San Francisco. I love the blue pattern leading to the couple kissing and the majesty of the surrounding structures.
This image I took in my hometown, Utrecht. There’s a famous tower close to where the picture is taken and I was looking for something interesting to do with the couple and the tower, during a little walk / portrait time during the wedding day. But I couldn’t find something I liked that much, so I just said to the couple to take the opportunity to have a moment of the two of them being together during the day. It gave me time to think and look for an interesting frame, which I suddenly found in the window of a shop, where the sun perfectly lit my couple and created a beautiful reflection in there.
This couple eloped and said their wedding vows, with their closest friends and family by their side, at a stunning waterfall a up a short hike in Portland, OR. The bride is also a photographer, and was willing to climb anywhere I suggested for a great photo! The climb down the slippery rocks with the bride and groom was totally worth the shot!
This bride and groom took photos after their wedding day, on their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. They were fearless and amazing to work with, not giving up to get the perfect shot sharing a kiss underwater. It was breathtaking
This beautiful couple got married in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It was a beautiful sunny day in October. During the photoshoot they had a lot of fun together. I was very excited to catch there love and happiness on this beautiful day.
The photo was taken in Berlin at the Airport Tempelhof. We spend 2,5 hours shooting the whole session at the airport.
The engaged couple captured in this photo have a deep love for each other and for our city. It was important for me to showcase the magic of Charlotte, NC and the strength of their bond in one frame.
Taking pictures of the bride in the morning is my favorite time of shooting at the wedding. I love to watch the bride, her mood, emotions. It's very touching.
This morning the bride was romantic and thoughtfully looked at their wedding dress, admiring its beauty.
Shot during one of the warmest weddings of the year, at a beautiful Landgoed de Salentein in the Netherlands, a venue I absolutely love. Near the main entrance of the venue, there was a wooden pier. I placed this wonderful couple on the pier, facing the water, with the venue behind them. I really wanted to get as much of the venue in the frame as I could, so I shot through the groom's shoes using a super wide-angle lens. The majority of the shots from this perspective were of the fun and laughing kind, but in this particular photograph, I really like the intense looks, making for a great photograph!
Serine had one part of her dress on a mannequin and the other part hung up behind her. I had here jumping all around holding her veil for this shot and she did it with every ounce of happiness and excitement. When her mother saw this picture she told me that I have shown her a part of serine they have never seen before. A happy, young, beautiful bride.
See the shape of a strip of grass and trees. It makes sense that if this is a silhouette. It is very beautiful. I asked the couple to jump. To create the image, it looks more attractive than ever.
Peter and Sarah live in the city centre of Rotterdam, right next to one of the most iconic buildings that has recently been added to the city’s rich architecture, the so-called ‘Markthal’. It is basically an indoor market with lots of food-stalls and café’s, but what makes it so special is its ceiling - which is a work of art. Fruits, vegetables, flowers and even bugs are painted in gigantic sizes on its hoof-shaped ceiling and form a colourful backdrop for photography. So when we talked about a location for the photoshoot on their wedding day, it didn’t take any of us long to decide that a visit to the ‘Markthal’ was an absolute must.
On the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, tucked away behind the Sprucewood winery in Ontario Canada, we found the perfect location for this dramatic yet whimsical engagement photo. We decided to have some fun with the shot - and this lovely couple kicked off their shoes, embraced the sand, water and grey clouds rolling in. I can’t wait for their wedding! I feel so honoured to have my photo chosen for this award among (in my opinion) the best wedding photographers in the world. Thank you.
On a very hot and sunny day in the Summer, I had this lovely Wedding! Right before diner the sun was beautiful. We decided to take a walk during this golden hour. The couple enjoyed a little personal time as I captured there sweet moments together.
Never having seen the inside of the University City, City Hall, I quickly understood why Jessica and Michael fell involve withstand wanted it to a part of the backdrop of their wedding day. A timeless venue like this deserved a very classic/romantic moment like we captured as Michael was giving his new bride a kiss. I believe this is one of those shots that will stand the test of time and that they will enjoy for years to come.
Nadine and Ahmad's big day is one of the weddings I will never forget, their wedding was perfect in every way, the weather, the scene, the setup and much more. Both couples have such an upbeat great personalities and they were willing to do everything I tell them to. All This helped me put together a perfect moments captured for this great couple.
Most couples want to have their pictures taking at over the top romantic places, like the beach, forest and lovely ancient cities like Amsterdam.
But this couple, Danny and Yfke, wanted to do their love shoot in a very contemporary city in The Netherlands: Rotterdam.
This old city was bombed during world war II and is rebuild in a modern way, with lots of glass and mirroring buildings.
This picture is taken in a business district, the opposite of a romantic spot. During sunset, when it was already dark on ground-level and the last light of the sunset could only shrub the tall buildings in the sky.
Jye and Emilie contacted me a year prior to their weddings. Emilie is from Mauritius and Jye from Australia and both live and work in Australia.
The picture was taken the day of their wedding after the ceremony at the Church. We had chosen a spot in some historical ruins on the east coast of Mauritius for a photoshoot session with the bridesmaids.
It was late afternoon and the light was decreasing quickly. So we had to work fast and well in order to have the best shots. Fortunately the ruins were superb and offered good substance for photos.
There were arches facing the setting sun and I got the Idea to create a silhouette shot and place all the subjects in front one of them and placed a flash behind.
When I edited the picture into black and white and increased contrast, I discovered that the arch and the sky and clouds behind looked like a huge setting sun. A few tweaks made this picture look out of this world
It was my second wedding in this year and the "Trash the Dress" session we do in the Sierra de Cazorla.
This place is a wonderful hotel in the middle of the mountains. When I saw this huge umbrella, pool and view, I couldn't hesitate to make a nighttime photo. It was the last photo session.
It was basically a very spontaneous shoot. She was waiting to be called to have her bridal entrance. It was an intimate moment and i was lucky to capture it.
The wedding was in Berlin, Germany.
I took this photo at the Zuiderzee museum Enkhuizen in the Netherlands. The bride and groom were a joyful couple who didn’t want the “standard” pictures. This was a spontaneous moment as I was searching for a nice spot and at the same time the bride started to run and tease the groom.
I think a beautiful photo can be simply made. This couple love beach and this is the reason why we shot here.
We climbed on the Rock and saw the beautiful large sea and the beautiful shiny sky. That's why I shot this photo.
Love starts from simple. And Love is so simple.
I remember the room being very crowded with family and friends and I had everyone out of the room except Leen, the bride. By the time I took this picture the whole family was behind me and only Leen standing there glowing with beauty and elegance.
I made this picture in one of the most important streets of downtown in my city Pereira, it is located 318 km from the Capitol of Colombia Bogotá.
I asked the bride Luz Andrea and the groom Albeiro to please stand on one side of the traffic light and when the light permitted for the street walkers to pass the street, to please walk across it and for the bride to see towards the center of the street where I was located with my camera.
This picture had to be done the faster way possible because I was in the middle of the street and I was stopping and complicating the traffic of this part of downtown . I wanted to do this picture because it's a place very famed and noticed to me and all the people of my region
I love the story of the beautiful bridal veil here and how the groom is helping the bride walk down the pier. To add drama to the shot, I rolled my pants and got low into the ocean to catch some of the waves breaking in the foreground. The risk of soaking my camera was totally worth it to blend the ocean with the sky and the couple, all in perfect harmony.
I love that the couple have fun and complicity between them.
This photo was taken at Punta Ballena while doing the pre-wedding photographs.
The happy faces of Stefa and Pablo in this photo says it all.
I had this shot in my mind as soon as I got to the location and scouted it. I didn't want it to be too traditional and when I realised that the angle and composition made it possible to do a tilt-shift effect, we decided to go for it. The wedding day gave us some hard times though: It was an early winter day in Vantaa, southern Finland so it was not a surprise that the weather sucked. Barely over 0 celsius, super cloudy and it even started to rain a bit. It was getting quite dark too. We had no time to waste so we just went straight to this "main shot" of the day. We tried a couple different poses and the lovely wedding couple Anni & Lasse nailed it in this one. Phew. We were able to shoot maybe 20 minutes after this shot and then it got too dark & wet. Luckily we got enough good shots and even a couple of really great ones. Pressure cooking.
I had spoken with Nefeli, the bride, only on the phone and my feeling was that I had known her for years... this particular wedding was not like the ones I usually shoot, that is without shooting the preparation of the couple. So, the first time I met the bride was the one you see in this picture ...the moment she parked her car in front of the church... that smile was exactly what I had felt on the phone! And I immediately clicked the image, looking also at the groom's reflection on the car window .... wonderful feelings that I have everytime I shoot a wedding.
I always encourage couples to make their bridal party shoots more of a fun adventure. These are their closest friends on the greatest day of their lives so I think it’s important to give them some time to just hang out together and enjoy the day. Add one hungry goat which is partial to flowers and it’s laughs all round. Then once it’s time to shoot the bridal party photos everyone’s more relaxed and is genuinely having a good time which is what I aim to portray in my wedding images.
Hans and Nicole got married in my hometown Zwolle. At Librije's Hotel.
A really beautiful hotel, located in a building that used to be the prison of Zwolle. And it was also the spot where Hans asked Nicole to marry him. It was an autumn wedding with beautiful weather. For me this picture is the 'proof' that you can find great places to shoot wedding pictures everywhere.
I took this picture next to the hotel, in the middle of the city, at a parking lot.
But from the angle I chose, it doesn't show at all!
Can you imagine a groom who really hates rain and is getting married on a rainy day? That is Teunis! Although I, as a photographer, love photo sessions in the rain, he wasn’t looking forward to the outdoor wedding shoot that day.
Big was his joy when he heard that his family gave him an after wedding shoot in Paris, so they could skip the session in the rain
It took some flexibility with the planning, he was very, very focussed on the weather forecasts, but we had a great day in Paris.
Everywhere we went, people wanted to take pictures of the lovely couple. The city of love turned into a forest of selfie sticks. Teunis and Annemieke felt like movie stars.
We traveled the city by subway, from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower and finally there was one moment when nobody was watching, except for me.
A pure moment of two people in love having the second best day of their life.
All tough it might seem as an after wedding shot, this image was actually taken during the wedding day itself. The wedding was held in the Zeeland province, close to the Belgian border in the Netherlands. My couple planned to have portraits of them taken in Antwerp, which is about a 20-30 minute drive. However, we couldn’t find a place to park our car, so in the end we had only 30 minutes for portraits, whereas around one hour had been scheduled. I was lucky with this great location (Antwerp Central Station), but really had to run and hurry. When we really needed to go back to the car, we crossed that station again and I couldn’t help but taking 2 more minutes and was able to create this shot. We made it right on time before the ceremony started, by the way :)