When you think about a dream wedding to photograph, for moments as magical as this one, you wish you could travel somewhere beautiful, somewhere exotic, you wish for amazing views and perfect light that day, you wish that the bride looks amazing and that her dress is perfect and her bouquet is flawless.
My wish was far more specific, I wished for all this but most important of all, I wished that if I got the chance to photograph a wedding as beautiful as this one, that the bride and groom were foolishly in love, that their connection was so amazing that there was no need to spend hours taking pictures, that the people who were with them that day loved them so much that any moment was a picture perfect moment to remember forever. Thanks to my amazing clients and friends, my wish was granted, and today I cannot be but grateful for the opportunity, for all the hard work from my team and for the guys at Wedisson for giving me this award!
When we went to the ceremony, there was a fog and we decided to use it , so we quickly run to it , I put flash and made that's a beautiful picture.
When I met with Carol and Jason, we just clicked as human beings. Something we all had in common was our ability to be true and genuine loving people. On their wedding day, I remember noticing this awesome spot at the Knowlton Mansion. The way the light spilled was incredible. I told Carol and Jason to hold close and do their thing. This photograph was a timeless moment that truly represents their unconditional love for each other.
We waited until the sun was down to make a photo at this beautifull bridge at ‘Het Oude Slot’ te Heemstede.
While we where shooting this photo i remembered the saxophonist of the band and asked him to join the picture to complete the magic.
It turned out to be the most romantic photo of the day.
We spent a little while taking photos around Downtown Charleston, and then headed out to the beach to catch the sunset.There is a point down towards the lighthouse where the beach meets the marsh and the sunsets are always some brilliant shade of purple.This particular night we got lucky with a great cotton candy sky and a rising tide around the rocks. Perfection.
Tracie and Andy chose a really unique venue in London, The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe, for its fantastic views over St Paul’s Cathedral from the ceremony room so when it came to taking their couple portraits, we absolutely had to feature this majestic building. When you get married in the very centre of London, there really is no such thing as ‘alone time’, and for two fairly private people, stepping out onto the Millennium Bridge with a few hundred tourists and city workers was a bit of a daunting prospect. I’m so happy they managed to lose their inhibitions and embrace the moment as well as each other…and I’m very grateful to Mother Nature for putting on a pretty spectacular cloud show for us to add to the drama.
Took this picture about a month ago during an engagement shoot for my good friends, Durgy and Anaar. We got onto location after it had just rained and there were way too many ideas going on in my head. I saw the log and tried to convince them to get on it. With the log, rocks and ground below all being wet and slippery, it took almost 25-30 minutes to setup the shot. I wanted for the shot to look enchanted with a fairytale element to it.
...they lived happily ever after.
This young couple wants to marry in the Netherlands but preferred to have a pre-wedding shoot in London, the city where they currently both live and work. After the shoot in the streets of London we went to the rooftop of a shopping mall with a beautiful city view. Despite the emptiness of the picture you can feel the presence of the big city below. The wind gives the picture a touch of dynamism and the St Peter’s Cathedral puts it in the right context.
This was the big day of Nathan & Anke and this is probably one of the pictures I loved the most of their wedding.
It was shot in the Netherlands on our way to their party location, one of those perfect spots.
The lighting was perfect, the car being cute and the couple not paying to much attention to me.
This was taken at the beautiful Sint Joris kerk in Eindhoven, Netherlands. During the ceremony i scouted the whole church to find a nice composition. I think this picture really shows how big the church is, as the bride and groom give an scale of this magnificent location.
This was one of the very last images I took on the wedding day of Lauren & Charlie which took place at the fabulous venue of Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire. I’d planned to do an evening shot like this once I’d arrived and seen this impressive entrance into the venue. We’d had glorious weather all day and just as night fell it started to rain - which with the backlighting has added something a little bit extra to the image.
This was just after the ceremony had ended and I was taking family portraits with the bride and her family. Out of nowhere the sky just started dumping snow, and a lot of it. The bride happened to be standing next to her sister as well as her new husband's sister when it started, and right away I motioned for my assistant, who was holding an off camera light, to jump behind them and she understood right away. What I was able to capture was a pretty awesome moment when the first snow started to fall.
This was an image I shot earlier this year in Paphos, Cyprus. We had just nipped out, in-between courses, to grab the last of the days light.
This shot of Charlotte & George was taken At The Mill, near York, a gorgeous venue with lots of lovely spots for portraits. I knew from the second I saw this bridge that I wanted this shot and waited in anticipation until the sun went down. The bride and groom didn’t have long until their first dance so this was taken in a hurry! I set a flash behind them and one gridded to my left to help them pop in this lovely twinkly light scene.
This picture was taken in de Levenstuinen (the gardens of life) in Teuge. The owners bought 15 years ago a large plot of land and made a large beautiful garden, including this little chapel in it. On this particular location I saw the strong love between Alex and Anne and it felt so good to photograph them beautiful featured standing for the chapel.
This picture happens to be from the Outdoor photo shoot of Nishelle and Aaron. It was a rainy day and the tree house looked like the perfect place for the shoot. Nishelle and Aaron was fun to work with.
This photograph was taken at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire, UK. The couple are lit by a single gelled speedlight placed behind them and I also set off a smoke bomb behind the couple, in front of the flash, to make the photograph look more dynamic.
This photograph was taken at 4am at a destination wedding in Spain. We had all had quite a lot to drink so I couldn't ask for anything too posed! I used one speedlight to light the couple from behind.
This photo was taken with a wonderfull couple in Marseille, beautiful cliffs that were present in the sea with a view of the cottages on the coast, the sun slowly went down…it was a special moment.
This photo was taken in France, in a country called "Las Landas".
We went to this amazing lake to have a "trash the dress" photoshooting with this lovely couple at the sunset. A Nikon d800 was used with a 35mm lens and a SB910 flash from the left at the maximum power and the closest zoom.
This photo was taken at "La Fuente de los Angeles" , a spectacular property located 10 kilometers from Valladolid and exclusive by its environment .It has a former monastery dating back to 1315. The chapel of the monastery was the perfect place chosen for this photo playing with lighting and the couple.
This is a two-seater car and I was sitting on the trunk, with the bride's veil getting tangled in my face. The first time they drove off, I almost fell off. But I had a blast!
This image was taken in Hoyo Azul, Cap Cana, Higuey, East of the Dominican Republic. Catherine and Joaquin were married in November of 2015 but they wanted us to do “the trash the dress” and an adventurous photo shoot. We met the same day of the photo shoot. However, Catherine and I had spoken a lot over social media. The day of the photo shoot it was very cloudy and it rained. Cap Cana is a spectacular place and even though it was raining, we caught some amazing images. Joaquin was not very convinced about jumping in the water but as soon as he saw me jumping in with no problem, they both entered the water and had fun taking the images for this beautiful “trash the dress”.
This image was taken in Half Moon Bay, CA. Couple hired me from Oklahoma and came to the Ritz Carlton Hotel to do their wedding. We had some fun adding a mini trash the dress session by the beach. The weather was perfect and the sun was about to set leaving some definition in the sky.
This image was taken from the wedding of Kirsty & Dan at the Iconic Ryder Cup Golf Course of Celtic Manor Newport Wales. The perfect location to another prefect wedding.
This image was taken early april of 2016. In the Netherlands it is always a guess if it will rain this day.
But it was the first sunny day of the year. I know the bride quitte some time and she had confidence to let me pick the locations for the shoot. The location is a park in Utrecht with with different scenery, perfect for a wedding shoot.
I placed the couple on top of the bridge. The sun was shining and the sky was filled with lovely clouds.
This image was taken back in Spring at the gorgeous Browsholme Hall in Lancashire, England. The light was fading fast but I was drawn in by the gorgeous colours of the sky together with the lone tree in the field we were leaving after evening portraits.
This image is particularly special to me. Paul & Donna both work in the Natural History unit for the BBC and have a real love of the natural world. They particularly love fossils and dinosaurs, both of which were huge factors in the decor for their wedding day - including a real T-Rex jawbone as pride of place!
Paul & Donna got engaged very close to this spot, which is a beach in Dorset, UK, a World Heritage site and known as the 'Jurassic Coast' as it's famed for the amount of ammonites and fossils that are found here; you can walk along the coastline and see them everywhere. So, we thought it would be wonderful to bring them back to the place that means so much to them for their wedding photographs. It was a hot Saturday in July and filled with tourists, but amazingly we managed to find a completely empty spot to create some really meaningful wedding images for the couple.
This humble couple just became parents and we happened to meet when I came to take their newborn pictures.<br />
Their son is such a happy little boy and very cute to have in front of the lens! After buying their house last year and committing through parenthood they were now ready to tie this knot they're in together! He works as a project manager for the Tilburg District. They are reconstructing this old train-site and are working on the area where this huge, old hangar makes part of. It is known for wedding shoots and that's why the groom suggested going here in case of bad weather. The couple initially wanted to have their photo-shoot taken out in natural environment only. The weather was looking good for their wedding day and as we discussed their details two weeks in advance of their big day, I couldn't let go of the idea to hop in this former train hangar no matter what weather circumstance, it just seemed a missed chance not to do this. And so we did after he picked his fiance up in an awesome vintage car we drove to "the Spoorzone" where I asked them if they would take this moment to have their first dance rehearsal. This massive hall with all this beautiful light falling in just asked for some action. They loved it. I could tell they felt so special!
This couple was a dream to work with! They were so laid back and were up for any adventure. We took a boat out to get to this location in Eastern Washington, we got lucky that the water was lower than usual this time of year so we were able to get them up on the rock and take some incredible shots.
This beautiful couple's wedding took place in the Austrian province of Burgenland. On our way to the designated shooting location we came across this wheat field bathed in golden sunlight. We just had to stop and take a few pictures. A big thank you to Martina and Martin for being so spontanous and helping us capture this exquisite moment!
This beautiful couple married in Apeldoorn. The party was in the City Lounge witch is in an old bank building and now used as a party venue. In the Mystical environment with the former vaults where the money was saved I could photograph this amorous couple.
This "trash the dress" shooting was done in the city of love,París. We had a long long shooting day from 11am until 11pm traveling through all the most important places of this awesome city and finally having this nigh shoot in the Eiffel Tower. A nikon d800 and a 35mm lens were used in this photo,including a back flash to add a bit more magic to the shoot.
Their passion for the beauty of nature brought us here. Me and them in this dry land. It was a very hot afternoon, while they started to walk, hand by hand into the field, I kept my distance so that they could enjoy their first moments as husband and wife. This allowed me to capture them and their souls in the wild.
The wedding was in a small town in north Alabama, USA. The Bride and Groom were huge Star Wars fans (Darth Vader even made a special appearance at the reception!). Post ceremony wedding party photos finished up at the old (and only) movie theater downtown, where we captured this iconic formal dip in front of the Roxy!
The story of the picture is that they have a year that these pictures were married. However, their pictures were about the year before failed and they had not found the location desired. I 'm looking for them after having gone this location in Germany and have found him . On the same day, we can make this beautiful wedding pictures a year to the wedding. We had everything to newly arranged, hair, makeup and flowers. We had a wonderful day.
The setting is South Farm in Cambridge, just a perfect venue and these to planned a beautiful wedding and the day was superb. I wanted to gibe the couple something a little more creative than just your normal couple shots we had taken that day and so after they had danced and drank we headed out in to the driveway and I asked them to take a moment to themselves and just snapped away… The end result i think reflects the couples want to be themselves and take moments to enjoy each other when they can without worrying about the world around them. They are a beautiful couple.
The rain was falling hard during this particular wedding. Luckily we planned to shoot around Philadelphia City Hall which is one of the most incredible masonry buildings in the world. As we were shooting it started to rain really hard so we jumped into one of the tunnels there. Seeing the light, I asked them to just hang out at the opening of the tunnel at which point the groom made a joke causing his bride to bend backwards in just the perfect way, making their silhouettes a really intriguing capture when I pressed the shutter.
The photo is taken near the birthplace of the groom A place with beautiful nature. They chose this season because of the warm colors. While the making of these pictures they had a lot of fun and love. The weather was alternating sun and fast clouds. Just this moment the clouds make a heart, a symbol of love…
That is why the couple loves this picture the most. The piciture reminds their love and beautiful day. It's hanging in their livingroom, such a big photo on glas. I will always remember this weddingday, I saw so much love and then I heard of the attacks in Paris...
The photo is from the wedding shoot of Amanda and Tushar. Another great couple, I had the opportunity to work with. This was taken outside the Abu Dhabi Palace. We hardly had anytime to prepare because of the rush it had to be done in for security reasons. This was captured in a window period of 3 mins.
The newly wed couple Juanra & Elisabeth offered me the possibility of living with them a very happy day in the restaurant La Boscana in Bellvís (Catalonia).
During one of their many sweet moments, I took the advantage from inside the house achieving a fantastic backlighting and cool reflection on the floor, for a final brilliant result that they will remember forever. My gratefulness to Wedisson Awards for their great style when it comes to photo selecting.
The making of this photo can be summarized in one word:coincidence. It's just so happen that when I was taking photo of the newly-wed, I noticed a lovely coincidence, an elderly couple and a young couple sitting on chairs in the backdrop, evenly on both sides, and with the newly-wed in the middle, it composed the idea of two people passionately dated in young age, walking on the journey of life together and accompanied each other when getting old. What else can be better to portray their life ahead?
The forecast of this day were terrible. Storms, rain and other bad weather was expected; but nothing other than the opposite was true this day. As we walked through the beautiful park, the sun at its highest point, i saw this perfect mixture between sunlight and shadows! Thanks to my b1 i could even out the foreground and background.
The couples dream was to get married in Hawaii since the time they started dating and after many years and months of planning and saving the day has finally come and what an ending to an epic day! My photography is to learn about the couple's journey to capture the raw and sincere moments. This bride and groom was no different with so much emotion and thoughts it was only natural to be able to capture this moment.
The backdrop of this photo is in Shek O, Hong Kong. Having them situated in opening space of ocean and sky, I wish to deliver the idea that they have each other to hold on to in this whole wide world. If you notice they were standing in exact middle position of the photo, you have catch on my idea of telling them that as long as they have each other’s back, they can create a bright future.
Paul and Catherine are the couple from Odessa. Bride is very gentle and devoted woman. Groom is purposeful and courageous, likes to travel. When a young sailor met the love of his life - he has a new dream - to show his Catherine the most beautiful places of our planet! Immediately after the wedding the couple went on a long journey. Ahead they have a lot of goals and victories, which they will carry out together!
Patti and Bobby got married at the beautiful St. Lukes, in downtown Charleston.This image was captured right after their ceremony in the courtyard of the church. The suns rays were filtering through the leaves of the giant oak trees, framing the couple for this portrait.
Our couple, Yaira + Sean had their wedding in early January on a super hot day, The heat was intense and there was no breeze to lessen the temperature effect. This did not stop our couple from enjoying every single minute of their wedding day though. The groom’s father brought 3 brand new Harley Davidson motorbikes especially for the wedding day, they were driven as an escort ahead of the wedding cars. So, we had to come up with a great photo idea to incorporate them in.
The entire wedding party was in love with the idea of doing a shot under this old bridge in Fremantle, WA. They got some much needed shade from the sun’s intense heat; and the low light + concrete walls and columns were a great background to create this shot.
We used 4 off camera flashes to illuminate the couple and the bikes so that we could darken everything else right down.
This image is now a double page spread in their wedding album.
On this wedding day in June, the weather forecasts were dramatic. It had been raining all morning. Just minutes before we were gonna start making pictures outside, it stopped raining and the sun broke through. These amazing clouds were the result. Not only the beautiful weather made this image one of my favorite images of the day, but the couple made it great. The bride had a warm and classic appearance and the groom had twinkling eyes and adored his bride. Such a beautiful and relaxed couple. That's the dream of every photographer.
Marta and riccardo yes are married in one beautiful day of may and they have chosen in wonderful catholic church. the times of the church were covered of frescoes and this photography was going made !!
Many people think this image was taken at a beach, but its quite far away from it. This was from a Trash the dress session in Oaxaca, MX.
The session started at 6am in the morning in Hierve el Agua, which is at the top of a waterfall. Bride and groom were truly troopers.
Leanne has always been a joy to work with, and her photos with her horses on the couples' farm were effortless and so much fun to take! The warm sunset paired nicely with the horse and rider.
Jenessa + Derrick had a beautiful, intimate wedding at a rustic barn in Mississippi. They decided to not see each other before the ceremony and so the moments before the ceremony began were full of nervous anticipation and excitement. What made the moment even sweeter than most was that both of Jenessa's flower girls were eager and excited to help in any way. Therefore, they became the official dress "fluffers."
It was one of those days…fluctuating between bright blue skies, followed by torrential downpours. We’d been on weather watch all day, second guessing whether the rain would hold off long enough for Alice and Ed to enjoy their drinks reception in the grounds of her parent’s fantastic home in East Sussex. For the most part it did, and then the heavens opened with a vengeance sending everyone scurrying across the field towards the marquee. Once everyone was finally inside, sure enough the rain stopped, the sun popped out and so did the most amazingly vivid double rainbow. The couple had just sat down for their meal but they dropped everything to come and marvel at Mother Nature’s most generous wedding gift to them. Less than two minutes later it completely vanished and I gave my own quiet thanks to the photography Gods.
It was a very pleasant day. We had a boat trip on the lake. Everything was perfect: the weather, the guys, the mood. But I wanted to make this moment a little bit better, and added smoke.
In life there are moments when we forget any problems. This is the best time for harmony, privacy and enjoying the company of a loved one. Paul and Catherine gave each other the opportunity. They will remember these beautiful places of native Ukraine - open spaces and clean air of the Carpathians!
I simply adore bridal photo's like this, so when I got the chance to make this, I was so excited. In the castle of Oud Wassenaar at Wassenaar, Netherlands, a castle that needs repair so much, I got the opportunity to shoot this with light.
The bride is walking up the stairs in candlelight and a heart full of beautiful memories of her wedding day.
I met Katherine and Fernando on a very hot day at my office. She was very shy and reserved. She was more expressive than him. When we started the meeting, the only word she said out loud was "Different" and he was agreeing with her. They explained to me what they really wanted on their pictures. They did not want anything like everyone else, they wanted the perfect combination between love and adventure. One of the most important things that inspired me was the sparkle in their eyes. When Fernando looked at her, there was a proclamation of love for Katherine. We strive to be the real storytelling of love, the passion of each other was reflecting on each image. The complicity between them was simply excellent to accomplish everything. This image was made in Puerto Hermoso, Salinas Bani, South of the Dominican Republic. Usually the sea is very strong in the area were the picture was taken, but that day the ocean was as calm as a dish, the reflections, the breeze, the sky, the sunset..everything was in perfect combination to create an image out of this world. We told the boat driver exactly where I wanted him to stop. When they saw the final result they just said: “you just made magic. Your image is a piece of art”.
I love taking photographs in the rain and Jade and Arwel were more than happy to go outside in the evening for this shot. We started off with them being stood under an umbrella but once I had my settings correct I asked them to throw it away. I think shots like this look much better without an umbrella.
I knew from the minute this couple booked me that we were going to get some amazing pictures with them. They left everything up to me and trusted me with any ideas I had in mind! We went out to Vantage, WA where we did the first set pictures. We were a little worried we would get a down pour of rain, but instead we got pretty lucky with some beautiful overcast skies and a little wind that just happened to be the perfect touch to make the brides veil flow. It started raining just as we were getting ready to leave and I was so pleased with the shots we got. These two were the perfect couple to work with!
I could not get the window open and was concerned I would not be able to capture this beautiful moment. I did everything I could to get a clear shot through the glass and it was successful! I was so happy.
He asked and she said "yes"!
It was the perfect location, moment and sunset in the beach in Zandvoort.
Boxie & Mia getting married next year. And I am looking forward for shooting there wedding.
Hannah and Dan's guests were partying hard and I felt pretty guilty dragging them away from the dance floor, but the little tree all lit up with fairy lights at Highgate House in Northamptonshire is lovely and combined with the gorgeous last light in the sky, I was desperate to shoot through the lights to grab a back lit portrait. Hannah's cousin held the flash for me - I think he thought I was a little crazy - and it didn't take long to catch this shot and they were able to head back to the dance floor to carry on partying. A moment of calm in a crazy night!
Genevieve was getting ready at her parent's house in Cantal, and her sister just had put her veil on her. She was walking back to the room's door and I saw the light in the veil. I really like this calm moment, a few minutes before her family discovered her in her wedding dress and she was walked down the aisle by her father.
Funny thing about this photo,I have to give credit to one of the groomsmen for helping me with the set up.My flash bracket snapped when I was setting up for the shot, so I had my willing helper hide in the background and point the flash up at Ingrid and Eric.The angle of the flash was abnormal, but perfect for the scene.Catching a peek of the sunset over the harbor and Charleston's Historic Rice Mill as the backdrop, this couples nighttime silhouette shot is one of my favorites.
David and Lorraine's wedding venue was in a farmers field across the road from their house in Gopsall Hall Farm. It's normally a tipi glamping site for 6 high-quality tipi's, they also have a music festival every year (110 Above), however, for this weekend the owner allowed David and Lorraine to host their own tipi wedding. It was probably the hottest day of the year with no clouds in sight. However towards the end of the day, as the night was darkening, the clouds came down and the sky started to burst with colour. I knew it was known or never to capture some dramatic images of the sky. I also wanted to incorporate the tipi's as it is a campsite at the end of the day. This was the final result!!
Brandon and Jenny's wedding was on a rainy and wet day in LaRonge Saskatchewan. Last year fires swept through the forests forcing many to evacuate their homes in LaRonge and around. When the groom mentioned the burned down forests I immediately knew that the forests were something I wanted in their wedding photos! They looked stunning against the black forest and new life growing from the ground up. It almost seemed symbolic as if it stood for the beginning of a new life! It was a fantastic day with two amazing and genuine people and their families, I could not have asked for and better couple to spend a rainy day in the forest with.
At the couple's engagement session, we took shots of them with the stars and the moon. On the wedding day, it was only suiting to take them to the clouds! During their portrait session after the ceremony, we took them to hills on this beautiful day. This image was made in camera using the reflections on the iPhone. When our couple saw the image, they exclaimed "you took us to the clouds!
As we approached the last hours of shooting, we started heading back towards our cars. As we walked up an exhausting row of stairs, we ended up in front of this stunning opening in one of London’s secret treasure locations. I couldn’t help but admire how beautifully the colour of the bride’s sari complemented the view. I just knew I had to capture Venthan & Poorani’s romance amidst such dramatic scenery.
Already our first encounter was funny and inspiring – we had so much to laugh from the very beginning. On the wedding day, despite the stormy weather, the atmosphere was again quite laid-back. The picture was captured in an old oil mill, where in the past walnuts were processed. The light conditions were not very favourable, but with some adaptations I was able to put the bridal couple in perspective. With the help of natural light and flash light the composition just came out magical.
Alexei and Albina made for each other. This is a very harmonious and strong couple. I am infinitely happy to take pictures of people in love! Perhaps they can endlessly look at each other. Scenic sunset on the shore of the Azov Sea in the best way suited to these newlyweds. And now the fire of their hearts fills the warm light of this photo.
After a long wedding day, after all the speeches are done, it was the perfect time to sneak out with this beautiful bride and groom for some romantic shots just outside the reception hall. When the chemistry is excellent and the couple look as good as Nataliya and David, everything aligns perfectly at the click of the shutter! This image was every bit as elegant and beautiful as I had envisioned in my mind!