When you are at the right place and at the right time pure magic happens in photography. As I caught a glimpse of the bride and groom arriving back to the luxurious Versace mansion in Miami, Fl from a third story window I knew I had to get out there. The car stopped in the middle of Ocean Ave and it was if time had just stopped. One quick click and I was able to freeze the moment at that time my client didn't even know what was happening. It's the ability to create a moment for people to have for the rest of their life that makes this job so amazing.
When I captured such an elegant wedding dress I knew I had to freeze this time. Galia Lahav makes some of the most breathtaking items so this had to be perfect. Hung in an old cathedral style window at the Villa in south beach Miami formerly known as the Versace Mansion, this picturesque dress did all the talking. We decided to do something a little different and photograph it from behind to really get all the detail from the train and if nothing else just make it look different. When you do what you love you love what you do and inter to show all my clients that I not only love taking pictures but I have fun creating something they can cherish for the rest of their life.
We kicked off the fun at Trocadero in Paris, which in my opinion offers the most impactful perspective of the Eiffel Tower.In order to get this priceless silhouette backdrop, you and the couple need to meet at the Eiffel Tower immediately before the sun rises. In fact, if you wait too long, there will be no silhouette, plus other photographers, and floods of tourists buses will arrive.
We ask our couples to wear darkly fitted attire and (normally) wear their hair in a bun for optimal results. It is about harmonious interspacing as to let the sun penetrate the contours of their bodies.
For this photo, I had my associate tempt those hungry birds with some culinary treats, and then had the couple connect in a believable way. When I had the frame I wanted, I asked my associate to “scare” the birds away to get them to produce the movement you see in the photo.
We headed down into the forest at Formby Beach to create some portraits. The sun was beating down through the trees. As Amy held her hand to shade her face I felt inspired to create something unique. This particular image was my favourite of them all.
This wedding took place in Wojanow palace in Poland last summer (June). It was one of the most beautiful weddings I had the pleasure to photograph. Beautiful Gosia & Nick's wedding, wonderful place and unique emotional ceremony. Gosia is Polish, Nick is from England. They live in Dubai now. This foto was made when the bride was waiting for Nick when for a moment before the ceremony began to rain.
This was captured just moments before the bride stepped into her wedding gown for the first time on her wedding day. She was calm and at ease as she delicately picked up the last few pieces of jewelry that she chose to wear- something old, something new... This photograph reminds me how much I absolutely love the special, quiet moments with a bride before she puts on her gown, and the celebration begins.
This photography was taken at Galina and Andrey's wedding.
There was a lovely day, bride and groom were funny and emotional, their true feelings transferred to the picture. The photo is atmospheric and scale through the magnificent scenery scenic of Ukraine.
This photograph was taken in Minas, Uruguay.
It was one of the last pictures we took with Camila and Alex, and is the picture that I like more of that session.
We saw this beautiful place along the route and stopped, was enclosed but just entered. It was worth it!
This photograph was shot during a recent wedding in Nijkerk, the Netherlands. This beautiful and very sweet couple, Jacolien and Hermon, got married in a beautiful venue called 'Landgoed de Salentijn.' It was one of these weddings I was really looking forward too, also because of the fact that it's such a nice couple, which whom I had been in contact quite a bit before the wedding. It was always nice to keep in touch with them, and on their big day it was a pleasure to capture their wedding.
After the wedding ceremony, the couple took an iPad and made a selfie which includes the applauding audience. If you look closely, I'm on it too ;-) (just above the bride).
The idea came from the registrar (the person who performed the ceremony). I thought it was a fun idea, which was certainly an opportunity for a nice shot. Luckily, I was informed in advance about this, so I was able to anticipate on taking this photograph.
This photo was taken outside the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. It was taken just after the ceremony and shows the pure joy of our bride and groom. In the bride’s words, this photograph captured “that moment when you realise you have just married your best friend”.
This photo was taken outside the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. It was taken just after the ceremony and shows the pure joy of our bride and groom. In the bride’s words, this photograph captured “that moment when you realise you have just married your best friend”
This photo was taken in August 2013. Photo was made in Eastern Serbia in sunflowers near the main road. Bride Aleksandra and groom Dragan want otherwise photos from the wedding so this photo was taken in sunflower.
This photo was taken in a beautiful park in Banja Luka. Bride and groom wanted a photo with kids from relatives.
This photo was taken at Baltschug Kempinski Hotel, Moscow. In the morning as I was going up to the library on the top floor, I noticed the rhythmical setting of the tables in the banquet room downstairs. When the bride and groom arrived, I asked them to dance there, and I myself stayed upstairs. My assistant had to lie under one of the tables to direct their dance because we were separated by seven floors. Long exposure made the bride’s train a perfect match for the rhythm of the tables.
This photo was made in Dossenheim, Germany. While I photographed bride and groom, two geese came across. The bride was really scared but groom made her laugh.
This photo from the wedding of Natalia and Maxim on the island of Santorini, Greece.We shot at the lighthouse on the edge of a cliff when a strong gust of wind lifted a dress of the bride above her head, it was very nice and I was lucky to catch this moment.
This is an amazing forest we find in central Russia. It was the road to the tiny lake named Borovushka, which situated near Chelyabinsk city, Russia.
Ancient pines swayed by every breath of wind. I wanted to capture the bride among the broken trees and convey the atmosphere of the grandeur of nature.
This is a touching wedding of Catherine and Dmitry. Gorgeous silk dress was lighter than clouds. On that day, the wind helped us to make incredible shots.
This is a story of Sophie & Tim, being professional sailors, both of them loves what they do, and that's how they met and one day Tim got down to one knee! And the story is to be continued...
This image of a wonderful SallyAnn and Philip was taken after their beautiful ceremony which was held at the iconic Saint Paul’s Church, Ardmore, Ireland.
Initially we were looking for a beautiful landscape, cliffs and open space but the wind was so strong that made it to dangerous to go close to the cliff.
Luckily on the way we came across this stunning old ruins.
SallyAnn and Philip are one of those amazing couples you could only wish for as a photographer. Just stunning couple in love.
The picture was taken on the lovely wedding day of Kristina & Vesko. This is The Covered Bridge of Kolyu Ficheto in Lovech, Bulgaria. The bridge is unique and in Europe there are only 3 such bridges - in Lucerne, Florence and Erfurt.
The photo was made in Santorini, Greece. While groom & bride were going to the elevator in hotel, I stopped for a moment and saw a light at the end of the corridor, which made me to shoot.
The photo features Louise and Justin from Kent, England. Louise departed from her usual biker look for their wedding day but still wanted to arrive in style!
The narrative is simple, just an awesome couple in love and forgetting I was there with the camera. Elli & Josh are one of those amazing couples you could only wish for as a photographer, Taken on a road in the rolling hills of the Derbyshire countryside, this moment needed to be wide and have loads of space to go with it.
The interior chosen by Monika and Wojtek for their wedding party was unusual - full of nooks and crannies, and tiny balconies which allowed quiet observation of the newlyweds. I have waited for this moment the whole evening. It was one of their last dances – delicate and calm, perfectly summing up that emotional day
The expected, yet unexpected attack of the confetti. Rachel and Joe provided all their guests with this gorgeous real petal confetti, offered to all the guests by their beautiful flower girls. As the newlyweds left the church they were totally smothered in the colourful spray, this very moment really was as exciting as it looks.
The bride is the director of a child model agency in Saint-Petersburg. She wanted all her students to attend her wedding, but it was hardly possible to gather all the 100 kids at the banquet. So she decided to do it in the morning before she had to leave for the registry office. This way every child had a chance to see Zhenya, their favourite director, in her wedding gown, and each of them was able to be in the photo with her.
Romina and Markus come from Germany to have their wedding dream on the beach in Portugal.
After the ceremony we went to the hills of Sintra, to do some romantic shoots. The day was very sunny and warm, but as we got to the top of the hill it had fog.
But that didn´t make them back out, as a matter of fact they took all the advantage for being alone, to celebrate the love they feel with each other in a very romantic session.
Rain isn't obstacle for real fellings - and Lena and Yura prove it. Lots of smiles, motion and water, wich was everywere, they spent their best day in a best way!
Preparation of the bride is an important point in taking pictures of the newlyweds. This is the beginning of the day and of the wedding story in pictures. Home wedding day Vera and Andrew in Santorini was bright and hot.
Photo was captured in a massive canyon somewhere on our way from Vail, Colorado, where the couple’s wedding took place and Las Vegas—where our post-wedding road trip ended … and my couple departed for honeymoon.
I always say that if you want photos that nobody else has, both the photographer and the couple need to be prepared to do things most people would not attempt (all while not taking too much risk of course!).
The drop-off on this particular scene was several hundred feet (I’d estimate about 150 m) … so needless to say, the couple needed to be careful on their approach and while connecting. The bride—believe it or not—was sporting a pair of fabulous Louboutin (I know … not necessary for this type of shot, but she has style :-). I was positioned at a distance using Canon’s incredible 400mm 2.8 monster of a lens.
Since it is not possible to give the couple instructions from a faraway, it is important to brief them even before they connect.
Now you may kiss your bride!
I guess it is the most awaited part of any wedding ceremony. This, I believe, a truly photojournalistic shot was taken during the final part of wedding ceremony at Russian Orthodox Church in city Como at Como Lake, Italy. Expressions on the bride's face and her father's makes it all.
Natalie and Ebi were surrounded by loving family and friends. Their energy between each other was precious and tangible while they said their vows at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills CA. Always take a second to stop and look around you. The reflections were caught on the way out of the room and could have easily been missed.
My city is known for its historic buildings and their charming stairways. This is one of those, reportedly the most beautiful one in Wrocaw, highly praised by Paulina and Karol. Although, they had been living in the same place for years, I have managed to show them an unknown fragment of the city, which completely captivated them.
Matilde and Diogo are a Portuguese couple very in love with their city.
So they choose to give the knot on a very old chapel on the top of one of the seven hills of Lisbon, with this amazing view of the ancient part.
Katie's walk down the aisle was extremely emotional for her mother. Katie's father passed away and her sweet mom gave her away, brimming with emotion. I love how the brides face shows such excitement and anticipated joy in this moment.
Judith, from Germany, and Greig from Australia live in the UK and share a love of travel. The couple chose Portugal after falling in love with the culture, food and weather on a trip here.
There Venue was in the Pena Palace on the top of the Sintra hill, as we were going up there those lines and the game of light and shadows caught my eye. And we stopped for one second to do this picture
It was an engagement session of two loving hearts on the coast of the Black Sea, whose wedding will be in the nearest future.
It was a hot late summer afternoon in Venice, the atmosphere was very romantic and the light fantastic as you can see from the shot.
Miriam and Andrea, an Italian couple very young and sweet, they chose me as a photographer and to my great pleasure I could take lots of great photos in fantastic Italian locations, including this one, who won the prize.
Industrial areas like a wind farm could be a every magical place for wedding session, but it's only a good background for show how a truly love between two people.
I'm really enchanted by the atmosphere of the small restaurants of Wroclaw. Aneta and Pawel took me to a place full of lanterns, pumpkins, old wagon wheels and wicker baskets. It was closed-circle party, full of subtle, barely noticeable gestures. This is one of them
I never knew whether there will be a miracle at wedding and I'd want a magic frame. This photo is a reflection of the wedding of Maya and Nikita - the same unexpected, radiant and magical.
Gerard and Anna live outside and did not want to lose the opportunity to have this lovesession in Torre del campo, which is the hometown of Ana, and where they will celebrate the wedding.
They make a lovely couple, and are very, very much in love, as evidenced by these beautiful shots that gave us an afternoon of autumn Mondays.
For me the wedding is a planned and spontaneous event at the same time. There was a sea of love and it was a day with Oksana and Gleb in Prague. Lie down on the Charles Bridge or to climb onto the roof at Prague Castle - easy!
Each pair - a clean sheet. Whatever the plan was like a wedding day to the next - it's always a new story. And it is a great responsibility and trust. In each shooting I reflect the city and the couple who photographs.
Dmitri and Anastasia are from the beautiful city - Almaty in Kazakhstan. We called this couple - Ginger happiness ... smiling, light and madly in love! Their wedding took place this spring in the picturesque village -Alatau. This photo was taken on the promenade after the ceremony. They just walked through the alleys, hugging, discussed the happiest day of their lives, and I didn't want to disturb their harmony and just shoot from the sidelines, and the frame was born!
Believe it! The couple did not want to make the external post wedding rehearsal. But to know them better realized are two love with each other and the flight Paraglider sport. They insist to make these pictures in their favorite place. So I could see and feel that passion goes beyond where our feet can step! Literally "Love Is In The Air".