The title of this artwork is "Lead Me". It is a Legacy portrait created just for Katie and Marshall Hargrave at their wedding in Woodhull, New York, to show what is so very unique to them...THEIR STORY!. I sometimes say that an image has so much story to tell that it is bursting off the page and this is certainly one of them. Grab your tissues and you will understand how God brought the bride Katie through a year of heartbreak and healing. Katie's first husband of nine months was tragically killed in an accident. It was during Katie's roughest year that God unexpectedly brought Marshall into her life to heal the wounds of loss. In this timeless image, Marshall's courage and strength are depicted in contrast to Katie's tender heart. The image was created for Katie to give to Marshall with these words, "I once took a thousand moments for granted because I was certain there would be a million more. But today ,with God's healing, I give my hand and heart to you to 'lead me' and I promise I will cherish every moment we have together." I feel honored to capture these stories and create lasting memories for clients like this.
In a beautiful day in summer, Riccardo and Chiara have decided to directly make the photos during the appetizer in the venue of the marriage, at Pisa in the charming Tuscany.
Surprise! In the Villa there was an enchanted wood, I didn't think about finding such a unique place, a heaven! A natural waterfall and a romantic couple for this "magical" picture.
We started in Rotterdam at the bride's home. She was wearing a beautiful costume made the dress. After their first moments with each other, we went to Amsterdam.
On a stunning bridge in the old city center, we started the photo shoot. Because of the nice weather I wasn’t the only one taking pictures. Lots of tourists made pictures of the couple as well.
Susanne en Roeland was getting married in an awesome church called the Posthoorn church. After the ceremony the couple walked out of the church, this was my moment. I took my wide-angle lens and took the shot.
This epic picture was the result. Susanne and Roeland thanks for an amazing day. It was an honor to be your photographer.
This photo was taken during a destination wedding in Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA.
The ceremony and reception were held in this revitalized area of Philadelphia that was formerly very industrial. There were abandoned buildings, old relics of time past everywhere. We were photographing under a major road and a bridge and it was very dark Bc it was ab out to start raining. However, the light was squeaking through from above and just hitting this wall. Initially, the groom was just walking by the wall then his bride joined him and as I watched them pass this walk I saw all the horizontal lines and how they intersected her dress and their vertical bodies and thought it looked stunning. I was right.
Ornella and Ignacio were married on the outskirts of Montevideo Uruguay, in a place called Villa Domus. At the beginning of the day, both were super happy and nervous about this great day. The bride smiles speak for itself. The church was the San José de la Montaña and Ignacio's uncle was the priest who blessed the ceremony. The photos of the couple were very easy to take, they did everything we asked them! They just do not stop looking to each other and laughing. I knew a great marriage was coming but did not know the madness that had the family. At the party, they did not stop jumping and dancing. It was incredible. It was a small wedding surrounded by the most important people. I think that the grooms never left the track, the only time was when the party finish at 6 am and ended up in the pool, cant miss that!!
This Sicilian sunset really inspired me to photograph during Jose & Mariella's wedding. We were in the car driving to the wedding reception and found this typical Sicilian building, which was the perfect location for documenting a romantic moment between my clients. Thus, we stopped, they bought a few beers (because it was during the very warm 2015 summer!) and took a few shots while enjoying the very colorful sunset rays. This was one of the most pleasurable weddings I've shot.
This photo was taken at sunset during a quick break of the reception speeches. The New Zealand sun is really intense and even as it was setting this day the light was still super harsh, and I wasn’t very happy with what I shot. But fortunately as we were walking back to the venue I noticed this tree which helped diffuse the sun nicely and create this interesting backdrop..
Sepideh and Mirza had an amazing destination wedding in Croatia, with a few of their families and friends. We wanted to organize a great couple session during sunset in the small streets of Dubrovnik. While the guests were drinking refreshments at the hotel terrace with an amazing view, we walked down to the old town and took some pictures. This was an in-between moment when we were walking from one spot to another. I saw the last rays of light and I framed it very quickly while they were walking.
"...You may kiss the bride...''
This photo was taken in Nevada, near Las Vegas. A driver with curious dog was driving by.... And the result was purely amazing!''The kiss'' captured at the right moment. Our day was filled with laugh and unique moments like this one.
We took this photograph in a village south of Spain, we were doing several tests and finally chose this because I felt that the time had enough strength, at the right time when the veil covered the face of the bride and also just pass a car at that moment. I think the photo without the car would lose interest.
We were done with the couple shoot of Charlston & Fomina and were headed back to their car to head to the reception, When i thought it would be great to try out a shot with the Audi in the background, using its lights and my flash triggered from behind. What we did not expect was the rear brae lights of the car to create these crazy colors on the trees behind the car, which formed such a beautiful colorful pic.
Turned out to be very magical as the couple shared an intimate moment.
Roger and Leydi shared this moment with us on their wedding day on the way to the restaurant, a moment where their happiness did not fit in the small 600. They are an extraordinary couple with whom we had a wonderful day together with their families and friends.
This beautiful window belongs to a small church in the Netherlands. Every time I saw this window I wished for a bride and groom to make the picture perfect. Finally, one day one of my lovely were getting married in this church. They loved to have a short shoot before the start of the church service. Mainly bride and groom are a little tense because of the officially moments. A little time for hugging, laughing and talking helps them to relax and enjoy their wonderful day.
As Denis Waitley said: "a smile is a light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” With an early morning wedding ceremony, Roshni rose hours before dawn to prepare for her groom and we were there to capture the elaborate preparation. When Vipul began his day, there was just enough time to capture the prelude to their first look through his window three floors directly above his beautiful bride's. The light coming from their windows was the perfect illumination of the love and care they have for each other.
We are very fortunate here in Charleston to live in and around some of the most beautiful and untouched natural habitats in the U.S. On this particular afternoon I climbed onto a boat with the bride-to-be and her future groom and we headed to an island off the coast of South Carolina that you can't reach by car, no roads, only waterways. The twenty minute boat ride out to Dewees Island was beautiful. There are only two or three full time residents on the island, and the rest of the houses belong to people who only visit a couple times of year, so it's a quiet, natural place, filled with wild birds, and deer, and alligators. The future bride spent a lot of her childhood vacationing here, so it is a very special place for her. We scouted around the island on a golf cart (because there are no cars) and happened upon a dense stand of pine trees along the dirt path, with a single great oak standing by the roadside. With the sun hidden behind heavy cloud cover, the remaining light framed the couple and the tree perfectly to set up this shot.
This wedding picture was taken during a beautiful late summer wedding in Geldrop a small village in the South of the Netherlands. Linda and Paul said YES in the romantic Castle of Geldrop. This colorful picture was taken during the wedding shoot at the Efteling, a fairytale fun park in Kaatsheuvel. And when the sun shining trough my lens and created the beautiful bokeh, flashes and sun flares in my viewfinder I nailed this shot.
Jeff & Sarah’s love story knows no borders. It’s a love story that began in New Zealand, with chapters written in Canada and The United states. As the sun began to set, casting long shadows into the prairie grass, Jeff & Sarah held onto each other and saw their future in each other’s eyes.
This photograph shows the typical couple with Armenian roots. High contrast is very suitable to describe their relationship. Arman groom traditionally emotional and strong in spirit, the bride Yana - submissive, gentle and very beautiful. Like all Armenians, our couple deeply respects family values and national traditions. I am sure - they will retain their bright love at the end of life!
This photo was taken at a recently converted train station, the Hedjaz Jordan Railway (HJR), an old railway system built under the Ottoman Empire which originally served trans-Jordan. It was one of the best and most memorable wedding shoots I’ve been a part of for many reasons. Not only was it the wedding of close friends, the blending of a historically significant site associated with Jordan’s Great Arab Revolt, with the wave of modernization currently spreading throughout Jordan, provided one of the best backdrops I have been privileged to work with and I believe this picture reflects an amalgamation of that past and future.
This wedding was near Den Bosch, a city in the south of the Netherlands. Before the romantic ceremony at Castle Heeswijk Dinther, we took the wedding couple Elise en Vincent for a urbex wedding shot in the old factory (de Koekbouw) in Veghel. This old factory scene is an awesome location for shooting wedding and after I was upstairs the couple took a quick romantic look at each other and I shot this beautiful wedding photo just between the old steel constructions.
Tushar( Bridegroom) proposed to Amanda( Bride) at the same place which marked the onset of their fairly tale. I also had the privilege of shooting their wedding at Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Now the love birds have relocated to Melbourne. I happened to be in Australia for an event and upon touching base with the couple, the idea of having this photo shoot was conceived. It was great fun shooting with Amanda and Tushar all over again.
This was a winter wedding with a later ceremony, any light we had disappeared long before. As we headed outside for portraits, I asked Anna & Mike to hang back in the doorway and chat for a couple of minutes while I took a few test shots. I saw this photo opportunity earlier and I wanted a few without the couple posing for me. I took around 6, the composition and stance of the couple made this one my favourite. I LOVE negative space, so I was always going to take this, although I never knew if it would be a hit or a miss.
We love winery weddings & what I love above Serafino Wines in McLaren Vale is the bridal table in front of the big stack of wine barrels. Not only is it a great backdrop, it helps set the scene for a wedding in one of the best wine regions in Australia. How adorable is Sara & Josh kissing, as their bridal party look on? This photo was taken during a quick preview of the room before the guests arrived. It's always a good idea for the bride & groom to have a look at the reception before the guests arrive. As sometimes this is the only time they get to have a look at the room fully decorated for their own wedding. It will never look the same once the guests arrive.
This couple was fond of our Personal Art Styling with a mint green touch and a fresh sharpness. We had a lot of fun with them while creating their wedding shoot. They laughed, jumped, swirled, kissed and lots of other fun stuff and still are very happy with the results. We are very grateful that this wonderful moment got an award. Thank you!
We like to capture what we call a ‘kiss goodnight’ shot of our bride and groom during their reception. It usually serves as a perfect image to end their wedding album. This shot was in an unusual location. We noticed the hallway into the ladies bathroom at the reception venue had textured wallpaper and dim lighting - we knew it would be perfect for our shot. Although we got a couple of strange looks from some guests, capturing a sexy, intimate moment between our newlyweds outside the toilet, everyone was amazed at the end result. We used a couple of torch lights to give us enough light to create the image and our couple enjoyed their moment alone. We decided to finish this in a sepia tone, it matched perfectly with their classic, elegant outfits. Sometimes the most unusual locations make for amazing images - our couple loved this one, it’s a double page spread in their wedding album.