VISITING THE ARCHIVE by THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN LISBON
Sometimes I like to revisit my work from some years ago. With that, I can see if my work had evolved and, also, how different it was when using other cameras and lenses. It was like that how I found, again, the e-session from Vanessa and Bruno. It was like a provocation from them. I was very at the beginning of my wedding photographer path and, somehow, I was in the process of finding my own way, not only for the style that could define me as a wedding photographer but also, how to find the best way to deal with my clients in the photo session. Today, I found myself thinking about how fundamental this was, for my future career, that session.
So the challenge was that I photograph them without no direction whatsoever from me but, sometimes, the choice of the spot in the place of their choice. That made me an improviser, such as a jazz musician that only has a keynote and a beat and we never know what voyage he will give us until the last note. I found, better, reinforced that was my natural way to photograph. Deciding fast the point of view, what will be the frame better for that photo, and harmonizing the all, couple and scenery, for the final composition.
These three elements are very similar, but each one will decide if the photo is a keeper or not. And doing that, in a speedy beat, is what defines me as a photographer. I have no patience, like the landscape photographer, as a serene observer of the forms of nature and the colors of the light, at that precise time, unique and precious. To me, that landscape is on the faces of the people, the reactions of the eyes, smiles, and body rotations reacting with other people, from the tender smile to the fall-to-pieces laugh. What are the landscapes that attract me? And Vanessa and Bruno did that. A lot.