Standing and looking at each other, the couple seen on a landing in Chiado in Lisbon, by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

Revisiting a elopement session in Lisbon

VISITING THE ARCHIVE by THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN LISBON

Standing and looking at each other, the couple seen on a landing in Chiado in Lisbon, 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 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 photographed them without any 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 who 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, smile, 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.

The bride and groom, in a pre-wedding session at Chiado in Lisbon, look at the flowers in a window.
The couple at the dating session at Rua Garreth, in Chiado in Lisbon, with the bride looking at flowers, below, and the groom across the street.
The couple, in the pre-wedding session, looking at each other, seen from inside a store in Chiado in Lisbon.
The bride and groom seen in front of a window in Lisbon, from the inside of the store.
The bride and groom, in the courtship session, next to a shop window, with the reflection of the building across the street.
Groom's face looking at the bride.
The bride's face looking at the groom, in front of her at the pre-wedding session at Chiado in Lisbon.
The groom's feet with the bride's shoes next to him, when he is sitting on a bench in a street in downtown Lisbon.
Laughing bride portrait by wedding photographer at pre-wedding session.
The bride, with a flower in her hand, laughs when the groom surprises her, hugging her from behind.
The couple, in the dating session, talking on a street in downtown Lisbon with a Carris tram approaching.
Embraced, the bride and groom walk along a street in Chiado, on the tracks of the Carris tram.
Sitting on a double bench in Chiado in Lisbon, the bride and groom chat while laughing during a pre-wedding session.
Face to face, the couple in the courtship session looks across the street with the bride sniffing a flower.
The groom, with his back to the bride and sitting on a street bench, hears the bride, smiling.
Portrait of the groom, by the wedding photographer, with the bride in the background, blurred during the pre-wedding session.
Black and white portrait of the bride, by the wedding photographer at the dating session, looking to the side.
The groom sitting on the iron stairs of a building in Lisbon.
Amid the iron structure of a staircase in a building in Lisbon, the bride and groom talk.
On a landing of an iron staircase in Lisbon, the couple talks during the dating session by the wedding photographer.
The bride talking to the groom, leaning on the balustrade of a staircase in Lisbon.
The couple, in the pre-wedding session, talk in a landing of an iron staircase in Chiado in Lisbon.
The bride and groom together and hugging with the staircase in Chiado, Lisbon, in the background.
The groom, seated in the structure of the iron staircase in Chiado in Lisbon, talks with the bride in the pre-wedding session, by the wedding photographer.
With the branches of a tree, without leaves, on them, the bride and groom talk to each other during the dating session with the wedding photographer in Chiado, Lisbon.
Seen from the back, the couple, during the pre-wedding session, walks towards Largo do Chiado in Lisbon.
The bride, leaning against the steps of the Metro in Chiado, talks with the groom.
The bride caresses the groom's face, at the Chiado Metro station, in the dating session with the wedding photographer.
At the exit of the Chiado Metro station, the bride and groom chat while people descend the stairs to the station.
Leaning on the balustrades at the entrance of the Metro do Chiado station in Lisbon, the bride and groom smile in front of each other.
Amid the smoke from the chestnut roaster in Chiado, Lisbon, the bride and groom, facing each other, smile.
With Largo do Chiado in the background, the couple, in the courtship session, with the wedding photographer, sitting on a marble bench.
The couple making love next to an old mailbox, in a Lisbon square.
Looking into the distance, the couple, by a mailbox, observe something in the pre-wedding session.
Leaning and arm in arm, the newlyweds in downtown Lisbon.
The groom, standing at the entrance of a Carris tram, strokes the hair of the bride who is sitting.
Next to the door of a Carris tram in Lisbon, the bride and groom wait, talking.
The couple, in the elopement session, inside a Carris tram, seen from the outside by the wedding photographer.
Inside a Carris de Lisboa tram, the bride sitting on a bench looks at the street while the groom, seated, looks at her.
Sitting on a stone pillar at the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Lisbon, the bride in a portrait by the wedding photographer.
Sitting on a stone pillar at the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Lisbon, the bride in a portrait by the wedding photographer.
With trees without leaves in the background, the bride sitting at the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Lisbon, in the courtship session.
The bride and groom seated, far from each other, on the pillars of the balustrade of the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Lisbon, in the pre-wedding session.
The groom, in profile, smiles.
The groom with his arms crossed during the dating session with the wedding photographer, in Lisbon.
The groom smiling at someone during the dating session with the wedding photographer.
The groom leaning against the wall of the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Lisbon, with the bride, blurred, in the background, in the session with the wedding photographer.
With the hillside of the Castle blurred in the background, the bride and groom chat in front of each other, in the dating session at the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Lisbon.
Next to the iron balustrade of the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Lisbon, the bride and groom together, with the hillside of the Castle and the Church of Graça on the other side.
The bride and groom passing on a street seen in a motorcycle mirror.
In front of the Luar da Barra bar in Oeiras, the bride and groom smile together at each other during the pre-wedding session.
On a wooden bench next to Praia da Torre in Oeiras, the couple, sitting, laughs, satisfied, in the dating session with the wedding photographer.
The bride and groom sitting on a wooden bench, with the fort of S. Julião da Barra in the background, during the courtship session with the wedding photographer.
The groom, seated on the back of a wooden bench, looks down at the bride, seated next to her, during the pre-wedding session.
Faces of the bride and groom in the access tunnel to Carcavelos beach.
In silhouette, the bride, with a flower in her hand, holding hands with the groom, in the tunnel at Carcavelos beach
The groom, with a flower in his hand, in front of the bride who is leaning against the wall of the Carcavelos beach tunnel.
The groom offers a flower to the bride at the entrance to Praia de Carcavelos, with people passing by in the background.
The bride, in profile, gives the groom the flower to smell.
The bride and groom sitting on the wall of Carcavelos beach, at the end of the dating session with the wedding photographer.

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