The photographer and the photos that will meet him, at the wedding

THE OFFERS by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Are the wedding photographers those that make the photos? Well, I never get tired saying that I am not the one that take the photographs. They are, graciously, offered to me. Countless the times when, to the wedding photographer, they does not stop to fall in his eyes and he just have, with the help of his beloved photographic cameras, take them to deliver, after, to the legit owners.

It is true. Someone need to know how to catch them. Because of that I remember, when I was a boy, to go to France and catch fruit in orchards on the Alpes. There was a man with us that was able to full his boxes with a speed that left the rest of us, miles behind. As much I tried to reach him, it simple was impossible to do it. He was the guy. Simply he just knew how. The same way, the wedding photographer must learn how to catch, this different kind of picking. I like this word because I can not find another one more truthful with what really happens.

It is, also, true that I depend of my beloved lens to give me the result I need.They are, also, knowledgeable about the profession and I can trust them to unfocus there and give me the finest detail, here. Only with my eyes, I do not do photos. They, also, are important to detect, to frame, compose and give the sign for the right moment to pick them up. And it is so, so much. But, again, it is not the wedding photographer that made the photos, it is not…he just pick them up.

Bride seated and reflected in a mirror, being put on shoes by a friend.

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The photographer, the bride and the car on their way to the wedding

NEVER GET TIRED by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Are the wedding photographers thankful by the fact that is on the weddings they earn theirs life needs? I feel so. That is why I can not help myself but bring some more photos from the brides going in the car to depart for the wedding ceremony, where them beloved grooms, impatiently, are waiting. Sometime it seems to me that everything I do, until that moment, photographing stretched, rolled, hooked hair and hair lacquers, brushes, fingers and hands make upping as if the face of the bride was a canvas to an important exhibition, it is only to end in that glorious entrance.

The wedding photographer has an obsession, specially, when he sees the bride fighting with with her dress that does not want to fit in the back seat of the car, has a tip stuck somewhere or the times it does not want nobody beside the bride. His twisted side loves to see her asking for help with looks, smiles and small afflictions until, finally, everything get quiet, the door of the car is closed and a new race starts to begin and stop in that place where the ceremony will be and I will never get tired of it.

It is not because the wedding photographer is a bad person. The problem are always the photos, the reason why he lives for. Well, he knows that the bride affliction, on the way to happiness, will give him those photos that he pursue all the time and the results only can be good. With the photos and the reason of them. The photos will show to the groom how she went to him and the rest, well, it only depends on them. I imagine, with photos too.

Bride seated in the car and looking to somebody.
Bride placing the dress inside the car.
Bride in the car smiling to someone outside.
Smiling face of the bride when she entered in the car.
Very happy face of the bride, inside the car that will take her to the wedding ceremony.
Bride, inside a car and, maybe, verifying the dress.

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The photographer after the yes, rice and flowers at the wedding

NOW, IT IS DONE by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

There is a moment where, the wedding photographer feel, that the state of the spirit of the wedding couple change,  when seated in the front of the altar of a Church, with priest as the only person at their visual space. Behind them, we have, always, lot’s of people following the ceremony and do not losing a pinch. But, I notice that several times, it seems that the couple, in some sort of way, feels alone, as if abandoned by all and given to a vicar more or less inspired.

The wedding photographer feels, and some of his photos can confirm that, that after the moment the yes was said, on the fingers a new weight is felt the looking eyes to eyes followed by the turn of their heads, to verify that they are not alone, a breathing relief happens with sincere smiling eyes and here it is. It is done, we are married.

Next, it is the celebration from everybody with the traditional rice rain and fluttering flowers, inside that tunnel of love and joy followed by, a lot, kisses and hugs that the wedding photographer follows without loosing a single one. It was just the last part of a part of the the day with more to come, that changed the bond between two persons who chose it for the wedding. It is true because I was there, I saw and photographed.

Hands of the groom with the ring and boutonniere.
Wedding couple outside the church under grains of rice.

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When the photographer can not be for wedding, in a ceremony

SEARCHING FOR by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

In some churches it is not easy, for the wedding photographers, to find the best points of view for a better solution and good photographs. The way how the space was built, making it almost impossible good frameworks, by the size, be it by the grandiosity or the smallness, it can difficult very much to photograph as we like it. But the things are what they are and the photographer can not have the excuses, because he can not use the things in his favor. I am, and it is not a problem to say it, a photographer that give his body and soul when in a job. 

I, always, find a way to dress my frames with results that tell me they are achieved. But there, in the church ceremonies, is one thing that I am never prepared, even if I know that is possible to happen, and makes me, I assure you, offended when the priest, on the wedding ceremony, does not let me search in and find the best for my clients, seated in the front of him. The funny thing is that they always are experts and tell me, without some sort of doubt, that the right place is…there.

Of course, the wedding photographer, does not want to disrespect the place and the authority in place but, and I am glad for it, we can not ear the thoughts. I am sure that if it were shown, the direction of the door was for sure and I could not do what I am doing there. So, take it easy, get calm and become submissive. Pretend that you obey and, as if you are doing nothing, quietly, here it is one, look there the little girl playing in the back of the bench, nice…the wedding couple from here, now, the priest is looking ahed, go there and do that one and come back quickly. With patience, the story is being written and, at the end, the wedding photographer says thank you and sorry for the annoyance. It was only a wedding… it didn’t want to bother anything…

Note: it was the case, so the story.

Wedding couple seated in the front of the altar in the Mafra Basílica.
Bride and groom listening the priest during the homilia.
Little girl playing in a wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom viewed from the altar at the Mafra Basílica.

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The Photographer with the bride for the Church, at the wedding

HERE COMES THE BRIDE by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I wonder if all the wedding photographers come think about with the things that come to my mind and serve as a base for my work and the articles, here in the Blog. I do not know. Maybe it is my thing. I never remember seeing, in the cinema, a movie that have a part about a wedding where the groom is the main character entering in the church, or in other space where the ceremony is. Always the bride is the princess, the queen and only she will turn the heads, because… here comes the bride.

For my part I am always careful to let the groom enter with his mother so that doesn’t feel upset when, after, reading the story of his wedding in the book I will deliver to them. But the wedding photographer must testify that it’s a bride’s day and there is nothing that he can do about it. It is a ceremonial way lived, by everybody, with great emotion, each one knowing the importance of what is happening.

That is why the wedding photographer does not rest to guaranty that nothing will be lost in the way. If we have sun, we have sun, if the wind is strong, we face the wind or if the rain, maybe coming from some jealous cloud, decide to wet the bride’s dress, almost finished to dress it,  it is under the rain that photography happens. All of us, guests included, knows that, next, everything will be protected, the lasting path will be calm and serene but with the emotions high. Also, he, the wedding photographer, knows that it is no time to rest. There is a lot of things to do.

Bride and family under the umbrellas between the car and the church.
Boy and girl, with the bride and the father in the back, walking in the aisle.
Smiling bride with the father when arrive near the groom, at the altar of the wedding ceremony.

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The photographer, the bouquet and the future brides, at the wedding

JUST AT THE END by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Anyone who as been in a wedding knows that it is composed by several parts and, each one, with his own ritual. Almost at the end of the day and the party fading, when the guests start packing their bags and go to the cars to get home, the bride, usually, pick up his bouquet that will decide who will be the next bride among the single ladies present.

It is a play with tradition, it belongs to the wedding day, which, still with the mood of the party, the single ladies will be strongly focused to know who will be the next, as if that depends on a flying floral arrangement. I do not know if, ever, one of the winners became, in fact, the next bride. But there is competition, yes, there is. Who wins, always, give to the wedding photographer a good reason to have waited until that moment, yes it does.

I know that the winner future bride is a runner in the direction of her more than anything…not always in place, future grooms have others occupations, and celebrate with great joy in the eyes. Even if she is already as a photo, the wedding photographer does not loose noting behind, she like to assure that and do not let any doubts. The photographer knows his obligations and it is not necessary to ask. Only, it is not possible to photograph before it happens and they just have to fight for the flying flowers and avoid them let hit the ground. Usually, after that, I pack up and go home, satisfied.

Bride and groom pointing the couple who win the bouquet of the bride, thrown to the single ladies.

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The photographer and the attention of those who are there, at the wedding

VERY FOCUSED by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

When photographer, during the day of the wedding, I can find some sort of behavior that is common from everybody being part of it. Be it from the hairdresser with the hair of the bride, the father tuning the tie of his son, the mother verifying if everything is all right, the guests in the moment of the yes, those who are there for those who are there and the wedding photographer for all of that.

However, there is a moment, here and there, where I feel that everybody have the eyes, that have the habit to point is own subject, directed to the same thing. There, if the time give me time, I try my best point of view to have the best notion of that attention, with composition that makes photography in a photo. That is the responsibility of the wedding photographer.

Here, the photographer in the wedding, can take advantage as if he is in an orchard full of fruits ready to harvest. With his wide angle lens he will pick up everybody from a chosen point of view so that we feel the everybody attention for the same point of the scene. Others that are not here, or already in other blog posts, where taken with a tele lens with attentive faces, affections in the form of lap, arms hugging and that notion that everybody love so much who is on the film, with the attention of everybody . The only one that never be seated is…you can guess.

Wedding guests, seated on the floor and chairs, viewing a vídeo about the wedding couple.

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The photographer, the lenses and all things at the wedding

FROM FAR AND NEAR by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I remember, far way of thinking to be wedding photographer, the time when I started to be interested in photography, so many years ago. At first it was not so much photographic attachment, it was only, as it happens with the majority of the persons that photograph, bring some memory from a place where I was in some point of my life. After that it was the dive in and the madness. Because, even if I didn’t realize so much about it, I wanted to do, immediately, all the things that we can do with photography.

Photographing from far way and near, photograph wide and tight, even very tight, photograph the movement and what was still, photograph the living and the inert…well. I remember all the lens I wish to own and use them at the same time, those that contain everything inside for once and those that go far away to bring it closer and those with the ability to make big what is very small.

Long time after, I learned that the best lens, I could ever have, were my legs. It was the moment I though that it was possible to be a photographer. That is why, as wedding photographer, my legs are, by far, the most precious tool to photograph the surroundings of the party, going next near some decorative ornaments or follow the perfume of the flowers and pick up the bouquet of the bride. It was like that when I, finally, become a photographer, even in weddings, and with a single lens.

Wide view of the garden where a wedding party is on.
Flag with the names of the guests, for a table in the meal room of the wedding.
Two roses decorating a table in the meal room of the wedding.
The bouquet of the bride on a table.

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The photographer with the emotions as gestures, at weddings

ONCE MORE, THE GESTURES by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Yes, again. Because they deserve it. Because they are main characters of the moments that wedding photographers love so much and propel them to those starts, as if they were Olympic athletes, when, in the other side of the room, they detect one of those. Because the amount with which they happen, does not let him quiet for a moment and, specially, they are, the gestures, the reason about the ties between the people we can find, in the weddings.

They can be, only, some acts of affection, they can happen between the wedding couple or between several guests, they can belong to the older for the young, they come from those least expected and they are always in quantity from those who make them a strong reason for living. I am glad with that, because it is within the gestures where I found, as the photographer in the wedding, the substantial amount of subjects to my best photos.

It is like if, through the photos, they remain eternally and transport their importance in time, as if they were those flag Buddhist prayers in the wind wishing the best for everybody and in every place. Photos have the ability to do that. They will fly away the intention of the gesture by the winds of times, whenever we want and need them again, and feel that they are always there. Every time I notice them, I catch them.

Baby girl, in the baptism, being blessed with the oils by the godfather.
Baby girl, in lap of the mother, holding a finger of the priest in the baptism ceremony.

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The photographer without rest, at weddings

IRREPETIBLE by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

When I started photographing weddings and decided that was the new path for my photographer profession, I asked myself a question, because I know me. Do I will have the patience for doing every the same thing, after some time? This thing of the weddings is always the same thing, the people there do all the same things and I am afraid that, after some time, I will be bored and wanting something else. Do I need to think about other future?

Well, I could not be so wrong and, faster then I though about, none of those worries happened a minute. That is true that we can find several parts in the wedding very much alike and some are more relaxed than others. But for the wedding photographer everything is, all the time, different. To him, details are what is important. If we photograph a wedding far way, quickly we decide that it is a bored thing to do and, maybe, it is for the better find something else ahed.

But, in the moment we approach, we find all the diversity that belongs to the human being. The countless gestures he is able to do, the countless recombinations that human group is capable, the changes inside of inner spaces, invisible far away, the magnitude of the affections in the form of looking eyes, kisses, touching hands or hugs never let the wedding photographer quiet for a moment. For me, I haven’t got tired or bored, yet.

Bride reacting to a surprise when was hair dressed.
Face of the bride with a make up detail.
Mother of the bride and a guest pressing the buttons on the dress.
Baby girl, daughter of the wedding couple, smiling when was dressed.

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