The photographer and the little ones at a wedding

ALL OVER AGAIN by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

It is impossible for the wedding photographers wandering in that day where they were chose to cover this very important moments to everybody, the bride and groom, the families and all the friends present, without stumbling, all the time, his eyes in kids who, in one way or another, are irresistible attraction to thirsty cameras and too much curious lens.

We found, always, a child discovering the joy of walking with his own feet and does not stop to discover that huge world, just ready to adventures, the biggest ones thinking about how to play and does not stop with the unrest or, sign of the time for parent’s rest, glued to those little screens, better than that glue that hung scientists on the ceiling, like the old ad.

Because of that, the wedding photographer, in the moment to choose the photos, considering those ones to illustrate the story of the wedding day, comes across with those little ones, for great satisfaction of their parents and the couple that asked them to be with, I am sure. To the wedding photographer it is one more reason to be, all the time, with his eyes very awake and attentive. Mine, does not stop a moment.

Baby girl walking the garden of the wedding party.
Little girl with her smartphone that light up her face in the wedding.
Three little girls seated in the wedding party room.
Little girl dressed as a pirate in a wedding party play.
Little boy playing with is smartphone in a wedding and lightning his face.

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How the photographer sees what he see, at a wedding

ALWAYS PEEKING by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Well, it is obvious that the wedding photographers does not do this because some sort of mania or only by chance. This photos that I show, as if I was passing through the door, or window, and saw the bride in the preparation stage, or ready, were done before as been photographed. That is just a part of the approach of the wedding photographer to the cover of the wedding. Go out of the stage and, after, try to find different angles and points of view to photograph and being, really, outside.

Because I do not have a Super Man vision, neither my cameras, I can not not see through the walls, so I try to take advantage of the doors small apertures, windows alf closed or some sort of weird mirrors. I must say that those solutions, usually, are one of my best friends, giving me results impossible to achieve in other ways. What is important is that photography happens.

I use to use an expression I l ove very much. Dress a photo. That is what I am trying to do with all this peeking. Finding elements in the surroundings of my main subjects, the bride, groom and all at the stage and use them to dress this characters. That is the first thing I do, when I enter on that places. With that achieved, the wedding photographer, now, ask for the wisdom of his lens and the technique of his cameras to help him to compose and transform those peeking in clothes as if they were made by the masters of high fashion.

Bride viewed by a small door aperture, almost as a silhouette, when ready to go for the ceremony.
Bride seated after get dressed and ready for the departure for the wedding ceremony.
Bride smiling involved with unfocused,  in the departure for the wedding.

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The photographer and the arrival for a baptism.

WHEN WE WAIT by the PORTUGAL BAPTISM PHOTOGRAPHER

An event is so much more than join a group of people about some purpose. It can be the launch of a commercial product, some governamental measure about a public inauguration or, as far as this photographer is concerned, a baptism where the family member join together to, symbolically, bring to the catholic community a new member.

But, by the observation I have been done as long as I am in the profession of christening photographer, it is not only the moment of the ritual that gather all that people. I only need to see, and photograph how it is my duty, the arrival of the guests to the local when the ceremony will take place. The joy of the gathering of those that who, for some time, not been seen, the gestures of affection, the small talk about other subjects but, specially, about that child ready to be baptized and the orderly walk to the baptismal font, when the priest in charge, will give the order. The baptism photographer must translate all this notices in photos.

I must say that I have a great satisfaction about been a witness of this behaviors. Knowing that the result of my work will show, many years after, to that baptized child, all those that where with her, surrounding the holy water fountain, and celebrated her around the table meal, with kisses and a lot of lap. I know all about this because, also, I was there and I am sure that, with my work as a baptism wedding photographer,  they will have that satisfaction. Me too, satisfies me, a lot.

Little girl among the guests of the baptism, when waiting for the ceremony, at the church door.
Woman guest smiling to other guests, when they arrive at the church, for the baptism ceremony.
Father and mother of the baby girl to be baptized, with her in the lap, waiting for the ceremony.
Baby girl godmother, with her in the lap, among other guests at the church door, for the ceremony.

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At the entrance to the wedding in the Church, by the photographer

Also the wedding photographers take advantage of the half a dozen photographic clichés that exist since photography was born. The sunset with palm trees, a group of leafless trees with sun over them, the old wall with a wooden gate already eaten by time, the blue cracked enamel plate with the door number, etc.

One of them, which I like more, is the silhouette. Usually a human body cropped on a light background, showing only the cut in the space without details or textures. The churches entrance are very good to give to the wedding photographer silhouettes that can belong to the photography history. But, calm down, that is not so easy to do. If it was only about the photographer technique, it seems that it was only needed to be there, photograph and go.

But it is not. We need a serial of elements, let me call it chances, that need to get together in such a way that, with the help of my trickster angels friends that, sometimes, give me indisputable help and others just plot me, transform that moment, but only that one, and offer me everything in place so that the silhouette provide me a great wide smile in the moment I edit that photo. But, only with that. Do you understand now?

Silhouette of the bride at the church door for the walking to the altar, for the wedding ceremony.

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Details in preparation for the wedding, by the photographer

MOTHER LITTLE THINGS by the EVORA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Mirror, bride and mother. The wedding photographer could not expect better subject. Several times, in the moments the bride is being prepared for her great day, I found myself as a wind vane, or as they call it in my home town, like crazy chicken, not knowing how to move such is amount of things happening at the same time around me, in that final bustle before the departure for the ceremony.

They are the family members peeking trough the crack of the door, they are the aunties just arrived that want to kiss the bride before she is ready, it is the father needing help for the neck tie, there are the two kids running into the wrong place and it is the wedding photographer fitting in the middle of that tornado, trying the best point of view for all those things.

Suddenly, there is that moment where everything became quit, stoped and the wedding photographer only see what he sees in that beloved mirror. The bride daughter, practically ready and the mother setting the earrings as if it was the last chance to give affection to his beloved daughter. How I love those moments. It is as if, for a glimpse, I was offered an irrefutable gift. Fast came and fast was gone and the hush hush returned, as it should be. The gift, of course, was for the weeding photographer.

Bride photographed trough a mirror of a closet door, with her mother placing her the earrings.

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The photographer on the way to the wedding ceremony, with the bride

BETWEEN FLOWERS by the SINTRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Ask me, to the wedding photographer, to write about a photo I have done, maybe, it is not the best thing to do, because I can, easily, fall into two completely different opinions. Or, I am the best among the bests and only find reasons to a self congratulation or, in the contrary, I find all the elements that does not let it have that value and the best would be learning more about it.

Because I am sure it will be neither one or the other, I only can say that I like it and I got it in a so fast moment, as if it was done before the bride was ready to it and, next, she was already in the move to his beloved one in the church, waiting for that very expected yes. That is why I love to be a wedding photographer. Every time I turn my head I can find moments like this and, specially, when they have those floral arrangements shape. Every capturing light lover would want moments as this one.

At the end, I am a flower arrangements thief. Flower of the family of flowers and flowers that became a flower when behind them and, every time the wedding photographer find them, he only have an obligation to do. That thing invented to enchant everybody: photography. That is why I go there, to the weddings, and, my luck, I do not need to ask please, they, the flowers, ask me to go. Yes, lucky me.

Bride peeking through the door car, just before to get out for the ceremony, at the church door.

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The generations in a wedding, by the photographer

GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDSONS by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

If you ask me, as wedding photographer, what the most important thing I can find in the wedding day, suddenly, of course the bride and the groom. It is because of them that all the others will walk to where they are getting ready, to the ceremony place and where the party will be party. They, also, chose the wedding photographer to fulfill another mission. Of course, they are the most beautiful persons there and everything is happening around and because of them.

However, the wedding photographer have a process to help him in the work, learned to be detailed and find correctly the scenes to photograph. He divide in quadrantes the all scene and, with the help of his photographic cameras and lens, pick up this pictures before they are. With this, sometimes, he find attraction in other happenings other than those with the wedding couple.

That is why, I am sorry bride and groom, maybe, if you ask to my cameras and lens, which are very responsible, and they answer you that they can not stop when they detect this happenings with communication, affection, rapture between the olds and news present in place, I can not say no. The attention of the granny, or she could be, to one of the new ones there, is a call that each of my lens would not forgive the wedding photographer if I let them loose such thing. For sure.

Maybe, a grandma helping a little boy at the table, in the bride parent's house during the get ready.

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Flowers, always present in the wedding

WITHOUT THEM by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

The wedding photographers way will not be the same if they do not find them, on the path they need to walk on. They are present everywhere in the wedding day. They are in the house of the parents, usually the bride and groom get ready there before going to ceremony, with that very expected yes.  They are the bride best company, sometimes in the hair, sometimes as decorative motifs on the dress and, specially, in the hands of the bride. They are carried in a small pocket by the groom. They light the way among guests until the ceremony chairs. They are in the ceremonial table, in the Church or in the green of a Quinta.

They are in the guest’s tables and the wedding couple. They are in the garden, where the photos are picked up. They, the flowers, are, maybe, the strongest symbol of the wedding day. That is why the wedding photographer must not forget them, because they are always presents and because they attract my lens that love to experiment every ways to catch them, the flowers, with different angles and create photos trying to be never inferior of the beauty of the flowers.

They, also, attract the best we have. The love for beauty, harmony, the attraction for the color or, simple, by the aspect of the flower which is always beautiful, regardless the size, shape or species. You are so beautiful as a flower, I hear to say to the bride all day. So, how the wedding photographer can forget that attention to the beauty around him and everywhere since he arrive until he goes away with the job done. Well done, I hope.

Bouquet of the bride photographed under a green background at the wedding party place.
Bride doing a selfie with a guest with the bouquet in her hands.
Floral arrangement in a hanging basket in the wedding party.

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The looking eyes of the photographer, in the wedding

GESTURES by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Maybe it is a thing from all wedding photographers but, even if I do not show it many times, here in the blog, I have the attraction to photograph gestures, better, I like to find hands doing those things that they do fantastically: petting, holding, saluting, comforting and many, many others things. Sometimes I find myself photographing them, that usually they become my own harvest and, maybe is a wrong idea, I do not think they have so photographic importance, for the wedding cover.

Well, once in a wile I pick up some, because faces everywhere need some other things in the middle, like an interval. But, it is true that I can not direct my looking eyes attention to those hands and just forget all the faces around me and with all those many things happening. At the end, I am a wedding photographer and I can not, ever, let me go chasing my favorite subjects, with no interest for those who contract me. I am there to work and not for fun…well…

But, if I believe that hands are characters very active during the process of the wedding day, yes I, absolutely, do. They button the coat, spread the creams, pull the hair to comb, fine tune the dress or the coat, take care of the rings and, a lot, caress since they get up until they lie down. I may say that we are, because our hands. With out them… how they can not be a subject of the wedding photographer?

Hands of the wedding couple "dancing" in the table of the meal of the wedding party.

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The entrance of the bride and groom, by the photographer at the wedding

HERE THEY ARE by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I already wrote here, sometimes, about how a wedding day is a repetition of several parts, without big difference from one to another. After some of them, the wedding photographer may have no more surprises and he can predict the next moves ahead. We may think that, as with everything with repetition, this job may became some sort of boredom and all that energy spent in the first weddings decrease, until nothing important attract for more.

It could be like that, but it is not. The only thing they have in common are the steps. Everything else is, always, completely different and the wedding photographer is, all the time, finding surprises that does not give him rest, during all day. At least, it is like that with me. I am always finding diversity for several reasons. Because I find different people that moves themselves differently, the hour of the day can change behaviors, some elements of the group can change completely the all and, important, the subjectivity of the wedding photographer help him to see from different points of view, or angles, which change everything.

How many couple entries, in the meal room, I already photographed? Well, so many as weddings I photographed during this years. Have I ever lost my bustle when capturing what is fastness and impossible to predict the way they move, between the tables with their guests? Never. Some of them I can guess the path and the others I need to follow my instinct and, at every step fine tune the point of view and assure that this way of joy and happiness come with me and deliver, after. Yes, it never repeats itself. 

Bride and groom walking through the door of the meal room of the wedding.

The entry of the wedding couple, Hélia and Paulo at the dinning room of the Quinta da Cheinha in Pinhel, Guarda

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