The photographer and those gestures on a wedding day

LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS and FINDING GESTURES

In the wedding day, the photographer find small gestures that attract his cameras and lens before even when takes notice. One of most beautiful is the one where the little flower bouquet is, carefully, placed in the small pocket of the groom coat. It belongs to the groom the same way the big one belongs to the bride. They are tose little things that transform the regular man dressing in a groom. Look, that is the groom, says the neighbors, how do you know that don’t you see the flowers in the pocket?

But the wedding photographer, with time, noticed that placing this group of little flowers, carefully placed, it is much more than just a simple technical gesture. How to do it and the smoothness of the fingers and hands differ from those who do it. With smoothness in the form of a caress if the mother, if proud and precise from the sister, let me see how this can be done by the father or look man, it is good as it is by the brother.

All of them are gestures of affection and love. That is what the wedding photographer is noticing and noting as photos, as it is his duty. I have several times, founded myself forgetting my role and, delightfully, look the gesture. I know, that it is not professional but, at the same time, it proves that I am touched by those things and that is essential to be a photographer that notice what is important to be noticed. That, I have no doubt.

Hands with boutonniere in the coat of the groom.
Boutonniere already in the coat of the groom ,ready to go for the wedding ceremony.

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The photographer before departure, for the wedding ceremony

ALMOST THERE by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

The wedding photographers watch those moments of it is time to go now, just wait a little bit, the car is already there, just one more photo, let me retouch the lips. It seems that this final moments have a glue that do not let go, and with the sensation that something is always missing to do and, at the same time, some vortex call to go to the main reason of all that bustle, the wedding ceremony. Because I am a witness, and chronicler, of all that, I never feel myself tired of watching those chaotic and fast moments, just before to go.

 The wedding photographer must be one witness and have, absolutely, no interference and do not distort the truth of the story, but…he have, also, the obligation to show the bride, gorgeous, ready with all his graciousness and, as a photographer, from wedding or not, he knows that he must stop the twirl and just one there, here is fantastic, very good in there and…just one more here. There is no escape. It’s in his soul.

 Yes, that is true, also the wedding photographer, here and there, jump inside the story of the wedding day and, maybe, for a total respect with the truth we must have another photographer photographing the wedding photographer photographing the wedding. I see. It’s an exaggeration, but…All right, too much imagination and some vanity in the middle, that does not look good. It was just…. 

Bride retouching her lips before going on for the wedding.
After the dress dressed the bride is ready for the ceremony in a full body photo.
Bride being helped by her father, in the car for the wedding ceremony.

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The photographer in the whirlwind of the wedding party

THIS IS PARTY by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

While the wedding photographer, the groom and the bride were entertained to compose some photos, that will allow them remember for a long time, and as if continuing the end of the last post, we enter, again, in the party that never stoped to be. If you think that both and I were quietly seated to rest from our ride, you are totally wrong.

There, whoever stayed … didn’t stay. Rather on the contrary. Walked, danced, jumped, hugged and kissed and immediately after the moment we entered in the room all the energy around took over straight to the next chapter of this wedding day story, which must be lived and told. The wedding photographer change his lens already screaming inside the bag now me and went straight into the whirlwind of joy.

The wedding photographer, when covering one, must have that curious child and full of energy inside him, always ready, that made him with no rest, observe and run to pick it up what must be told. I think, no I am sure, that my work, while in charge to write this story to tell later, perhaps much later, I will have the compensation of this hard work. Knowing that, ahed, I will know about satisfied eyes, reading the photos that I wrote.

Bride embracing a woman wedding guest, in the dance floor, and looking for a happy little boy.
Blindfolded bride, with the groom with her, just before deliver the bouquet to a single woman.
Group of male guests celebrating the birthday of one of them, in the wedding party.
Wedding couple tasting the wedding cake.

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The photographer, the groom and the bride at the wedding day session

LET’S GO FOR A RIDE? by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

They are countless the amount of posts, here in the blog, about the photographic session with the wedding couple at a scheduled hour, that this wedding photographer believe is the best to do it.  Even if, very rarely, the written words rarely get sucked in the point of my fingers or have difficulty getting off out from my computer keyboard, to not repeat myself may be become hard to achieve.

But, assuming that, I would giving the idea that, also, the ride with the couple to photograph them, without the surrounding guests, which we want to be a joy to collect photos, the same way we want to pick up the most mature fruits in the orchard in the back yard, this wedding photographer begin, also, with unpleasure repetitions and bad harvest.

Well, don’t worry, it is never the case. Until today, I never felt such a thing. I can even say that those anticipation moments with the bride and groom, far from the guests, and feel the beautiful light, of the good hour, slipping away, because are always somebody or something to delay them, my impatient side of the wedding photographer, because loosing that light is a pain, only calm down after that ride is over and we come back to the heat of the wedding party, in the company of everybody. And there…there is no rest. Too much to photograph…

Bride seated near a vine tree, with the groom, unfocused, in the back in the wedding photography session.
Bride in a swing, held by the groom, in the wedding photo session.
Wedding couple embracing each other between the plants of the Quinta wedding garden.
Bride leaning against the groom in the side walk of the road, near the wedding venue, in the afternoon.
Bride and groom leaning against an old wall with a big green door, for the wedding photographer.

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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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