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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Surprises for the photographer, in the wedding at Quinta da Cheinha

ALWAYS LOOKING by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

The wedding is a small universe where the presents, like the stars and the planets and the galaxies and all the other phenomena we love to see from the Hubble pictures, does not stop translating between them and they do not stop composing photos to offer to the wedding photographer, in the field. He just need to be always looking for.

However, the same way Hubble is incapable to see the all universe at the same time, for a unique and global photo, to the wedding photographer there are happenings that never will happens inside their cameras, to accomplish a complete puzzle of the wedding day. But it is like it is and does not worth paralyze, because some things always will go away. It is important to take advantage with what we can see and catch in time, as everything in life.

It was like that with this photo. The wedding photographer was in the other side of the galaxy, entertained with a group of stars, when, with his, always, curious radar eyes, he detect, in the other side of the universe, a groom, on his knees, for the amusement of the moons of the bride, between the gladness and the surprise.  What is important, for the photographer, is that he is equipped with a technology faster than Star Trek Enterprise, and, in a glimpse, he was in the top of the moment. Just like that.

Groom in his knees holding hands with the bride, surrounded by a group of female guests of the wedding.

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Only three photos, to a wedding day at Quinta da Ramila

RESUME by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Coming to that small talk, between wedding photographers, about how many photos are needed, to tell the story of the wedding day, I made myself to choose only three photos, from the bride side, to remind me that day. To me, the wedding photographer there, in the wedding. Because I am not someone used to racionalize everything about what I found in the front of my eyes, I look, I see and I pick up. So, I did it.

One mirror with the bride beautiful braid. Her shoes. The cerimonial ones and the party ones. The bride dressed with the bride dress. Of course, by itself, they do not tell the story of the day to anyone who was not there, because the wedding photographer is the only person that walked through the all process until the party is over, or almost.  Those photos are, only, for my pleasure. They are the most beautiful of the day? No. They are the most important? No. They have some intrinsic form of art? I do not think so. So, Why?

Simple, in the today first look, I liked them. Maybe because they represent the several steps of my way, during the wedding day cover. How many times I photographed brides being hair dressed, I photographed their shoes, their dress and the dress already dressed transforming them in brides, for everybody, in the way they move. They make me remember that no matter I photograph moments like this, I, always, bring with me different things. Because they have no braids, because the mirror is ronde, because the shoes where in a different place and the door, in other part of another house, forced me to a different angle for the point of view. Maybe. But the important thing I must remember to myself, looking at this photos, is that they are uniques. Impossible to remake elsewhere.

Braid hair of the bride in mirror held by hands, in the get ready for the wedding.
Shoes of the bride, ceremony and party, near a bunch of flowers.
Bride almost ready with the dress, viewed from outside the room, ready for the wedding ceremony.

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The photographer and the caller, at a wedding in Quinta Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora

HI, IT IS ME, AGAIN by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

There were two sisters. Just like the same and the wedding photographer never was able to tell the differences. If not a small stain in the cheek from one, because the sun in the beach, I would never know which one was always in the front of my lens, to photograph her. She never asked, never pulled me by the hem of the right leg of my pants, like that little girl in the first wedding I ever done, look, now, I want you to photograph me, after running away from my lens all day. I already told that, here.

However, she always found a way to play within a radius of action that gave her the certainty that, here and there, I will find her. She knew how to do it well. She did not pose like those kids used to make faces to the cameras. She slid around the room, she twirl with those eyes asking me to not forget her. The wedding photographer, because he does not like to do the things easy, pretended that did not noticed her all the time, but not because he was a bad person. First because he had a lot to do with everybody else and second because he wanted genuine photos.

I know that the sister will not regret to be out of the attention of the wedding photographer. But if it was not her sister, maybe, that happened and, a few years ahed she will not carry so much memories of the wedding of her parents in this very happy and funny day, for all of them. The wedding photographer smile, imagining one day, when women, and maybe in the eve of their own weddings, they review those photos with so great joy. That is for what he was made for. 

Little girl, in a swing, playing with another one in a wedding.
Little girl, with a painted face, with a ballon heart and a glass in the hands, smiling in a wedding.
A very happy little girl with a painted face and the hands in the head, in a wedding.

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The photographer, the bride and sisters, in the wedding day near Guarda

LAST DETAILS by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

After all this time, as wedding photographer, I still do not understand the reason why, even after the bride is finished as ready to go for the ceremony of the wedding, someone come to the front and find some detail that need to be arranged and, without that touch, the bride, really, was not ready to go. Countless are the times the photographer think the bride is in the way, or the groom, and here comes the mother, the sisters or an aunty imagining some unfinished detail in the dress that nobody was able to see, the coat of the groom does fit correctly in the shoulders or the tiara was not strait.

But, if the wedding photographer think a bit, I believe I know why. Really, everything was well and ready. Are the last affections. Instead of kisses and hugs, they want to guaranty that she will go perfect and shine all over the street, in the ceremony place and everybody look around because here is the bride and she is beautiful. For every correction that was no longer needed, I see an I love you so much, an I wish you will be very happy or a you know you can count, always, on me.

I am, really, sure that I bring evidences of that. Even those, that only observe the process and nothing can do then just you are so gorgeous, give me an imagined kiss, are the same. So, the wedding photographer feel that is his duty to not let go any of those translations, those it seems but it is not and with any doubt, those are ties connecting persons to someone that they love very much. I was there. I confirm.

Sisters fine tuning the dress of the bride during the preparation for the wedding.
Mother and sisters of the bride placing the earrings in the get ready for the wedding.
Bride, seated in the bed, talking with a familiar little boy, when waiting for the wedding ceremony.
Bride, viewed in the back, with his sister just in the moment of the departure for the wedding.

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The attraction for affection by the photographer, in a baptism in Lisbon

GENERATIONS CONNECTION by the PORTUGAL BAPTISM PHOTOGRAPHER

What can give me more emotions, as a baptism photographer, than the satisfaction of a granny with the grandchildren in her lap. I believe that it is more the simples observation of some older person with a child, which it is, always, something nice to see. I like to observe, very much, and to photograph those persons because it seems that they the have the satisfaction of the all universe in their lap. That universe belong to them, they gave rise to them and they know, that way, they will bring the continuity of themselves. That, yes, it is very important.

More gentle the grandmothers, as it is usual, or more awkward the grandfathers, this child will jump from lap to lap as if she is receiving some sort of connection, more strong than another, in her futre life. The photographer in the baptism day will never loose a bit of those sensations. After, in the front of his computer, for editing the photos, I revisit those moments as photos and I know that I am reassuring that child a memory impossible to remember other way, because the age, and I will confirm on her the assurance of the belonging.

That is why I consider my work much more important than the simple use of a photographic camera to win some money and, with that, enjoy life with some pleasure. Knowing that, I can, with my work, contribute to the notion of belonging and, those persons, connected with them, as their ancestors, and still are living inside them with the faces that baptism photographer bring to them and, with that completed empty spaces, it is a responsibility that will always be present in my mind and will make me, gladly, came back to another baptism, every time I am called, full hearted. Without a doubt.

Baby girl in the lap of the grandmother with grandfather at the side.
Happy grandfather with his baby granddaughter in the lap in the baptism party.
Family seated in a sofa playing the the baby girl, in the center, at the baptism party.
Baby girl playing with an adult, in the back, in her baptism party.
Baby girl seated on the table near her baptism cake.

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In the baptism, the photographer and the child

THE PHOTOGRAPHER BEST FRIENDS by the PORTUGAL BAPTISM PHOTOGRAPHER

Even if I know that to photograph a baptism, to me, is the same thing as photographing a wedding I know that there is an element that must put me, all the time, in the state of alert. The baby, or the child to be the hero of the day, which does not care about the photographer, all the time around him with some dark staff, in the front of the face. They change the mood with the fastness of the light coming from a far way star, the laugh and the cry happens as normal state of mind reacting to the aunt or granny lap, to the pricking kiss of the grandad or to the cousins that treat him like a teddy bear until the mother come to rescue him and put the things in order, again.

The photographer of the baptism must react to all of this, and as I already wrote here, take advantage of the intervals, and, even with all of that, he is afraid that those photos of the cute baby, just can not be possible to happen. Imagine cooking a cake with the constant doubt if you are, really, following correctly the recipe.

But, it seems, even with all those things that the poor children is subjected, they know that I am there for them and I will give them, one day, all the memory of this day, that they will never know about if not the photographer work. So, in those intervals, they, the children to baptize, offer me all the beautiful smiles, so fast that only my cameras are able to find and catch. After all, I could not have better friends, in a baptism day, and have another life better than photograph these children to give them memory in a far way future. I can assure that.

Little girl seated in the lap of her mother near her father and godparents.
Baby ready to be baptized looking direct for the photographer camera.
Blessing gestures during the baptism of a baby girl.
Baby girl to be baptized seated at the mother lap.

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