Changes until the wedding party, by the photographer

BUT…WHAT IS HAPPENING by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Sometimes, the wedding photographers does not know some of the changes and loose the timeline to follow. This can happens because it is something that the bride and groom does not know, because someone was in charge to update me and simply forgot it or because it was a real surprise hidden in a top secret mind or, still, a gift from someone which the photographer does not count for anything.

Because of that, the wedding photographer must be, all the time, very attentive to a very small change of the circumstances, every not scheduled stop or some people move, out of the usual. So, I must have all my tools near my hands and, at the any small sign, find, quickly, where to park the car and run to the center of the attention.

This is because these photos that might not have been if the wedding photographer wasn’t all the time in the state of alert very high and detect that something different was happening, in the front of him. I had no idea about what was going to happen. The only thing I knew was that, to know the way to the venue, a church was in my left side and the Quinta da Ramila was only a few kilometers ahed. That is why it is good, sometimes, to be one of the last to leave the ceremonial place, with the couple. Everybody seems to know what was gonna happening, except the wedding couple… and me. And no one remembered the poor wedding photographer. But I can not complain about it, I am, all the time, saying that I want to be invisible.

Bride and groom change transportation for the wedding party.
Bride seated in the cargo place of a moto bike.
Groom ready to drive the cargo moto bike, with the bride in the back until the wedding party.
Wedding couple seated in the back of a cargo moto bike in the road for the wedding party.
Bride and groom arriving at the wedding party seated in the moto bike.

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The photographer and what is said at the wedding


WHO SAYS WHAT by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

It is not the first time that I wrote here about the great pleasure I have photographing a speech, during or after the meal, at the wedding day. Not always I can fulfill my desire, to the wedding photographer displeasure, but, when it happens, we can find the shy father, at least manifesting his proud to be there, in that special moment, the talker remembering all kind of stories with his beloved son, or daughter, the humorist serving laughs to everybody present or the sensitive with a big tear in the eye and unable to say a single word with a just thank you to everybody, which can tell the same of the others with all the resourcefulness and lot’s of words.

But, in this time of speeches, the tribune is not the single subject of the wedding photographer. Running to find the one that are the reason of the speech, it is a great part of the job, if I can reach it in time and my beloved pointing finger does not anticipate, because his intractable nervousness, here they are drinking all the words coming from someone so important to them. Wet emotional eyes with crying tears and next, if the tribuno is versatile, with laughing tears but, all of them, with that emotions so much loved by the wedding photographer.

Probably, this is the moment charged with emotions that, the wedding photographer cameras, can charge themselves and his lens can find during all party. At least, tie emotions. The other ones, more attached to fun, the joy of the dance, hugs and kisses that we do not let go because we never know when we will meet each other, again. The wedding photographer call that the unmissable subjects, I call it abundance, lot’s of abundance just as I like. A lot.

Father of the bride speaking during the wedding party.
Wedding couple listening the speech of the father of the bride.
Bride thrilled and crying after her father speech during the wedding party.
Mother of the bride laughing during the speech of her husband at their daughter party wedding.

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The photographer for the next part of the wedding.

HERE WE GO by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

After the ceremony is concluded, all the tension involved in it, with the couple, is vanished and here we go to be leaving to another place where the word is party, with everything with it. However we still have this little piece of time needed to link between the two spaces, the Church, on this one, and the Quinta where a nice meal is waiting for everybody.

In this small amount of way, and time, the wedding photographer just need to complete the story that will be told to someone traveling trough the book that will come to life, based on this day. The bride and groom, which they are not anymore, start the first decisions as a couple even if it is only about how to carry the diploma, offered by the nice priest moments ago, after the wedding ceremony.

Also, all the guests rush because they have some way to do and the curiosity of the child must be restrained, because self-respecting guest never enter in the party place after de couple, even if some of them does not worry to much about that. Those are the stories inside a photo. Or, just one can tell a little pice of the tale or another one can tell you who stays, who need to decide and what to do and who is in rush to arrive elsewhere. That is photography, always a story teller.

Wedding couple and guests in the front of the church before leaving for the party.

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The looks that the photographer notices, during the wedding

MOTHER EYES by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

After all these years, photographing weddings, I still feel myself amazed with looking eyes that my eyes find and deliver to my diligent photographic cameras. I am sure, it is in the looking eyes where I can see, read, the ties that connect people, and a wedding day is just a big link between ties. Most of the time it is not in the catching moment where I notice that. It is, after, in the quietness of my office, when I edit the photos I carried, where my eyes stop in the others eyes, in the moment which I had the pleasure of stealing.

Mothers looking eyes have, always, something special.  Maybe, because it is the last time they have the pleasure to spoil her son, or daughter, or, simply, pose her eyes, with sweetness, in the work of others with her child. I must say, the eyes of the wedding photographer are, all the time, finding those and do not let go away without being photo.

Looking mother eyes, with caring, looking the caring of the father, her husband with wedding long time ago, having sure that the button stays in the right place in the shirt cuff. I have done this scene countless times but, as a wedding photographer, I do not want to loose, never, new opportunities to find these looks, again. Never.

Mother looking attentive to her son and his father, placing the cufflinks.

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The photographer always looking for, in the wedding in Palacio Estoril Golf & Wellness Hotel

TUNNEL VISION by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I do not want to play with the subject, because it is very serious with the people who suffer with it, but I think that the wedding photographers suffer from a visual effect called visual tunnel. They are always seeing things that, without, were unnoticed to someone that does not suffer from photographite (only exist in photographers with some experience).

Or else, their eyes, of the photographers in charge to photograph weddings, have the habit of wanting to imitate those lens that can photograph a group of things and, suddenly, they change the focal to catch that detail inside and bring it as light, inside the photographic camera. The great advantage of the eyes, over that lens, is because they can do that without change focal, they just give an order to the hands to find and bring the camera in the front of them and use the lens able to do the right job.

Because of that, the wedding photographers bring with them a bunch of light in the form of photos, from subjects never photographed without that ability, of the eyes, that can make them to detect those special moments as if they were pieces of a puzzle which would be complete as a giant photo, with all the moments that, in that day, took place. And it is a good thing that it is like that. But I think that is more a personality touch.

Couple talking about a smartphone in a meal wedding table in Palácio Estoril Hotel.
A male guest talking and laughing with a boy at the meal table in a wedding.
Little girl making a cuddle to her father during a wedding party.

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The photographer and the surprises, on a wedding at Nazaré

ME, ME by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

There are some things that the wedding photographers can not control. Sometimes, some scheduled event in time, observed and prepared by someone with the obligation of catching those events in photographies, can not happened and, other times, some unexpected happens and transform that moment in something special.

I am absolute sure that the pigeon, or the dove, that some seconds before pecked some grains founded among the stones of the ground of the viewpoint in Nazaré, where the middle Age Knight D. Fuas Roupinho was stoped, by miracle, to fly until the ocean, far in the deep, only wanted to help me. When I was almost ready to photograph a group of guests of the wedding, to make one of these photos to remember later, and just a moment before I say ready, go, this friend of mine decided to anticipate and take off in the right spot, but a bit too early.

Of course, the wedding photographer did not get angry, not because he was interrupted in the instructions for the guests and neither because the lift off was a bit too early. On the contrary, I could not have done another thing then just say thank you and celebrate his good will to participate in such joyful moment. Being able do take advantage with moments like that and have the humility to say thank you very much, it is, also, the job of the self-respecting wedding photographer. I do.

Dove flying in the front of a group of wedding guests ready to be photographed.

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In sequence for the photographer, in a wedding at Quinta do Castro

THE JEALOUS by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

The wedding photographers can testify that friends have those things, they are unable to be apart each other and are very jealous when they find, some of them, being treated specially in some happening, with a great amount of joy. Some times they are is the cause of the jealousy. Yes, we can find people like this, even in weddings.

From a certain part of the party, the spirits over animate, the unexpected reactions happen at the light speed and the wedding photographer must be ready to all those moments. He just need to have very trained eyes for and, at the same time, he have one eye in the camera, with the other discover some happening,  where someone is beginning something that we never know how it ends. So, here he goes.

Then, there are sequences like this one. A half dozen of them join together and a photo happens. Suddenly, the jealous ones notice that, I could never understand who warns them, and start a race and behave like long jumpers, afraid not being the firsts or, even, arriving in time. Of course, the wedding photographer will not loose one single photo until, finally, all of them are in the place where they belong, together, noisy and happy. After all, this a very good gealousy and must be part of them forever, either in photography or in life.

Guests preparing to a photo in the front of the wedding photographer.
Happy group running for a photo in a wedding.
Large group of guests in great joy getting ready for a wedding photo.

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Others who photograph, at the wedding, as the photographer’s attention

HIGHLIGHTS by the PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Since the photography was born, the fastness it gets to the eyes, always has been a great interest from those who practice it and those who see it. Sometimes, the brand of the inventor replace the real name of the product or the action. Even today we find countries that call Xerox to a photocopy, the Kodak moment is very well known by the photography lovers and Polaroid instantaneous was only beaten by the recent digital photography. Even here, the photographic camera begins to be timidly embarrassed by the smartphone which, besides used to phone, it is, today, the elected camera.

That is why, the wedding photographer all the time is confronted with attentive faces to smartphones look how good it is let me repeat one more how funny it is do you want to see it and the wedding photographer around all that, with nothing to show…yet. Maybe he could be feeling out of place, showing some depression and loose the drive to cover the wedding day, to which he was called there.

But, it is not like that. To him, that has the function to photograph the wedding, everything is a subject, everything have the appeal and everything is part of the story of the day. If the wedding photographer is a moment searcher, to arquive inside his camera, so the reaction of the people being photographed and, with the fastness of a lightening, looking to themselves inside a smartphone, it can not be better to appeal the attention of his cameras that only will show them later. Nothing is left out.

Bride maids looking a photo in the smartphone after the wedding ceremony, in Nazaré.

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The photographer for those who deserve it, in a wedding at Nazaré

THE GIRLS by the LISBON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

One of the most attractive subjects for the wedding photographer, or any other that like to photograph people, are the children. There are countless the pictures with children, in the places where they are promoted. Really, every time children are present in the event it is impossible that, here and there, the wedding photographer does not point his lens in their direction.

Finding a group of girls finishing their preparation for the big day and, specially, just before going to the ceremony  with the commitment, the grace, the ability to challenge lens from some and the shyness from others and the way how they use the space are an uncontrollable decoy to any wedding photographer present in the rush for the place of the yes, I accept.

Although the photographer’s attention must be for the wedding couple, here, the bride and everything what is happening with her, every time he looks and see a composition, with girls inside, it is impossible to not take advantage. There is a grace inside that a group of boys will never be able to match. Of course, the wedding photographer will take advantage to photograph every group that is able to prepare one becoming photo, appealing his lens and cameras. In these moments, where the girls. And it was worth it.

Little girls being prepared for the wedding by their mothers.
Three little girls, in the stairs, waiting for the departed for the wedding ceremony.
Little girl peeking, at the end of the stairs, waiting for the bride before going for the wedding.

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The photographer’s view on a wedding day in Algarve

THE GREAT DOUBT by the ALGARVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I have a a great doubt living with me since I photograph weddings, the most powerful experience I had photographing people in groups. Before that, my experience with camera, photos and lens was with unanimated things, without animus, but with a lot of personality because they needed all my attention to combine colors, shapes, backgrounds, etc. You can imagine what.

But, since I started to photograph weddings I came across with a mystery that, until today, follows me and I try to make you understand with the photo below.  It was me that knew how to choose this photo, which was in place waiting to be picked up, or were its elements, the persons inside, that offered me this with all in the right place and doing the right things and send a message to my little angel friends, sometimes they appear in my posts, which gave me that sign, always decoded by myself, and, without my merit…it is done.

I wish I could tell you that those little angels have nothing to do with it, that the people inside do not care about the wedding photographer and all the credit is mine, with my capability of observation, that I have a total control of the technics of the composition and the use of my gear and I am…but I do not know. At the end, I only can believe that everybody in the wedding party, for some good reason, like me and are all the time building those photos to offer me and I only take advantage. Or…both, right? About the little angels…

Bride and groom playing with their baby seen by a child with the bouquet  in his hand.

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