Close-up of the bride's face, in black and white, as she was prepared at Penha Longa Resort, viewed by the wedding photographer in Sintra.

The get ready ritual of the bride

THE BRIDE IS SURROUNDED BY LIPSTICK, PENCILS, AND HAIR DRYERS by THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN LISBON

Close-up of the bride's face, in black and white, as she was prepared at Penha Longa Resort, viewed by the wedding photographer in Sintra.

One of the things the wedding photographer like very much to cover, on the wedding day, is the ritual of the bride’s preparation. I say ritual because it seems exactly that. It has a certain way to be done and it is surrounded, and used, by objects that only belong to this woman’s moments. With the groom, it is completely different and easy. The men do not care about certain details that, with women, are taken to the state of the art.

The hair is treated with all care and detail transforming the woman into a bride in the space of an hour and a half, if someone told me that we were just in the moment to go to a plateau scene for a movie or from seconds to walk in the Passarella of a fashion show I would believe that. The make-up offers some transformation that, is usually, finished with a careful drawing with lipstick on lips very close to a yes to someone that will never forget.

Photograph those moments, in some way ritualized, it is my work. I do it with tireless joy. Even if I only need some photos to cover that process, I always find another point of view, some peeking through pencils and sprays, one more photo of the face under fast hands with dryers or fast because the bride flowers just arrived and…it is beautiful. Well, it is like that the hard life of the wedding photographer…hummm!…

Bride's shoes and bag.
Details of the bride's makeup, with friends sitting in the background, blurred.
Bride in the midst of makeup artist and hairdresser in a mirror.
Painting the bride's eyes at the Penha Longa Resort hotel.
Still getting her dress right in the mirror, by the bride, at Penha Longa Resort.

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