Bride laughs as she waits at the hairdresser to get ready, captured by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

The joy of transformation in photography

THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE WOMEN’S WORLD

Bride laughs as she waits at the hairdresser to get ready, captured by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

Being a wedding photographer and a man I am always fascinated with the bride getting ready, usually surrounded by women in … women’s moments. This thing about pulled, twisted, heated, sculpted hair and all type of sacrifice with so great joy, I can find that it is something that makes me feel that I am in a different world. But…I am photographing which is, also, a joy.

And there is the conversation and what is said. The joy of the women in the group doing women’s things is very different from the opposite group, guys. It is, also, faraway different and with more stuff to photograph than on the groom’s side. Well, most of the time. The hair is already done from yesterday, no make-up, and…well…completely different.

When a wedding photographer, with the option of photojournalism, I try, always, not to interfere with the conversation, which I do not know how, and stay the most invisible possible. Because of that, I catch those free photos, joyful, with a happy soul and no constraint. That is another pleasure of being a wedding photographer. Really…

Bride getting her hair done with her mother in the foreground, out of focus.
Bride with her eyes closed while getting her hair done.
Profile of the bride at the hairdresser.
Sister of the bride smiling at the wedding photographer.
The bride, seated, listens with satisfaction to someone who is talking to her.

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