The bride smiles, emotional, at the groom in the session with the wedding photographer, in the late afternoon in Casa de Reguengos.

The wedding of Catarina and João at Casa de Reguengos

The bride smiles, emotional, at the groom in the session with the wedding photographer, in the late afternoon in Casa de Reguengos.

Should photography, as a memory element, represent the most faithful possible reality, the event, or take advantage of the subject you have in front of you to recreate it?

It is an issue that has set me up early, as a wedding photographer, and that, once in a while, returns to my mind. By assuming myself as a wedding photojournalist, that is, a photographer who follows what is going on around him, captures and does not intervene, so as to be as faithful as possible to reality, will be enough this attitude or the photographer can titling itself as a photojournalist, forgetting the institutional connection to the representation of the profession, but rather to its way of doing.

Example: When I arrived at the house of João or Catarina should I reproduce as close as possible to what my eyes saw or, as I did, use the tools of my profession, the cameras, and the lenses, to dress differently what was going on around me? I assume that photographic equipment alone has limitations in capturing the images: captures with much more contrast, is much more sensitive to color variation and the lenses that I use can completely change the field of view compared with our eyes. From the wide-angle to the telephoto lens, it completely alters the relationship of  “seeing ” compared to our eyes.

So why not the wedding photographer take that difference and make it a factor of creativity? Profiting the distortion factor of the wide-angle lens and producing images of great tridimensionality and depth. Everyone remembers the photograph of a particular square seen in a magazine and when visiting it, is amazed at how small it is. Or use the telelens to separate what you want, and still take advantage of the “blur” factor to dress and engage the bride and groom in a cloud that just shows them only.

That’s what I’m counting on to tell my stories about the weddings of my brides and grooms. Show them their wedding day in a completely different way than the eyes of the wedding photographer saw and your guests or family. However, this cannot be done free of charge: images can not lie. The moments have to be those moments. The image achieved must have correspondence to what was crystallized and count in a way that the harmony and good use of the composition give, finally, the event and the very truthful image that results from it. That’s my goal and my constant research. Rigor in the composition and efficacy in the uptake. Only these two conjugates allow a good final result.

There are some images of Catarina and João’s wedding.

The groom, laughing, after shaving, in the mirror.
The groom carefully when wearing the shirt.
The mirror and flowers in the foreground show the groom's face in the process of dressing for the wedding.
Putting his tie around his neck, the groom laughs.
Groom's face, while his mother helps him button up his shirt cufflinks.
Buttoning his coat in the mirror, the groom smiles.
The groom leaning on an old radio.
The family's old radio with the groom beside it.
Bride looking at her hands as she gets her hair done.
Decorations on the bride's dress
The bride's branch.
Bride looking at her mother while her dress is tightened.
Bride surrounded by female relatives, finishing the dressing of the dress.
Bride, in a mirror, with her mother and grandmother.
Bride smiling, with the veil in her hair, and ready.
The bride in the midst of family members before going to the wedding ceremony.
Bride leaving home for the wedding ceremony.
The bride with her father descends the stairs that take her to the church for the ceremony.
The moment of the bride's entry with her father into the church.
The Church of Santo António dos Cavaleiros, with everyone for the wedding ceremony.
Bride, attentive, inside a blurred.
Groom, behind a blurred.
The couple, during the wedding ceremony, wrapped in flowers and defocused candle light.
The altar of the Church of Santo António dos Cavaleiros, with the bride and groom and the priests officiating the ceremony.
Grooms, godparents and officiating priests, before the wedding ceremony.
The bride and groom read the oaths of the wedding ceremony.
The bride kisses the bride on the face after the wedding ceremony.
The bride signs the wedding book.
The bride talks to a guest.
Groom receiving greetings from a guest at the end of the wedding ceremony.
Bride, laughing a lot, as they congratulate her on her marriage.
Leaving the church, the bride and groom among flowers.
The groom after getting into the car that will take him to the place of the wedding party.
Bride seen through car window.
The groom among friends, at the wedding.
The bride in conversation with two girls at the wedding party, at Casa de Reguengos.
The bride and groom cut the wedding cake at Casa de Reguengos.
Under the light of the end of the day, the bride and groom among the plants in the garden of Casa de Reguengos.
The newlyweds walk, seen from the back, towards a golden haze at the end of the day.
Among the bushes in the garden, the couple embraced.
The groom hugs the bride from behind, among the tufts of flowering plants at Casa de Reguengos.
Portrait of the groom in the evening light.
Bride, laughing, sitting between vases of flowers and her bouquet.
The couple face each other between garden bushes, under the light of the setting sun.
Bride and Groom dancing and singing.

From a wedding in Casa de Reguengos, in Vila Franca do Rosário.

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