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En este espacio hablamos de nuestras experiencias como fotógrafos de boda. Enfocándonos en diferentes aspectos de este trabajo y contando historias autenticas.

Engagement Session in Barcelona

Engagement Session in Barcelona

You never get bored of this city. Barcelona is both, visually attractive and extremely photogenic. It is a city with personality. To a photographer, it offers a multitude of backgrounds, textures, and an unusual light that changes completely throughout the day. It is modern and traditional, busy and intimate. It reveals an eclectic mixture of old, historic monuments, vibrant day life, multicultural habitants, and the most impressive Art Nouveau architecture (here called Modernisme). Moreover, you can easily change your perspective and admire the city from above by climbing one of many viewpoints (here called Miradores). Barcelona is surrounded by mountains: Montjüic and Tibidabo and some neighbourhoods were build on hills: El Carmel, Horta, Guinardo. If that was not enough, there is plenty of green in Gaudi´s Parque Güell and plenty of salty water at Barceloneta´s beach.

With this unlimited variety of locations, photographing couples in Barcelona is never the same, even if I get to return to the same places. For me, each session is a completely different experience, because every couple has its own energy and style and they interact differently with the surrounding. My idea is to capture those differences and to reflect the essence of each couple in the photographs.

I met with Fu and Chen early in the morning, to photograph them in the old Gothic quarter, before the city fully woke up. Most popular areas tend to get crowded after breakfast, but we got lucky and had some parts of it to ourselves. Beforehand, we planned together a very intense schedule for the day. We decided to photograph in 4 different locations, but also wanted to change outfits and the stylisticks. Parque Güell was our second location, and Chen wore her wedding dress for this occasion. To complement the day, we wondered around the busy streets of Born. The strong afternoon sun and the red dress set perfectly against the old walls of the city. At the end, we moved down to the beach, to end our session bare feet on the sand.

 

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Autumn Elopement

Autumn Elopement

A wedding day should be about celebrating love. Pedro and Jessica found their own, perfect way to spend it – they took a mountain hike together.

As a destination of their Elopemen, they chose the national park of Aigüestortes in Catalan Pyrenees, and they both agreed it had to be in autumn.

They woke up early, in a beautiful mountain village Erill La Vall and this is where Pedro took a “first look” at his bride.

Afterwards, dressed as bride and groom, they both hiked all the way to a magical spot they had chosen to exchange their vowels.

The ceremony took place right next to the waterfall – Cascada de Sant Esperit. It was an intimate moment they designed together and shared, facing the breathtaking valley – Planell d’Aigüestortes.

At this time of the year, the park astonishes with warm colours and soft light, but most importantly, it is almost deserted. The couple crossed their paths with few determined hikers, but it felt as if they had an exclusive right to be there. The Elopement was witnessed by families of cows, almost immersed in this landscape, and a herd of goats enjoying their last days of worm weather before going down to the barns for winter.

There was also time for a picnic-style, candlelight dinner that the newly-weds shared, admiring the sunset. They prepared it earlier and brought it in their backpacks.

There was not a single thing that went wrong that day. Hopefully the photos will help preserve their memories and emotions for many years to come.

 

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Lagrimas de felicidad

Lagrimas de felicidad

 

Como fotógrafos de bodas, siempre estamos en búsqueda de una autentica emoción. No hay mejor oportunidad de encontrarla, que en un casamiento.

Felicidad, nostalgia, sensación de pertenencia, orgullo son entre otros, los sentimientos que acompañan a los novios, sus familiares y amigos durante el día.

De nuestro punto de vista, cada emoción es bella. Su manifestación en las caras de la gente es algo que fascina y dice mucho más, que podrían decir las palabras.

 

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Empieza el espectáculo!

Empieza el espectáculo!

La preparación del novio y la preparación de la novia son dos mundos completamente distintos. Algo que cada uno tiene que hacer solo antes de encontrarse en el altar.

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Cada hombre lo lleva a su manera, pero una cosa no cambia nunca. Siempre hay electricidad en el aire, casi como en el vestuario del teatro, donde el protagonista se pone el maquillaje antes de estrenar la obra.

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Este día no hay tiempo para improvisación. El papel es: ponerse el traje, la mejor apariencia y esperar…

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Lo mas importante es, que en este día, ningún novio tendrá que estar solo! Le rodearán caras familiares y mucha alegría. Recibirá el mejor apoyo y una fuerte inyección de coraje de sus amigos.

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Behind the scenes stories

Behind the scenes stories

 

It was one of those weddings, which takes a slide towards the wild side before it even starts. I loved it from the very beginning. Everywhere I looked, there was something I wanted to photograph, so many little stories within the big picture.

Ruben and Montse, the happy couple, are parents of two girls: Mariona (a natural born model) and Blanca (an unusually independent 2 year old, who wondered around and socialised with everybody requiring no supervision whatsoever). There were about 20 kids at this wedding. Beautiful chaos!

The ceremony was held in a tiny stone church and wedding guests took over its every available surface. The couple was sated in front of the priest. It was steaming hot, dark and I could hardly move.

I had to quickly adapt a strategy here, because it was obvious that moving around to try out different angles and perspective was out of question.

I found a spot with good visibility and brought three large aperture lenses to be able to change the focal range without having to move much. Then, I put all my money on Montse and Rubens reactions. I already knew, they were very spontaneous, emotional and expressive. I did not have to wait long for the children to get bored and move towards the altar. They were looking for attention and entertainment, and luckily for me, had no shame.

In this particular photo, Mariona is trying to attract her parents’ looks and her cousin is trying to get her attention. Naughty but cute!

Interview from Wedding Photography Select

Interview from Wedding Photography Select

Read the entire interview here: Wedding Photographer Spain Andreu Doz

Andreu Doz Photography a wedding photographer based in Spain shares his work with us today in our wedding photography spotlight feature. Andreu received his first camera in high school and realised photography was going to be a big part of his life, so he took himself to London and studied photography at the Goldsmith University. Andreu loves shooting weddings and has shot over one hundred and sixty wedding to date.

Do you have a recent favorite photo that you have taken? Tell us how you took it and why you like it?

Apart from photographing all the big moments, I really like to look, where no one else is looking and see things no one else is paying attention to. For me, those moments are equally important. I took this photo at my last wedding. It was a rainy day and the ceremony was moved under a roof of an old stable. It was packed and this little boy climbed up the window to watch the events from a different perspective. When I saw it I decided to give him his very own spot in this wedding story.

What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?

I am an observer, in life and at work – I prefer to stay in the shadows. This is why I do not like to stage my photographs. It makes me uncomfortable to tell people what to do, and I think it makes them uncomfortable too. This is why I always wait for them to show their real emotions. This is what attracts me most in photographing weddings. All those opportunities to witness and capture true joy, affection, kindness, passion, and unity. Preserving an emotion in a photo, it really gets me.

How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?

I believe that the key here is to get to know them, and to let them know me. I make an effort to establish a connection with all my couples before the wedding. We meet several times. If they are up for it, I photograph them before the wedding day, in relaxed and casual circumstances. It really helps if they know what to expect. This way they can be themselves in my presence. If it is impossible to meet, due to long distance between us, we Skype and I explain how the wedding day looks from my perspective. I also try to learn as much as possible about them to be able to tell their story honestly.

What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?

I love being on the move. I have always preferred to learn from experience, and this job gives me so many opportunities to travel the world, to meet real people, to see how they live and to share their happiness. Each wedding season is a crazy, busy time for me. It feels like getting on a rollercoaster, and a different one each year.

What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love so much?

Hmm….this is the toughest question you ask. I keep coming back to it and I do not know what to answer.

What photography kit do you have in your bag & what is your favourite?

Canon Body 5Ds, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II, Canon 24-70mm II f/2.8, Canon 70-200mm II f/2.8, Canon 35mm f/1.4, Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon 85mm f/1.8, Canon 20mm f/2.8, Canon Fisheye 15mm f/2.8, Canon 135mm f/2.

I love all my lenses, but I have a special relationship with my Canon 70-200mm II f/2.8.

What is your favourite part of the day?

I really like to photograph people arriving to the ceremony. This moment is full of electricity and anticipation. I also love the moment when the ceremony ends and everyone gathers to greet the couple, hug them, laugh together, share their joy and show their love. This is when all the stress and tension give room to pure happiness.

What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?

Two things: mutual understanding and connection. Make sure you pick the style you like, research well, ask all the questions you need, and let the photographer know your expectations. Make sure you actually like the wedding photographer as a person. He or she will be with you in a very private and often stressful situation, so it is essential that you feel good in her or his presence.

Why do you think couples choose you?

I have noticed that all couples that choose me have one thing in common, they all say they search for an honest and natural documentation of their wedding. I think this is exactly what they see in my pictures and this is the kind of photography I have to give.

How do you relax when you’re not shooting weddings?

Most of the year I am on the move, my work and my private life blend together and they hardly ever separate. When I stop, I like to hang in a hammock in my garden and spend time with my four cats and a dog.

What are you looking forward to and why?

To be honest, I just want to keep doing what I do – photographing weddings all over the globe.

 

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