When I was sitting in our studio working on Caroline & Per’s pictures, I noticed that one of my friends who was visiting me that day had stood up behind me and watched me work for a couple of minutes.
”Wow, you really made it this time. The picture agency will be delighted that you could put together such a great group of models for this editorial wedding shoot. A young handsome priest with pink pants??? Only you to come up with this! ahahha…..and the couple!! OMG, how could you make them feel sooo in love??? And where did you find that cutest baby in the world???? The only thing that will be hard to believe is that that gorgeous bride had just had a baby four months before the wedding day. ”
It took me a couple of minutes to understand what she was talking about, but then I just broke into laughter.
”You know that IT IS a real wedding, right???”
Well, I understand why my friend had thought that this was another one of my editorial jobs. When I met C&P for the first time I couldn’t believe what a gorgeous family they were. And the more they told me about their plans, the more I completely fell in love with them, there was not only gorgeousness outside, but also inside. And their wedding day was no different. Gisela and I arrived at Katarina Kyrka an hour before to check the light for our couple shots and it took her no time as well to get int he same ”love-mode” I was into. For the first time, we got to shoot the wedding from behind the priest, and I looooved it! So many great pictures and so many great unforgetable moments captured on camera.
Our couple shooting was planned carefully and the best part of it was that they told us: ”we trust you, you can do whatever you think will be best”. And here you have the result, once again, proving that if the the right couple finds the right photographers, nothing less than great comes out of it!
Våra finaste tackkort med vår egna design!
The hottest day in Sweden. Actually, it’s said that this summer has been the hottest in decades!
On the day Luke & Isabella got married, the temperatures started at 26 degrees and when we were ready for couple shooting before the wedding, they had reached 30 degrees. It was tooooo hot even for our beautiful couple who is used to the warm climate in Australia. Our choice then was to hide inside the tiniest boat house we could find. But even the tiniest coolest (literally) house couldn’t contain the heat between these two.
We sat there and I got lost in a love bubble while I heard them telling me their love story. And the love story was not all. You should have seen all the amazing details of their wedding day. Take Isabella’s wedding dress, for example. She has sown the dress herself AND embroidered the beautiful chest piece, one by one of all those tiny pieces.
Documenting all the details of the beautiful island where they got married was very important for us, as we usually do whenever we have a destination wedding. This way, Luke & Isabella could show all their international friends who couldn’t make to Sweden, how everything looked like during their special day.
Every year we get to photograph at least one destination wedding between Australia & Sweden……I sit and wonder what is the secret for this mix to work so well. But if you pay attention to the pictures, you can almost guess! ♥
What a beautiful and hot day we had today in the Swedish Archipelago! Just before I go out to see Rodriguez play, I’m posting you this sneak preview of our gorgeous couple, more will come later on this week…
What do you do when one of your favourite families asks you to fly to one of your favourite cities in the world and document one of the most important events of their lives?
;-) Yeah, not too hard to figure out the answer. ;-)
Seeing the little girl I met and photographed for the first time when she was around five turning twelve and becoming a woman in God’s eyes, was really emotional. I had to fight my tears when I saw her stand bravely and say her perfect words in front of family & friends. Hadley and her brothers are as old as my own, and it really felt like I was documenting family.
I had never being to a Bat Mitzvah before so every single thing I saw, I just HAD to photograph. Monica Pernal (www.victoriadubin.com) and her staff did a wonderful job organizing the event and decorating the party in the West Village area. It was really an amazing event and it was a joy seeing Hadley walk around as the happiest girl in the world in this such special day!
When Sani & Jamie told me they wanted me to photograph their wedding, I knew I had to have two special second shooters with me: Susi Baxter-Seitz, specially ”imported” from Germany, and Laya Sadegh, before she vanished to Australia. Susi was married to an Englishman, which would come very handy when they would be photographing Jamie & his peers getting ready (all from England) and Laya, as she was from Iran as our bride, would be our ”cultural advisor”. And I? Well, I would just be there flowing around and being creative! ;-)
Yes, that’s how much preparation I do when I want the best for my couples, from the complete detailed planning of the day to the perfect photographers that would be helping me out. More than two thousand pictures later, here we are, my favorites of the day. Not an easy task, I must say, but just perfect to let you feel a little bit of the special love that filled the air that beautiful sunny summer day in Smådalarö Gård!
I’ve been spending days post-processing Sanaz & Jamie’s wedding. Not only the pictures turned out amazing, there are TONS of great pictures I can just not take away. So I sit and post-process, endlessly. I have my outstanding second shooters to thank for that, Laya Sadegh & Susi Baxter-Seitz, who have done an out-of-this-world job on covering everything else I humanly couldn’t cover.
Today I had a glimpse of the light in the end of the tunnel and probably by tomorrow you will have a full post of this whole day coverage we did a couple of weeks ago.
And have I already mentioned that I lOOOOVE my new Carl-Zeiss 100mm macro ? Yeeees,it’s a GREAT LENS!!! Hope my accountant is reading that and really seeing that the months I have lived of bread & water were really worth it! ;-)
One of the most exciting things in wedding photojournalism for me has always been finding moments. Finding looks, finding important things that happen in milliseconds and no one else notices, but you and your camera are there and capture it. Not disturbing the environment, not posing, not changing something that is out of place, just SEEING and capturing what you see as if you had ”built” it yourself.
After Hannah & Johannes’s wedding I told Gisela & Gosia (who were second shooting for me) that I was really happy with my church pictures. I don’t remember when it was the last time I had said that. I’m usually satisfied with my church pictures but in years I hadn’t been THIS satisfied. So this will be a blogpost only with this hidden pearls, pearls which made H & J’s day so special.
And another post only with their love story and couple shots will come soon, too.
For now…….found moments!
There is no better place to be in the world than Sweden in the summer, if the weather is good, of course.
I have to agree with the Swedes, that Sweden is really beautiful in the summer, specially for photographers. The soft light, the blue water, the islands, and of course, the beautiful people. Lena & Erik are two of those. Lena was one of the first people I met when I had moved to Stockholm, as we ended up working in the same Marketing Department of a big international company. So when Lena asked me to take a couple of shots before her wedding, I knew the ”couple-of-shots” would not be just a couple. ;-)
And theeeeen of course, I had to test my new 100mm, CARL-ZEISS MACRO lens…..wooooow…..if you look at the pictures of the rings, you will understand my wowing.
If I could bring with me one memory of these wonderful hours we spend together, I’ll have to say that it was finding out that Erik, not only a charming groom, but also the perfect man. Did you know that he was the one the helped Lena pick the dress? Did you know that he had been observing wedding bouquets since they decided to get married, so Lena would have the perfect bouquet on their wedding day. And my not being able to bring anything they didn’t know about each other during our beloved session was a complete proof that these two were really twin souls.
And of course, the endless ”ohhhhh” Eva (who was second shooting with me) and I let out everytime they said something super cute to each other or when we finally got to see their two boys in their ”wedding clothes”. OMG, how adorable can boys be??? ;-)
My little camera friend Hasse made sure I had two new best friends when we went home that day!