July 2011

Wedding of Esther & Juan, Les Marines Restaurant, Gava, Castelldefels, Catalonia

Wednesday July 27th, 2011 02:23 PM

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

Why do couples hire a documentary photographer for a wedding? There are a number of reasons but often it’s because they want me to capture the impromptu, candid and unexpected moments that pop up during the day.

Most of these are joyous, but some reveal anxiety and stress. And occasionally disaster strikes. And, I often wonder, should I be photographing these moments too?

A case in point was at a wedding in Castelldefels, Catalunya, a couple of weeks ago. I was at the house of the groom’s mother. Suddenly the hairdresser came running past me to get something from the terrace and ran straight into the French glass window, shattering it and sending shards of crystal flying.

My initial reaction was to take a picture but in the fraction of a second that it took me to raise my camera, I realised that she might be seriously injured. So I put down my camera and went into First Aid mode. The hairdresser had a number of cuts but thankfully none of them was serious. However there was glass everywhere so I went to work photographing the clean up operation. And the hairdresser, to her immense credit, continued with Juan’s mother’s hair before going to get stitched up in A&E.

The rest of the day, in Castelldefels’ church and beside the beach at Les Marines restaurant, was typically joyous even if the conversations were laced by the shock Juan and his mum had had. In the years to come it will certainly be a memorable part of the day. And it seems my coverage was improved by a couple of shots showing the aftermath of that talking point.

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

boda de castelldefels, Catalunya

Wedding: Marqués de Riscal Winery, Elciego, Rioja Alava.

Sunday July 3rd, 2011 04:26 PM

Bodega Marques de Riscal

It was a first twice over. My first wedding of the summer and also my first time shooting a wedding at the incredible setting of Marqués de Riscal Winery in Elciego, Rioja Alava. So it was doubly thrilling and also a bit nervy. Would I still have the knack? And how the hell do you do Frank Gehry’s building – one of the most famous and most photographed in northern Spain – justice?

As for the first question, I knew if I covered the photographic basics well – light, composition and story-telling – I’d be alright. For the second one, I wanted to be really familiar with how the building would look at different times of the day, so I visited it a couple of days beforehand to scout out good positions and then, on the day of the wedding itself, arrived a good few hours beforehand. In the end, it’s a thrilling and inspiring setting so I aimed to be both. And then let the photos do the talking.

My job was greatly helped by two things. First the exceptionally welcoming Lara Gonzalo, the event co-ordinator at Marques de Riscal. And secondly, Ainhoa and Mark, the bride and groom, who both shone with happiness the whole day, as did their family and guests, and gave me free rein to get on with the pictures. Speaking of which, Ainhoa emailed me today saying: “We both think that they are great pictures – we are thrilled.”

Bodega Marques de Riscal

Bodega Marques de Riscal

Bodega Marques de Riscal

Bodega Marques de Riscal

Bodega Marques de Riscal

Bodega Marques de Riscal

Bodega Marques de Riscal