Thursday November 7th, 2013 10:30 AM
Saturday October 26th, 2013 07:22 AM
I always offer couples unlimited coverage on their wedding day. To my mind, the longer I spend with couples the more chance I have of getting cracking shots. What’s more, I like capturing the changing mood as the day evolves. You can often feel the nerves in the air at the start of the day and, of course, once the ceremony is out of the way, everyone lets their hair down and the party really begins. Often accompanied by months’ of pent up emotions flooding out.
I don’t think Elisa will mind me saying that she was bloody nervous at the start of her wedding day in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja. Part of my job is to record that vibe but without adding to the pressure. I work quietly and, if needs be, keep back a bit, capturing the different moods in the room. While Elisa was contemplative, her grandmother was already enjoying herself, as you can see in the second photo below.
After the ceremony in Santo Domingo, the reception was at the Antigua Ferrería in Azarrulla, a hamlet nestled in the beautiful Oja valley 6km up the road from Ezcaray. It’s a great venue to enjoy both good food and feel the surrounding mountains. And, dance the evening away barefoot on the grass. You can see more of the day’s photos here.
Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 10:36 AM
I’ve photographed a number of small weddings this year. It’s something I like doing. In a wedding of 250 people half the job is finding and making sure you’ve got photos of the most important relatives and friends. In a wedding of 25 people, I can devote more time to making sure I’ve got exceptional photos of those people.
For small weddings, with no crowds to hide amongst, I adapt the way I work somewhat, perhaps using a zoom lens and I certainly chat more with the guests. That relaxes them and allows me to continue working.
However, my main aim doesn’t change. Like in this wedding at the Echaurren Hotel in Ezcaray, La Rioja, I’m after spontaneous moments that the bride and groom will cherish.
Today, the last day of our long holidays, we’ve received the DVD with the photos. We just wanted to say we love them; they’ve moved us and totally reminded us of this special day, and the moments that, with the emotion of the day, we’d almost forgotten. Many thanks.
“We confided in you and now we can say that your work hasn’t tricked us at all. It’s brilliant! I said to you at the beginning that your photos show the essence rather than the presence, and that’s want we wanted.
“Thank you James.”
Tuesday August 13th, 2013 08:50 AM
A typical wedding day is filled with a wide range of emotions: tension, relief, happiness, poignancy, to name but a few. It’s my job to capture them all in such a way that viewers not only see the images but feel them.
I’m also always on the lookout for fun & funny shots that make you smile. The photos below of the unconventional way of putting on a tie and the niece’s intrigue of the garter, for example. And of course the photo above of a man having the time of his life dancing with a considerably younger, and taller, woman.
There were more than 300 guests at Laura & Ismael’s wedding at Castillo de Davalillo, San Asensio, y Bodegas Señorio de Villarrica near Santo Domingo. It was a day that was full of life, movement & fun. And that’s what the portfolio needs to capture.
Testimonial from Laura:
“The photos are spectacular. There’s not a single one we don’t like. They’re great.
“To make someone cry only by looking at a photo only happens if they reflect the emotion of the moment. Also some made us laugh lots. We love them. You’re a great photographer.”
Tuesday July 23rd, 2013 03:41 PM
Generally speaking couples hire me because they love the spontaneity and emotion that lies at the heart of my wedding photography. My main objective at any wedding is capture those special, poignant moments that pop up all the time.
But normally even couples looking for super-natural photos also want some group shots. I’m of course happy to do posed photos and aim to give them a twist and bit of elegance.
So when the families of Maluke and Edu lined up after the ceremony at Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Basque Country, the first thing I did was move them around. I don’t want straight lines of people looking face on at the camera. I’m looking for small groups within a group – couples, for example – and move some forwards and other back to give depth to the image.
Moving people gives me a chance to interact with the people, crack a joke, and generally warm them up. It could provoke a smile or, like in the second photo below, two of Maluke’s sisters lift a leg. Simple, subtle, not too forced.
There are more photos from the wedding at Hotel Marqués de Riscal in this gallery.