Unlimited coverage: Maria & Santi’s wedding, San Pablo church & Cachirulo restaurante, Zaragoza, Spain

Friday April 4th, 2014 08:00 AM

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

I’ve written before that unlimited coverage is a key part of what I offer my wedding clients. I don’t know why more photographers in Spain don’t do the same. To me it’s a way of getting great shots not only during those tension-ladened pre-ceremony mornings but also, many hours later, the evening festivities.

María & Santi celebrated their wedding in the beautiful San Pablo church in the heart of Zaragoza before decamping to Cachirulo restaurant on the outskirts of the city. Cachirulo not only has lovely gardens but also stunning indoor spaces, particularly the conservatory. The evening dance was to be held there and I, for one, didn’t want to miss it. To me the resulting photos are worth every penny spent on a hotel room even if it means I’ve less take home pay.

It was also a wedding where the guests just wanted to have fun. Me too! We all did and the result… happy clients!

Testimony from María:

“Hi James,

“Many thanks for everything. Your work was fantastic during the wedding. Many guests asked me who the was the photographer; whether you were family or a guest? It shows not only that you can take photos but also win the crowd.

“It was a great decision to go with you and many thanks for making it so easy.”

Wedding / Boda, Iglesia San Pablo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda, Iglesia San Pablo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda, Iglesia San Pablo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda, Iglesia San Pablo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Editorial: Two-star Michelin chef Toño Perez, Atrio, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain

Tuesday March 4th, 2014 10:57 AM

Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Morning Calm, Korean Air’s in-flight magazine, is a champion of great editorial photography and I was chuffed to bits when they asked me to photograph chef Toño Perez for the February 2014 edition (pdf). Toño and his partner José Polo set up Atrio restaurant, in Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain, in 1986. Specialising in creating exceptional dishes from fantastic local produce (this is “Jamón Iberico” country) Atrio won its first Michelin star in 1994 and added a second 10 years later.

What the Michelin stars don’t tell you is just how hospitable Toño and José are. The night before the shoot was scheduled I popped in to get a bit of a feel of the place. Although in the middle of cooking dinner, Toño immediately invited me into the kitchen and told me “mi casa, tu casa”!

So I pulled a camera out there and began snapping him at work in the kitchen, capturing what turned out to be the lead photo for the article (see below). But Toño wasn’t finished. He showed me to the best table in the restaurant – the one in the corner of the kitchen – and offered me dinner!

Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org Tono Perez, two michelin-star chef, Atrio, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Commercial & Product Photos: CVNE Winery, Haro, La Rioja, Spain

Monday February 24th, 2014 09:16 AM

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Where’s Wally books are popular among young children and, ahem, not so young children too sometimes! I had them in mind in the days leading up to this shoot at Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España. A family run business founded in 1879 and based in Haro, CVNE is one of La Rioja’s most famous and acclaimed wineries.

The brief was simple: take some largely reportage shots which discretely include the winery’s logo. The marketing team are always being asked to supply images to national and international press and magazines and wanted photos that included branding, but in a subtle manner. Can you spot the branding in these photos?

The reportage part done, they also wanted some product photos. Photos of wine bottles are often shot against a white background which, apart from being dull, are largely incapable of saying much about the contents of the bottle. If you’ve got a great wine, like Contino in the bottom photo, why not add a bit of panache to the photo?

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

CVNE winery_La_Rioja_Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Photos: Portraits of Biking in Patagonia, Piedra Parada, Chubut, Argentina

Friday January 31st, 2014 06:10 PM

Biking in Patagonia, Chubut, Argentina. Photo by James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

The first thing that many people pack in their holiday bag is a camera. It certainly was for me for many years as I went about recording happy times in exotic places. My wife remembers how, even on our honeymoon, I’d be up at the crack of dawn to snap photos in the best light.

But when I turned professional that changed. Holidays are a time to rest from work; to recharge batteries; think about the ‘big picture’, perhaps. And that, for me, means a break from photography. I’m happy to make do with just my camera phone or an old, small, light camera that the kids can muck about with on the beach.

There are exceptions, however, and a trip to Patagonia last November one of them. How could I not take at least one camera? And I was glad I did, if just for the three days I spent cycling near Piedra Parada in Chubut, Argentina. Mario Gadda, a friend who runs Tracción a Sangre cycle tours in Peninsula Valdés, had told me about the incredible desert scenery of the Chubut valley, exemplified by Piedra Parada, a 300m tall chunk of lava from an extinct volcano. The landscape reminded me of Arizona, but without the tourists.

For me, among a group of cyclists, it was also a chance to take some photos of people doing what they love, my favourite type of portrait photography.

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Wedding: Candid photos of Merche & Hernan, Toledo, Spain

Saturday January 18th, 2014 01:11 PM

Foto de boda Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain | Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

One of the weddings from last autumn that I enjoyed the most was that of Merche & Hernan in Toledo. Why was it so good? Well, in part because Toledo is a beautiful city and new to me; I always like the challenge of working out of my comfort zone.

A second, key, element was the working relationship i built up with the couple. They live in Madrid I went to meet them at their home soon after they first contacted me. Six months later I returned to see them in Madrid and we spent a day doing a pre-wedding shoot. This meant that by the time of the actual wedding in Toledo they were super relaxed to have me around them snapping away. It led to lots of natural, candid and spontaneous shots.

What’s more, their laid-back relationship with me spread among their family and friends, resulting in a series of candid shots of them too.

Oh and if anyone is thinking of getting married in Toledo, I’m sure I can be available!!!

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Wedding photo | Foto de boda, Toledo, Spain | www.sturcke.org

Wedding photo | Foto de boda, Toledo, Spain | www.sturcke.org

Wedding photo | Foto de boda, Toledo, Spain | www.sturcke.org

Wedding photo | Foto de boda, Toledo, Spain | www.sturcke.org

Wedding photo | Foto de boda, Toledo, Spain | www.sturcke.org

Wedding photo | Foto de boda, Toledo, Spain | www.sturcke.org

Wedding photo | Foto de boda, Toledo, Spain | www.sturcke.org