Weddings

Wedding: Charlotte & Greg, Hotel Eguren Ugarte, Laguardia, Alava, Basque Country

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 04:55 PM

Boda en Hotel Eguren Ugarte, Laguardia, Alava, País Vasco | www.sturcke.org

Wedding photography is all about showing the bride looking fantastic. OK, to some extent the groom too but if you haven’t got photos of the bride at her best, then you know they’ll be problems. But wedding photography is also about showing the people around the bride (and the groom) and the relationships between them.

So I’m always looking for images that incorporate proud parents and supportive friends. Sometimes the family member is the star of the photo. Other times they’re somewhere in the background. But their presence within the composition gives context and narrative and often humour and fun to the photos. And that’s what my photography is all about. There’s a good mix of both here in these photos from Charlotte & Greg’s wedding at Hotel Eguren Ugarte, Laguardia, Alava in the Basque Country.

Before any wedding I always sit down with the couple and make a list of important family members and friends. Then I memorise their names. It may seem like a small thing but it helps win people over. As with everything in life, the details are important.

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Wedding: Black and white photography at La Vieja Bodega restaurant, Casalarreina, La Rioja, Spain

Friday June 13th, 2014 02:26 PM

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, Haro, La Rioja, Spain. Photo by James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Many famous photographers shot many or all of their most evocative images in black and white, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa being among the first two to spring to mind. And not just because they had no other option. Paolo Pellegrin won Photographer of the Year last year with a largely black and white portfolio.

Black and white photography reduces a colourful world to different tones and, in doing so often simplifies a scene. Simple can be better, resulting in more powerful images. Not every photo works better in black and white, far from it, but some certainly do.

The photo above, taken during a wedding at the excellent La Vieja Bodega restaurant, in Casalarreina, near Haro, La Rioja, is a case in point.

I was reminded of this during a two-hour mentoring session this week with the renown British wedding photographer, Jeff Ascough. When I moved to Spain four years ago I always offered my wedding clients the option of black and white photographs. And the offer is still there! If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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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

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Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

Wedding / Boda en Restaurante Cachirulo, Zaragoza, Spain

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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Idoya & El Vasco’s wedding in Santo Domingo de la Calzada cathedral, La Rioja

Thursday November 7th, 2013 10:30 AM

Foto de Boda Catedral de Santo Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

I’ve shot a couple of weddings in Santo Domingo de la Calzada this year but this was the first one in the town’s famous cathedral. Each year thousands of pilgrims on the way to Santiago pass through its doors, many keen to see the legendary cockerel and hen. They live in a hutch overlooking the pews which you can make out in the ninth photo below.

Inside, the cathedral is stunning and huge. I want to show the size of the building in my pictures, which is why I took a number of wide angle shots. The couple may look the size of ants but you get the feeling of the splendour of the setting.

I move around lots during a wedding ceremony – as quietly and unobtrusively as possible. Subtlety is a is an important skill for a photographer.

By mixing wide shots with close-up shots taken during key moments in the ceremony, I build up a range of pictures showing this part of the wedding.

There is a portfolio of the day, including the reception in Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, here.

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