La Rioja

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

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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Wedding: Elisa & Gonzalo, Santo Domingo & Azarrulla, La Rioja

Saturday October 26th, 2013 07:22 AM

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

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.

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A small wedding at Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 10:36 AM

Small wedding, Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Northern Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

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.

Bride’s testimonial:

“Hi James,
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.”

Small wedding, Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Northern Spain. Photo © James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

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Fun and funny photos from Laura & Ismael’s wedding in San Asensio & Santo Domingo, La Rioja, Spain.

Tuesday August 13th, 2013 08:50 AM

Boda en Santo Domingo La Rioja, Spain. Foto de James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

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.”

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