País Vasco

Reportage: Spring photos on La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Wednesday April 8th, 2015 11:55 AM

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Street photography is an important way for me to keep my eye in as we head into the wedding season and San Sebastian is a brilliant place to do it. Thought it wasn’t exactly beach weather, there’re always activities going on at La Concha beach… dog walking, surfing and come intrepid bathing.

Broadly speaking my street photography, like my wedding photography, is divided into three types: Pictures where the people never see me, pictures where I ask permission before taking someone’s photo and those where I don’t ask beforehand. The latter group usually produces my favourite photos; images which are thrilling, candid, natural and spontaneous; images where the viewer really feels he was there.

Like in my wedding photography, the trick is to get among the action without influencing it or bothering anyone. I’m armed with a smile and am prepared to stop if they’s any hint of the person not being comfortable with my presence. For the girls in the photo above I wanted to be close enough to show just how cold the water was through their expressions. I also wanted to shoot wide enough to be able to show part of the old town and the famous Monte Urgull in the background.

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Commercial photography: Portraits of interior designer Alvaro Sordo in Bilbao, Bizkaia, Basque Country, Spain

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 07:00 AM

Commercial and editorial professional photographer in Restaurante Mina, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Basque Country

The photographic brief for this commercial job immediately had me hooked! Alvaro Sordo is a top interior designer based in Galdakao, Bizkaia, Basque Country, just outside Bilbao. However, instead of asking me to produce images of commercial interiors and family homes he’s worked on, he wanted portraits that showed his professional approach with his clients. Portraits that transmit his philosophy of close working relationships, collaboration, communication, his personal integrity and sensitivity. Like me Alvaro knows that an excellent client relationship leads to fantastic results.

So we met up with Alvaro Garrido, the Michelin star chef of Bilbao’s Restaurante Mina and his wife Lara. I wanted an image that was dominated by bonhomie and that showed something of the beautiful interior of the restaurant Alvaro had created. In truth, my job wasn’t that complicated: I set up a remote flash, blended it into the the ambient light and let them get on with it…

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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: Group photos at Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Tuesday July 23rd, 2013 03:41 PM

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

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.

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Fotos de Boda, Hotel Maques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Pais Vasco. Foto © James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Preparation & Ferran Adrià’s visit to Logroño, La Rioja

Thursday December 20th, 2012 08:45 AM

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Just as in fine cooking, in photography many ingredients need to come together just right to produce good results. And perhaps one of the most overlooked is preparation. With good planning even the most daunting assignments can be fun and creative.

In the days before Ferran Adrià’s visit to La Rioja I read articles and watched videos about him and his Bulli Foundation. Having got a bit of an idea about the man, I made sure I got to the first location, at Hotel Marquès de Riscal, an hour before he did. This gave me time to come up with not just one but three possible locations for the group shot of Ferran with the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant team. And it meant that when the hotel bosses vetoed my first choice location as too far away, I didn’t panic; I had a plan B which resulted in the photo below.

The main reason for Ferran’s visit to La Rioja was to give the final talk in the Somos Capital series marking the end of Logroño’s stint as gastronomic capital of Spain. Over the past year more than a dozen of the country’s most distinguished chefs (with 27 Michelin stars between them) have given talks at Francis Paniego’s Tondeluna restaurant in Logroño. I’ve photographed most of them so know the restaurant well. But I still wanted to arrive with enough time to visualise the photos beforehand. I knew where Ferran would be speaking so I got on a chair and swivelled two ceiling lights towards the spot. And voila!! The above photo and many in the following gallery are the result of that couple of minutes of preparation.

Ferran Adria visits Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Ferran Adria visits Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org