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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.

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

Wedding: Raquel & Javier, Marqués de Riscal, Elciego

Thursday June 7th, 2012 03:26 PM

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Euskadi, is a lovely place to photograph a wedding, what with the stunning architecture and beautiful location to name but two of its delights. Every time I go, part of the fun is to find new angles and approaches. It’s the sort of place that never ceases to stimulate.

That said, when I looked back over the photos of Raquel & Javier’s wedding, there was one photo that really thrilled me; and it didn’t have any of the Riscal architecture in it. Or even the wedding couple.

It was the one above of a little boy sitting on the carpet playing with his toy (or more likely his father’s or mother’s) while the adults celebrated all around. At any wedding there are multiple stories taking place at any given time and I’m always on the look out for them. This is not the sort of photo that will be at the front of the album but it adds intrigue, detail and depth to my coverage.

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The couple’s feedback:

Hi James,

We’ve received the book of photos and we love it.

Thanks for everything,

Raquel & Javier

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Boda Marques de Riscal, Elciego. Foto: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Wedding at La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja

Friday April 20th, 2012 03:28 PM

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

I shot my first wedding of the year last weekend when Argiñe and Pedro celebrated their marriage in La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. The photos are a bit different than normal as they were commissioned by the restaurant owner, Ángel, for his new website.

Accordingly I spent more time than normal taking photos of the reception rooms before the couple and guests arrived. I also lingered more than usual in the kitchen which had the unexpected but highly welcome advantage in that they fed me!

My thanks to Argiñe and Pedro for “dancing” with me in the five-minute shoot we had together – you can see from the resulting photos what a relaxed, fun couple they are.

Apart from the photos for the website, I’ll also give Ángel an album and a short video slideshow to show to future wedding clients.

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Boda en La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografia | www.sturcke.org

Emotion and wedding photography

Wednesday February 15th, 2012 11:46 AM

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

“How do you achieve such emotionally moving photos?” That was what María wanted to know as she interviewed me for Wevents. María and her colleague Carlota have recently started the wedding planning business. The idea is that you tell them about your dream wedding and sit back while they get on and organise it. Wedding planners are well established in the UK and now, increasingly, in Spain too.

Anyway, back to the question and the answer is a combination of things. As noted in previous posts, light and composition but importantly too patience, observation and anticipation. And I get close to the action. It’s the best way to improve your photographs. The trick is to do so without bothering those around you or interrupting the proceedings.

Boda en Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Pais Vasco, Espana

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

Boda en Castelldefels, Catalunya, Espana

Wedding photographers descend on Astorga, Castilla y Leon

Tuesday January 17th, 2012 04:02 PM

Taller La Mirada, Astorga, Castilla y Leon

How do you unlock your creative juices and improve your abilities to take emotionally moving and intimate photographs? This was at the heart of a course for wedding photographers that I attended last week in Astorga, Castilla y Leon.

Taller La Mirada was hosted by the Brazilian wedding photographer, Vinícius Matos, whose work has attracted worldwide admiration in recent years. Aside from being an excellent photographer, Vini argues that you improve through an honest self-assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Only by understanding what holds you back can you learn how to move forward, he reckons.

On the first day the 12 photographers were sent out blindfolded – so they’d use their other senses for a change. The next two days were devoted to documenting 12 local people as they went about their daily lives, including a policewoman, politician, artist and elderly lady in a retirement home.

My job, as photographer of the course, was to follow all 12 photographers as they went about their tasks. Apart from the photos here, you can see my three-minute show of the course on You Tube.

The photographers on the course were:

Paolo Bocchese,  Virginia Gimeno,   Rares Pulbere,

Susana Barberá, Sergi Escrivá,  Alfonso Azaustre,

Horacio Arriaza, Santiago Vega,  Albert Pamies,

Daniel Garcia Lopez, Nelson Philipe, Antonio Luna Castaño.

Taller La Mirada, Astorga, Castilla y Leon

Taller La Mirada, Astorga, Castilla y Leon

Taller La Mirada, Astorga, Castilla y Leon

Taller La Mirada, Astorga, Castilla y Leon

Taller La Mirada, Astorga, Castilla y Leon

Taller La Mirada, Astorga, Castilla y Leon