Wedding

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

Night photos and Ana & Chema’s wedding in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Tuesday December 20th, 2011 10:45 AM

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

It’s the shortest day of the year this week which reminds me that I’ve been meaning to write a post on night wedding photography. These pictures are from Ana & Chema’s wedding in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain, and although they got married on a beautiful September evening, much of the celebrations at the village’s Echaurren hotel were after dark.

I love night photography as the light in a room – from table lamps, ceiling spots, candles etc -  can create beautiful results. Just look at how the light reflected from the tablecloth falls across the girl’s face in the image below. The trick is to work out where the light is coming from and adjust your position and your camera settings accordingly. I’m normally aiming to capture detail in the face and something special, let’s call it elegance, in how the light and the shadows fall across the rest of the image.

No matter how dark the room I only use flash very rarely. I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I prefer to wait until something interesting happens in a pool of light. Areas of darkness add drama and style to the overall image. In most of these photos the people didn’t know I was there. I hope my quiet, patient approach results in images you not so much see as feel.

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Boda de noche, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain