Civil Wedding Photography, Ezcaray, La Rioja - Town Hall Civil Ceremony and Hotel Echaurren

 23/6/12 Boda de Ruth y Javier, Ayuntamiento de Ezcaray y Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, España. Foto: James Sturcke Fotografía |

Civil Wedding Photography, Ezcaray, La Rioja

A good photographer not only needs to know how to handle a camera but also how to handle the people in front of it. That’s not always easy as even the most relaxed characters have a tendency to become self-conscious when a lens is pointed at them.

I’ve different tricks according to the situation but, at least in wedding photos, they basically boil down to injecting energy and enthusiasm into the scene. And humour too. I say something funny, or daft, everyone laughs and “click”.

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Sometimes, however, you reach a level of comfort and understanding with the client and then the trick is to say nothing. Just let the person get on with expressing themselves. And that was how it was with Ruth and Javier during their wedding in Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray. We’d started taking photos early in the morning. By the time the ceremony came they’d long forgotten about me being there.


Comment from Ruth: "But what lovely things you say and wonderful photos you take. You're an artist."