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Rioja Wedding: La Arboleda del Sur, Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Rioja Wedding: La Arboleda del Sur, Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Last night I was watching an interview with the great American photographer Annie Leibovitz in which she says she’s scared of sunny days!

“It’s sort of a joke, you know?” she said. “You get there and whoever you’re with says: ‘Aren’t you glad I brought the good weather?’ And it’s like for me, and the kind of work I do, I pray for overcast days.”

Me too! But when shooting Spanish weddings in summer at noon, I my prayers aren’t answered that often. 

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San Sebastian wedding photography: Lianna & Salvador

San Sebastian wedding photography: Lianna & Salvador

Some weddings are intensely private affairs conducted in front of a select few people - I shot one this year where only the couple, the judge and me were present. Others, meanwhile, take place in full public view. Lianna and Salvador’s wedding in San Sebastian was certainly in the latter camp - it was right on Zurriola beach in the height of summer.

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Wedding photography at Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Wedding photography at Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Basque Country, Spain

Frank Gehry’s spellbinding design attracts couples from all over the world to get married at Hotel Marqués de Riscal in the relatively small Basque village of Elciego, known until recently more for its wine than architecture.

With destination wedding photography, it’s important not only to show the personality of the couple but also of the location. So whereas with local weddings I’m always looking to show the relationship between the place and the couple, with destination weddings I’m looking to explain to viewers why Emma and Gareth chose this location above any other in the world to celebrate their marriage.

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Elena & Matt: Destination wedding photography in Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Elena & Matt: Destination wedding photography in Hotel Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

I’ve shot more destination weddings in La Rioja’s Echaurren Restaurant than anywhere else but this was the first one that I’ve done where the couple met in the building! Chefs Elena & Matt spent a number of months working in the kitchen of the 2 Michelin star restaurant and it was there that love blossomed. Perhaps it was something in the food?

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Wedding photography in San Sebastian: Spring photos on La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Wedding photography in San Sebastian: Spring photos on La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

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

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Basque Country wedding photography: Hotel Eguren Ugarte, Laguardia, Alava

Basque Country wedding photography: Hotel Eguren Ugarte, Laguardia, Alava

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

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Wedding Photography, Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Spain - Group Photos

Wedding Photography, Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Spain - Group Photos

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.

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Zaragoza Wedding Photography - Torre del Pino, San Juan de Mozarrifar

Zaragoza Wedding Photography - Torre del Pino, San Juan de Mozarrifar

Couples who hire photojournalists not only want beautiful wedding photos but also stories told through the images. There are various ways of doing this - perhaps the most obvious being through a series of photos. You can narrate the day with a portfolio taken over many hours or tell about a special moment with a number of images snapped in a couple of seconds.

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Wedding Photography Basque Country - Hotel Marqués de Riscal Elciego, Alava

Wedding Photography Basque Country - Hotel Marqués de Riscal Elciego, Alava

I’m often asked to recommend cameras and whether one model is better than another because it has a bigger zoom lens. And I reply that, generally speaking, the best way to zoom into a scene is by using your legs. It's also the cheapest option.

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