photojournalism wedding photographer in Spain

Rioja Wedding Photographer: Isabel & David, Palacio Casafuerte, Zarratón, La Rioja, Spain

Rioja Wedding Photographer: Isabel & David, Palacio Casafuerte, Zarratón, La Rioja, Spain

It was very clear - and humbling - when I first met Isabel and David that they wanted me to shoot their wedding. They are journalists and I was a journalist in London before moving to Spain. They were looking for someone with that journalistic eye to record their wedding.

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Wedding Photographer in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Haro, La Rioja, Spain

Wedding Photographer in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Haro, La Rioja, Spain

Before her wedding in Santo Domingo Cathedral and Hotel Los Agustinos in Haro, La Rioja, Maite had asked me to keep an eye out for her three-year-old niece, Alba.

As a photojournalist, I’m always following the light and the action and there’s a large chunk of spontaneity in the images. But as a professional wedding photographer it’s important to make sure key family members and guests feature in the photos. I always ask couples for a list of key people.

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Toledo Wedding Photography - Merche & Hernan, Toledo, Castilla La Mancha, Spain

Toledo Wedding Photography - Merche & Hernan, Toledo, Castilla La Mancha, Spain

One of the weddings from last autumn that I enjoyed the most was that of Merche & Hernan in Toledo. Why was it so good? Well, in part because Toledo is a beautiful city and new to me; I always like the challenge of working out of my comfort zone.

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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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Engagement Photography Madrid - Natural photos of Merche and Hernan

Engagement Photography Madrid - Natural photos of Merche and Hernan

There are many ways to approach engagement shoots. Many wedding photographers favour taking their clients to a spectacular location where they set up lights and all sorts of other kit. Sometimes the results are fantastic but sometimes I’m left feeling that the couple look out of place and serious.

To me, capturing the joy a couple feel when they’re together is key to an engagement shoot.

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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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