Picture this: I fly from Bilbao to Istanbul (5 hours) with another 5 hours delay in the airport due to the whole thing being closed down due to a crazy hailstorm. I get to my room, room service for dinner, sleep three hours, wake up before the sun to see the golden sea lit up over the entire city from my 16th floor of the Hilton. not too shabby. I wish I could be a high roller like that, but the truth is that’s where the airline put me up for the night. I explore the city for about 5 hours and then take a metro back to the airport. 5 security checkpoints. 13 hour flight. get to Washington DC, get picked up my the amazing nicole and Phillip, 4 hour drive to ocean city, New Jersey, where Nicole has vacationed since she was a kid. Get gear ready. Sleep three hours. Wake up for their sunrise engagement shoot.
they’re gorgeous and they know it. mehdy and angela popped in, pretty last minute, when our friend in common Jasone mentioned that our Saturday editorial session fell through. I have been helping my friend Jasone make the transition from hobbyist to pro, and what better than to have some live training? these guys came looking picture perfect and ready to go. Admittedly they thought I looked a little too serious at first, but after a few minutes of interaction they had changed their mind completely. Think bamboo forest photo bomb jumps. Anyway, it was a really good time and they were totally on board with any idea that came across our silly little heads. Angela was a champ and even sat on a bridge rail, even though she was having a bit of vertigo at the time. My favourite moment was when they were perfectly posed, and a bumblebee flew into her face and she came out with the biggest “somebody is murdering me” squeal, and the subsequent embarrassment and laughs. Thanks for tagging along and making us look good. Until next time!
did i tell you about the time i went to the pentagon? it was silly, really. i met up with my friend and amazing photographer karis marie, and we decided that we needed to do a bit of an impromptu photo session. this was just before i was flying out of the country, a bit off beat and on the run, just like me. so we headed over to the pentagon to run a super confidential errand, as normal people do, and then we hit downtown
washington dc, just before sunset, for some fun photos. funny thing is, i thought we were going to the capitol building, and i am infamous for having no sense of direction. after parking downtown, no small feat there, and walking a few blocks i find out that karis’ husband, micah, actually thought that i wanted to photograph the white house, during the trump administration, no less… of course not really having enough time to relocate we decided to just do our thing and take a few fun shots just before bidding farewell.
the rain in spain falls mainly on the plane. i’ve always hated this saying, because growing up in the north of spain we get more annual rainfall here than they do in the city of london. overcast skies are great light sources, and that works to my advantage a lot of the time, but rescheduling sessions is definitely a regular occurrence here. but what happens when you can’t reschedule and the rain won’t go away? well, you go out and you play, of course.
jemina and roope were such good sports braving the cold and the rain. maybe because it’s really not nearly as cold as it is in their native finland, but still. i am truly grateful for their adventurous spirit and love the way the rain and umbrellas made this session come out pretty magical in the end.
everything was golden and the air was slightly cold when we set up the mountain for olga and jesus’ engagement session. i always love these little opportunities to touch base with a couple and interact a little in front of the camera. these two were patient in finding love, but are now impatient to get married. i love seeing how incredibly happy they are to just hold hands, hold each other, every moment as genuine as the first. they are the sort of couple that makes you smile just from looking at them… even now, looking back at these photos, i find myself smiling again.
young love. that’s these two in a nutshell. i’d known maria and maic for a few years before we got together for our engagement session. we met through friends in common and had shared many cups of coffee together while talking about the daily grind, family drama, and all those things that often accompany our daily dose of caffeine. because of our history together, i knew that hanging out for an evening and taking photos of the two of them would be a really fun time. the fact that the two would soon be separated by her going to london for work just made these moment that much sweeter. as if they needed it!