ok, i have to come clean about this. it has taken me forever to actually get around to blog this wedding… i’ve been going through my head about how to find the perfect words to describe this wedding. you see, it really wasn’t just any wedding. no, this was my brother’s wedding. for those of you who may not know his, i am the fifth of seven siblings. this was the first time i had to go to one of our weddings and i’m sure you’ll understand that along with the excitement of the day i am finding it hard to let the words come out in an eloquent way. so let me start by saying that it was an incredible experience altogether.
ana and nick got married on september 13th. as tends to the case, a small herd of family and friends traveled from near, far, and everywhere between to be able to attend. it was held at the small, and i mean small chapel at the british cemetery of bilbao. they wanted to have somewhat of a tim-burton-ish theme to the wedding, so this setting was a perfect fit. the ceremony was held by rev. alberto sanchez. at home, we like to call him dad. the pianist was someone that at home we also like to call “mom”, and the witnesses are also known as “grammy” and “yaya”. So you see, this was quite the family affair. In fact, at the end of the ceremony i had to switch my cameras for my ukelele and sing a song for the newlyweds with my favourite little sidekick, my sister anna. i won’t lie, i had a hard time not crying.
after having a very intimate lunch at a fantastic local restaurant, we proceeded to celebrate in style. they had rented out a house in practically the middle of the woods, and what a house! the celebration was just taking off by two local bands playing, “blues’n’breakers” and “enkore rock”. interestingly and unfortunately enough though, the neighbours complained of the noise, so by 1 am the police showed up and shut down our concerts. but there would be no stopping this celebration. in fact, a handful of people, including yours truly, spent the whole next day enjoying the sun by he poolside. so seriously, can you see why this was the best wedding ever?
i could spend a whole day talking about all the little anecdotes and details that made this wedding one of the best personal and professional experiences that i’ve had, but instead i’ll send you off with this: ana and nick, it was an honor and a tremendous joy to have shared this day with you. i wish you the very best that life has to bring, including but not limited to a small child who you may name adina or adino. congratulations!!
the first. that’s the first thing that came to mind when i met jon, my first nephew. i honestly have been thinking about what to say for the longest time, and i’m having a hard time putting into words. it’s so strange to see my brother, the one who i would equally look up to and fight with as a kid, suddenly being someone’s father. i guess maybe i’m just getting old, but it’s a bit mind-blowing. as is just looking at and holding this little man, with his teeny-tiny hands and his incredibly large-for-his-size feet. i also have to send a huge shoutout to my sister-in-law for braving through a not-so-smooth pregnancy. i remember cancelling several plans because she wasn’t feeling so great. nonetheless, i think that it’s clear as day that it was all worth it. incredibly worth it.
we sneaked out. the day that i shot mylene and miguel’s engagement photos we had actually met up for a barbecue full of friends and family. we had spent the last couple of weeks trying to arrange a proper date for the engagement session but inevitably something would come up and it would fall through. so there we were, stuffing our faces with freshly grilled burgers when i mentioned that i had brought my camera “just in case.” mylene’s eyes lit up. after a little convincing, miguel agreed to an impromptu photo shoot, and we we sneaked out of the barbecue and into the woods to write down the chapter to their new story together. we will meet again in september, with vows, and flowers, and toasts with champagne… but this time everyone will know. 😉
what a day! i met with leire, her husband zigor, and their gorgeous daughter eneritz for some maternity portraits. i was ready for the weather, location, and even brought several props… what i wasn’t quite so ready for was for how fun this child would be! she had me laughing and chasing her around and coming up with some really random games on the spot. so much energy! i also have to say that she totally rocked this photo shoot and was really great about listening to directions and even looking at the camera. i can’t quite get over how instead of saying “cheeeeeese” she says “whiskyyyyy!” that was unexpected! haha. we really wanted to take photos in the woods, so i have to give leire props for walking around, 8 months into her pregnancy, through all the uneven ground without hesitation. also, zigor admittedly doesn’t like having pictures taken, but he had a great attitude and fun disposition, so good for him for loving his girls so much! and now that i’ve given everyone golden stars, let me show you why:
we planned for weeks, the day that iratxe her husband hector and i would venture out into the woods for a fun and memorable maternity session. it was a bright sunny day and we decided to hide in the shade of the gorgeous tall pine trees and make the best of the hot weather. by the end of the session we realized that there was a gorgeous sunset making way so we raced to the car and chased it all the way to the top of the mountain artxanda, that overlooks the city. it was their perfect ending to a new beginning.
she’s my guinea pig. ask any photographer how they got started or who they turn to when they want to experiment with new a new concept or technique and they will all tell you the same: family. i am lucky enough to have this absolutely crazy sister who trusts me with just about anything. i was on spring break and not traveling (for a change) and i suddenly felt the urge to take my camera out for a spin. i called anna up and she was here within the hour for an evening of walking around, laughing at anything and everything, and of course… going into the woods at night and making her lie down in front of a car. like i said, she’s up for anything, and it’s definitely part of her charm.
we couldn’t have planned it. backtracking to when susana and i first talked about doing a winter shoot with the kids, victor and aitor, we had planned for some winter fun running around a mountain with oversized winter hats and scarves. the occasional puddle. pink cheeks as proof of the winter air. but nature had other plans. as the date neared we were suddenly surprised by a snowstorm. as one may suspect, we don’t get much snow in spain… at least not in this area. so we grabbed our colourful snow clothes and set out to have snow fights, race while your feet sink in, and scream down a slope on a sleigh. we couldn’t have planned it, but if we had it couldn’t have been any more fun.