it was a cold winter morning, the threat of rain clinging to the sky above us. it would have otherwise been one of those days when one would hope to not have to get out of bed at all, except that today there was a pretty darn good reason to do so. this was the day that nicky and tom would finally become husband and wife. so i got dressed quickly and made my way to the hotel dining room in order to get a good hearty breakfast in. much needed fuel for the day that was ahead of me and the days that had already gone by. you see, two days prior i had gone through quite the adventure to make my way from spain to aviemore, scotland, to be able to photograph this wedding. but that’s a whole ‘nother story for a whole ‘nother day.
let me just say that this was quite the wedding, as it was meant to start with an intimate mountain top snowy ceremony with just family. after days of secretly praying for snow, the day was here and we found out that very morning that road access had unfortunately been cut off due to the heavy snow. oops! so we moved on to plan b and held the small ceremony indoors while everyone, including myself, was wearing snow gear! let me just say this is the only ceremony where i’ve seen a groom sporting a the north face jacket! (i will not post photos of that small ceremony as i would like to maintain the intimate nature of it all, but i thought it made for a fun anecdote that was definitely worth mentioning. ) anyway, once that was all said and done we had a small coffee break (i decided bridal party coffee breaks are a new favourite) and then headed back to the hotel for everyone to get ready for the main event. what followed was just such a joyous day. everyone was so incredibly happy and accommodating towards photographs. men in kilts everywhere, need i say more?! i love it! the day went by way too fast. at one point well into the reception dancing, heather, the lovely mother of the bride, pulled me away from the camera and quite effectively “forced” me to have some fun, do some traditional dancing, and drink some whiskey! haha. let me just say that watching tom and nicky so happy and all the traditional dancing and music by the amazing band corra made for one of the most favourite and fun weddings in my career. and for that i am incredibly thankful. and as you view through these photos all i can honestly hope for is to have been able to honor and capture this amazing day in all it’s glory.
tom and nicky, thank-you-thank-you-thank-you for trusting me, accommodating me, and being so amazing to me during your wedding day. i could not ask for better clients and i am more than happy to call you my friends. i love you guys. so now that it’s all said and done all i have to say is: can you please renew your vows in a few years so we can do this all again? 😉
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. 😉
ever had a dèjá vu? i definitely did as i unpacked my gear and realised that i was meeting up with the same couple, same dog, on the same beach, barely a year after their session. i guess you could say that the one new addition would be the fact that they were now… three. elisa and victor rocked it in front of my camera before, and they sure are fun enough to rock it in front of the camera again… and again… and again. elisa braved the chilly weather and came with all kinds of ideas to the shoot, i ended up with sand in my ears (no joke!), laika, the dog had plenty of outside time, and elisa and victor got to have their portraits taken to remember this new and exciting season of their lives. i have to say… if I had to do it all over again, i would.
she’s a knockout. yeah, i went there! i met reetta a couple weeks ago as she is the new intern. she is from finland. i am notorious for being terrible at remembering names (great at faces though!) and for a while there i thought it would be funny to just call her “finland.” about two weeks into this, and with her always responding gracefully to her new nickname, i casually found out that she practices boxing on the regular. uh-oh! so i decided then and there to make it a priority in my life to remember, and use, her beautiful-beautiful name! haha.
i also thought it was imperative to take some photos of her, her boxing gloves, and her new city as a backdrop and do some portraits that would show a fun contrast between her gorgeous features, femininity, and favourite sport! these were definitely a bit edgier than my usual photos and were really fun to do. i should also mention that and we took them against the clock as she was actually on her way to hit the boxing gym. i really like how they turned out, i hope
you will too.
beauty from chaos. i met fran over a year ago, while i was taking driver’s ed. it was only about an hour after we met, and 10 minutes into my driving experience, that another driver got distracted and rear-ended me right before entering the freeway. i stood there for an endless amount of time growing angrier and angrier as onlookers passed by in their cars and threw a smile my way, as if saying “look at the student driver getting in a wreck!” all i could do was get frustrated as they didn’t even know that i wasn’t the one that caused the accident. in the middle of this situation, this tall and super friendly bolivian guy i had just met offered to give me a hug. i can’t pass down a hug. once we were done driving we went out for a beer, and that was the beginning of our friendship.
as it turns out, life is about to throw us another curveball as fran will be moving back to his native bolivia in the next couple of months. talking about this upcoming life-changing event we decided that it was time for a good ‘ol portrait session… and well… i like to think that we do well when life throws us a curveball, so here’s to friendship, distracted drivers, and looking on the bright side!
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this was their summer, the one they would remember for the rest of their lives. it was one of many summers spent by each other’s side, but the last one before their new lives as husband and wife. like many other summers it was spent with days on the beach, and relaxing walks while the sun set, but we all knew something had to change… something had to make it different. memorable. it was then that itzi, eneko, and yours truly decided to make it one-of-a-kind. we set a date and decided to commemorate this end and new beginning by ending the summer with an engagement session made complete by a water fight ending. and so it was, and so we did, and so they went forth in their everyday life, but now knowing that whenever they need an extra smile they can always look back to this day and remember. this was the summer when their love today became their love forever.
watch the behind-the-scenes video!
https://player.vimeo.com/video/139941030itzi & eneko engagement from adinanoel on Vimeo.
before summer was over, before the back-to-school race began, and before the hard reality of long days at the office made its ugly comeback. before all of that craziness, there was this crazy, my favourite kind of crazy: crazy love.
i met nacho and victoria a few years back and we immediately hit it off. i even remember going to a funny zumba-like class at the gym with them on the very early days of our friendship, and finding out right after busting all of those uncoordinated moves that victoria is actually a ballerina!
ever since then i have seen these two lovebirds fight to make a long distance relationship work. it honestly makes my heart melt to see how head-over-heels they are about each other to this day, despite the 800 kilometres between them. even now, thinking about it, i can’t help but smile. young, fun, and beautiful, what’s not to love?
fast forward to this summer, and our past attempts to book a photo shoot finally bore fruit. gone were the days of the infamous schedule wars, somehow we had managed to make one date stick. i’m not gonna lie, it was a bit surprising as well as a bit nerve-wrecking . we met up downtown and filled the time between locations talking about work, love, and the things that make our hearts smile. nacho was even such a good sport that he faced his fear of heights for a photo or two. the setting was magical as we walked by the river, the guggenheim, and were covered by a gorgeous sunset that came much sooner than we were ready to say goodbye. i get a bit nostalgic thinking about it, but i simply can’t deny that when i look back on this beautiful summer photo shoot now, all i can do is smile and think to myself that much like true love, this too was worth the wait! 😉