elisa & victor

we were not alone. we had met at a birthday party some weeks earlier and hit it off right away. we started talking about our common interest in photography, and the rest you can see in the photos that took place soon afterwards. as we walked through the sunny beach, with the light seabreeze, and the fishing boats in plain sight, the beach kept getting invaded by groups of horseback riders every few minutes. we took to the water, playing fetch with the dog and going into the occasional game of tag. the sun kissed my cheeks as elisa & victor kissed… well… each other. we laughed and walked and smiled and they even danced a tango on the sand until the sun said it’s sad goodnight. then i pulled out my speedlites and we created a little magic. created it? i meant to say captured it. you see, the magic was already there. see for yourself!

fran

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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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anna & arthur

it was the most unusual night. never before had I found myself blissfully taking photos at midnight. let alone in a historical graveyard… yet there we were, anna, arthur, and i. 

 
these two, what a pair! they are both performing arts students and incredibly fun to be around. we were throwing ideas back and forth about what theme we could go with until we decided that it would be a fun challenge to try to do a halloween inspired photo shoot, complete with light painting, long exposures, and “ghosts in love.”  a bit out of my usual style? yes, but that made it all the more exciting!
 
we also had a good time when we saw the taxi driver’s face as he came to pick us up, past midnight, dressed in black and loaded with photography gear, to a poorly-known cemetery gate. 
 
i’m gonna call it: totally worth it! 

 

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itzi & eneko::: engagement!

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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.

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watch the behind-the-scenes video!

https://player.vimeo.com/video/139941030itzi & eneko engagement from adinanoel on Vimeo.

victoria + nacho

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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! 😉

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alameth + fran::: love (madrid, spain)

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i love her to pieces. she is smart, funny, and as you can probably tell from the family resemblance… quite attractive! 😉 yes, this is my little sister alameth, only that she is not so little anymore. in fact, she’s all grown up and a few weeks ago decided to move to madrid in order to accept a job offer as well as to be closer to her leading man, fran. coincidentally i had to travel to madrid on the very same weekend for a long-overdue songwriting weekend for my musical project “birds and cables”. as fate would have it, we stumbled upon a perfect saturday afternoon and were inspired to take to the dirt roads and untamed wildflowers and commemorate this exciting new season in their life. all that’s left for me to do is to tip my hat and wish them an adventurous spirit, days full of laughter, and the very best of luck!

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adrián & aser::: first communion

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they looked so grown up and so small at the same time. adrián and good friend aser put on their suit and rocked it out in front of the camera. mini-studs. it was a few weeks before their first communion and their mom’s, aitziber and monika, decided to go the non-traditional route and forget about the photo studio for their first communion portraits. instead we went out on a warm spring day and had fun with spontaneous races, trying not to fall into the water, and seeing who could jump the highest off a huge rock. of course, we also had time for some fun family portraits. these two were dreading having their pictures taken at first, but as you can see… they got over it pretty quickly! 😉

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