we’re all grown up now. when did that happen? esti and i go way back to those carefree teenage summers. back when your biggest worry was getting bored or not knowing what to wear. fast forward a decade or two and she books a maternity session with me. of course, i have a million little stories of way back when, so doing this session was definitely a fun time full of ridiculous memories (like when she made me sleep in a room full of china dolls and marilyn manson posters staring at me) and it was obviously a thrill to spend some time together after all these years. we got lost in the tall grass, abandoned castle, and ended up hanging out until way past sunset, joking at each other’s flaws, and catching up on life. so it seems that maybe we haven’t grown up so much after all.
only the sun fell at the skatepark that day. it gave way to the beautiful “golden hour” making everything around us look magnificent. leire and kevin were, admittedly, nervously waiting for their maternity session to start. we thought the skatepark would be a perfect setting to show off their fun nature and rebellious spirit. not sure kids waiting to have a turn were quite on board, but that’s another story! haha. we had fun doing some jumps and dramatic posing, and just so you know, that’s a photoshop composite. in case you were wondering, no, I won’t actually let someone jump over a pregnant woman on my watch. it was a quick session for sure, but I loved the lighting, the vibe, and just being able to capture these moments of genuine nervousness and excitement. when we were done all that was left to do was enjoy the sunset, and wait…
we skipped town. we packed the props, the cameras, even the kid, and we went to spend a photo-filled day in cantabria. oihane was so easy going in front of the camera. so clearly in love with her husband, unai, and him with her. their little trouble-maker, ekaitz and i got into tons of improvised games, and we even got time to race, jump, swing, and even end up completely soaked. but i have to say that my favorite part of this photo shoot was the gorgeous sunset at the end, the genuine smiles, and the excitement on their faces when they talk about finally meeting baby urko. i think my heart even skipped a beat!
we hit the road. when i first started talking to tani about doing a maternity session we quickly got excited about the idea of finding someplace out of town, calm, and absolutely beautiful. we found the perfect spot in noja. a nearly-deserted beach, an adjacent park, and the golden hour promising us a gorgeous sunset was definitely worth the drive. these two… they’ve definitely got a good thing going on. it was so easy to get them to be affectionate and have fun with the session because they are just overflowing with love for each other. they honestly made my job so easy and fun that i can’t wait until we get together again for some newborn photos. it’s going to be amazing!
in retrospect, maybe we should have brought a map. marcos, his wife juli and i had arranged to meet up and do a fun maternity photo shoot in a specific side of the beach in sopelana. as we got in the car and started heading that way we realised… we weren’t sure which way to go. somewhere in the excitement of planning this day we had all lost track of where we were going. literally. we knew exactly where we were going but no idea how to get there. after an emergency call to my friend “who knows every beach” and many wrong turns, we decided to give up and walk around the surrounding woods, hoping to at least be able to get a few good shots in before the sun went down. oh, and the sun. the sun was sitting perfectly in between the trees, it was definitely shining down on us. it is worth mentioning that as i laid down my backpack and jacket against a tree while i took photos of these two, a nearby dog decided to mark it’s territory… on my stuff. so that was fun! haha. after a while venturing in the woods (big points to juli for venturing while 8 months pregnant!) we were eventually able to find the spot we’d been looking for. the sunset was there to welcome us and we were happy to take advantage of it and take it from there. all in all, the photos turned out great and i think that it was well worth getting lost and having to toss my jacket in the laundry! 😉
congratulations marcos and juli, i can’t wait to meet him! 🙂
if you’ve been a faithful follower of my blog through the years you’ve probably noticed that end-of-the year blogposts are not my forte. there’s something about looking back on the last 12 months of work that seems particularly challenging to me. i feel the need to put my best foot forward and be extra insightful. to pour something into the world that will make a difference. a legacy. and on top of that pressure i have to make a tight selection of my favourite photos. this is quite hard on every photographer i know. to put it in “muggle” terms, this would be like someone asking a parent to pick a favourite child. you like them all for different reasons, right? (at least i hope you do! :p) so you can see how it has become somewhat of a shameful tradition for me to write these posts a few weeks late. oh well… here it is.
the first thing that comes to my mind when i think about 2013 is that i really can’t complain. not even a little bit. 2013 has been a good year for me. it has been a year of personal and creative growth. it has been a year that has brought me great new friendships and fantastic opportunities to travel around the world. i look back and it still seems a bit baffling that a random week in august i got to spend monday in berlin, tuesday back home, and saturday in tunisia! who even knew back in january that this would be the year that i could proudly reach that milestone and get to start exploring africa?! i know i didn’t. of course, as all years do, it also came with an unexpected amount of suffering, worry, and sorrow. those closest to me know exactly what i am talking about. the only reason to point this out (as vague as it is) is because i don’t want to be one of those people who pretend their life is picture perfect. it isn’t. but i do want to try to be one of those people who take it one day at a time and focus on the positive. and in the case of this wonderful year that i now lay behind me i can clearly see how i could spend the next hour typing ’till my heart’s content. i look back on all the little anecdotes that came with every opportunity to travel a few hundred or thousand miles. every minute spent behind the lens trying my very best to capture all those little things that never fail to highlight how no matter what depressing and worrisome story is on the news tonight, there are still plenty of things to be found that show that the world is still very much a quirky, fun, and love-filled place. life is beautiful. so before i get too nostalgic i want to raise my invisible glass (or my ever-present water bottle!) and give a little toast to 2013: may 2014 be as kind, fun, and amazing as you were. cheers!
day 1, day 2, day 3
john bolduan::: music!!
travel::: edinburgh!! coming soon!!
ruth & sendoa::: wedding!!
lola & ramón::: wedding!!
travel::: tunisia!! coming soon!!
dalal & imed::: wedding!! coming soon!!
diego::: anytime!! coming soon!!
ainara & juan::: wedding!!