alameth + jose: engaged!

 

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It snuck up on me. After spending the last year of my life hearing about how I would be the next one of my siblings to marry, I guess I got used it. I stopped reading the signs. I got comfortable. So I was a bit blind sighted when I unlocked my phone and saw a picture of an engagement ring on my little sister’s finger. Whereas I totally understand that these two were meant for each other, I guess my growing Spanish mentality hadn’t quite grasped that after “only” a year of dating they might feel more than ready to say I do. They visited for a weekend to make things official and get their fair share of handshakes, congratulations, and pats on the back. Along with a few smirks by family and friends that have already married and give them that all-too-familiar “are you sure you’re ready for this?” look. 

Well, ready or not, here they go!

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mylene & miguel: engaged!

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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. 😉

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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.


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sergio & esther::: engagement

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we’re on the countdown… in just a couple days sergio and esther are going to be saying their i do’s, and i thought it would be the perfect time to share their engagement session. i have to say, their adorable dog “thelma” totally stole the show. you see, sometimes when you are shooting on location people will stop and watch and see what you’re doing. occasionally pulling out a phone and taking their own photo, ha! but in this case people weren’t watching me, or even them, they were staring and smiling big at thelma. definitely one of my favourite dogs ever. so after answering a million questions about how the lovely wheelchair-bound dog gets around, we were able to have a fantastic time showing off their love for each other. it was also important to sergio that we show off his love for his local soccer team, the athletic club bilbao, so we got our team spirit, went to san mamas stadium, and boasted team colors and love-filled eyes. it got dark way too soon, i could have easily spent another hour or two with this fun couple. the good news for me is that it won’t be long until they get to be in front of my lens again. i can’t wait!

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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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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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lola & ramón::: wedding!!! (valencia, spain)

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some time ago they visited a venue in valencia. they looked around and noticed that all the other couples planning their wedding there were much younger than them. she looked at him and said “are we too old to be doing this?” he smiled and said “no. but we’re the only ones who know what they’re actually getting into.”

this simple conversation transmits so much about who lola and ramón are as a couple. they have been in this game before. both divorcés who have suffered through the ups and downs of a previous marriage. and yet both so passionately in love with and committed to each other that they seem to walk into this new commitment as if it were the first. their hearts full. their eyes fearless. i couldn’t help but notice how everyone around them keeps smiling whenever they are around. everybody is so happy to see them so happy. this was definitely one of the most beautiful weddings that i have ever been to. i even choked up a little. of course, it could be because i have been around them quite a lot prior to this day. in fact, i have known lola all my life. she is my aunt. so this wedding definitely had a special place in my heart, even before it started.  i remember back when i got a call from her last june telling me she was (finally) engaged. forget about the photos, i was just excited that they were finally getting married. and some months later came the day when they said i do. i think that as they exchanged their vows everyone witnessing this beautiful ceremony grew a little more respectful and hopeful for love, life, and second chances.

i know as i look through these images i am inspired and in awe. it’s never too late. don’t give up. they didn’t.

 

 

 

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best of 2013!!

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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!

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travel::: berlin!!

day 1, day 2, day 3

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olaia::: anytime!

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john bolduan::: music!!

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travel::: edinburgh!! coming soon!!

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glenda::: maternity!

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jone::: anytime!

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endika::: baby!

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ruth & sendoa::: wedding!!

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joyce::: baby!!

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lola & ramón::: wedding!!

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julio::: anytime!!

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travel::: tunisia!! coming soon!!

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diego::: anytime!! coming soon!!

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ainara & juan::: wedding!!

glenda::: maternity

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It was rainy, as it had been for the past 10 days. We were hoping for a few rays of sunshine to come through the thick dark clouds just long enough for us to take a little walk and be able to take a couple pictures. David and Glenda greeted me at their home and we excitedly talked about different places where we could go if it ever did stop raining. As we were in the middle of that we saw the switched the monotonous indoors for the unbelievable scenery around their home. Not much to say since I literally didn’t have to say much of anything to these two to get them to laugh, to interact with each other, or for all of us to have a great time together. But if you don’t want to take my word for it… see for yourself! 

 

 

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