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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nicole + phillip: engagement

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It wasn’t enough. i guess it’s just the way things turned out on the day of nicole and phil’s engagement session in ocean city, new jersey. it wasn’t enough that they had booked me even though i am based overseas. it wasn’t enough that they picked me up from the airport and drove 4 hours until the wee hours of the morning to get here. it was clearly not enough that after just 3 hours of sleep, we were up chasing the sunrise. i look back on it and think that it just wasn’t enough because on top of all of that they just had such a fun and loving energy that they absolutely rocked their engagement session. i didn’t know if i was more entertained by the array of colors in the sunrise of by the massive display of overly-dramatic poses and ridiculousness that kept us moving along while laughing our heads off throughout the whole session. and what a session! definitely making my 46 hour commute here worth it, i simply cannot wait to see what could possibly unfold during the actual wedding day. so from the bottom of my heart, congratulations!

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inma + fer: engagement!

 

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love knows no bounds. i first “met” inma while talking on the phone long distance. they called me up in bilbao all the way from murcia, where they live, wondering how keen i would be on a destination wedding. well if you’re on my blog you already know i am no stranger to flying to a wedding, so we got down to planning the details. she told me right off the bat that she was friend’s with victoria and had seen her session and immediately fell in love. she was a bit concerned that the 800 miles separating us would be too much to get together for an engagement session. well, we put our thinking hats on and came up with a plan to take advantage of my family christmas vacation in the mediterranean and sneak out for an engagement session in the gorgeous city of valencia. so there we were… far from home… writing a new chapter to their love story. i can’t wait until their wedding, but until then… enjoy the prequel!

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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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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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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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