Ah friends, so here we are at the end of yet another year. I can’t help but be melancholic and introspective at the end of a year. 2018 has brought me to many beautiful places - Greece, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Germany to name a few; and most importantly allowed me to meet so many inspiring people: from my couples, collaborators and vendors in the wedding industry all over Europe, and friends from all over the world. I have to pinch myself sometimes that I get to live my dream life and call myself a wedding photographer because it is indeed the best job in the world!
To close-off the year, I wanted to share my twelve favourite photographs of 2018. These are the photos that are most memorable to me. Most of these I dug up from memory. These are the photos that made me feel fulfilled once I saw them at the back of my camera or after I received my scans from my film lab. These are the photos that defined myself as a photographer this year. They are not necessarily “pretty” by most wedding blogs’ standards but they made me feel proud of the work I’ve done this year.
Starting off with the wedding of Linda and Gülli, my Frau and Frau Yildirim, at a Registry Office in Hamburg. This wedding will forever be etched in my memory. Germany legalised same-sex marriages on 1 October 2017 after winning a majority vote in the Bundestag. When Linda told me that her partner is female I didn’t hesitate to mention that it is part of my Bucket List to accompany a LGBTQ wedding and here we are ticking that off my list. Their ceremony was one of the simplest and yet one of the most emotional ceremonies I’ve witnessed.
One of my favourite parts of a wedding day is the bride’s getting ready. There are so many emotions during these very busy hours: excitement, anxiety, restlessness, pure joy and contentment are just some of the few emotions I usually see and feel during the preparations. Here are two of my favourites this year. Top: A close-up of the bride’s accessories, I love that she wore a monogrammed silk robe with her initial. Bottom: The bride’s maid-of-honour and bestfriend helps her into her dress. A look of nervousness can be felt from the bride’s expression. Indeed, getting into your wedding dress is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences you will have on the wedding day.
We originally wanted to move to Barcelona so I made a list of the locations I wanted to shoot in and Parc del Laberint d’Horta is on top of my list. I got the chance to shoot there last July for Lara and Helio’s pre-wedding session. I love everything about this session: this super upbeat and sweet couple, the simple bouquet from a local florist, and this gorgeous location. This pre-wedding session was featured over at Trendy Bride.
Two perfect individual bride and groom portraits. This real couple from Berlin joined us to be our models for the Phos Workshop in Spetses, Greece. Our location for this early morning shoot was a secluded public beach in this beautiful Greek Island. I gasped once we arrived at the location: clear tranquil waters, light sandy beach, and a clean horizon - this is exactly my aesthetic.
My favourite moments are still the candid ones. Like this one from A & M’s wedding in May. The father of the bride said a joke during his speech which caused an eruption of laughter in the room. Here I got a shot of the bride and groom laughing at each other.
I love this photo because it’s proof to myself that moving out of my comfort zone pays off. I don’t usually like photos with tiny people in them. I used to feel like it’s not my style because I like capturing feelings and emotions. I want to feel something when I look at a photo and I want my clients to do so too. But I just couldn’t resist taking a shot of the Palacio Nacional of Barcelona with my couple. And it did pay off because they love this photo!
A perfect example of what I said about capturing emotions. Love this candid shot of P & D at a sunset shoot in Barcelona. I just asked them to walk up the stairs and interact. All I had to do was click the shutter and make sure I don’t miss a step. I just love her smile and the way he looks at her.
My eyes long for symmetry plus I’ve always had a vision of a couple walking down or up the stairs. Symmetry and stairs, someday I will get the perfect symmetrical shot but this candid photo from M & H’s wedding comes close to perfection.
The sun was just starting to rise over the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. I took this photo around the tail-end of our session. I just asked them to relax, interact, and kiss. I never think of creating a perfect photo when I enter a session, but sometimes something magical happens and you just get that perfect photo, like this one. The light enveloping my couple, the empty streets of the Gothic Quarter, and this gorgeous French couple. They say you’ll have career-defining photographs. I am far from that but this photo here is perfect, for me. Looking at it makes me feel proud to be a photographer. I can definitely say that this is my photo of the year.
What do you think about my selection? Do you have some favourites here too? Let me know in the comments!