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That moment when the bride sees herself all done on her beautiful wedding dress for the first time.

The wedding day for a bride usually starts pretty early. Sometimes she needs to get to a hotel or other location where she will be getting ready for her big day. Hair is the first thing she needs to get done along with her makeup. It’s very common when I show up in a bridal suite to find her sitting on a chair getting her hair and make-up done. Usually by the window where make-up artists like to be.

For me is great moment to get shots of her. Most of the time she is surrounded by her bridesmaids cheering her up and she is felling excited and joyful.

Setting the tone for the day

You can tell by the smile on a bride’s face if she is nervous, concerned, joyful, or happy and radiant. When you photograph a bride that is showing some signs of nervousness you have to be cautious and respect the moment she is in and the way she feels. It can be difficult for her to open up for the camera if she is feeling the pressure of the moment. You need to be patient and work with her.

Sometimes just slowing down and talking to her and letting her know that you are there for her, how amazing is that moment, and how beautiful she looks really helps. You need to have the sensibility to take great pictures but also to connect with the bride in a more meaningful way. On a personal level. Letting her know that you are there for her.

I also find brides that are thrilled and really happy so I just have to play along. Complementing her as I take shots, sometimes cracking jokes working at a high energy fast pace. It’s important to really tune in to the bride’s vibe and to connect with her joy at that moment. Making her photos to be more personal and portraying her personality in my photos.

After hair, make up is time to put on the dress

That’s a great opportunity to get some awesome shots. All her bridesmaids, mom, grandmas are around her helping her out. It’s when emotions start running high. The complicity of the bride and her mom looking at each other, the joy of the moment. This moment of getting into the dress works as a ritual for great things to come on that day.

Portraits of the bride in the room and also outside.

It’s very important to maximize the time and the opportunities you have with the bride and her bridesmaids before she walks down the aisle. You won’t get another opportunity again. The wedding day goes pretty fast and a lot is going on.

I always make sure to allocate enough time before the wedding to take my time and get some stunning shots of the bride, her bridesmaids, and her parents as well.

I truly love my job. Documenting a wedding day is something that I don’t take lightly. A lot of times it’s my client’s first big project together. Hopefully, the photos will be enjoyed and cherished in the family for generations to come. A family heirloom. So telling a story of a couple on their wedding day with justice and care is a must.

I photographed more than 500 brides and I can’t stress enough how important it is to higher a professional photographer. A lot of times the wedding day is when she will look her best because of the moment she is in, she is glowing and radiant with happiness, her expensive dress and high end makeup and hair. It’s the photographer’s duty to make her look her best. 

Getting married in Porto, Portugal? For more info or to book your free consultation just reach out to me here.

See more of my work go to: emilioazevedophotography.com

For Porto Wedding Photography

For Porto Destination Wedding Photographer

About Porto Wedding photography  

Lisbon Event Planner:
Fernanda.events 
Somethingnew.pt
Madeindreams.pt

Porto Event Planner:
Portoforweddings.com

Portugal Wedding Venues:

Evolutee Hotel Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort
Quinta Maria Neta
Montebello Eventos
Exe Hotel Vila D’Óbidos
Quinta da Torre
Challet Fonte Nova
Solar Cerca do Mosteiro
Quinta do Alferes de Crasto
Quinta da Pacheca
The Fox House
Six Senses
Casa das Tílias
Quinta de Oleiros
Forte da Cruz
Villa Tamariz
Quinta de Covela
Quinta Cerrado de Portela
Arriba by the Sea
Quinta dos Machados
Hotel Casa Palmela
Quinta de Pousada
Quinta da Conceição
The Astoria
Parador Casa da Ínsua
Quinta de Catralvos
The Lake House
Estufa Fria
Casa de Reguengos
Palácio Conde d’Óbidos
Quinta do Casal Novo
Our Quinta
Casa dos Arcos
Torre Bella
Quinta de Segade
Quinta da Eira

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Porto is an amazing city with a lot of personality and history. is the second-largest city in Portugal, the capital of the Porto District, and one of the Iberian Peninsula‘s major urban areas. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, as “Historic Centre of Porto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar”.

The historic area is also a National Monument of Portugal.[15] The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire.

Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.[19] Porto is on the Portuguese Way path of the Camino de Santiago.

Old streets with lots of character.

Porto Tram

See more of my work go to: emilioazevedophotography.com

For Porto Wedding Photography

For Porto Destination Wedding Photographer

About Porto Wedding photography  

Lisbon Event Planner:
Fernanda.events 
Somethingnew.pt
Madeindreams.pt

Porto Event Planner:
Portoforweddings.com

Portugal Wedding Venues:

Evolutee Hotel Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort
Quinta Maria Neta
Montebello Eventos
Exe Hotel Vila D’Óbidos
Quinta da Torre
Challet Fonte Nova
Solar Cerca do Mosteiro
Quinta do Alferes de Crasto
Quinta da Pacheca
The Fox House
Six Senses
Casa das Tílias
Quinta de Oleiros
Forte da Cruz
Villa Tamariz
Quinta de Covela
Quinta Cerrado de Portela
Arriba by the Sea
Quinta dos Machados
Hotel Casa Palmela
Quinta de Pousada
Quinta da Conceição
The Astoria
Parador Casa da Ínsua
Quinta de Catralvos
The Lake House
Estufa Fria
Casa de Reguengos
Palácio Conde d’Óbidos
Quinta do Casal Novo
Our Quinta
Casa dos Arcos
Torre Bella
Quinta de Segade
Quinta da Eira
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Photography on the streets of Lisbon, Pt.

It was great to photograph on the streets of Historical Lisbon. So much to see and so much to explore. As you walk on the streets you almost can feel the energy and life from people that once lived there before, thousand of years ago. It’s like walking into the past and imagining who passed by these streets centuries ago and what kind of life they had. How difficult it must been for the early civilisations. To eat, live and work. It also assures you how resilient and brave the Portuguese people are. The Portuguese people discovered continents and conquered countries.

Lisbon and Porto are the most amazing cities in Portugal.

The theme of the shoot was Groovy 70’s. I asked stunning model Ana Almeida to pose for me. She did an amazing job. She really got into the 70’s groove and helped the concept to come alive.

The idea was to tell a story of a 70’s Lisbon and we did!

This was at The RoofTop Lisboa

To see more of my work go to: emilioazevedophotography.com

For Porto Wedding Photography

For Porto Destination Wedding Photographer

About Porto Wedding photography  

Lisbon Event Planner:
Fernanda.events 
Somethingnew.pt
Madeindreams.pt

Porto Event Planner:
Portoforweddings.com

Portugal Wedding Venues:

Evolutee Hotel Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort
Quinta Maria Neta
Montebello Eventos
Exe Hotel Vila D’Óbidos
Quinta da Torre
Challet Fonte Nova
Solar Cerca do Mosteiro
Quinta do Alferes de Crasto
Quinta da Pacheca
The Fox House
Six Senses
Casa das Tílias
Quinta de Oleiros
Forte da Cruz
Villa Tamariz
Quinta de Covela
Quinta Cerrado de Portela
Arriba by the Sea
Quinta dos Machados
Hotel Casa Palmela
Quinta de Pousada
Quinta da Conceição
The Astoria
Parador Casa da Ínsua
Quinta de Catralvos
The Lake House
Estufa Fria
Casa de Reguengos
Palácio Conde d’Óbidos
Quinta do Casal Novo
Our Quinta
Casa dos Arcos
Torre Bella
Quinta de Segade
Quinta da Eira
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