Fotógrafo de bodas en Madrid

How I photograph a wedding

I’ll give you a brief breakdown of the ‘typical’ wedding day from my point of view. Your wedding doesn’t have to look like this, but in general, most of the parts are pretty similar. I’ll break down the shot list, too.

  1. Preparation (you have to get ready!). While people are getting ready, families are milling around, people are arriving, and you (the couple) are trying to make some space to breathe I’ll shoot all the details like shoes, jewellery, the dress etc., as well as all those little moments between your closest relatives that will make you smile every time you look back at the photos.

  2. Ready and waiting. Once you are both ready we can sneak in some portraits in full wedding gear. If you both get ready in the same hotel/house I tend to shoot these back to back, if you’re getting ready miles apart I might have to get the groom (or bride) and groomsmen ready way earlier, shoot them and then let them have a beer while I shoot the bride (or groom). 

  3. The car and arrival. I’ve only done one wedding where the bride walked to the church, so you’ll probably have a car. The ‘getting into the car,’ ‘looking at teary-eyed Dad,’ and ‘arrival at the ceremony’ are all beautiful shots that drive (yes, a pun!) your wedding story on to the most important moment…

  4. The Ceremony. The big first moment is the bride’s arrival and entrance into the venue. Then documentary-style coverage of the ceremony is the order of the day in the church/registry office/beach. All those juicy moments; shared looks between relatives, nervous grooms, and proud mums are wedding photography gold.

  5. The Family Formals. Just after the ceremony is the best moment to get those formal group shots in. Once people get to the reception there are beers, snacks, and family members you haven’t seen for a decade. There is usually a good space around the venue to get people together and make those photos that in 50 years you will look at and marvel at how stylish everyone was.

  6. The Reception/Couple’s session. Now it’s party time, and all your guests will need a drink after all their hard work watching you get married. While they are occupied we can sneak away to somewhere photogenic (or not, some of my best photos are in car parks) and take a few beautiful, romantic shots of the happy couple. It also gives you both a chance to just hang out with each other for a little while before the party gets going later. I’ll usually get some excellent candid moments from your guests, too, as people start to relax.

  7. The Banquet/Breakfast. Whatever type of food you’re having, I will generally shoot the bride and groom (or brides or grooms) coming into the venue to delighted screams and napkin waving from their public, and then I will disappear for a while as people eat. There are very few people who can pull off a fork-in-mouth shot so I usually take the chance to grab a bite myself. If there are toasts or speeches, though, I’ll be ready!

  8. The Dance. The obligatory opening dance in front of everyone before your parents swoop in and save you usually signifies the beginning of the serious party. I like to get some nice romantic shots of the couple, and then some parents dancing, before all hell breaks loose and people are break-dancing and doing the limbo. The party/disco/open bar is a great situation for some whacky photos with all the lights dancing around and people letting loose. If you, the couple, are still up for it, I often sneak you out for a few minutes and we do some evening shots with a completely different style to round off the story of the day.


¿Como fotografio una boda?

Os doy un resumen de un día de boda ‘típico’ desde mi punto de vista. Vuestra boda no tiene porque ser igual, pero en general, todas las partes suelen ser semejantes. También os doy una lista de tomas.

  1. Preparación (hay que poneros guapos). Mientras la gente se prepara, la familia está llegando, y vosotros os estáis vistiendo y maquillando, estaré yo haciendo fotos de los detalles como joyería, los zapatos, el vestido etc., así como todos estos pequeños momentos entre tus familiares más cercanos que os harán sonreír cada vez que las veas.

  2. Listos y preparados. Una vez listos, podremos hacer unas fotos de cada uno de vosotros ya vestidos y bellísimos. Si os preparáis en el mismo hotel/casa suelo hacer estas fotos todas a la vez, o si os preparáis en vuestras casas voy primero con el novio para que se ponga guapo, y después de las fotos, se puede relajar con sus amigos y tomar una cañita o dos mientras voy con la novia.

  3. El coche y la llegada. He hecho una sola boda en que la novia llegó a la iglesia andando, pero lo más probable es que tengáis coche. Las fotos de ‘entrando en el coche,’ ‘papá aguantando las lágrimas’ y ‘la llegada a la ceremonia’ son todos momentazos que ayudan a contar la historia.

  4. La Ceremonia. El primer momento importante es cuando entra la novia en el lugar, normalmente con su padre, el novio estará nervioso ya esperándole. Luego haré fotos documentales de toda la ceremonia en la iglesia/ayuntamiento/playa. Todos estos momentos jugosos: miradas compartidas entre la familia, novios nerviosos, madres orgullosas, todos son oro para la fotografía.

  5. Fotos formales de la familia. Just después de la ceremonia es el mejor momento para hacer las típicas fotos de grupos de la familia y los amigos. Una vez que todo el mundo llegue a donde las cañas y las tapas, ya se vuelve más complicado. Suele haber un espacio bonito alrededor de donde se hace la ceremonia y se puede aprovechar para aquellas fotos que veréis dentro de 50 años y os sorporenderéis con lo guapos que eráis todos.

  6. La recepción/Sesión de pareja.