Maria & Javi~Beach

The Spanish have got it right… their weddings aren’t just one day that flashes by so fast you cant even remember if you’ve spoken to everyone! They celebrate it all weekend…I wish this tradition was adopted over here!!

So this is Day 2 of Maria & Javi’s wedding where they blessed their wedding on the beach with all their friends and family around. They symobilsed the joining of their two families by pouring different sands into one bottle……don’t you just love it!

They then went on to eat and drink… and eat and drink… until they could no more 🙂

BLOG MARIA & JAVI beach

Sue & Dean

I was sooooo lucky with my first booking once landing on Spanish soil because it was for a fabulous family from London! And i thought what a great starting point – location: Spain, language: English…woooohoooo!

I was happy with that, even though i wanted to throw myself in at the deep end with Spanish weddings i can’t tell you how relieved i was that i wasn’t going to have the language barrier! The job was to photograph an evening 10 year blessing on the beach in La Cala….perfecto! And it was, they were hilarious i had so much fun taking the photos there was never a dull moment.

I had taken along my Nikon D610 and D3200 as my back up cam and my Nikon lenses- 50mm F1.8, 35mm F1.8 and 75-2oomm F4. But all i ended up using was the D610 with the 50mm for the duration and 35mm for a couple of wider shots. I didn’t use the zoom, it was an intimate gathering and as i was bobbing in and around everyone the 50mm was perfect for that, it is my lens of choice at the moment i LOVE IT! Its such a fantastic all round lens and i use it most of the time. I am a natural light photographer and will only use flash IF i have to, i think you get so much more natural depth to a photo without it. So i don’t rule out using it, sometimes you can get some really great effects when used creatively but if i can get away without it i will.

The main lesson i learnt was …. NEVER wear skinny flip flops on the beach in the height of summer in Spain if you need to stand around for a while. For the whole time i was there until the sun went behind the trees i was hopping (discretely as i could and also trying to hold my camera steady whilst taking photos) from one foot to the other and trying to find the inner strength that people use to walk over hot coals because thats what it felt like …. and there was nothing i could do about it ….”hi, oh by the way i cant photograph your wedding because i’ve got the wrong shoes on …” hmmmm not quite the professional image i’m trying to create! So that was penciled in my mental notebook for all future sessions on the beach in 40 degree heat!

I used the setting sun to my advantage and had lots of back lit photos which created such a nice romantic mood to the photos, then in Lightroom because i shot in RAW i was able to bring back the detail that i wanted in areas that were originally quite dark.

As a whole my first dip into a photographing a wedding in Spain went without a hitch, and i had such a laugh at the same time. They made it so easy for me and for that i was so grateful….a perfect start to the new journey….except for the blistered feet! 😀

BLOG SUE & DEAN 1st

BLOG SUE & DEAN 2nd

The Jump

Ok…..my first blog, I thought it would be a good time to start because this year has seen a huge change and I want to share my happiness and joy of taking a leap of faith and hope that it encourages others because you just never know whats round the corner…..

After a year of discussing our options we relocated to Spain a few months ago and it’s been one big learning and developing curve for us all. Leaving our family behind seemed a crazy move because of how family orientated I am and didn’t realise how much so until we moved and the realisation of not being able to just turn up and cuddle them whenever I wanted weighed down on me so heavily, I spent many a time in the toilet sobbing, peeling potatoes sobbing, hanging out the washing basically anytime I was alone! And I had to reach a real low point with it until I shook it off and was able to see clearly and look at why we had done this..

My husband works full time in IT but is a music producer as a sideline and has had to rebuild his studio from scratch over here which so far is looking good and more music opportunities have opened up for him, thankfully his music takes him all over the world anyway so it doesn’t really make a difference where his base is. He works less hours in his new job in Fuengirola and we live on the local bus route so we no longer need a car which is one less cost and liability.

Our daughter Sophie who was 5 when we arrived had to start the local Spanish school in September and she turned 6 three days after starting and the run up to this was traumatic fearing …..was this the right thing…. what if she hates it…..what if she feels so alone…. what if it puts her behind in her studies…….what if what if what if…..all these what ifs just make your head spin, stomach churn and make you doubt everything. But it was months of wasted worry……it turned out our little inspiration just took it in her stride and goes everyday with no problem, she has made a couple of friends and comes home smiling and does her homework everyday with the help of me……and Google Translate! ;-P The school is fantastic and has the best security you could imagine (which these days is SOOOOO important).

I think kids are the best gift to have, their innocence and strength can teach us so much of what we’ve lost along the way letting the worlds troubles pile up on us instead of just getting by ‘in the moment’

Our son Owen who is 2 and a half and is happy wherever he is, as long as he has his Thomas Train with him then we’re good to go! He makes me laugh everyday with his quirky little ways and it’s never a dull day around him.

Things were going well with my photography living in Wales I was getting lots of portrait and wedding shoots even some corporate jobs that couldn’t be more far apart in comparison….one for an animal bedding company which was days spent trudging through fields getting pictures of cows in the most flattering of ways ( I have a new found fondness for them now, who would of thought a cow could look pretty! ) and the other was for a vehicle van hire company taking photos of their fleet….and as I found out you cant make a lorry smile! 🙂

I also passed My Photography course with a Distinction which I am so proud of, I owe everything to my Dad he’s been my inspiration with photography and any arty gene or eye for a photo I have got has come from him……..thanks Dad! And thanks to my amazing Mum…she gave me my outstanding good looks….pah OK grasping at straws there, I think I got my emotions from my mum I feel I need to help people whenever I can, i’m hopeless when It comes to pain and suffering of others or animals and often sit in tears wishing there was something I could…….and yes I still cry at Bambi so that’s how useless I am!

Whoa gone off track…..back to photography…. the market is extremely saturated with photographers and I felt I needed new pastures and a new challenge so Spain was a good option for us all, the climate, the lifestyle, excellent school, more outdoor living for the kids, less stress etc etc

SO….this is where we are up to and I’ve definitely warbled on too much already so my next blog will be about my venture from British weddings to Spanish ones and what i’ve learnt along the way….stay tuned peeps……oh and HAVE A GROOVY DAY! Xxx