22
Apr 2014

Thaís + Filipe

An Emotional Surprise Wedding

Thaís and Filipe are Brazilian and about to experience a big change: they’re moving to Mexico. They are also in the middle of the organization of their wedding, a wedding that will take place on the beach in Tulum once they’re there. What they didn’t know is that another kind of wedding was planned in secret for them, on the day of their civil marriage in Brazil by the bride’s sisters. The whole idea was to give the opportunity to some of their friends who wouldn’t make it to Tulum to get a taste of what they were going to miss. I’ve always thought I’d kill the person who’d organize a surprise wedding for me—that’s because I’m kind of a control freak—, but I think their pictures made me change my mind. I mean, have you ever seen a bride that emotional? The photos were taken by Mariana Magno out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

So, surprise wedding, yes or no?

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The word of the photographer.

As a photographer, I’ve had my share of emotions, but this wedding stands in my top 10 of the most emotional weddings ever.

At home, everything was taken care of by Thaís’ sisters; Thaís didn’t even know what she was going to wear! They gave them headphones and took them to the church, that was already decorated and full of people waiting for them. When they arrived, they recognized the place by its smell, but had no idea how beautiful everything was and how much friends were waiting to witness their love with them.

It was one memorable moment of joyful tears! Even I had to get it together so I wouldn’t sob! It was so good to be able to be there and capture so much love, to see so many open-hearted people, in a place that’s so special for the bride & groom. I was literally able to feel the love and affection in every detail.

19
Apr 2014

Facebook, We Need to Talk

Is Facebook Still Your Friend?

When the end of Google Reader was announced, someone asked me how I was gonna do to continue following all the blogs and photographers I was following. My answer to that was that I actually wasn’t using Google Reader. The truth is, Facebook was more convenient back then and easier to use, at least for the newbie blogger I was, so that I could keep up to date by only following the blogs and photographers I liked using that platform.

It was in fact so convenient I even ended up replacing my weekly or daily visits on blogs by an easy “Like” on their Facebook page… Until I eventually realized that that particular blog or page whose updates I used to enjoy weren’t showing up in my news feed anymore. “They might as well have stopped”, I was thinking to myself, but then a quick look at the corresponding pages showed me they had not and were actually going on with DAILY updates… How many things had I missed? How many blogs have I totally forgotten about because their updates don’t appear anymore?

I don’t care if Facebook wants to turn into money all the benefits they’ve brought to people’s lives… Fair enough! What actually bothers me is that I was having the impression that I was following these people; I thought Facebook was doing the job for me and I stopped acting the way I used to. And I was fooled.

 

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The reason I’m sharing these thoughts today is because I bet I’m not an isolated case. I guess many of you started “liking” pages on Facebook thinking Facebook would notify you when something new happens… Well let me tell you something: it doesn’t.

Let’s go specific and talk about a Facebook page I know well: ours. We used to get most of our traffic from Facebook updates. However for the last weeks/months, our updates reached something like 10% of the followers of the page (which corresponds to the same number of people we were reaching during the very first weeks the page was created!!) and it looks like this number’s going down each time. Let me do the maths for you, it means that if you’re following us there, you’re seeing less than one out of ten of our status updates, i.e. new post notifications.

I don’t mean to spam you, nor to force you to change your habits if you just feel like you’re not that interested in the blog anymore. But if by clicking “Like” on our page one day, you thought you were following the page and the blog, just know you’re not. Not anymore.
If you still want to be aware of what’s going on here—or on any other blog—there are many solutions: you can subscribe on the blog to get an email every time a new post is online; you can go on the Facebook page and click the button that says you want to be notified of new updates (under the “Liked” button – but who knows for how long that’ll work); you can follow us on Twitter; last, we’re on Bloglovin and there’s now a Google+ page. I’d also be super happy if you just regularly stopped by as you were probably doing before Facebook existed!

 

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I am not making any money out of the blog, I really just enjoy running it. But if some day there’s no one following anymore, what’s the point? Also, I guess I speak for many other persons that once created a page on Facebook. Don’t let Facebook kill all those people, please do something about the blogs you love.

 

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17
Apr 2014

Tina + Mark

Elopement in Santorini

Tina and Mark went to the Greek Islands to get married… just the two of them plus their photographer. Eloping can be a good alternative to traditional wedding; it puts the focus on just the two of you, and you can eventually use the money you’d spent on the wedding to offer you some great vacation! That’s what Tina and Mark went for, and the island of Santorini in Greece made the perfect background for some stunning pictures! Photography by DavidOne, out of France.

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The word of the photographer.

When you get a request of this type – “We love your pictures, we’re getting married in Santorini… Would you accept to come with us that day?”… you’re always wondering “Is that some kind of a joke? Is it for real? Do I really get to go to this incredibly photogenic place to just, do my job?”

Well, it wasn’t a joke! :)
That day, I met with Tina & Mark, an L.A. couple, that came to the island for their elopement. Actually, in that case, it was quite simple: wherever we would go on the island, there was a nice spot, and by nice I mean “world class”. :) It’s so exciting, and one day isn’t even enough to be able to exploit everything.

The wedding ceremony took place at Imerovogli, we then went to a small fishing port, took some pictures next to an old abandoned house (but style very charming!), to end up with Oïa, where the sunsets are amongst the most beautiful in the world… Except that, that day the sun decided to hide at this very moment – it didn’t happen in the last 6 months!

Let’s say bad luck, it didn’t stop us from enjoying every moment. Mark & Tina were adorable, always
attentive, and I think with the millions of stairs walked up and down during the day, exhaustion took me… But what a unforgettable day!

I wanna go back!!! :)

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