MayBrides’ Wedding Photography Wizards… Jacek Kordus

Some professional photographers are obsessed with themselves and they tell you that they are the best possible choice you can make.

Other photographers are natural, creative and talented.

 

They don’t have to sell themselves.

That’s why I like Jacek – he’s authentic!

 

On his blog he says: ‘I’m not gonna write that I’ve always loved photography, I discovered it at some point of my life’ and then he adds: ‘in addition to good money, photography gives me this unique opportunity of meeting really amazing people’. A really talented, creative, natural and honest photographer – have a look at some samples of his work:

 

 

To find out more visit: http://takedi.com/blog/

 

Best Wishes

MayBrides
Marta May Photography

Exclusive interview… Luthien Elve

 
Last year I wrote a short article about an amazing portrait photographer – Luthien Elve. The post and some samples of her work can be found HERE.
Because I’m her huge fan, you can probably imagine how happy I was when she agreed to tell me her story… and now we all can get to know one of these amazing photographic talents a little bit more!
Alright, shall we begin?
Tell me, what is the biggest obstacle on a photographer’s path to achieving this perfect image?
Perfect image… not quite sure, but I know that the biggest obstacle in my profession is time or rather lack of it. There is a huge abyss between the second when the idea is born and the moment the photograph is finished. Stylization ideas that pop into my head seem to be so straightforward at first, but in fact, they require a lot of work. And matching all that with the suitable type of a model’s beauty and then transforming the photograph into a moody image can sometimes take a couple of weeks.
I see you like photographing people, their faces, characters – what is so fascinating about them?
I’m not quite sure whether people are the factor that makes me want to be a photographer. I’m more fascinated by a detail, shape, costume, colour, light and the moment of changing my model into a different person – into a character taken from an ‘unreal reality’. Sometimes I think that this transformation is the most fascinating thing in the entire process.
You’ve  just answered my next question, but I’ll ask anyway… What is the coolest and the most difficult thing for you as far as photographing people is concerned?
Well, the best thing is that from time to time I meet someone really ineteresting, with an original soul and character, someone whose presence (even if it’s only a couple of hours spent together during a photo shoot) can bring so much positive energy into my life. The most difficult thing though is relaxation. Sometimes I have to visualise the picture before I press the shutter button… and at this point I find it hard to explain to the model what I want to achieve by using a certain pose. In such moments I’m trying to distract her thoughts, find this eye-to-eye contact, let her be surprised for a while and then, if I’m lucky, take THIS picture. And after that I have to chill again and find another picture in my head simultaneously pretending that I’m still taking pictures. If I get one really good photograph after the photo shoot, I’m satisfied.
By looking at your pictures I can say that you’ve mastered that skill already!
But how did it all happen? Why did you become a photographer? Who or what inspired you?
Difficult question… I’ve always wanted to be a painter. Fascinated by paintings from different periods, I would spend hours only looking at works of art. I would study their technique, admire colours and details… While spending so much time studying them, I discovered one rule that connects all sorts of art: light – light is present everywhere and it doesn’t matter whether this is a painting, graphics, sculpture or a project of a chair – light makes everything else meaningful… gives shape, makes us travel to a different reality, and, most importantly, light is a source of life for any colour. Photography was one of my subjects at uni. Working in a darkroom helped me discover light in a completely different, tangible way. I’ll never forget that excitement of waiting for this surprising image and it slowly appears on a completely white sheet of paper…
My answer to a second part of your question is: I think I was inspired by my love to art… to every sort of art as I’ve always been fascinated in legends, myths and fairy tales and I’m trying to achieve a similar mood in my works. But the most difficult thing is to do it in that simple way…
Thank you Luthien Elve!
MayBrides
Marta May Photography
PLEASE DO NOT USE LUTHIEN ELVE’S WORK WITHOUT HER PERMISSION!! ITS COPYRIGHT by luthienelve.com

MayBrides’ Wedding and Portrait Photography Wizards… Ruben Hestholm

Ladies and Gentlemen!

 

Let me introduce to you an amazing wedding, family and portrait photographer from Sandnes in Norway – Ruben Hestholm.

His photographs are full of light, positive thoughts and happiness! It’s hard to believe that he has been a professional photographer since March 2011!  Before that he worked in sales, logistics and management! Well done Ruben for leaving import/export customs issues and showing your artistic talent to the World!

 

Below you will find samples of Ruben’s fantastic photos, but many many more you’ll find on his blog HERE!

Get some proper wedding inspiration from the Norwegian West Coast!

 

Best wishes,

MayBrides

What can you do to have great Wedding Photos 6/6?

IS IT BETTER TO HAVE TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS INSTEAD OF ONE?

With two wedding photographers

  • it is possible to have such photos as: a photo of the bride walking down the aisle (from the groom’s perspective) and, at the same time, a photo of the groom looking at his future wife for the first time on their wedding day; a photo of the happy couple’s faces the moment they say YES and at the same time photos of their parents’ emotions and many many more…
  • there is a better chance of capturing important moments – especially in a crowded place where it’s hard to quickly move from one place to another,
  • it is possible to simultaneously photograph two different situations – two photographers are especially useful during the reception where many different things happen in different place sat the same time,
  • you get two different perspectives of the same subject when photographed by a male and a female photographer,
  • it is possible to have those unique photos from both the bride’s and the groom’s morning preparations and you can choose which photographer to have with whom (some brides feel more comfortable with a female photographer…)
  • your photos will be well lit, because the second photographer works like a strobe ‘remotely controlled’ by the main photographer to help you look your best on your wedding photos.

Basically, with two photographers you get a lot more better and more interesting photos!

 

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Best wishes,

MayBrides

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MayBrides’ Wedding Photography Wizards… Daniel Kiyoi

Daniel Kiyoi’s wedding photographs are exceptional, different, original and sooo beautiful!

 

There is something magical in his photos and if you compare them to the regular wedding photographers’ images, you can tell that Daniel is an artist.

He is a graphic designer, photographer and painter from Brooklyn, NY, and, as he has written on his blog, each picture that he takes, is treated like a work of art. He spends long hours making sure that each image is unique and full of vibrancy.

 

Just take a look at his photos and you’ll fall in love with them – this is the link to Daniel Kiyoi’s Blog

…and here is the gallery showing some of his works of art:

Best wishes,

MayBrides

What can you do to have great Wedding Photos 5/6?

WHEN TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT?

1) ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

Advantages

  • possibility of capturing the actual mood and looks of the married couple
  • usually allows for a quicker assembly and montage of the wedding album

Disadvantages

  • you have to be careful at all times during a photo shoot and always make sure  your dress is perfectly clean
  • lack of time resulting in lack of varied and interesting backdrops
  • the photographer often has to work in sharp, direct sunlight which is not ideal for your wedding photos
  • you have to leave the wedding guests for a while
  • you are 100% dependent on the weather unless you choose to have the photos taken inside the building

2) AFTER YOUR WEDDING DAY

Advantages

  • plenty of time
  • you can have the photos taken in several different places, use more original ideas, which makes the photos much more interesting
  • you can choose the time, light and what’s most important – the weather
  • you don’t have to worry about your wedding dress anymore and even climb the trees in it if you feel adventurous :) – therefore some photographers call it a ‘Trash-the-dress’ photo shoot

Disadvantages

  • you may have to book your hairdresser and a make-up artist again
  • sometimes it is necessary to take some time off work, because usually such photo shoots are organised during the week

 

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Best wishes,

MayBrides

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What can you do to have great Wedding Photos 4/6?

PART FOUR – AFTER-WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT

  • tell the photographer what style of photos or even what exact photos would you like to have
  • tell him/her what your hobbies and passions are
  • when heading for a photo shoot, don’t take any additional people or a videographer with you
  • if you choose the places and the photo shoot is going to last 3-4 hours, make sure you’ve chosen a variety of places and that they are located not far from one another
  • choose various places such as meadows, streets, paths, bridges, buildings and so on – the photos will be more interesting
  • if it is possible have someone drive you to the photo shoot so that you don’t have to worry about driving
  • when the day is hot, remember to take a good foundation/powder with you…
  • have a proper rest before the photo shoot
  • plan your after-wedding photo shoot after the wedding day so that you don’t have to worry that your dress will get dirty or that your guests will be left alone

 

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Best wishes,

MayBrides

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