Souls wild at heart // A Wedding in Serra Da Estrela Natural Park
 

A kind of wilderness that words can not unwire, uncover, explain. I am still trying to comprehend the new things that were born on this day, in my life. Sometimes I can not truly word how much of what I do changes me. This day was 3 years ago, and I recall it all so vividly. I love Serra da Estrela with an unexplainable fire, always did. But to shoot a day like this, a love like this, emotions shining so brightly as they did right in the heart of it; when the day melts and you melt away with it - seemingly blending into one. I felt as if I was watching the most beautiful spectacle in the world. As if it was all meant to be that I was there. So that I could love what I do so much more fiercely. That I could understand that I might be worth a bit more to people than I at first understood. That my art matters, that it is possible to freeze so much more than just a moment in what I end up delivering. And that these people changed my life so much. Enriched it. Made it so much more worthy. And so much more golden. I still have no words to give and to try and explain the kind of honor and gratitude I still feel for all that unfolded on this day, under that big “carvalha”, where they shouted into the skies there was no other way other than this way; together always as one big family that could love no more than how they already did.

And as per usual this is going to be long. It deserves so.




 
My love is a cloud burning brightly in the sky
 
 
Stars Aligned And A Fire In The Sky
 

These images were shot 3 years ago. I still can't believe the amounts of things I still want to share. Here are a selection of this wedding day session that still make me swoon. 

 
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Lisa & Seva | Sintra
 

I've been thinking about this session very often lately, yet again. It strikes me as pure luck that strangers find me and feel that what I create moves them. It moves me for the luck I gather to be able to have the humble gratitude to be the chosen one. Picking someone to navigate who you are and what you have together is tough and should resonate within you immensely. The choice of photographer should be an important one. I am so very grateful for being the choice of so many beautiful people. 

Lisa and Seva are beautiful beings. I still don't have words to explain how their relationship moves me deeply. Sometimes you have quietness in sessions which translates a lot of emotion and sometimes you have giggling full of fun ones that could not express that emotion better, either. This is one of the most honest, raw and happy sessions I've ever had. I think you can see why. 

 
Ana Raquel & Miguel
 

These two are like an explosion of quiet in the chaos. They are so uniquely and intrinsically entrailed in each other that the world dissipates when they touch. I've become so found of their love the past few months, and that does not happen very often. To be honest I am a fan of how they live their life, the love their have for their friends and family and I am still quite in love with this afternoon they chose from scratch. When they asked me if we could head over to a fair to shoot the session I was like "what?". I mean this is too cool and it's going to rock my world. I've always wanted to shoot in a fair but as I saw that not many couples would go for that idea, I just kind of dropped it a few years back, and quietly gave it a bit up. To me this sounds like fate right? You wouldn't believe how fate plays such a huge part in the life of these two. The following photographs are to me simple quietness and color in a world that is only theirs, yet it's a world that is beyond inviting, full of kindness and acceptance and rock and roll. I love them. I truly do. Discover for yourself few of the hundreds of reasons why. 

 
Maria & Miguel | Cascais Engagement
 

I am the kind of person that cries behind my camera in the middle of ceremonies, and that laughs out loud when a kid eats part of the cake before being cut, and I am so, so grateful for the couples that allow me to be myself, that accept who I am entirely. 

Maria and Miguel gave me that possibility. The possibility of being myself, of knowing who they are and what they love about each other. This is yet still work from 2015 and I remember this day as clear as it was yesterday. I am getting there at sharing, y'all. 

 
Sara & Manel
 

I can still feel the temperature of this day on my skin. How the ocean air felt saltier than usual. And how in love Sara and Manel are with each other. Beyond their natural shyness they were able to open themselves to the opportunity of being documented the way they truly are when alone. It felt so real, and raw, and honest. It still does when I look into these photographs. This was probably one of my favourite sessions of 2016. And as the salty air being softly brought in the breeze, this was a feel good, intimate and quiet session. One I felt like floating while listening only to their giggling sweet sounds and the waves beating softly on the shore. 

 
Rita & João | Sesimbra Engagement Session
 

Rita and João got married almost two years ago and I still can't get their day out of my head. It is still one of my favourite days I've ever been able to document. I remember the feeling of adventure I had for shooting in such a cool location, different from the usual quintas and I just truly wish it would never end. And that mostly because it was the feeling everybody pretty much shared on that epic day. A few weeks prior we met yet again to shoot a bit in a place they love. It was simple yet a moment they owned with every bit of their personality which I love. Here's a few of my favourite.