“Some things are meant to be” was the title of Gabby’s first email to me and I couldn’t agree more with her. (yeah Gabby!!! we both agreed that we haven’t met many people with the same name… u see why it was meant to be? ;)) Aaaanyway, after that first email exchange I knew that we would click right away and I was excitedly looking forward to shooting Gabby with her husband Peter in beautiful Barcelona. The gorgeous momma of 3 (can u believe it?) is a photographer herself in the Netherlands, which just added more to my excitement of shooting them. It always makes me happy when people like my images, but when a fellow photographer hires me to take pictures for her…. it makes my pride swell so big that it almost bursts out of my chest. Thank you Gabby for putting your trust in me and thank you both for being so fierce and fun! My camera loooooved you!
Archives for May 2012
I haven´t really understood all the hype about Instagram until a few days ago. I was one of the first ones to get the app when it came out for Android last month, but I never really got into it. I didn´t understand the point… I already have a blog, a personal and a business facebook account, a twitter account… how much more social media can I juggle? And I was already taking just fine pictures with my dusty Samsung, so what´s the point? Oh how wrong I was…
A few days ago I FINALLY got an iPhone! Yes, I could say that it has rocked my world! 😉 My old phone officially did everything that an iPhone can, but the shiny bright display, the amazing camera capabilities and the Apps (oh the apps!) has totally converted me to a raving iPhone fan. Instagram was one of the first apps I´ve downloaded and it was one of the best decisions I made this month! Not only did I start using it to document life, but I decided to give a try at socializing, following people…etc and how well it has paid off. So far I´ve arranged a meeting with Amy & Jocey, the fab ladies behind Weddingchicks (one of the biggest wedding blogs worldwide) and got an inquiry for a wedding in the UK… all because of Instagram, all in the last 4 days!
Sometimes it takes a while for me to give in to new social media trends, but I should just stop fighting it… I´m a millenial, I can handle it and IT IS too much FUN anyway! 😉
So with that said, if you wanna follow my adventures and silly daily illustrated mini ramblings on Instagram now you can! 😉 Find me as enroutephoto. Happy weekend Instagraming!
I must admit, I have a soft spot for international weddings. Marrying someone from a completely different culture is magical, exciting and ensures that you´ll keep learning and discovering new things for the rest of your life through your partner.
The Catalan – Japanese wedding of Tania and Yuya was filled with sweet details incorporating both of their cultures. Yuya and his family was wearing traditional Japanese clothes and there were small Japanese details gracing the reception and dinner tables like origami birds made by Yuya´s parents, green tea in test tubes with personalized labels as wedding favors and sake in original Japanese cups. Meanwhile, most of the menu items were typical Catalan delicacies like seafood risotto, olives or patatas bravas. (p.s. The mojito sorbet with mint foam was just divine! ;)))
I need to take a moment to thank Carole from Marry Me in Spain for orchestrating a flawless day. Everything was beautiful up to the very last detail. The gorgeous Masia Ribas was the perfect location for their celebration, the outdoor sunset ceremony in the mansion´s garden was sweet, simple and made everyone laugh.
Tania, Yuya, your day was perfect and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together. I feel incredibly lucky for having been invited to capture your love. Enjoy the images! 😉
I´ve learned that putting on traditional Japanese clothes is hard work! Instructions were necessary… 🙂 I have a new found respect for women wearing kimonos… it takes hourssssss to put on the many many layers and all the small details to complete the outfit, which I could observe during the preparation of Yuya´s mother.
I loved the location of the ceremony at the Masia Ribas. The chairs were placed in a half circle for a more original and familiar feel. The consistent use of baby´s breath in the ceremony decoration, in Tania´s bouquet and in her hair made this simple flower really shine!
The ceremony was cute and funny (As they already officially got married at the townhall beforehand they already exchanged rings, which they forgot to take off for the ceremony… it made everyone laugh :))
I loved shooting these two after their ceremony….. cuteness overload!!!
The cocktail hour/reception was perfect with mouthwatering appetizers and a rustic seafood risotto and frittata bar!
Carole installed a photo booth for thecocktail hour with lots of beautiful and funny props.
The wedding cupcakes were a gift from one of Tania and Yuya´s friends. The personalized cake toppers were a huge hit among the guests and the marzipan figurines looked so much like them!
Wedding Planner : Carole Bipat, Marry Me in Spain
Ceremony and reception venue : Masia Ribas
Cake: from Tania & Yuya´s friend
Tania´s Gown: Pronovias
Photography: En Route Photography
Lately I’ve been feeling like I took some happy pills (I did not :)) and I’m on a constant high of emotions! It must be the spring fever, the gorgeous sunlight that awakes me bright and early every morning, my fantastic friends, my loving family, my spontaneous adventures…. but above all that, I think it’s the fulfillment I feel because I’m finally living my dream, I’m living a life I’m proud of. I remember vividly the days I spent at my previous job, in a big multinational corporation, doing a big and responsible job, which I was honored to have but which made me utterly unhappy. I remember waking up every morning feeling like I don’t wanna get out of bed, I wanna sink into my pillows, hide from the world and just lay in a fetus position. What a change the last year has brought!
I have difficulties sleeping lately, but not because I’m stressed or have too many things on my mind, but simply because I’m excited for everything that I have ahead of me and I cannot wait to jump out of bed in the morning! Becoming a full time photographer has been the hardest, most fulfilling and most exciting adventure I’ve ever been on. I’m loving all my awesome projects, shooting my amazing clients (most of whom become instant friends), I love editing their pictures and I love connecting with other photographers and wedding industry members! I also have been focusing on doing exciting, new and adventurous things in my free time lately and I’m happy. I don’t know if I’ve ever been this happy. My life is not perfect, not at all, but I choose to look beyond the imperfections, believe that everything happens for a reason and trust and know that everything will fall into place and right now, everything is exactly as it should be and I’m seizing the day. (oh the power of positive thinking! ;))
Making a jump, realizing your dream and than traveling on the rocky path of making it happen is not easy…. but than again, nothing worth having comes easy right? People tell me that I was brave, that I did something most people wouldnt have the courage to do (changing career paths and deciding out of thin air that I wanted to become a photographer) but I disagree… anyone can do it! ANYONE…. you only live once but if you do it right, once is enough! 😉 (sorry, I think I’ve spent too much time on my Pinterest quote board lately ;)) I guess what I’m trying to say is this… CARPE DIEM! Live your dream! What is the worst thing that could happen? You could fail. But wouldn’t you rather fail than never know if things could have worked out?
I met Ester and Sergio through Tania from Wedding Dreams (she is a budding wedding planner based in Barcelona). The couple did not schedule any time for portraits on their wedding day last summer, so they decided to work with me to relive the day and get some more milage out of their gorgeous gorgeous wedding attire. (Ester’s Pronovias gown is TO DIE FOR!!!!). We decided on a romantic row boat shoot in the Parc de la Ciutadella in the heart of Barcelona and Tania and her husband Ivan, have graciously offered to help out with the decoration (looooove the paper boat garland!) and assist me during the shoot.
Thanks to some early morning rainfall we had the whole lake to ourselves and tons of fun trying not to fall in the icy water and trying to attract the ducks (p.s ducks dont like croissants!!! lesson learned ;)) I loved to observe how Ester and Sergio love each other and how comfortable, happy and fulfilled they are in married life. Thank you guys for allowing me to capture your love. You were true superstars! 😉