A Sumptuous Spanish Wedding By Asier Altuna

Photographer: Asier Altuna
Couple: Vanessa & Pedro
Location: Santa Maria Del Mar
Wedding Date: 07 August 2015

 


 

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a wedding photographer based in Barcelona who loves to travel, for national and international weddings.

I write with images, capturing the history you

choose to share with me

Asier Atuna Groom at wedding

Groom at wedding

Groom looking out of window

How do you think or would like people to describe you?

I love when they tell me you reflected our special creating a memory for a lifetime.

wedding view

bride getting ready

bride being made up

brides hair being done

Tell us a little bit about how you approach a wedding day?

It would be a pleasure to take part in your special day, contributing the best way I know how: by taking pictures that will allow you to build a narrative from your experiences, using images to write the history you share with me.

wedding dress hanging

bride getting into wedding dress

bride finishing getting ready

How did you get into wedding photography?

You could say that photography found me. I had just finished my degree in tourism when I made a decision that, without me knowing it, would mark my destiny. I accepted a position on a cruise ship and when I arrived I was asked if I knew how to take pictures. I said yes, even though this wasn’t my specialty, and I spent four years travelling the world, dedicating my time exclusively to photography. At first I only photographed the passengers on the cruise, but as I learned I started to take my camera with me everywhere. In each port I would bike around and capture everything that caught my eye. My technique improved, I was promoted to principle photographer, and, day by day, I learned the fascinating art of taking and even developing photos (at the time I was still using film).

Nostalgic for home, after several years I returned to Barcelona. That experience, however, changed me. I went on to get a Master’s degree in photojournalism and I began to shape my practice into what it is now, piecing together, little by little, everything I have experienced and learned. It was another serendipitous occasion that led me into weddings. For many years I was gaining experience while working in specialized businesses. And although I have taken many photographs of couples, this ceremony continues to inspire me. The experience has allowed me to enjoy myself more at each wedding I have the honour to participate in, and at each event I become better at defining how I live and capture these moments. For this reason I am now ready to take the reins and offer my own services.

My style is a result of my life: photojournalism taught me to not intervene, but to stay out of the way, capturing the reality in front of me, keeping my eye glued to the camera and allowing life to flow, while instinctively recording all those small instants that move me. Travelling through the world also impacted my work, training me to pay attention to the details of each environment and reminding me to make the most of my surroundings. I am able to find beauty everywhere.

beautiful bride

guests at wedding

bride enjoying the view

How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Since 2010

bride exiting wedding car

bride meets groom

inside the wedding church

Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

From every wedding I have, I try to learn from it and the experience allows you to be at the right place and right moment.

wedding location

guests at wedding

bride and groom

What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

They should know what are their needs, but what is the most important is to find a photographer with the stile that you are looking for. In the digital era I totally recommend to have an album printed because having printed pictures will always be special.

bride and groom saying vows

emotional bride and groom

church wedding

How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

Most of the people come because they where friends from the couple I shot. I also advertise in some wedding specialized webs, google adwords and social media.

happy bride and groom

confetti at wedding

bride and groom kiss

Why do you think people hire you?

Because they like my work and when we do the meeting we have a special connection.

bubbles at wedding

wedding kiss

just married kiss

How many weddings do you average per year?

30

wedding guest takes photo

bride and groom seen through doors

bride and groom dancing

Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

All weddings are special. I like to travel and love to shoot weddings from different cultures.

wedding dance

bride on balcony

bride and groom on balcony

bride and groom in silhouette

If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

The world is the limit so far!

spanish wedding view

spanish wedding

spanish bride and groom

bride and groom walk the streets

What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I use 2 cameras, Nikon D750 and love to use fix lenses: 30mm, 50mm, but also bring a 24-70mm f2,8 and 70-200mm f2,8.

wedding celebration in street

bride outside Chanel

beautiful bride

What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?

Try to get as many special moments as possible, creating pictures that tell a story.

bride and groom hug

bride and groom in square

bride and groom close up

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

Probably a tour guide.

bride and groom read map

bride and groom watch boats

bride and groom at river

Share one of your favourite images?

From my last Trash The Dress

Asier Altuna Trash The Dress

Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?

Pablo Laguia

bride cuddles husband

spanish street wedding

wedding on spanish river

bride and groom on river

What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Always evolve, love your work and keep learning.

bride by spanish boat

bride on steps

bride on steps

bride and groom

bride on sunny day

bride and groom kiss

Thank you to Asier for sharing this beautiful wedding day with us. For more information on Asier Altuna please visit his website.

 

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