Today we feature the lovely engagement shoot of Ana and Hélder captured by London based Wedding Photographer Rita Fevereiro of Luminist Photography.
Ana and Hélder are a very sweet couple, perfectly comfortable at being photographed. She is a psychologist and he an Environmental Engineer. They met on a ferryboat to Morocco (hence the theme), became friends in Chefchaouen and romance followed suit. At the session they were great accomplices of my ideas and even added great ones of their own. Often I would just leave them to themselves and photographed with a zoom lens from a distance, to allow spontaneity and a relaxed mood.
This was a really wonderful spring day last year in Lisbon, with cloudless blue skies and a nice warm temperature. We started the session early to avoid harsh sun contrasts. The first location was an old disused wharf with a stunning view over Lisbon. This is a very scenic place for the run-down, yet still fresh buildings are quite atmospheric. Ana pointed out that this aspect could represent how they found each other when they met and I thought it was a lovely metaphor. We then crossed the river in an old fashion ferryboat and headed to a little beautiful garden with a viewpoint to the south bank, where we first were. They had a sophisticated picnic to commemorate their engagement followed by a chill in the grass.
Hi, I’m Rita, a Lisboner who moved to London 5 years ago to do the London College of Communication MA Photography. I fell in love with the city and decided to stay here afterwards. I’m a bit of a gipsy, have lived in a couple of other places in Europe and, since I started Luminist Photography, 3 years ago, I have been swinging between Portugal and England, shooting weddings in both locations. Right now I’m looking forwards to my 2 destination weddings booked so far for next year, the first in Alsace and the second in the Highlands. I love meeting people, social interaction means everything to me and I love photography as a fine art medium, so I decided to mixed these 2 passions in a profession that is fulfilling and fun. I also work as a freelance retoucher for Spring Studios in London, so I’m a bit of a Photoshop geek and someone to rely on to getting the most out of a raw file.
How would you describe your photography style?
With a background in Fine Art Photography, I tend to think a lot in a conceptual way and like to create a body of work, I always script the sessions, carefully study the weddings so that the photographs reflect its mood and emotions. I do a lot of research on my peer wedding photographers, but also look at a lot of other fields of photography, such as fashion and photo-journalism. I draw a lot of inspiration from the cinema and use its techniques to create story continuity. Spontaneity is very important, so most of my shots are reportage like, yet I know the value of a good staged photograph, so, whenever is possible I enjoy planning a few shoots too.
What did you love about the day?
Everything! From working with such imaginative, spontaneous and loving couple, to the scenic views from all the locations and the wonderful warmth of the day. We spent 4 hours together, but we hardly noticed the time passing as we were having such great fun!
Find out more about Luminist Photography and get in touch with Rita about your special day via her profile page here.