To shoot an engagement session is a true present.
This is the point in time when the couple is getting closer to their wedding day, and it feels good to let go of all the worries and just focus on themselves and each other.
Sisi and Tibi are very good friends of ours and we have received our invitation to their wedding on the day of this session. This is going to be the first wedding in our life where we will arrive as guests, not as professionals — we can't wait!
However, we really wanted to do their engagement shoot — we know their different faces, their love, we knew our collaboration will turn out to be something really cool.
Being in front of the camera is not new to them, but this time we were interested in their true feelings.
This approach was square one for this photo shoot on a wonderful autumn afternoon. When we started to do the post production work we even forgot to breath.
We love that passion, that love, that delicate expression on their faces. They look so stunning!
Sisi and Tibi, thank you for letting us do this shoot, and we are excitedly looking forward to your wedding day.
Whenever we are in a shop selling babyclothes we always look for Szaffi's outfit that would suit the occasion - it’s not an easy choice :)
Sending hugs to you,
Szandra, Gabor and Szaffi
Storytelling is such an overly popular word these days in photography.
Although we try to avoid clichés and try to think out of the box, we really do feel that the definition of this word describes our work in so many ways.
For us, the story starts when the first e-mail arrives from a couple or a family, saying they chose us to capture an important chapter of their life. Even after years we feel those butterflies in our stomachs and we are excited to get to know them better, to clear the details, to choose the location. And then finally, we meet them.
At that point something happens.
Something, that is hard to put into words - as if all of it was happening in a parallel universe.
It may be trust, it may be honesty that creates a connection, but no matter where life takes us, it surely brings us back together at some point.
This was the case with Viki and her family. We have met them for the first time when their baby, Sammy was still in his mummy's bump.
They have come to Bournemouth with their daughter, Sophie so that, as a highlight of a beautiful weekend, they can have family portraits taken.
We took a walk, talked and laughed a lot — that part wasn't hard at all as the whole family is cheerful, full of laughter and good vibes.:)
Then days and weeks passed, we were all busy with our own family lives, but we heard from each other time to time.
The next time we saw them baby Sammy was 6 weeks old.
We spent a relaxed, care-free morning at their place, in their own home. This time there was no need to get to know each other, nor to warm up to one an other, our presence was natural for them and it feels really good to work in an atmosphere like that.
Relaxed, heartfelt portraits can be taken this way, we can capture genuine moments without poses or sophisticated expressions.
This is what we hope for every time when doing a family photo session.
Because these pictures will be the ones in your family album that can recall smells, giggles, that will bring back a familiar grin, stir up real emotions in their perfectly imperfect way.
For us, this is the real genre of storytelling.
We are looking forward to your story. :)
Alexandra Szigeti and Gabor Csako