Destination Wedding in Lagos – Portugal // Emily & Murray from South Africa

This Wedding was very special and also very intense.

Non stop shooting from morning until night.

Always a lot of action and dynamism…. the way i like!!

Sorry i may post too many photos, but its just this once.

More photos can be seen here:

Chris Parker - August 9, 2011 - 5:01 pm

Excellent work on capturing of the emotions!

wedding photography surrey - August 11, 2011 - 7:31 am

really great photography…all the spontaneous reactions are captured very efficiently and naturally, which really adds in the beauty of the photography…

20-20photos - August 11, 2011 - 7:42 am

This is really an elegant photo shoot. Everything is just beautiful. The brides happiness is very well captured.Really nice photography….

Shauna - August 11, 2011 - 2:40 pm

Beautiful wedding story from beginning to end. Lovely photos … and you captured the culture of Portugal so well.

ArvvSoni - August 12, 2011 - 6:25 am

wow Had a smile…….. throughout all the photos … thanks!

Paul Cunningham - August 12, 2011 - 11:52 pm

I can certainly see that it was non-stop shooting from morning to night … and very well worth it for you. These are stunning photographs. Congrats!

Wilma Cornelisse - August 13, 2011 - 10:26 pm

What a gorgeous church — you captured it so beautifully.

Robert Speck - August 17, 2011 - 1:42 am

You captured everything beautifully — from beginning to end (what a beautiful wedding story) — all those emotions and gorgeous photography. Kudos!

Abigail Winters - August 19, 2011 - 11:31 pm

I adore your black and white photography. And I also love how you captured every single emotion that could be felt on a wedding day. Very nice.

laguna beach photographer - August 23, 2011 - 12:33 am

Brilliant photography. Really cool.

Alexandra Kokostatis - August 23, 2011 - 11:37 am

Very, very nice. You captured every emotion possible.

Allison Larman - August 28, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Just love how you captured all those wedding day emotions, especially those of the bride.

Miranda Isber - August 30, 2011 - 10:59 am

Looks like that reception quite a fun time. I really enjoyed your black and white photos. Very nice.

Maia Chase - September 2, 2011 - 12:50 pm

Love the shots in the grocery store — nice touch.

Yvonne Dunnington - September 7, 2011 - 1:08 pm

#22 in the church of the bride and groom saying their vows is by far my favorite.

Joe - September 8, 2011 - 11:46 pm

Awesome work you’ve got here, the photos are a sign of professional photography. Great work and Keep it up

Photography Lighting - September 15, 2011 - 6:12 am

Amazing Photos! Thanks for sharing.

wedding photography - October 3, 2011 - 4:51 am

This might be my favorite wedding of yours yet! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful moment.

Nas - March 15, 2012 - 10:47 am

Great B&W shots! Well captured!

A Top Russian Italian Wedding

Allow me to take you on a unique 4 day shoot journey with a stunning Russian couple in the heart of Rome, Italy.  It had everything from a pre(historic)-shoot, World Heritage Wedding Venue, A spectacular Night Shoot at Rome’s most romantic & famous settings and a holy Orthodox ceremony.  Feel free to view more of this top Italian Wedding HERE.  Feel free to comment and enjoy!

Shoot 1 of 4 - Pre-Wedding Shoot | Rome, ItalyShoot 2 of 4 - The Wedding Day | Lake Albamo, ItalyShoot 3 of 4 - The Night Shoot | Rome, ItalyShoot 4 of 4 - Orthodox Ceremony | Rome, Italy

Denis - August 8, 2011 - 11:13 am

Exciting!

20-20photos - August 11, 2011 - 7:49 am

fantastic collection of wedding photos…it is really giving a royal and traditional look….i loved it…

Shauna - August 11, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Breathtaking and phenomenal imagery!!

Paul Cunningham - August 12, 2011 - 11:54 pm

Your first two photos just blew me away … such artistic talent … and then I kept scrolling down only to realize that every image you capture is worth one thousand words. I am so glad to have had the chance to preview your beautiful work. I am looking forward to more.

Wilma Cornelisse - August 13, 2011 - 10:29 pm

Your photography is AMAZING!! There are so many stunning photos that I cannot pick a favorite. They are all stunning!

Yvonne Dunnington - August 13, 2011 - 10:31 pm

I agree with Wilma. I actually found a favorite — the very last image — awesome!

Robert Speck - August 17, 2011 - 1:44 am

I was captivated by Image #2 … but then it kept getting better and better and better. Your photography is amazing … and I can certainly understand why you have been selected as the Best of Best in wedding photography.

Abigail Winters - August 19, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Fabulous imagery. My goodness, this is certainly work that should achieve some awards. Gorgeous!

laguna beach photographer - August 23, 2011 - 3:06 am

Extraordinary creations. Great.

laguna beach photographer - August 23, 2011 - 3:12 am

You don’t need anything more than this for a life time. It’s worth keeping for your grand children.

Alexandra Kokostatis - August 23, 2011 - 11:39 am

Your imagery is remarkable … such an artist. I viewed this blog posting at least 10 times now and just can’t enough of the beauty.

Allison Larman - August 28, 2011 - 4:59 pm

Awesome imagery. I especially loved the photos inside the church.

Castle Durrow Wedding – Emma Jane and Brian

Shot in Castle Durrow, Co Laoise, Ireland with their ceremony in Abbeyleix Church. Images by Shane O’Neill www.aspectphotography.net

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Sarah Kimmel Photography - August 7, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Sarah loves and admires your work. Sarah Kimmel is a professional photographer serving the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She has a passion for the subtle beauty in life and enjoys sharing this with her clients. Sarah is first and foremost an artist, with the ability to see possibilities for unique and awe inspiring pic.

Teresa Beklamy - August 8, 2011 - 12:43 am

Wow … your first image had me captivated – really like the black and white … then I kept scrolling down. Also enjoyed your amazing color pictures.

Rachel Tatem - August 8, 2011 - 7:34 am

You did a great job, Love the way you captured the day

Shauna - August 11, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Gorgeous imagery. That last image is brilliant. And the image of the bride and father just entering the church — wow — great lighting and angles.

Paul Cunningham - August 12, 2011 - 11:57 pm

Your photographic skills are so very evident in this imagery. I have not as yet visited Ireland — but your photos are lulling me to that very Emerald island. These photos are absolutely brilliant!

Yvonne Dunnington - August 13, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Beautiful blog posting. Your last two images are my very favorites. Brilliant work!

Robert Speck - August 17, 2011 - 1:46 am

Just ‘love’ your B&W imagery … especially #10 in the church — awesome!

Abigail Winters - August 19, 2011 - 11:35 pm

Beautiful, fairy tale story. And #7 is just so full of emotion, it brought tears to my eyes. You are a true artist.

Alexandra Kokostatis - August 23, 2011 - 11:41 am

The church shots are fascinating. Brilliant, brilliant blog post.

Nik Pekridis Lens & Light Honor

The Lens & Light Honor is awarded to twelve photographers each year who are true leaders in the world of wedding photography. We look for photographers who produce stunning, modern, artistic imagery at the frontier of the field and for photographers who have achieved a rare level of success and recognition among brides, fellow photographers, and others in the wedding industry. We are proud to recognize Nik Pekridis with the Lens & Light Honor.

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A third generation photographer, Nik Pekridis has been shooting for more than 25 years. Since he turned his attention to weddings, Nik has catapulted to the top of the wedding photography field, and has become especially well-known for his incredible portraits. Actively engaged in the industry, Nik is the co-founder of photo wedding stories, and is a regular speaker and judge for conventions and contests such as SWPP.

This summer Nik put on an excellent 5-day workshop in Santorini along with Adam Alex, Sofie Louca and Paul Karaolides. Coming up in October, Nik will join the dream team of 7 master photographers (Nik, Yervant, David Beckstead, Bambi Cantrell, Michael Greenburg, Laslo Gabany, and Graham Monro) at Yervant’s Grand Workshop in Corfu, Greece for a week of intense seminars, hands-on photo sessions and a fair bit of fun, too.

How did you get into wedding photography?

Well, first of all thank you. It’s a huge honor for me to be featured on Lens and Light especially because I live in a small country. And even though I have been a photographer from the age of 12, my epiphany actually came in 2007. So, while I have been shooting weddings a long time, I feel at the age of 42 that I have only really done weddings for the last 4 years. I got into wedding photography because of my dad who was also a wedding photographer. I actually shot my first wedding at the age of 12 back in 1981. It wasn’t pretty: Manual focus, flash on camera and bad pictures. I am serious. I was a very bad photographer until 2007 when I attended a Yervant’s seminar in my city. He is the guy who “pushed the button” in my mind. Because of him, I started over and found my true photographic self. I will always be thankful to him and admire him.

How would you describe your style?

My style changes all the time, and it has especially changed from before: as my friend Rocco Ancora says, “The definition of a photography style is the journey and not the destination.”So now my style is romantic, moody, and “dark”… ha ha ha.

Can you share some of your favorite images?

Who or what inspires you to create great imagery?

I love the low saturation Rembrandt light-dark images. I am influenced by, and “steal ideas” from, great photographers like Nick Ghionis, David Beckstead, Rocco Ancora, Megaloudis, Shembri, Yervant, Garner and so many others. I believe that we all have something to share and to give. My favorite images are ones I usually get in low-light conditions, and even though I am usually shooting in ambient daylight, I often use a flash and/or a video light.

What cameras do you shoot with, what’s your favorite lens, and what’s your favorite accessory other than your cameras/lenses?

I use Nikon D3 & D700 cameras and my favorite lenses are the 50mm 1.4, the 85 mm 1.4, and the 70-200 2.8.

How important is post processing in your final images?

For me, post processing is 30-40% of the image. Even the greatest image can gain from a proper photoshop tweaking.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

I think a good wedding photographer has a very challenging  job. He or she needs to have the ability to shoot still life (for the detail shots), portrait and fashion for the photo shoot session, and photo journalism skills for the ceremony, first dance, etc and all of the above without second chance!

Nora Robinson - August 2, 2011 - 8:39 am

Congratulations on this honor!! You deserve it.

Dani Meadows - August 2, 2011 - 11:48 am

Phenomenal imagery — I especially love your fourth last shot. Brilliant!

Dorothy Isber - August 2, 2011 - 11:52 am

And now you are an inspiration to those us just starting out in photography. The circle of life!!! I have admired your photography every since I found this Best of Wedding Photography website.

Brian Holmes - August 2, 2011 - 11:54 am

I really enjoyed reading your interview and appreciate your photography. You are so humble and so genuine. I can certainly believe that you have been shooting images since the age of 12.

Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographer - August 4, 2011 - 10:11 pm

Congrats! You have a very unique style!

Max - August 5, 2011 - 3:00 am

Your imagery is spectacular!

Yvonne Dunnington - August 6, 2011 - 8:57 pm

Such a wonderful interview and continuous beautiful images. Thanks Nik!

Wilma Cornelisse - August 6, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Congrats Nik … a beautiful honor and testament to your skills as an amazing photographer.

Teresa Beklamy - August 8, 2011 - 12:45 am

Any eye-opener with respect to your interview. Thanks so much for sharing such honest and open communication. By the way, your imagery is fantastic. You are truly a great photographer.

Shauna - August 11, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Thanks for sharing your photography journey with us. Your work is top-notch!

Paul Cunningham - August 12, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Kudos and congratulations to you Nik on this honor. You really deserve it. You have been posting awesome blogs for quite some time now .. and you have proven over and over again that you are just that one step ahead of the rest of the crowd.

Robert Speck - August 13, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Well deserved recognition! Kudos to you. Just loved your first image and continued to enjoy the whole series in your blog posting.

Dao thi Uyen - August 15, 2011 - 3:13 am

Thanks for sharing, I think I finded what I need

Aaron Howe - August 17, 2011 - 1:49 am

Nik … it is so wonderful to see your magnificent talent and artistry front and center. Your work is beautiful, awesome, and inspiring. Thanks so much.

Abigail Winters - August 19, 2011 - 11:36 pm

All of your photographs are breathtaking. That very last one is brilliant, as are all of your photos. Congrats!

Alexandra Kokostatis - August 23, 2011 - 11:42 am

I can certainly see why you have been awarded this prestigious honor. Your work is the top of tops.

Nik Pekridis - August 25, 2011 - 8:51 am

thank you all,really it will be my honour to get part into this and your comments really makes me happy !

GamesforKids - September 5, 2011 - 1:55 am

the photographs is beutiful. i like them

Jerzy Modrak - November 17, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Very impressive portraits!

Jim McGrath - December 27, 2011 - 7:12 am

Brilliant and inspiring photos Nik, congratulations

Johnny Tran - January 17, 2012 - 6:48 pm

I love your work Nik!

Nik Pekridis - April 28, 2012 - 12:58 am

thank you guys !!

Takis Gotsopoulos - September 22, 2012 - 7:32 am

Great work indeed Nick.

Jeff Voon - November 25, 2012 - 9:28 am

Congrats bro… u deserve it~ Cheers

Carlas Marie Neeley - January 28, 2013 - 7:38 am

Congratulations. You are a true artist! You utilize your lens as a painter use his brushes! Continue to be the best that you can be!
Continue to enjoy good success.

“Trash the Dress” session // Nadya & Andrey from Russia // Honeymoon in Portugal

Rachel Tatem - July 27, 2011 - 7:30 am

Looks like they had fun… but who doesn’t frolicking in a pretty gown on the beach? ;P

Abigail Winters - July 27, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Fabulous photography — loved each and every photo.

Digital Printing - July 30, 2011 - 12:41 am

What a beautiful couple. You can really see the love they have for each other. How wonderful you were able to capture this for them! Beautiful job! WOW just WOW

Wilma - August 1, 2011 - 12:08 am

Fantastic photography — Trash the Dress was just as incredible as the actual wedding shots. Very nice!

Brian Holmes - August 2, 2011 - 11:55 am

Those beach shots are truly amazing.

danish - August 6, 2011 - 12:35 am

3rd from last is awesome

Wilma Cornelisse - August 6, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Absolutely amazing shots — I never really understood the concept of ‘Trash the Dress’ until I viewed this session … and I finally get it.

Wilma

Teresa Beklamy - August 6, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Out of this world photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

Shauna - August 8, 2011 - 12:47 am

Stunning and gorgeous photos. Just lovely.

Paula Lucas - August 11, 2011 - 2:50 pm

The first two images are like a scene of what the Garden of Eden must look like. I really enjoyed these photos.

Paul Cunningham - August 13, 2011 - 12:01 am

What a very fun day you must of had with this wonderful couple. It really shows — these images are absolutely spectacular … each and every one of them. Congrats on such beautiful work.

Aaron Howe - August 17, 2011 - 1:51 am

Your photography is out of this world. Who would have thought that ‘trash the dress’ imagery was even better than the wedding day? This couple will treasure these photos forever … and I continue to just enjoy them. Beautiful work, especially on the beach.

Alexandra Kokostatis - August 19, 2011 - 11:39 pm

Really loved this blog posting. #10 is the very best — so filled with emotion, so inspirational. Your photography is a blessing to us all. Thanks so much.