MATT+NICOLE :: ENGAGED :: SANTA MONICA, CA

Every now and then I have the opportunity to work with an absolutely ideal couple. Matt and Nicole are just that. These two love each other and enjoy life more than my words can say. When I finally met them face to face I was thrilled to find out how much fun and how easy to photograph they were. The entire shoot truly felt like I was just hanging out with long time friends. We began in downtown Santa Monica, spent some time running around the streets,and finally ended at the Pier…it was great, and I loved it!
I can’t wait for their wedding, which I will photograph in August.

Rachel Tatem - February 29, 2012 - 6:51 am

Looks like they were a blast to shoot! Lovely shots

Zibi - February 29, 2012 - 7:19 am

Funny and lovely shoots, especial Nicole – beautiful smile.

Belinda Mango - February 29, 2012 - 5:18 pm

So much love and so much fun all rolled in together. The 3rd and 4th images from the bottom are fantastic.

Paul Cunningham - March 6, 2012 - 10:55 am

Great engagement photos. I love the angles and lighting of the couple on the beach with the children playing in the water.

Shauna - March 16, 2012 - 1:48 am

Fantastic photos of the engaged couple. Love the fun, love the love, love the photos!

Teresa Beklamy - March 20, 2012 - 10:50 pm

Gorgeous use of light and angles. Love the playful attitude too.

Wilma - March 27, 2012 - 1:25 pm

The third and the fourth photos from the bottom are stunning.

Seychelles Wedding

The humidity hit me as I stepped from the Air Seychelles plane late that Monday night.  I got my passport stamped (a funny shaped coconut with date), bags and a only quater full Kia Picanto to take on the dark roads of Mahé to my hotel.  It was much more hilly than I imagined it to be with many sharp turns and narrow corners.  I loved it already!  I stopped for a quick burger & beer at a already closed Anchor Cafe on the way.  The French owner lady was kind enough to scrape something together for a tired and hungry photographer.  I showed them my appreciation by paying in Euros (keep the change) and my support with 2 more dinners later in the week.  I had to start shooting early the next morning and I knew this was a lifesaver.  With a full tank, the AC at full blast and the sea calling from outside, I crashed on my double bed to counter the 2 hour time difference for an early morning start.

Jens and I met once over Skype, but this Valentine’s morning was the first face to face encounter between a Dutch-Swiss couple and their South African photographer at the amazing Banyan Tree Resort.    We confirmed the ideas discussed in detail by email and I left them to finish breakfast as I started to scout the immediate vicinity.  It was breathtaking to say the least and I knew it had the potential I expected.

(See the Seychelles Information article I’ve specially written for photographers, honeymooners and basically anyone thinking about visiting this awesome piece of paradise).

Patricia came walking down the beach to meet Jens at the specially prepared area.  The sun was bright and I had to be quick to capture the short, yet intimate ceremony juggling two D700 bodies, prime lenses and a stack of filters above the sand.  It was beautiful.

The rest of the day was spent carefully selecting moments, environments and capturing memories naturally with this lovely couple.  I thoroughly enjoyed their company, sense of humour and intelligent conversations.  My Picanto almost ran out of fuel on the way back from sunset, but by God’s grace (and loads of downhill freeing last seen in my student days!) made it to the last petrol station  just in time before closing.  (The back seat wouldn’t really replace the Presidential Suite and specially prepared dinner for the night now would it!) .  Despite all of this, they kept a high spirit and  showed their calm & lovely character.  We finished the shoot on day 2 with a more urban vibe and spectacular sunset from the historic Mission Lookout.

That Friday morning, I got on the plane a much richer person.   (I know what you are thinking.  No, it wasn’t the money).  I had the privilege to spent two very special days with two very special people.  I greeted them for now, but am sure our paths will cross again someday.  I am looking forward to that day.

I present to you Jens & Patricia.  And their lovely, unforgettable wedding in the Seychelles.

Rachel Tatem - February 23, 2012 - 7:48 am

What a beautiful place to get married!

Scott Gatt - February 23, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Jens and Patricia must be delighted at this gorgeous set of photos. Wow!! I’m sure this is what heaven must look like.

Belinda Mango - February 29, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Fabulous imagery. It’s difficult to pick a fav — they are all great. #12 would be my first choice if I really had to pick.

Paul Cunningham - March 6, 2012 - 10:57 am

Those last two photos are awesome. Paradise indeed!

Wedding Venues - March 9, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Wow! what a combination of nature and beautiful couple. Dream place for every couple.

Shauna - March 16, 2012 - 1:50 am

Not only is your imagery out of this world and awesome … so is your story/blog posting about the couple. You absolutely rock!

Teresa Beklamy - March 20, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Holey smoley! Gorgeous and outstanding imagery as usual! Love your blogs.

Wilma - March 27, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Breath-taking, awesome, and beautiful pictures.

Ricardo and Sílvia – 1st Wedding of 2012 in Porto (Portugal)

Rachel Tatem - February 20, 2012 - 11:46 am

Such live in the moment pictures: love it!

Delaware Wedding Photographer - February 20, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Beautiful work by this photographer!

Annabelle Morris - February 23, 2012 - 12:02 pm

I love the shot of the bride overlooking the city. Very nice indeed.

Belinda Mango - February 29, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Great set of photos. The lighting and angles in #3 are perfect — beautiful.

Paul Cunningham - March 6, 2012 - 10:58 am

Great photos and wedding story from beginning to end.

Shauna - March 16, 2012 - 1:51 am

Very, very nice — I really appreciate how you captured so many emotions!

Teresa Beklamy - March 20, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Love #7 — the bride as the focus overlooking the city. Very nice.

Wilma - March 27, 2012 - 1:28 pm

That fourth image is gorgeous — amazing use of lighting and angles.

Ana - August 26, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Where did the reception take place? What hotel did she get married at? Hair and makeup? Trying to plan my own wedding in porto and trying to get info from real weddings

Italian Wedding Photography – Sorrento

Overlooking the famous Neapolitan Mount Vesuvius at sunset, Rossella e Raffaele celebrated at the lovely Hotel Corallo on the devine Sorrento Coast. With Vespa & Jimmy Choo, the Italian bride and groom detailed their wedding with all class.  

Wedding Photography Sydney - February 6, 2012 - 4:08 am

Nice Images. I like all the pictures posted by you.

Best wedding photographers - February 8, 2012 - 12:53 am

Wonderful post. A picture is worth than thousands words. Photography is indeed the best way to express your feelings and depicts the era. I love photography. I came across your blog and I hope you will keep on the good posts like this continuously. Thank You

Fotografia ślubna Kraków - February 9, 2012 - 6:43 am

Great photos, Best regards for you.

Delaware Wedding Photographer - February 10, 2012 - 12:26 pm

What a gorgeous bride! Great job with these photos!

Bakersfield Wedding Photography - February 10, 2012 - 4:04 pm

These are interesting shots, the couples are lovely and your photography is impressive. Let me know if you have also garden or animal shots love to see your style on those views…

Jacqui - February 16, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Wow! Beautiful imagery!!

Annabelle Morris - February 23, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Stunning and gorgeous photography.

Belinda Mango - February 29, 2012 - 5:23 pm

#19 is gorgeous — love the way you made use of the lighting.

Paul Cunningham - March 6, 2012 - 10:59 am

Lovely bride and beautiful images.

Shauna - March 16, 2012 - 1:52 am

As usual, your imagery if fantastic and awesome!

Teresa Beklamy - March 20, 2012 - 10:57 pm

#3 is fabulous — that image of the bride captures the true essence of who she is.

Wilma - March 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

#8 is awesome – the way the veil is flowing, it makes the bride look just like an angel.

Austinmer, South East Coast, New South Wales, Australia by CloudFace Photography

I hope that whether you were at Geneveive and Owen’s Wedding or not, that you can feel through these images, everything that a great wedding is all about:

Love. Yep Genevieve and Owen have got that one going on that’s for sure. BIG LOVE. Big enough for half the people of the east coast of Australia and every living animal and person across the pacific, to feel at least a little something on that special day.

Honesty. That’s when there’s no pretence or pre-described notion of what to do, or how to be, when and how. It’s just being and doing as it feels right, and the authenticity of the moment resounds all the more powerfully for it. Again, Genevieve and Owen are as honest, and as real, as two people can be, and to bare witness to this on their wedding day was a gift for us all.

Joy. Joyous faces everywhere!

Photographically, I hope this series of images goes to show, that lasting images come from capturing real moments. Further to this, a wedding which flows without regard for the photographic process facilitates the best photography of all.

Here’s to Wedding Photojournalism so we can continue to be reminded that weddings are about celebrating love and togetherness (not ‘photo shoots’).

Here’s to Genevieve and Owen for showing us exactly what we need more of in this world.

And here’s to love, kindness, and authenticity.

Dean aka CloudFace

Rachel Tatem - January 24, 2012 - 8:27 am

You have such a candid style: it’s awesome

Fred Stuart - January 27, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Awesome — love the black and whites.

Yvonne Dunnington - January 27, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Genevieve and Owen must be thrilled with these treasures. You absolutely managed to capture every emotion felt that day. Kudos!

Michael Marker - January 31, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Such wonderful photojournalistic wedding photos – really captures the atmosphere and life of the day.

Paula Lukas - February 1, 2012 - 11:49 am

The first and last shots are amazing!

Delaware Wedding Photographer - February 2, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Amazing job with these photos!

mutuelle - February 3, 2012 - 6:33 pm

All I can say: amazing shoots and great job.

Andreas - February 8, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Wow! I surf around a lot at various weddingsites after inspiration, so i´ve seen a lot of good pictures. It´s not often that I get touched at a grade where it feels in the stomach but you certanily succeded with you great pictures! 100% MAGIC!

Jacqui - February 16, 2012 - 11:54 pm

My goodness .. from the very first image to the very last .. Wow! Such brilliant photography — and my, how you captured every emotion possible in all your brilliant photography!

Bernadette Kashuba - February 23, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Awesome photographs. And, yes, you can just feel the love through these images.

Belinda Mango - February 29, 2012 - 5:26 pm

I loved this blog posting — you captured every emotion – smiles, tears, joy and passion. Bravo!

Paul Cunningham - March 6, 2012 - 11:02 am

Inspirational and awesome imagery. And I really enjoyed the fun displayed when the couple used chalk on the sidewalk to express themselves.

Aberdeen wedding photographer - March 6, 2012 - 1:27 pm

I love the feel of these images.You really do get the feeling of being part of the day.

Best wishes

Graham

Shauna - March 16, 2012 - 1:54 am

Wow .. wow .. wow — gorgeous imagery and a fantastic blog story. Thanks so very much!

Teresa Beklamy - March 20, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Beautiful from beginning to end!!

Josh Melbourne - July 6, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Stunning! Stunning! and immensely beautiful. Love to see these textured photos in greyscale. Loads of mood and atmosphere to it. Thanks for sharing this.

xLove from Australia!