A few months ago I received an email from Clifford. He looks at my website and likes the idea of “Your Personal Photographer in BA”, my private photo shooting service. After explaining his needs to me, we arranged a place and time for a session in Puerto Madero, the vibrant and modern district of Buenos Aires where the old port of the city was located. Stefanie, the fiancée, with whom he lives in Paraguay, had no idea of traveling to nearby Argentina and at the last moment, arriving at the airport, Clifford let her know that Asuncion was no longer their final destination. The choice fell on Buenos Aires for the charm of its architecture, for which it is nicknamed the “Paris of South America”. A romantic place, ideal for a couple of days. Even the idea of the photoshoot was a surprise.
So in the late afternoon of a Sunday in May, after we met, we started to take some photographs. Sometimes laid pictures, other times naturals, different portrait plans, details, and backgrounds. All this correlated with the lights of the sunset and later by the splendid lighting characteristic of the neighborhood, highlighting the “Fragment Sarmiento” and the “Puente de la Mujer” by the architect Santiago Calatrava. Just towards the end of the photoshoot came the most beautiful and unexpected moment for Stefanie: the marriage proposal. Knowing it in advance I thought well about the composition, the background and the elements to be included in the scene, as well as the ideal light to capture this moment in the best way. I choose then to use the illuminated bridge, one of the symbols of the city and with a portable LED light illuminates the couple.
She said yes!
Being part of a moment like this is priceless and is one of the reasons for why I love what I do, every time the conditions change, the persons and the light creates unique and unrepeatable moments. The next day we met for a studio-session and together we selected the final photos. The workflow of a photographer requires time and effort, during the service and later, in post-production, but it definitely worth, especially when it is repaid by the client’s satisfaction.