This is a question that comes up almost every week. And maybe it's time to demystify what happens from the incredible moment we shared until the day the gallery, with so many good memories, is available.
The most obvious answer is this: it takes so long because it actually takes long! And it depends from one photographer to the other, from the method and the editing process, the workflow. But as this answer doesn't clarify anything, let's break it down!
Lisbon is trendy! The number of people on the streets has increased with all its positive and negative things. But still, it's an incredible city.
The colorful houses that stretch down to the river, its seven hills giving space to the best views of the city spread by "miradouros" and "varandas", the food, the people. And what better place to photograph and be photographed?
We know that not everyone are a morning person. Especially when you are on vacation. But we also know that early waking allows us to live the spaces and the city in a completely unique and special way. Feeling the city wake up for another day of life and see the sunrise is a privilege that many people don't do every day or have never done and it warms our hearts to know that some couples we photographed have seen their first sunrise together, with us.
I thought a lot about writing this post. And it isn't in a light mood that I do it, but there are things that, although deserving zero of my attention, are so often repeated that we can't pass them by as lightly as we would like
Here at Terra we are photography 24/7. We dedicate ourselves to this as if it was our most precious possession that requires all our affection and commitment.
We grew up with the internet. It's easy to talk with people, to know what's happening on the other side of the world, to shop and even to read a book. But, for a long time, Internet has been dictated by social media platforms... So many! There is always something that leads us to enter Facebook or Instagram to see what others are doing... and, in the end, everything comes down to this: whether it is Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram, those are all just a big window to the lives and work of other people and to expose how we live, what we eat or where we are.
You're only pregnant for 9 months! Although it seems an eternity, it is said by who knows, that it happens too quickly for how much you want to enjoy it, for all the things there was to do, for so many ideas and plans ... While some bellies become comfortable, easy-to-use props that seem to match with everything else, so many other become too big, carrying restless babies looking forward to live and that, sometimes, shorten the already too short 9 months!
Months and months and days, many days of preparation, planning and even some chaos, culminate in one day! In just one day. The last of so many stories and adventures to tell. The first of a new, better, happier and most amazing chapter!
We always wake up before time, awakened by the responsibility that is to live and document such an important moment. We go to the window and we guarantee that Saint Peter was generous and brought us sun and heat in full August.
Sometimes we cross to the other side, who knows if the right one?
The truth is that there are many places that are proclaimed to be the right place for the best view of Lisbon. But for us, the best view of Lisbon is on the other side. The only one that allows you to contemplate the city from end to end, perceive the hills and identify the buildings that rise higher, overlapping the disorderly houses that spread until the river.
All christenings bring new challenges. When we photograph children everything is covered with discovery and unpredictability, but also with magic.
We met this family of four on the day of Francisca's christening, and even though we only knew, at that time, this chapter, this was a story whose book we didn't want to stop reading. We know the effort and the dedication so that everything went well, although everything was planned from the other side of the world. And everything went well! But other chapters were about to come... chapters that we will show another time! Today is christening day here on the blog!
In a spectacular setting and an unique light, we mix an incredible session but also the answer to some (many) doubts that lead you to leave aside the possibility of wearing your wedding dress again. The wedding dresses are delicate and unique pieces, they store stories and emotions and deserve much more than the darkness of forgetfulness and the small corner of a closet!
It became more and more punctual the times we photograph our "babies" in the studio. If the end result is incredible the way to get there is, often, time consuming and stressful. Not only for us who always want to give our best, but also for the newly parents who see their greatest love exposed to people they do not know and in an environment that is strange to them. Not always do babies wake up willing to collaborate, not always do they sleep at all times, not always the final result of these sessions show their more real and raw side. A baby to who the environment is strange, who only wants the mother's lap, who has cramps or who is just not so happy on the day of the session, will cry! And if a baby's crying has its charm and appeal, it's also a desperation factor for parents that may cause them some anxiety.
When the gray days make us want no more than the warmth and comfort of the whiteness of the sheets, we yearn for sunny days, for stories we have not yet told and for those we have already told, that we miss and to which we have sincere promises to add new chapters.
Every day is a good day for shooting, it may rain or shine, and the photos taken in this soft winter light are so beautiful, but after a rainy day there is no one who doesn't crave for a drastic season change.
What to do with your wedding dress after the big day?
Clean it and pack it together with the memories, accumulating the dust of time and voted to oblivion so that it never fits again? Or wear it again? Feel again the emotions you felt when you dressed it for the first time, knowing that that dress was the one you were going to dress once again, remember the sounds and smells of an intense and moving day, and shake the dust with good memories?
The places where we photograph are, so often, places we have never stepped on before and this surprise of the unknown feels good, it forces us to explore and to be creative without any reference.
In this place we have combined ruins, the sea, the incredible view to Berlengas, the end-of-day light that graces the stories and makes everything even more magical and special. All lined up for an incredible session! And even the wind, misaligning the hair, filled the session with motion in her flying free gown, forcing longest and tightest hugs to blow away the cold. After this session we looked forward for the big day. We always want more because a good story never ends in only one chapter!
Word of mouth continues to be one of the best and most effective ways to promote and market any job. It is always easier to trust the friendly word of friends or of people who have experienced the unknown that we are about to experience.
That's how this story came to us! I remember the rainy day when it entered our atelier, heated by the force of many watts, to never leave again, and turned that gray and cold day into a guaranteed promise of a better day. And it was.
Days are added at the mismatch of a too fast clock. Yesterday was summer, today the cold wakes us up for a January in full, a new year that already seems so long and stories, so many stories.
Memory brings us an afternoon of gale and the imminent danger of a canceled session, but even more clearly the courage to break wind and rain and to keep forever a belly full of life, warm and cozy, where the disarray of our hair agitated by the cold wind did not make itself felt. Suddenly it was already christmas and the best of all the gifts. A tiny baby in people size, big in the love she planted around her. But the clock hands threw us, with no pity, for the celebration of the first year of life.
The truth is that we changed the year in the expectation of a number one full of news and we got there and everything was the same. Sometimes everything doesn't change just because of the will to change or because of the bad taste of the twelve raisins badly swallowed by obligation, consigning to oblivion the wishes that remained to be wished.
The end of the year was super busy around here. We always think that this will be the quietest time, which will give us all the time we need for reflection and organization, but life goes around in it's own way and wanted these days to be like this, full of good moments and stories to tell. Lucky us!
At Christmas time so many people took the opportunity to come visit Lisbon, to get to know our beautiful city, so many others in town took the advantage of the family vacations to do a photo shoot, that was always with a smile that we faced the cold to meet another good story.
2017 arrived, full of confettis, pots knocked by the windows and many traditions like the incredible raisins that, swallowed with so much sacrifice, made me forget to ask for my wishes.
But if we repeat things from one year to another do they become tradition? For me, yes indeed!
On new year's day we decided to repeat what we had done the year before: to receive the new year by the table, all together, with a brunch that would give us the warmth to our stomach and soul, but without going on with all the nonsense already ate throughout the festive season (yes, no one ate only lettuce these days!).
For so long we wanted to show this images of such a special day that, even today, each memory brings to the skin the shiver of every experienced emotion.
We don't know exactly when it all began, but we know it made even more sense when we were all together, gathered to celebrate this story: Filipa and Jorge, and an unique marriage. We know that the way to this day wasn't a straight forward path with an anticipated end, life and its endless and incomprehensible twists often surprising us in the worst possible way. But at a difficult stage and with a loss that was not part of the story that we dreamed to tell with an happy beginning, middle and end, Filipa and Jorge responded in the most courageous way we could expect: with love!
How many are left untold, without record, with nothing to transport you in time to that day, the moment when all the nerves culminated in a question and in an answer. And since then everything has remained equal, but nothing, has never been the same again.
Celebrate 20 years of marriage is not for everyone. We know that in these days everything happens too quickly, too tasteless but there are still stories like this. It's 20 years aspiring to an eternity and, the best of all, six children! And to see them all together, in the Christmas postcard we just received, is to believe with even more faith that love is still the way! What an incredible family!
After returning from a vacation with friends, nothing better than remembering a shoot with friends!
The truth is that life doesn't always place us close to those we love and although the friendship of this group is already long, life has dispersed them by incredible places that are now the place they call home. Singapore, New York, and many other cities about which we spend our lives sighing, make a permanent physical contact impossible, so why not to choose an incredibly gorgeous city and get all together to celebrate the best they have: friendship?
It surprises us this landscape of an incredible nature giving its best. This temperature difference that leaves the body in doubt at such a drastic change. The sky is dark and it rains, decorated with lightning bolts drawn with light, or becomes clear in blue and sun, leaving us despairing for a cloud that saves us from the heat. Moisture turns the air heavier, making smells more intense. It smells of green and earth.
A wedding proposal. One of those emotional moments, that highlight forever the course of a story of two. The expectation of a positive answer, the surprise of a question made with a startled heart and all the nerves that invade us with the responsibility of documenting such a special moment.
It's not enough to come and expect it to happen. It's necessary to work on the preparation and planning, to choose the place and the exact positions and if all this is done with an ocean in the middle, the difficulties grow in proportion to the enthusiasm, in an exchange of words in time zones that go around the world. A beautiful photograph is not enough. We want you to have spectacular pictures, at the level of the event and this is built up on work.
Our bride and groom continue to amaze us. In addition to the incredible weddings that we have photographed and the wonderful stories we tell each day, there is also the creative and restless side of new ideas and projects that emerge from such a special and emotional moment.
Ana Luísa was one of our brides of this year and if we thought that her wedding day had been the highlight of the organization and good taste we were well mistaken. Combining good taste, the will to do and, much more than the education, the talent, hand in hand with a friend who gives even more points to each one of these aspects, the INVITE - Momentos Felizes has born.
To the generosity of this autumn we say thank you with all the stories we told until the last ray of sun. An autumn that haven't said goodbye to the summer and didn't take its the place, and the two stayed in this love affair of sunny days, mild temperatures and a light that doesn't let us stay at home.
So we began to tell this story whose preface was written long ago. Catarina was already part of our story before this session, at a time when the ruler and the square stole our time from the photograph machine. And life takes its turns and in its turns the reencounters surprise us, mixed with the magic hand of a best friend who provided us these moments and this session.