And one portrait for the future bride:) and we also took a walk around river Vltava in Prague.
I believe that the photograph becomes real the moment it leaves the display and finds itself on paper, canvas, in an album…I believe I moved a step further in my life and that I can buy less things, but of higher quality. As my old friend Vlasta used to say: “I am not that rich, so I could be buying poor-quality stuff…” For a long time I didn’t understand what he meant with this, but now I slowly begin to get it and transfer it into my daily life. I am realizing, that you cannot get high quality things on every street corner, on every website, but to find great photographs, one truly has to search.
I believe that to every bride and groom the wedding is something really unique. Something, that you are preparing yourself for directly or indirectly for couple of years and when the day comes, you start to write a new book – the one of a couple. I believe, that every person is unique, so it is impossible for us to have the same goals, dreams or the same photographer .
Let everyone find what they are searching and wishing for and let them follow it. I believe in these unrepeatable moments of our lifes it is not good to compromise. Especially regarding the decisions, which consequences stay with us forever.
I believe that one great wedding photograph, hanging on the wall in the living room, bedroom or in the office, brings more joy and memories than a cd with hundreds of pictures. I believe one high quality album with a story reminds me on the atmosphere of the wedding day even after years. And when the data storage technology changes again, I will know where to find the pictures.
I believe the wedding deserves the highest attention possible and the memories of it will guide me until I die. Because just thank to the wedding I found a woman I was seeking for couple of years…
Over the weekend hotel Diplomat in Prague 6 hosted – as usually – the annual wedding fair. Again many excellent wedding agencies and contractors took part here. The visitors who prepared themselves for this event, could really get plenty of bonuses and discounts thank to numerous offers. Many people have chosen the tactics “collect flyers and no chat, no eye contact”. That – in my opinion – is a truly loss of time. Especially when you have the chance to talk to the contractor in person and get all the important information first handed..
As i mentioned earlier, many very important established players in the wedding industry were present here, so were the newcomers, bringing new idea for their clients. I guess we can agree on The bridal saloon Nuance /Svatební dům Nuance/ being the trendsetter in Prague. Many brides can confirm, that their service and offers are magnificent! In Moravia very popular bride`s destination is Dana Svozilkova bridal saloon /Svatební studio Dany Svozílkové/.
It`s always packed in the world of engagement and wedding rings Whether you choose original rings from Aleš Řehák, or from the wide offer of Retofy or from Svět snubních prstenů companies. They always deliver high quality rings you will carry forever
In the world of flowers, which is an essential part of every wedding, 2 contractors have impressed me. Firstly it was fantastic Frezia Fleur stand with its complete design-flowery service and Metamorfophosis stand with its wonderful fresh scent and unique binding.
During this fair you could also arrange a car and limousine rental, this beetle was from Svatební vozy agency.
I have to mention at least one new product – if you are looking for a new spot for your wedding venue, you can try out Tower park Žižkov.
As many of you know, this fair was also accompanied by a competition called “Duel of the brides” /Souboj nevěst/ . The Saturday evening semifinale gave us a great opportunity to laugh – for example about the wine tasting story and almost a fire alarm
I wish you all a very pleasant week.
We met for the first time during the autumn Wedding Expo and met again the past saturday to claim their prize – to shoot the engagement pictures in the historical centre. May I introduce you a very nice couple: Petr and Lucie and their darling – russell-terier puppy Barney.
We had a nice chat before we headed to the sunny prague streets. They know each other since the highschool and you wouldnt guess they are a couple for nine years already. You can feel the love and energy between them – and those looks! As if they just met
They wanted to have Barney on the pfotohraphs as well, he drew everyones attention. But he was a good model though! We strolled the riverside, the streets of Lesser Town. The snow has melted already, but at least we had dry shoes
Petr, Lucie, we wish you lots of love, may your love last for 19,29, 49 years It s a precious gift and there is nothing better than the knowledge of having support in one another in every situation…
I promised myself this year, that i will make few photo shoots for fun and as well to learn something new. So we acted very quickly – the idea came on Wednesday and on Thursday we asked La Florista to make us a nice flower crown for the model, Vladka from Nuance lent us an evening gown and we managed to get a model as well. The idea i had in my head was, that due sunless weather in Prague for the past 2 weeks it will be dark outside..and according to the weather forecast it was supposed to stay like this even on Friday..
…but it didnt work out as i expected..snow was melting, sun occasionally shining. So i woke up from my dreams. My idea was heavily confronted with the reality and this was the first lesson i learned – plans are a good thing, but you need to know and be ready to improvise. I would say even more than during a wedding
So at least something to cheer you up
And big thanks to Zii and Petr for their assistance and to Eliska for not getting frozen
and backstage. more funny:)
Have you ever photographed a wedding where you didnt feel the love? This “being-in-love-euphoria”? Emotions? Isnt LOVE the reason people are getting married? Sometimes it is business, necessity, obligation etc..How does it feel to shoot a wedding of this kind? Thank you.
During the entire period when i captured about 150 weddings, i experienced the absence of the “love feeling” twice. For the first time it was during my beginnings, really a small wedding. I didnt feel the joy of the family, more of a tolerating of “children s” decision. For the second time lets say it was an ordinary wedding. Back then i didnt get the bride-groom bond. It wasnt like they werent in love with each other, not at all. Maybe i just had idealized view of who is getting married But it is normal that everyones ideas and views of certain things change and “widen” with the time and experience and we slowly start to realize, that everyone lives their own life and not everytime we need to understand it
Petr, I am interested in how you manage to shoot a Friday wedding that lasts for 10-12hrs, then drive across half of the republic and then repeat the same the very next day! And keep on working like this the entire season! )
I dont function like this the entire season! ) In the beginning basically yes, thats true, but it led to me being hospitalized, when my body said ENOUGH! At the same time my work wasnt progressing, just the opposite. It happens maybe once in a year, that i shoot 5 brides within one week, but then i have to take day off and i have to relax. Sport is a very essential part of my life since youth. Fitness training, proper food and mental training help me to be creative and fit even during 2days-2weddings-photo shoot. And of course i also have an assistant in the wedding. During winter i am working on my fitness more actively
Hello, i would like to know, what keeps you – after these years and weddings – still motivated?
I love the joy of bride and groom when they see their own wedding pics. When – after some time – they ask me to shoot for example their pregnancy and i enter their house and see a framed wedding pic on the wall, that makes me happy ! I like being a part of such an amazing event as wedding, i like being creative and that i can make people happy through my work..I am blessed to have this gift and chance to do for living what fulfills me.
Hello Petr, i would like to know how much you retouch the pictures? Thank you.
The first essential thing is to capture everything properly. If i dont manage to shoot what i am aiming at, then i simply dont have it. As in the past we still have to develop each picture. I do it with lightroom. If any further modifications need to be made, i use photoshop. Mainly for small local corrections. I erase distracting objects /such as sockets etc/ and “tune” the details so the photo can be printed.
May i ask you, if you think that you will be photographing weddings even in 10 years?
Uff, i cannot say this for sure at this time, i dont foresee the future I definitely want to shoot weddings for the next few years. I have few goals i would like to achieve in the wedding photography. I reckon i have at least 5year-working-period ahead of me. When the wedding photography stops fulfilling me and i will feel the loss of interest in my work, only then the time comes to move on. I like design – interior, space and things along – maybe i will start to study architecture