J + J — Wedding shoot

Everytime I think London has shown  me everything, I discover new people and new cultures.
Two weeks ago I partnered up with Alicia's Bridal to shoot this young and traditional asian wedding.
I know I keep saying this, but being among happy families just fills my heart with joy. I love family shoots and celebrations and this one was a lot of fun all through out the day.
J. and J. are such a cute couple, I wish them all the luck in the world!!

I'm available for Wedding photoshoots in the UK and abroad. Just use the contact page to get in touch and book your own. 

Brexit — Referendum Day

Usually I write good things and show pictures of love and happiness. After yesterday's referendum, I can't. I feel like a good friend has passed away.
I went out yesterday to photograph the mood in the streets of London, it was raining massively and people looked generally sad and anxious. This is what I brought home — pictures of sadness.
I will resume with news from happy photoshoots tomorrow, because life goes on, but for today, this is all I have.
 

Maternity shoot — so much love!!

There's a little baby in M.'s belly. A cute little baby!! And I can't wait to meet her!!!
M and P are going to be amazing parents. There's so much love there! And I'm going to be a very happy Aunty Jojo!

I'm available for family shoots and portrait sessions in the UK, Portugal and other countries (I will travel to meet you).
Just use the contact page to get in touch and book your shoot!

Emotions and sunshine!

"Adoroooooooooo todas!!!!!!!!!!!! Estou um pouco emocionada!"
"I looooooove all of them!!!!!! I'm even a bit emocional!!!"

When the first feedback you get from a family photoshoot is this, you know you did a very good job!
I met with Patrícia and her beautiful family in Lisbon, Príncipe Real Garden and then walked with them to the University Botanical Gardens that are absolutely amazing.
The day was warm and the sun brought happiness to all. The family coordinated outfits for the shoot and they all looked fab!
Little princess L. set the pace of the shoot and became the star of these photos!
We ended the shoot with a couple of portraits of beautiful Patrícia to celebrate her birthday.

I'm available for family shoots and portrait sessions in the UK, Portugal and other countries (I will travel to meet you).
Just use the contact page to get in touch and book your shoot!
 

The nightingale garden // A horta dos rouxinois

It is because of her love of Nature that Maria José Bernardino, choreographer and dance teacher from Almada, goes every weekend to the village of Seda, Alter do Chão, where she owns and tends a vegetable garden by a brook.

Every story told by Maria José is born here. She has worked with this garden for 18 years, more recently with permaculture.
Here she observes little saplings sprouting, and the land, very fertile, overflowing with life.
This is where she feeds her dreams and creative spirit.
It’s the perfect ecosystem — she tells me. Where no fertilisers or insecticides are allowed, the earth regenerates in harmony.
The land gives back in gratitude for the dedication it receives. 

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É pelo amor que tem à Natureza, que Maria José Bernardino, coreógrafa e professora de dança em Almada, se desloca todos os fins de semana à aldeia de Seda, concelho de Alter do Chão, onde tem uma horta perto da ribeira.

Todas as histórias que Maria José me conta nascem nesta horta, plantada mais recentemente com recurso à permacultura e mantida há 18 anos.
Aqui ela observa os pequenos rebentos a crescer e a terra, muito fértil, a transbordar de vida. É aqui que Maria José sonha e alimenta o seu espírito criativo.
É um ecossistema perfeito — diz-me. Neste terreno não entram nem fertilizantes nem insecticidas e a horta regenera-se em harmonia.
O que a terra recebe com dedicação, retribui com gratidão.

Carolina // Soho // London

Mixed emotions filled this mini photoshoot. I took Carolina out for a walk in Soho on a Friday morning. We started at the Photographer's Gallery for the moody, Hopper-ish shot and then wandered off to do some more.
I'm available for portrait commissions. Just use the contact page to get in touch. 

Corporate Headshots

A few weeks ago I headed to the London office of Virtual Clarity, an IT consultancy based in London and New York, to photograph their headshots.
The job was done in two days and it was amazing to have a chat with most part of the staff. 
I always talk a lot when shooting portraits. I try to know a little bit about the person I'm shooting, I ask where are they from, what's their role in the company, if they have any hobbies and what are their happy thoughts. 
This is because I am curious about people but also so they relax and feel more confident in front of the camera.

For this particular job, I used a beautifully hand-painted Hapaca backdrop. 

Lauren's Bat Mitzvah

I love my job so much! 
I was recently asked to cover a Bat Mitzvah in London. 
When I first met with Lauren's family, we had a chat about the meaning and importance of this celebration in a teenager's life. I was also asked about what kind of photography I really liked to do and I was given the chance to roam almost freely. I followed the brief of course, covered every important moment like the Hora and the Hamotzi. More importantly, I wanted to portray Lauren's happiness while having the party of her life.
The way I see it, Family Photography is most precious. The moments are made to last and the photos will be cherished for a long time.

The photos I'm showing here are the ones that make me most proud and take me back to this amazing party. 

Today, Lauren's father sent me an email that reminded me again how much I love my job.

It said: " (...) Everything looks fabulous.  I think you did a great job capturing the essence of the event.  Thank you so much for your hard work and putting up with the chaos."

Ana's 4th move

My friend Ana, arrived in London a year ago. Since then she already lived in three places and just moved to the fourth one. Her friend Gonçalo helped packing and unpacking. Old architectural features and cheap furniture made it very uncomfortable to live.
Ana's new room feels like home now. I hope she is very happy there!

Renting a decent/affordable room in London is a difficult task due to the housing crisis... The shortage of accommodation inflates the prices and the landlords take great advantage from it.