Even tough plenty of people think that being a photographer is extremely easy and simple, everyone from the photography industry are very aware of the traps this job can bring. One of the most often one is working at the venues with very bad, or no light at all. It is easy to arrive at weddings with bunch of additional lighting equipment, but what to do when you are traveling as a destination wedding photographer and the number of your luggage bags (read: equipment) is limited?
There is a piece of equipment I never leave without, no matter where I have to travel and photograph...
After almost a year of frequent traveling Croatia - Cyprus and some countries in between, I have finally decided to stay for a month in my hometown Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Even tough my 2015 wedding season is still not finished, I needed to spend a day creatively and amongst gorgeous dresses...
Without any luck, my friend Ivana from I.J.Design had been trying to catch me for the past months to make a shoot of her new collection. No wonder that she managed to organize location, model, makeup and hair in just a few days to make sure I don't fly away again. :)
My morning begins at 6am, when the daylight hours have barely begun to peek over the horizon with pink and golden rays. I drag myself out of bed, eyelids still heavy, and take a quick shot of the sunrise in stunning panorama. I check to make sure the shots are good and then stumble down to breakfast. Even half asleep, I am still a photographer.
The moment I'm fully awake, it is time to get to work. As a destination wedding photographer, my job takes me to the most amazing places. I have been through the hectic haze of London, taking pictures of every police box I see and stopping native Londoners for a fashion photo op. I have been to the coastal Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where crystal waves break on turquoise shores. The shore glows at night with lights peeking from city windows, tall buildings engraved in the cliff side.
Each day is a new adventure, ripe with potential and the chance to take that perfect shot, the one all photographers dream about. It's not all fun and games, though.
When I tell people what I do for a living, I typically get the same response: “Oh, so you take pictures?”
Well, duh. But there's so much more to it than that. Wedding photographers oftentimes are the lynch pin that holds the wedding together. We are not only photographing your special moments; we do a bit of everything.
I have many times found myself playing decorator, coordinator, therapist... I should really start putting these things on my resume. I am also a stylist, entertainer and children-finder. I have had brides and mothers cry on my shoulder, and I have taken more coffee orders than I can count, or drink orders for that matter. The list goes on and on...
But I am not complaining. I love all of it. I love the bustle and energy, the beauty of fresh new love blossoming in front of me as I capture romantic moments, but most of all, I love knowing that I've made the bride's day special. I guess you could say I set the mood. How I do my job sets the tone for how the wedding is going to be. When I do my job well, everybody's happy, which makes me feel rewarded and sets my heart aflutter.
It is not just my work; it is my passion. It is the tidal wave that sweeps me away into an ocean of ideas, and it's also the gentle flow that brings me back to calm waters. My brain is always bursting with anticipation of where my job will bring me next, what exciting new opportunities I will find that day.
It's not just a job. It's my way of life.
It is no secret that next to a wedding, fashion photography is my big love.
Beautiful models, awesome designer creations, gorgeous locations, lots of creativity - those are the words I can use to describe my latest editorial shooting I have organized during my trip to Cyprus.
I was lucky enough to meet Katerina, beautiful soul in love with smiles and life, and what is more important, fabulous fashion designer and young enterpreneur. Our story started with a simple coffee in Nicosia, resulted in so many ideas and plans.
This is our first fashion editorial, in collaboration with my good friend and photographer Cristian Dascalu and two wonderful models, Karina and Tina. Amazingly talented makeup artist Svitlana Koroleva made them even more beautiful.
Special thanks go to Hasan, who was our light assistant this time and to Sparta Sandals for providing our models amazing handmade leather sandals.
Whole editorial with this amazing team is coming out soon! :)
Carpe Diem spring/summer 2015
Photographers: Martina Hohnjec (Timeless Photography) & Cristian Dascalu
Light assistant: Hasaj Haj
Designer & stylist: Katerina Parpa (Carpe Diem)
Models: Karina Bond / Tina Andres
Makeup artist: Svitlana Koroleva
Hairstyle: Katerina Parpa
Shoes: Sparta Sandals
Accessories: Angeliki Savva (Trendy Accessories)
Video Editor: Filip Hohnjec
Yesterday I spent time with a photographer friend who told me that she is impatiently waiting to see photos I have done in Cyprus with beautiful Litous wedding dresses.
As I am having a hard time to select only the best photos from that shooting because each one is so gorgeous, I want to share a few behind the scene photos until the final ones come! :)
I have met Cristian and Costas in Bucharest while attending Roberto Valenzuela wedding photography workshop. Since I planned my trip to Cyprus, we started talking about shooting an editorial together, and also, have some fun.
For our shooting location, we chose Akrotiri Salt Lake in Limassol, which is special for its vegetation and low shrubbery. The lake itself is pretty much shallow; the water level over 50 percent of the lake is less than 30 centimeters deep.
Last weekend I traveled to Split, beautiful second-largest city in Croatia, placed on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.
I am thankful for the opportunity to participate and show my work at Just Say Yes, the first autumn wedding show there.
I would like to thank all those beautiful couples who stopped by to say hello and talked with me, telling me their story... I am happy because I met so many people in love who reminded me why I absolutely love my job! :)
I had so much fun and I am lucky because I have met so many great people; wedding organizers, florists, photographers, designers... I am looking forward to next Just Say Yes wedding show! :D
Also, many thanks to Foto Studio Toni for these lovely pictures. :)
Ne kaže se uzalud da najbolje stvari dođu spontano... Tako je nastala i naša priča. Dizajnerice Ivanu i Andrijanu iz Dies Gaudii-a sam upoznala prije skoro godinu dana, na jednom modnom eventu. Još od tada smo dogovarale fotkanje, no puno posla i manjak vremena nam nije išlo na ruku.
Prije mjesec dana, odluka za fotografiranje je pala i cure su se bacile u šivanje nove kolekcije. Nakon mozganja što, kako i gdje, odluka je pala na idilično malo mjesto Bale u Istri. Jedino što nam je preostalo je utrpati stvari u auto i krenuti...
Timeless created a new editorial for a reputable Nova Vjenčanja magazine. Considering this is the last issue in this year, we wanted to show new trends for the upcoming 2014. Ranunculus, daffodils, laurus, roses and tulips are must have for the new season. Take a look at some ideas from Pollak, Flora Rustica, Mimoza and Fiola.
Timeless je fotografirao novi editorial za poznati časopis Nova Vjenčanja. S obzirom da je ovo posljednji broj ove godine, htjeli smo pokazati nove trendove za nadolazeću 2014.. Ranukule, narsici, laurusi, ruže i tulipani su must have za novu sezonu. Pogledajte neke ideje s potpisom Pollak Cvijeća, Flore Rustice, Mimoze i Fiole.
Photos were taken in a gorgeous Wedding City with great team: Marko (florist & stylist), Vladimir (magazine editor), Martina (Timeless photographer) and Tajana (model).
Thank you all for such a wonderful day at the shooting. :)
Snimalo se u predivnom interijeru Wedding City-a sa odličnom ekipom: Marko (cvjećar i stilist), Vladimir (urednik časopisa), Martina (Timeless fotografkinja) i Tajana (model).
Hvala vam svima na divnom danu i ugodnoj suradnji. :)
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
― George Eliot
Stay tuned 'cause it's coming soon...
We sat in my car in Zagreb. It was cold and rainy. The girls had that weird looking face saying "are we really going to do this?". Well, I am always optimistic and it's worth it!
185 kilometers and 2 hours later, we arrived on island Krk. Sunshine, high temperature, a lot of tourists... It was like summer has never ended.
That day, when I photographed Underwater bride session, was overflowed with laughter and funny remarks. It was also a practice and a rehearsal for a new offer for the next summer - underwater newlyweds sessions.
I would like to thank this small, but great team for their work and contribution. Thank you Marija for the great make up which endured the whole session (it is not waterproof). Thank you Nika for being a great model in a not so warm sea. And thank you Marino for being a great host, tutor, assistant and a company.
Sjele smo u moj auto u Zagrebu. Kiša je padala i bilo je hladno. Cure su imale onaj čudan izraz lica kojim su mislile "pa zar ćemo stvarno to napraviti?". Moj optimizam me nikada nije razočarao, a tako je bilo i ovaj put.
185 kilometara i 2 sata kasnije stižemo na otok Krk. Sunce, visoka temperatura, prepune ceste turista... Kao da ljeto nikada nije završilo. Taj dan je bio prepun smjeha i dobre zafrkancije. Također, iskoristila sam to kao probu i praksu nove ponude za slijedeće ljeto - podvodno fotografiranje mladenaca.
Željela bih se zahvaliti ovoj maloj, ali odličnoj ekipi na njihovom radu i doprinosu sjajnim fotkama. Hvala ti Marija na odličnom make up-u koji je izdržao cijelo fotografiranje (šminka nije bila vodootporna). Hvala ti Nika što si bila fenomenalan model u ne baš tako toplom moru. I hvala ti Marino što si bio sjajan domaćin, učitelj, asistent i odlično društvo.
Final photos of Underwater Bride are here, but you can find more if you click here.
Always wear a smile,
© 2013. Martina Hohnjec photography for Timeless wedding studio| All Rights Reserved
light assistance: Davor Kolarić-Bukvić
bride & groom: Mirela and Ratimir
make up: Make Up By Ines
dress: Penelope Vjenčanice
hair: Frizerski studio Briljantin
flowers: POLLAK CVIJEĆE
jewelry : Vintage Studio Izi
car owners: Josip Petrak (Mercedes-Benz 190) & Tomislav Gugec (Lincoln Towncar)
Timeless Wedding Studio brings you an exclusive preview of a new Wedding City in Varaždin. The grand opening will be on the 24th of May.
Wedding City is the place where you can find everything you need: wedding dresses, shoes, jewelry, decorations, invitations... Almost anything you can think of for a perfect wedding.
Timeless wedding studio Vam donosi ekskluzivni pregled novog Wedding City-a u Varaždinu, čije će se otvorenje održati 24. svibnja.
Wedding City je mjesto gdje možete pronaći sve što trebate: vjenčanice, cipele, nakit, dekoracije, pozivnice... Možete pronaći gotovo sve što ste zamislili za svoje savršeno vjenčanje.
Here is a sneak peek of new wedding editorial session. Photos will be published on Wedding.hr with beautiful Tatjana Grivić in Vesna SPOSA dress and Irena Vucinic Art Jewelry. Thanks to Marija Vračević for make up and Bouviér Zgb for gorgeous hairstyle. And special thanks to Davor Kolarić-Bukvić for behind the scene photos! :)
We all know the importance of detail shots at a wedding. Because we love to make that kind of pictures, we are hired by various numbers of florists and artist to photograph for their collection, catalog or website.
Here are the photos we recently made for Pollak cvijeće.
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