It’s that time of the year when we look back at what has happened in the last 365 days, and looking back now, we can say that 2018. has really been a fantastic year for us.
Before we even got to shooting any weddings, we had a spontaneous little editorial in Pula which god featured on Fstoppers, one of the biggest photography websites.
And when the wedding season started it instantly became hectic, ending just a couple of days before New Year’s eve 2019., and we loved each and every amazing couple we got to shoot.
It’s incredible how many positively crazy people we get to meet. They got us to climb on the roof of Haludovo, steal cherries from trees in Paladnjaki, get our feet frozen on Sljeme and then warmed in Malinska, almost set fire to a forest in Zagreb and close the curtains in a theatre in Karlovac.
And we went to Istria so many times that it’s no longer just a crush, it’s definitely love and we’re thinking of moving there.
More important than all of this, for a couple of very special days we got to be a part of your life, your families, your memories, laughter and joy.
And for that, we’re extremely grateful.
There’s something different about winter weddings. Even if we shoot in our “usual” locations, everything changes. The light, the feeling in the air… It’s just different. So you can imagine how childlike happy we get when we meet people who are brave enough to not just have a winter wedding, but also to have their photo session a day before the wedding on Zagreb’s Sljeme mountain.
The only thing that can make this better is when the first snow of the year falls down, and you end up walking in this real winter fairy tale scenery.
This was so beautiful that we had to remind ourselves to take pictures! 🙂
And no, we weren’t cold. And neither were Ivona and Zdravko. We were just having too much fun to feel the cold. So if you’re thinking about having a winter wedding – yes, definitely do it! And while you’re at it, go a bit out of your way to have a photo session like this. 🙂
When you have a bride and a groom who come from two different cities, in what city will you photograph them? The answer is, of course, in both! We’ve had the most amazing session with Dora & Vanja in Karlovac, and not just because a part of it was in a pastry shop dedicated to making doughnuts. We continued with another session at some of our favourite places in Zagreb’s Upper town.
It was the same story on the wedding day – Vanja started in Karlovac, while Dora was waiting in Zagreb, in we were in both places. Everybody gathered at the incredible Hub Cooltura Pub, and after the church continued to party at Lido Heart restaurant, right by Zagreb’s Jarun lake. Along with Dora & Vanja themselves, we had two other things at this wedding that we loved so much and that made it one of *those* weddings. The first were the amazing flowers done by Floristokracija. The second was the singer from the band Živa Legenda who had his own Freddie Mercury look-alike session. This was way before Bohemian Rhapsody came to the theatres. Rami Malek – we’re very sorry, but this guy, Tomislav Kramarić, was better than you. 🙂
The Polish and the Croatia love each other very publicly. The Polish families come to Croatia for the sea and vacation. Lots of times the same families will keep coming to the same places on the Croatian seaside, and through the years become best friends with Croatian families. The kids also become friends amongst themselves, and not that rarely love stories are born. Julia & Sandro are a perfect example of this kind of love story. They’re an incredibly happy, goofy, head-over-heels couple. And we beg them to bring some Ptasie Mlezcko every time. Is it surprising that on the way to their wedding we stumbled upon another Polish & Croatian wedding? These things happen here more often than not, and we couldn’t be happier that they do.
After all these years of shooting weddings, we still get stunned when we see our beatiful brides on their wedding day. If you take a look at Klara’s eyes, you’ll see what we’re talking about. But then you start shooting the session and you get into it and the wedding starts to go the usual way… And then they leave the church. And magic happens again, but in a very, very different way. In Zagreb we have some crazy football fans. They call themselves the BBB, which stands for Bad Blue Boys, and that tells you everything. When most of the guys at the wedding are BBB, that means one thing – torches. Tons and tons of torches that fill the air with smoke and give you some amazing photos in front of the church. And in front of the restaurant. And in the restaurant. And again in front of the restaurant. Another thing is that these boys are full of love. For their football club, for their ladies, and for each other. And you can see that. 🙂
Model: Gabrijela Lovrinović
Dresses: Atelier Pronovias Barcelona, Vesna SPOSA Studio
Location: House of Croatian Defenders, Pula
Last weekend we were at a wedding fair in Pula, a city located at the bottom of the of the Istria peninsula. Istria is otherwise known as “Terra Magica”, and that name speaks for itself. After a fashion show with all the bridal dresses, Vanja got into talking with the great people from the Vesna SPOSA fashion shop. They were here showing the 2018 collection from Elie Saab and Atelier Pronovias, amongst others.
The wedding fair was located in the magnificent House of Croatian Defenders, and the location was perfect for a mini-campaign shoot.
The only problem was that we left our cameras in Zagreb, so we had the location, the models, the dresses, MUA, and a new client who wanted pictures – but no cameras. Not to worry though, while Marko was left guarding the booth, Vanja took out her trusted Samsung Galaxy A5 and went shooting.
While smartphones still can’t compare with Full Frame DSLRs we use at weddings, they can produce some really interesting results. There were even some unexpected bonuses, for example if you want to get the dress being slightly blurred by movement while the face is still sharp, it turns out that in a moderately lit room smartphone chooses exactly the right shutter duration for that kind of effect.
All the photographs were shot with the default Samsung camera app, and then edited on the phone using Snapseed.
The editing process in Snapseed was as follows:
- First thing after opening a photo is selecting “pop” in styles.
- Go to tools and tune the image – raise ambiance, lower highlights, lower shadows, raise warmth.
- Select grain film L03, lower the noise and lower style strength to +40.
While we wouldn’t necesarilly use these photos for billboard ads, they can be more than enough for something like an Instagram-based campaign. 🙂
Sljeme mountain is the place where everybody from Zagreb goes hiking on the weekends, and one of the more popular destinations on it is the Medvedgrad fortress. It’s over 700 years old, built to defend the people living in the area from invasions, which were quite common in this part of the world.
Today it’s the home to the “Altar of the homeland”, which is a monument to the soldiers who have died in the Croatian war for independence. And it’s a place with some rather fantastic views of Zagreb.
So of course we were really excited when Ivana and Leo said that they wanted to have their session up here. What we didn’t know was just how crazy they were. They wanted photos from the top of the tower, so we climbed up there.
When we got up, without hesitation they climbed on the wall at the top of the tower. In the dress and the suit, with a rather large way to fall down.
I (Marko) was somewhat shocked, but the only thing I could do was climb up myself. Vanja was handing me the camera with the lens I needed, everything else I had left on the ground.
My legs were still shaking hours after the photo shoot was, but these guys were crazy enough that they took our GoPro from Vanja while we were all up there, took a photo of me, and then a selfie!
Crazy, incredible people. 🙂
There’s a sanctuary in northern Croatia called Marija Bistrica. After burning in a big fire in 1880., the local church was rebuilt by Herman Bolle. You know, the same guy who built tons of buildings in Zagreb. And Split and Rijeka and Osijek. And Budapest and Ljubljana and Vienna. What’s interesting is that his typicall Austrian style is not that visible here. On the contrary, it remimded us of Italy. Does it have the same effect on you? 🙂
Is there a better way to connect with people than with a slice of a cake? One thing we’re unsuccesful at is keeping up with a diet plan. Cakes break the rules, and it’s good that they do. They’re also an essential part of every meeting we have with clients, and below you can find some of the cakes that we made.