“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
Sandwood Bay Beach, Scotland, June 2017
A few weaks ago I had the luck to photograph this lovely couple up at Calton Hill. It was a very special project with a surprise proposal for which they had came to Edinburgh all the way from Mexico… Of course, she said YES! At one point it was really hard to blink away the tears in order to be able to keep taking photos as Roberto proposed. However, after all the excitement, we managed to find a few quiet moments before sunset, and make the most of the beautiful, golden light that lit up at the hill that afternoon.
Recently I prefer a minimalistic style and editing in my engagement photos as I find it really helps me to give back all the emotions, unique atmosphere, and quiet, intimate moments that are characteristic of these photoshoots.
It is such a freezning cold day in Edinburgh that I had to dig up these photos from last winter when I was in Australia. I love this series that I took during a road trip up North along the East coast. Traveling during most of the day, we only stopped for short periods of time because if you got out of the car the heat was unbearable. Blurry line of red earth and mango trees along the motorway. Motels in the late afternoon; we always had the pool just for ourselves. Gekkos on the walls and weird tropical plants thet look monstrous in the darkness. The smell of dust, petrol, fast food and murky creeks.
Today I finally brought you some cat photos. He is Gizmo, my fltmate’s gorgeous Sphynx cat, posing for the camera like a pro! A friend of mine said that in the first picture it is very hard to tell the difference between him and Clint Eastwood… well, what do you think?
There is something about autumn that says ‘LOVE’ like no other season. Even more so if you happen to live in Edinburgh, where the city shows its most characteristic face with the yellow-red-orange leaves appearing here and there in the parks from September, and the mystical, foggy evenings coming back as we (happily) say goodbye to the summer. For this reason, mid-October is one of my favourite times for photo shoots aiming for a romantic atmosphere and I was happy when back in June Zsófia asked me to shoot their engagement session on the last week of October.
With the majority of tourists long gone, the parks, closes and alleys are deserted in the crisp morning, and no one disturbs us as we make our way through Princes Street Gardens or the iconic streets of the Old Town with Zsófia and Sándor. The warm colours that they wear – bright red on Zsófi and deeper shade on Sándor – contrast well with the greyish hue of the stones of the buildings in the Old Town, but also seem very natural when taking more relaxed shots in the Gardens, surrounded by colorful autumn foliage.
Since autumn not only means vivid colours and fallen leaves but check-print scarves and knitted gloves – that is, it is getting cold too, especially after spending two hours outside, occasionally laying on the ground for a nice shot – we decide to warm up ourselves in the nearest Starbucks while having a quick look at the photos and discussing further plans for the day.
Sándor suggests a very nice location nearby – a lovely, hidden little street in Stockbridge, that he discovred by accident the other day. Even I didn’t know it and I walk around in Edinburgh like… a lot! (No, seriously, I lived all around Edinburgh: at this point I almost know it better then my home city, Budapest!).
At the end all tree of us are pleasantly tired and very satisfied with the pictures, the city, the season… okay, except maybe the cold!
Over the last two weeks, I have been working at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It has been a very valuable experience for me as it gave me more insight into press photography and expected standards in the industry. I had the chance to work at different events and venues across Edinburgh, thus testing my skills – and my camera! – in sometimes quite challenging circumstances. I met a bunch of very talented people and of course some international stars as well! Not to mention the EIFF staff whose professional yet friendly attitude helped me a great deal during these two weeks. Can’t be grateful enough for this amazing experience!