Destination Engagement in Barcelona
This is possibly the hardest task to start this blog post featuring my beautiful couple from my destination engagement in Barcelona, Claudia and Gael. I am still totally overwhelmed on all of the things happened during my trip. I have been sat now in from of my computer and I am trying to gather my thoughts… I would love to be able to show the vibe of my destination engagement session at its best. My brain is taking snaps and its all scattered, busy, colourful, intense but beautiful. Yes, Barcelona has definitely become my place to be. I fell in love with this city and I feel I need to get back there very, very soon.
I travelled to Spain to shoot my destination engagement at the beginning of October. How surprising it was that the weather turned out just perfect. A low, autumn sun and golden hour was definitely my expectation and a dream. Knowing how unpredictable it could be was and how quickly it can destroy any photographers shoots was bringing me a slight anxiety. I would possibly cry if it was raining as my location for the shoot wasn’t rain-proof for sure. Park Guell is one of the most stunning places and a feast for the photographic eye. A 100 years old park designed by most famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi has everything you need for an amazing set of images. Unless you dont like colours and a beautiful light.
We met with Claudia and Gael in the early evening hours after their work. They arrived on their motorbikes which seemed to be the best and most efficient transport type in this busy city. Claudia said that the traffic became so bad in recent years that Barcelona is considered to be reaching the records for the number of motorbikes used for commuting, straight after Rome. I am not surprised as it seems everyone knows this city is so worth of exploring and amount of tourists us rising.
The tourists were our biggest curse. Something I would never anticipate to actually have a problem with while shooting a destination engagement session. Yes I know there are tourists everywhere, especially when you choose such a beautiful location but we went for the early evening hours on purpose. We thought the biggest wave of tourists will be gone by then and we will manage to capture some nice shots in the most beautiful Spanish sunset. How wrong I was! The place seems to be busy always. Literally, from the early opening hours until the darkness its full of people, walking by, crossing your ways and photobombing. There is no consideration, no mercy. Everyone just needs to take a photo of this fantastic scenery. The fact we actually managed to take so many photos without some strange faces right into them still amazes me.
We finished quite late, it was getting already too dark for my camera to shoot without a tripod so after the last clothes change we decided to go for a bite to eat and some socialising drinks. Claudia and Gael took us to the Gracia District which was buzzing! If you want to know why Gracia is the best place to stay when visiting Barcelona click the “Gracia” link.
They introduced us to this tourist free area, amazing food and wine and this was something that blew my mind. I had a massive dissapointment when eating tapas on the high street and its quality and lost my hope to find anything better. Turns out you don’t eat in busy touristic places, ha! But how come being only a visitor you know the gems hidden away from cameras and photobombers?! There is no way, but for that reason I know I will be back. I know I will explore the unpopular places and eat try tapas in small restaurants, those that are possibly the hardest to find.
Our day finished way too early. It was the biggest shame to leave Claudia and Gael and head home to our stranded hotel. I felt I wanted to stay there forever. Barcelona is my type of city, it has everything that I love, the weather, the food, the music (we got played a bit of my beloved Gotan Project when stuffing our faces in the fantastic BARRACA restaurant), the people, the wine, the architecture, the food…hang on did I say it again??
There is a small evidence from what we created with Claudia and Gael below so pop over to the photos to fall in love with my couple. Sorry, no pictures of the food on this occasion but I am planning to post another blog very soon with a few more personal photos and the beauty of the city.
If you are planning an amazing destination engagement and would like me to come over with you to document it get in touch today! If you live in one of the destinations I haven’t visited yet get in touch as well!
I would come over where you are or where you are planning to travel and help you create the most amazing memories.
I have also started taking bookings for destination weddings 2019 and 2020 so get in touch today if you want to take me with you to document your special day.