Capture My Soul Photography - Marie Montibert

Un boda en Madrid

“Un Boda En Madrid” is the unique marriage of a man and a woman, expatriated to Madrid for a few years. I won’t tell you about their lives because of his status, I don’t really have the right to do so, but I will tell you about the conditions of the marriage. This marriage was a real challenge. I had to adapt more than ever to the conditions and renew myself. Searching within myself for solutions to obtain the best possible quality was my leitmotiv of the day. I set the context…

BACKGROUND

At the beginning of November in the Madrid countryside (Southeast of the capital of Spain) on the side of Cuenca for those who know, here I am at the wheel of my little car arriving in a kind of Hacienda Auberge to meet my newlyweds! Ahhh… Spain! How I love this country! Except that that weekend, the Spanish weather had decided not to make my task any easier.

The bride and groom had warned me, the apartments were quite “old” and dark. I had planned lights just in case! And fortunately because on the morning of the wedding, it would have been difficult to make it any more gloomy: rain, thick clouds and low luminosity. The rooms all varnished wood and covered with varnish didn’t help. Luckily there was light in the rooms… but unfortunately I realize from the first pictures that halogen light, which is not a stable light, does not allow me to guarantee a coherent result…

The ceremony that was supposed to take place outdoors takes place indoors in the veranda to finish where an ugly shadow comes to annoy me by veiling a part of my bride and groom’s head! The planning is getting behind schedule.

The light gives way to darkness very quickly and the evening falls faster than expected. The fields of olive trees spotted the day before are soaked and prevent us from accessing…. These are all reasons that can sometimes make my work complicated. So many obstacles that I have to overcome in order to obtain the satisfaction of my bride and groom that is so important to me.

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The Black Lake’s Lovers

Today I’m going to tell you a story… Forget everything and focus on my words ! The legend is called “The Black Lake’s Lovers”.

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“Everything separates them.

Their culture, the places where they grew up, their place in society, their language. Yes, absolutely everything separates them. (more…)

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Jo & Max in Madrid

“Jo & Max in Madrid”, is the engagement session of two expatriate lovers for a time in the beautiful Spanish capital.

MADRID + PHOTOS !

To be honest with you, one of the only regions I had not yet visited in Spain was MADRID and its province. So normally for the sessions I never go that far. I always stay close to home. But here I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go and discover this cosmopolitan city with a history well anchored in our cultures.

After a nice day of walking with my little mom on the occasion of her 60th birthday – There are worse surprise trips, eh? – I met my little lovers in the heart of the Parc Del Retiro in the heart of Madrid. A soft autumn evening. The leaves of the trees are gently russeting. The lovers are strolling in a boat on the basin at the foot of the big white fountain. The children buy ice creams from the shop along the pedestrian walkway. A musician, guitar on his knee, leads us in our evening walk.

The session goes slowly, quietly to the rhythm of the lovers, until the sun sets over the preppy districts of the city. My mother joins us at one of the bars on the side of the basin, which is falling asleep. Then it’s time to take advantage of this evening to sip some sangrias and head to our restaurant Fusion – Mexican/Janponese – chosen for the occasion by my future bride and groom. It was a beautiful evening to discuss many things but all more interesting than the others and to discover incredible flavors!

Jo & Max in Madrid

Thanks to them for their trust. Their friendship. And their smiles full of sincerity. This time in Madrid is marked in my memory and will remain in my heart for a long time. And then you who reads me, if you want to do a session in Madrid or elsewhere, whether you live there or you want to stay there., don’t hesitate to take me in your luggage for a session like “Jo & Max in Madrid”!

 

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Bohemian Wedding In The Heart Of La Gruyère

“Mariage Bohème Au Coeur De La Gruyère” for the wedding of Céleste & Frederic. They have chosen to welcome their guests at the Hotel du Golf de la Gruyère.

Céleste & Frédéric you already saw them a few weeks ago in one of my articles. We had made photos for their engagement session in the gorges of La Jogne and at the foot of the castle of Gruyères. They are young and beautiful. They are adorable and it is with great pleasure that I found them on their wedding day in a place I didn’t know! The Hotel du Golf de la Gruyère! And their terrace has a view on the lake of Gruyère just unbelievably hot!

I learned that this place was going to be restructured and that the hotel was going to be razed to the ground to build luxury apartments – for well-to-do golfers. It’s a shame the terrace will be destroyed and the area will miss the staff service. It feels so good here. It’s restful… So restful that… nothing at all!

It is September 7, 2019. Saturday. 10h00. Beginning of the preparations in one of the spacious rooms of the hotel whose decoration remained blocked in the 70s. I thus find the girls in full make-up and hairstyle. I prepare the bride’s belongings to take a picture of them in the spirit of “Mariage Bohème Au Coeur De La Gruyère”. I love the bouquet and the wreath of dried flowers! It’s different. Soft. Authentic. I loved doing the portraits of Celeste at the end. A beautiful light, my beautiful, casual bride. It was different and it felt good

For the authentic masculine side, I am welcomed in the next room with a small glass of maple syrup whisky. I confess, I tasted it. I didn’t think I liked it because this whisky is not my thing, but in fact, this little taste of maple syrup that remains on your lips, I really liked it! So at the Christmas market, we found some and a new bottle took place on our shelves! For his portrait photos, I didn’t want to stay in the room. Too soft. Too much like Celeste’s photos. So I took a risk and we went to the old spa, now a seminar room, to do his portraits. Contrast, lines, a little bit of a London bar atmosphere near the bay windows, don’t you think?

Bohemian Wedding In The Heart Of La Gruyère

Once the photos of Frédéric, our groom of the day, were finished, I was happy to discover the beautiful decoration made by the Asclepiads for the secular ceremony. The time in general at this time is tightening and the photos of the decoration follows with the discovery of the bride and groom and the beginning of the ceremony. For the blow, one of Celeste’s witnesses being late, my sidekick, Jeremy, who had joined me for the ceremony and I were able to take advance and draw the portrait to each guest! Always one less thing to do during the ceremony.

We attended a beautiful ceremony, full of emotions, in an incredibly poetic setting. The bride and groom went out under the bubbles for this “Bohemian Wedding In The Heart Of La Gruyère”. Then cocktail, group photos and … finally the moment of happiness that I confess to be waiting for impatiently, the photos of couples! In addition there, between the place below the golf course on the lake, their outfit and our mutual trust in my work and their couple, I had plenty of time to offer them different things! Banco!

The rest of the evening usually took place with dinner, surprises, entertainment, crying, laughter and dancing. I met some nice people at this wedding. People that I enjoy meeting again from time to time at my home or as on this July 11th at another wedding on the other side of the French speaking part of Switzerland.

So, I could not finish my little speech without thanking them warmly for their trust. But also for these shared moments. For their enthusiasm towards my work. Their recommendation! At last, thank you for everything! And I look forward to meeting you on a terrace or at the carnival in Broc and discovering the incredible costumes of Celeste and her friends!

And if you ever want to see some excerpts from their album, it’s on my instagram in the permanent stories! Be patient there are a few before !

“Bohemian Wedding In The Heart Of La Gruyère”

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Like a holidays spirit!

“Like a holidays spirit!” is a moment of intense emotions on the shores of Lake Geneva. On the beach of Preverenges. A sweet parenthesis for this couple who in a few weeks will get married. But you know what? You like pictures and you’re not especially getting married? But you want to take nice pictures with your partner or your partner-in-law, well that’s also possible. It’s pretty much the same way.

We chat. We define your desire for a session. Then we discuss paperwork. Then we move forward in the session. You receive a questionnaire. You and She-Him fill it out separately. I imagine your session as the days get closer together to create a tailor-made session that suits you. Happiness. Emotions. Laughter. Real smiles. Rock. Something different.

“Like a vacation tune” is the summary of the work done before this session. For them as for me this session was a magical moment. A moment of bliss. Sincere feelings. Of sweetness. Of modesty. Laughter. Games. And especially love? You want to see love? With them you’re going to get it in your eyes.

Thanks to S&N for their trust, for this suspended moment where we ended up having drinks on the beach and discussing everything and nothing. Thank you for this adventure that we offer ourselves! Enough chatting, I leave you with this commitment session to take sun, warmth, love in your head with these two lovers who are really messing up your hair! I can’t wait to see them in September for their wedding! I can’t wait!

Like a holidays spirit!

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Le Castel de L’Amour

“Le Castel de L’Amour” is the article written for the beautiful wedding of Juliane & Paul. For me it is one of the most successful weddings of the 2019 season. From the location at the Royal Savoy for the preparations to the ceremony and party at the Castel Du Bois Genoud in the heights of Lausanne to the photo shoot, it is a wedding that I really enjoyed. I’ll tell you more in this article…

Preparations have begun in one of the rooms of the Hôtel Royal Savoy in Lausanne where I found a bunch of boys motivated to party! Once the boys’ dressing was finished, we went down to take pictures of the friends at the “Art Deco” bar for the boys and then in the smoking room to isolate the groom and end the session with some pictures of his outfit. When I went back up to the room, the girls had taken over the place and were already getting dressed. You may recognize the creator of LesPaillettes.ch? Moreover it is she who provided all the decoration for the ceremony.

Le Castel de L’Amour

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Love Under The Gastlosen

“Love Under The Gastlosen” … Do you know what are the Gastlosen ? A natural border, a vertiginous wall, a 15km long mountain range that separates the canton of Fribourg and the canton of Bern. On one side Charmey and on the other Jaun. All dressed in limestone, these peaks conceal beautiful singularities. Cracks, Large, Very large. And every year, they give rise to an incredible spectacle called the “Grossmutterloch” (grandmother’s hole ). It is a unique and rare event that takes place every year at the same period. Almost at the same time and on the same day. I would really like to go next winter to attend. But this is not the event that I have linked to above that I am going to talk about today.

Nah, you’ll have understood it when you see the title today I’m going to talk to you… WEDDING! M&J, their love of the land, their desire to get married at the foot of mountains so impressive that I’m in love with them! Their unusual and unforgettable wedding.

First of all this wedding is a meeting with Emmanuelle Cavigelli, Cavigelli Wedding from now on. A woman, a mother, an entrepreneur. In fact I can say that it was a mutual love affair and the beginning of a beautiful story. She hardly knew me and entrusted me with her sister’s wedding. M. But so grateful to life for this encounter !

That’s why, as a fan of unusual and unforgettable weddings, I found myself photographing Love Under The Gastlosen  in the middle of August…

As for all my future little married couples, I had met them in the heart of Fribourg on a Sunday afternoon. The smile of M. The kindness and the phlegm of J. A love at first sight again! And then we organized the photo session called “Engagement” but who knows what kind of engagement his name is… I’m thinking of changing that for 2021! We ended up with our feet in the Sarine in a beautiful place cut off from the rest of the world !

Then came the time of Love Under The Gastlosen. As usual I met the bride and groom for the preparations. Once is not customary, in the chalet overlooking the Val de Charmey, I found a bride and groom in full effervescence with all the complexity of not crossing each other! I think these are the places I have preferred to photograph the preparations for all my weddings. Maybe it was the dynamic that morning? I don’t know!

When the preparations were finished, we exceptionally took over the direction of the couple’s session. Indeed, photographing Love Under The Gastlosen and even in the middle of August, brings some difficulties… The shadow takes very quickly ground and we had to find solutions not to end up with too dull photos. My work as a photographer also consists in anticipating this kind of problem. Knowing the place, the topography allows me to find the best compromise for beautiful photos.

Then we took the road to the Gastlosen … An incredible moment in this refreshment bar of Sattels. Emmanuelle knew how to enhance this picturesque place to make it a perfect receptacle for their love. No right to miss you when the bride is your sister!

A lay ceremony led by a master’s hand by another of his sisters. All in French and German. Exchanges of vows under the benevolent gaze of the Sattels and to the sound of the Armaillis. Tears, laughter and emotion, the recipe for a successful union!

The end of the day requires no words. The photos speak for themselves. In the meantime I thank Emmanuelle Cavigelli and M&J for their confidence and to let me share some pictures of this unusual and unforgettable wedding of this Love Under the Gastlosen.

Pour finir si tu vas te marier bientôt, en 2021 ou en 2022, et que tu souhaites un mariage insolite et inoubliable ou que tu as tout simplement aimé mes photos, contacte-moi via mon formulaire, je me ferai un plaisir de te répondre.

 

 

Love Under the Gastlosen

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Love hike in the Jogne Gorges

C&F’s engagement photo shoot took place during a love hike in the Jogne Gorges! You will soon be able to read an article about their wedding on the lake of Gruyères. I met them this summer at the trail head of the Gorges de la Jogne. Our trek ended at the foot of the beautiful castle of Gruyères. We took advantage of the end of the day lighting and the stillness of the mild summer evenings to do this photo shoot. They were in their love, in their bubble.

Gruyère is where they grew up, live now and work. This is where they’re getting married too. So it made sense to hold their photo shoot in the heart of Gruyères, between Broc and Charmey, in the Jogne Gorges. Did you ever go there? It’s a place we love. We go hiking there at least once a year. We start from the bottom and walk towards the small typical village of Charmey. The path is a lot of fun! You have to go over small suspension bridges, and walk through dark tunnels dug in the rock. The walk ends on the beautiful Montsalvens Lake.

They pose in pairs or alone to get used to the camera, to overcome the awkwardness. I want to make my presence and the experience of being photographed more fun and cool so they feel comfortable on the wedding day! No stress! This is the best way to take the most natural pictures of them! Whatever the conditions, the time and the place. I’ll let you enjoy this beautiful love hike in the Jogne Gorges in the heart of Gruyère.

 

Love hike in the Jogne Gorges

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A sweet wedding in the vineyards of Asti

“A sweet wedding in the vineyards of Asti”. This was the theme of N&G’s beautiful wedding. I was lucky to experience it by their side at the beginning of the summer as a wedding photographer abroad! It was a perfect weekend. A sweet weekend. Nice weather. An enchanting place with incredible landscapes. In Northern Italy. In the Piedmont. The Province of Asti. I told you about this place in my last article. Do you remember? I would like to thank them for their trust, their welcome, their smile and this beautiful experience.

“A sweet wedding in the vineyards of Asti” is an intimate place first and foremost, a small hotel with a breathtaking panoramic view over the vineyards of a region rich in culture and soil. A place where you can enjoy the sweet sunsets of Italy. This also means that there were pizzas on the menu Friday night, as well as antipastis, local products and dishes at the wedding cocktail. The meal was served outdoors in the garden, under the soft light of the setting sun.

This beautiful union in the heart of the vineyards was also a beautiful mix of cultures. Italy, because we were there. But also Switzerland, Germany, Australia. I share with you some pictures of this sweet wedding in the vineyards of Asti. You won’t see their faces, or from far away because they want to maintain their anonymity. Thank you for respecting this choice and for appreciating the pictures that I am going to show you.

 

A sweet wedding in the vineyards of Asti

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Gold and Ochre in Piedmont

“Gold and Ochre in Piedmont” is what I wanted to call this article and series of travel photos. Full of sunshine and warmth, this series from my trip takes us to northern Italy, a region traditionally rooted in wine and agriculture. The province of Asti produces some of my favorite beverages! An elixir for the taste buds: the sparkling white Moscato d’Asti and the Brachetto red, also a sparkling wine! Did you ever try them?

I had the opportunity to discover this part of Italy thanks to the N&G’s wedding. In my next article I will show you a clip from their wedding. Romantic and delicate. As a Destination Wedding Photographer, I often travel abroad. You recently saw my trip to the Cyclades Islands in Greece and to Reunion Island. Today I’m sharing with you “Gold and Ochre in Piedmont“.

I let my heart be carried away in a warm, yellow and ochre world during this wedding weekend. An incomparable softness overwhelmed me. A feeling of communion with this red earth. During the golden the sunsets, the sun caressed me and painted my surroundings with beautiful deep yellow reflections.

This is what I wanted to convey through the pictures I took of this trip. I wanted to show you the simple beauty of this Piedmontese landscape. The authenticity of the villages of Asti. The stillness of summer. The softness of the cricket chants. The color of the earth. Of gold and ochre, Piedmont you fill my heart with comfort in this cold winter.

I’m not going to pretend that the grim period you’re going through doesn’t affect me. I’m forced to think of you, dear northern Italians. At the heart of your misery. Of your autarky. Italy, Piedmont, Asti. Besieged by a virus of which we still know very little. I would like to remind you that even if winter and its gloom are everywhere, tomorrow will be sunny, you will be beautiful and you will shine with gold and ochre all over the world. So hold tight and draw comfort from the gift I offer you.

 

Gold and Ochre in Piedmont

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