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Oct 29

Andrey & Maria. Portraits & Elopement in Iceland.

At some point during the morning of the elopement, I asked Andrey if he knew what Maria had selected for her wedding dress. He replied “I have not, but I am excited to see.” After the ceremony, we were driving back to their suite and I asked Andrey what he thought about her dress. Andrey smiled and said “Honestly, I didn’t even think about it. All that matters is I love her, now we are married, and everything is perfect.”

I can’t even begin to tell you what this day has meant to me. This was my first opportunity to photograph an elopement and having Iceland as the backdrop was a blessing. When you’re the only other person with the couple on such an important day in their lives, you become a very intimate part of the experience. By the end of the day it felt like we had all grown so close. When I left, we all exchanged hugs and I felt like I was leaving friends that I have known all my life.

I’m grateful to have shared all these special memories and moments with these two. Here is how our time together unfolded…

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DAY 1: Portraits in Landmannalaugar

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DAY 2: Wedding in Vik

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Music by Silence of Siberia.

Wedding Tours provided by: Aurora Tours

notes
  1. Daniel Lopez Perez

    So amazing and epic. Each of them is just perfect. Congratulations!!

  2. CHRISTINA D

    Strikingly beautiful as always, Nirav.

  3. Whitney Justesen

    Your photos leave me speechless every single time, and the music you pair along with them is always unbelievably perfect. You have quickly climbed the ranks to become one of my favorite photographers, and I get so excited every time you post something new. These photos of Iceland make me miss that beautiful country so much, and I hope to return someday soon. Your work is just absolutely gorgeous–I hope you know that.

  4. Ben Blood

    Uggggh. Those locations. Some of the best stuff to come out of Iceland. Stellar job, Nirav.

Aug 17

Perry & Jessy. A Love Story.

Perry & Jessy have traveled the world living out of suitcases while building a company inspired by their love for each other and for creating custom pieces (bands) that truly reflect the unique love story of the people that wear them. I found a few lines from their website that highlight what they want their pieces to represent…

“Each thoughtful piece is a testimony to our human yet romantic nature of crashing through life with the elegance of an avalanche, learning from each scratch and dent we pick up along the way”

We saw first-hand how love can truly take you places and how important that journey is to living a life of abundance. We knew we wanted to combine our talents and work together to create something where love’s journey could be celebrated

Whenever these two arrive to a new place on their journey, typically Jessy peruses the book collections while Perry finds a comfy spot to play music. In between exploring their surroundings, Perry sets up his workshop to work on custom bands.  Seeing how much passion he puts into creating each band was incredible.  I also love that he’s had to invent new processes to get the unique look and feel that their pieces have.  I recommend taking sometime to learn more about Rhodes Wedding Co. here.

My hope with this session was to create something that they could keep and treasure for the rest of their lives, just as they do for their couples.  After spending only two days with them, I’m convinced they’re some of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever met and I’m honored to call them friends.  We had honest conversations that will stay with me for years to come and I’m so incredibly grateful for the impact these two have made in my life in such a short time.  Love you guys.

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DAY 1: Arrival

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DAY II: Mornings

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DAY II: Exploring

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Music by Keaton Henson & Gregory Alan Isakov

notes
  1. Amari Kenoly

    Wow…..dude this is really inspiring.

  2. Paul Krol

    This may very well have been the best blog post I have ever seen. Its certainly top 10. Nirav, you do an amazing job of capturing/showing the mood. I wasn’t able to listen to the music you attached but I barely needed it. I felt something when looking at these pictures and that doesn’t happen often. I said “wow” a few times as I was scrolling. I tip my hat to you, sir.

  3. Alberto

    Amazing Nirav! Congrats!

  4. Hanna

    Incredible work: spectacular intimate meeting of two souls captured in such a sensitive way…simply beautiful as all of your shots, really. It must be an incredible feeling to be able to do what you do. Can’t even imagine how amazing it must be.