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A Cuban Engagement Shoot – Jon and Maria

Destination portrait photography – Jon and Maria are getting married in September this year in Madrid. I’m a best man so the duty of photography is passing elsewhere. After leaving Gloucestershire for a week and heading out to Cuba for a winter break, I suggested we leave the homestay at sunrise one morning for a pre-wedding shoot to have some fun in the streets and get them used to being photographed. They both jumped at the chance.

Whilst most people have a lie-in during their holidays, we were up and out by 6:30 to catch the early morning light and make the most of the empty streets. We mainly visited two locations during the trip – Havana and Trinidad. I chose Trinidad for the engagement shoot as it was a lot smaller and we could cover a lot more ground before the tourists emerged.

The light, colours, locations and of course the models were all incredible. I was very excitable as those who know me can probably imagine. During the morning we managed to adopt a stray dog as we woke up with Trinidad. The morning is when the locals do their thing. I’ve a personal blogpost of morning life in Cuba arriving on the blog in a few days. If you’ve never visited, I highly recommend it. For those interested, we stayed here.

For the photographers amongst you, the images were shot with a Nikon D750 and mainly my trusty Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 – there a few included taken with the Sigma Art 24-35mm F2.

So here are Jon and Maria and a few Cubans.

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