We have planned everything. Kate was flying from New York, bringing with her a beautiful gown. It was April in Vienna, so we planned to have an outdoor photo shooting in the blooming parks and the elegant streets of the Austrian capital. We have spent days before her trip preparing every shot. And then it happened. Rain. For the entire period of Kate's stay. Our plan was ruined. Or at least that how we felt at that moment.
As a photographer, you always have to be prepared with a plan B. And react fast to changes. Sometimes the light is not so good as you have expected, and sometimes the hotel room is so tiny that it can barely fit you and the bride. No matter the situation, the photographer should keep her calm and come up with a new plan. What is even better is when your client has the same attitude. When they understand the situation, and immediately jump on board and start brainstorming with you.
That was Kate and me in the Cafe Imperial in Vienna. Sipping a glass of wine and going through hundreds of Instagram photos, trying to come up with something new. And that's how the idea of a royal-themed shooting was born. Kate decided to book a lovely room in the Hotel Imperial to use for the photo shooting. We also asked the hotel staff to let us shoot on the hallways and even inside the Royal Suite. She was my dream client!
The shooting day went smooth. Kate looked amazing, and she belonged to the surroundings. Her beauty and presence integrated smoothly with the interior and the atmosphere of the hotel. With the paintings of dukes and empresses, with the beautiful marble decor, and with the sumptuous chandeliers. We have finished our shooting session in the Royal Suite, one of the most luxurious hotel apartments in Vienna. Over the years, it accommodated a wide range of celebrities and heads of states, including Michael Jackson or Queen Elizabeth II. And with a valet boy watching over us the entire time, we made sure we took advantage of every corner of these beautiful rooms.
My dear Kate, I am so happy to meet you and so thankful that you trusted me to capture your memories in charming Vienna. I love that I can serve such beautiful people like you through my photography! And sometimes the universe gives us a present in the form of bad weather so we can create something totally unexpected and beautiful.
"You made my heart melt! Photographers with your spirit and passion are so hard to find! Vienna is so lucky to have you"
- Kate Julia -