photography

Isle of Skye: behind the scenes

Remember the post about the Isle of Skye elopement? Well, it was a great adventure!

Scotland is such an amazing place. The landscape is completely different from what we’re used to. The light (or the lack of it), the tones, the nature, the mountains, the houses… everywhere we went kept us inspired. We looked like kids in a candy store, climbing, jumping, ending the days with soaked socks and muddy shoes.

As you can imagine, since we landed at Inverness airport till we flew back again, we never stoped taking photos.

This is a different post. This is the BTS of a friends trip. The actors are: Luciana & João (the newly weds), Miguel & André (the Lapela’s) and the great video man Joel da Palma.

Lapela photography: Best of Weddings - 2018

Mais um ano passou.

Muitas horas passámos a fotografar. Muitas horas passámos a editar em frente ao computador. Milhares de imagens passaram em frente aos nossos olhos. Mas existe sempre aquela foto, que por alguma razão nos faz perder algum tempo a olhar para ela. Porque é um momento especial… porque conta uma história… porque nos preenche pela sua composição… porque sobressai pela sua luz… porque simplesmente gostamos e nem sabemos explicar como.

É esse o critério que usamos quando nos dispomos a tentar escolher as melhores das melhores. Porém, este é um exercício que nos ajuda a melhorar enquanto fotógrafos e a encontrar um estilo próprio, a nossa identidade, até chegar o dia em que alguém olha para uma foto nossa e sem saber diz: “Isto é Lapela!”

Aqui têm. Depois de algumas horas de debate entre nós os dois e muitos: “esta sai” vs “esta tem de de ficar”, apresentamos (com atraso) o nosso best of 2018!!


Another year has passed.

We photographed for many hours. And spent many more through edition at the computer. Thousands of images passed in front of our retinas. But there is always that photo, which for some reason makes us spend some time looking at it. Because it was a special moment... because it tells a story... because it fulfills us with its composition... because it stands out through its light... because we simply like it and cannot explain why.

This is the criteria we use when we are willing to do this hassle of trying to choose the best of the best. But this is also an exercise that helps us find our own style and identity, until the day comes when someone looks at our photo and unknowingly says, "This is Lapela!"

Here they are. After a few hours of debate between us two and many: "take this one out" vs "this one has to stay", we tardily present our 2018 best of!

Sara & André: pre wedding photo session at Monchique, Algarve

A Sara e o André são eternos românticos apaixonados. Sonham com o seu casamento há muito tempo e desde que os conhecemos, que já prepararam um contentor de coisas idealizadas e handmade para completar da melhor forma o seu grande dia. Será basicamente um casamento feito à sua medida, com muito esforço para que resulte na perfeição.

Entre tanta azáfama, fizemos com eles uma pausa para fotografar um passeio até Monchique, terra com muito significado para eles e bonita demais para se fotografar lá! Já não foi a nossa primeira vez lá... mas vale sempre a pena subir e descer até encontrar os melhores cenários desta bonita serra algarvia. E para quem ainda não viu a vista da Fóia e o seu pôr-do-sol: porque esperam?


Sara and André are true romantic lovers. Since we met them, they dream with their wedding , and already have prepared a big truck full of handmade stuff for the big day. It will be a very personalized DIY wedding  and they are putting so much effort on that to become perfect.

Meanwhile, they made a stop with us for a walk at Monchique, a spot full of meaning to them, and so beautiful to photograph. It wasn't our first time there, going up and down deep into this forest, but always worth it. If you've never been there, enjoying Foia's mountain view and the magnificent sunset there: what are you waiting for?

Visiting Portugal: a family vacation in Lagos, Algarve

Portugal and Algarve are trendy now. We're happy with that.

We love welcome people visiting our country, our cities, our beaches. The cherry on the top of the cake, is by living here, to be part of some of this people holidays.

Ronald is also a photographer in Washington DC, US. He founded us on Instagram and asked if we could register some of their family time visiting Algarve. They wanted to have some pictures taken in a typical portuguese beach town and after on a beautiful beach. So, this time the choice was Lagos. We had a great time together. Their little boy help us a lot playing all around. We end up in Camilo beach, just for us! 

Hope this brings a fresh summer vibe we're missing already!