Claire & Jonny’s Engagement in Portugal

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After years of being a full-time wedding photographer, the locations I get to visit both here in the UK and abroad blow my mind. This destination engagement shoot in the Algarve, Portugal, was no exception.

The Location: Carvoeiro, Faro, Portugal

The location was Carvoeiro, Faro, Portugal. A small picturesque, traditional Portuguese town situated along the most stunning coastline I have ever witnessed.

As a destination wedding photographer, I’m blessed to get to capture love stories in the most romantic and breathtaking locations around the world. With any destination shoot I always head out a couple of days before actually shooting. This is to find the best locations, discovering those magical places that create the most breathtaking backdrops to the images I want to create.

Algar Seco, Carvoeiro

When I arrived in Carvoeiro, I threw everything in the hotel and headed out. Camera in hand and ready to explore. Within 30 minutes of exploring the town, I came across Algar Seco. A photographers dream. Cliffs, towering over the clear blue ocean. The sound of the ocean waves crashing against the rocks. Secret tunnels running through the cliff face. This is one of the most beautiful locations I have seen. I knew this was the place for the destination shoot.

Algar Seco at Sunrise
Algar Seco in Portugal at Sunrise
Algar Seco at Sunrise
Algar Seco at Sunrise

Algar Seco is somewhat of a secret location of Carvoeiro, as the town itself isn’t one of the most popular in the Algarve. With only a few friendly tourists around I knew this would be the perfect location for Claire & Jonny and their pre-wedding shoot. Always wanting to take things to the next level, we wanted this magical place to ourselves, there was only one way, we had to do a sunrise engagement shoot.

A Sunrise Engagement Shoot

The alarm clock sounded at 4 am. Time to head to this wonderful location. I knew this was going to be a breathtaking day. The golden sun was just starting to peek through the blue ocean top, the cliff’s started to turn orange, I knew what was ahead was going to be very special.

Claire & Jonny, thank you for braving the early alarm, for allowing me to capture your love story. I’m so excited for your big day in April! Here’s a little snapshot of your beautiful engagement shoot.

Couple kissing in the shadows at Algar Seco at Sunrise
Sunrise image of a couple on the rocks at Algar Seco, Faro
Couple laughing during their engagement shoot at Algar Seco, Portugal
Couple on the rocks at Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Couple on the rocks at Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Couple kissing on the rocks at Algar Seco, Faro, Portugal at Sunrise
Couple kissing on the rocks at Algar Seco, Faro, Portugal at Sunrise
Couple laughing on the rocks at Algar Seco, Faro, Portugal at Sunrise
Couple kissing on the rocks at Algar Seco, Faro, Portugal at Sunrise
Sunrise engagement shoot at Algar Seco, Portugal
Sunrise engagement shoot at Algar Seco, Portugal
Couple laughing during their engagement shoot at Algar Seco, Portugal
Double exposure of couple on the rocks of Algar Seco, Faro, Portugal
Couple walking on the rocks at Algar Seco, Carvoeiro, Portugal

A Stunning Coastline

With so many locations across the coastline it was time for the next location. The sun was up, the heat was starting to rise and we still had the whole place to ourselves, not a single person in sight.

Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Engagement shoot of Couple on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Couple hold each other close for their engagement shoot on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Couple hold each other close for their engagement shoot on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Couple hold each other close for their engagement shoot on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Portugal
Couple walk hand in hand on the cliff tops of Algar Seco in Faro, Portugal

What a destination shoot, what a location and what an incredible couple. If you are getting married abroad and looking for a destination wedding photographer just get in contact, we would love to hear from you.

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