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editorial ambivalence by brancoprata

For this photography essay, our starting point was the word “ambivalence” and the meaning behind it. So what’s the definition of this word and why do we feel so drawn to it? In a very basic way, ambivalence is the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings towards the same action. Like everything in life, it’s normal to have mixed reactions about everything – even marriage!

We wanted a raw, honest exercise on a relationship between two people: true feelings that overcome the flaws; heartfelt words spoken that make you forget everything else; and, the acknowledgement that perfection is tangible only when you realize that your strength is built on the good and the bad. We wanted our images to focus on the couple and the space – the actions and movements between the two and their reactions to the scene.

We chose a simple and discreet environment with unpretentious details so the couple stood out. With this type of focus in life, it allows us to realize that indecision or uncertainty are also part of the path to reach a joyful outcome!

 

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Photographer: André Teixeira Brancoprata  |Creative director & Floral Designer: Sofia Ferreira Brancoprata | Dress: Otaduy | Make Up: Marlene Vinha with Pretty Exquisite | Hair: Alexandre Ribeiro with Diff Hairdesigners | Venue: Casa Bom Fim Heritage House & Garden | Fashion Styling: Diana Vinha with Pretty Exquisite |Videography:  Fábio Coelho with The Amazing Rabbit | Cake & Cookies: Tânia Sérgio with T Bakes | Models: Best Models Agency | Rentals: Parque da Penha | Jewelry: Mesh |  Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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indoors maternity session by brancoprata

Architecture allowed light to enter this space, carving shadows and creating an atmospheric design, perfect for this very modern and fashion oriented maternity shoot. We really love these images, since we believe they are a true reflection of this very stylish soon to be mother.

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Film Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

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couple shoot by the sea

When Audrey told us she was coming to Porto and wanted André to take photos of her and her boyfriend Nicolas, we felt not only excited but also honored. We met Audrey a couple of years ago in Paris and since then we never lost contact! Audrey is also a film photographer known for her unmistakable fashion house-inspired aesthetic, so it was quite easy to shoot her and Nicolas.

The chemistry between the two is more than obvious, which made everything even easier to shoot! And on top of everything, the weather decided to help us, and a  absolutely magical sunset with a mystical fog added even more romanticism to this session and consequently helped translate that almost poetic atmosphere of a late afternoon on a beach in Matosinhos, here in our lovely hometown, Porto.

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do!

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Film Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

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engagement shoot in lisbon by brancoprata

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and one of the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as Paris, London or even Rome, by centuries. It was ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, and then it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century, until in 1147, Afonso Henriques and the Crusaders reconquered the city. Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon's status as the capital of Portugal has never been granted or confirmed officially, either by statute or in written form. For the last couple of years, Lisbon has been invaded by turists, seekingk beautiful architecture & monuments, as well as great food, wine and of course, fado.

Jacquelyn and Justin visit Lisbon last year and decided it was the perfect location for their engagement session. We've been following Jacquelyn's work and blog, Lark & Linen, for a long time now, so we immediately felt overjoyed about finally meeting Jacquelyn in person.

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Film Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

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traveling light

Last November we went to Torroella di Montgrí, near Barcelona, to speak and do a workshop during Traveling Light, where more than 80 photographers from all over the world came to meet, share and learn from each other while disconnecting from the day a day life, and you can see more of this experience here.

For us, it was the perfect ending for and incredible year filled with many new challenges, outstanding moments and unforgetable memories. Traveling Light was a magical moment for all who attended, you could see the excitement in the air and we will never forget this week at Cinema Montgrí, where Albert Roig and his team where able to create an one of a time event!

During one of the days, we held a workshop, where we had the chance to speak and sshare our creative process when we design and shoot editorial work. For this workshop we prepared a story that we are sharing today. Each image portrays a significant moment in our plot. Our storyline is about a woman searching for her freedom, after feeling trapped into a routine.

We can't thank enough our incredible team, who made this possible under crazy conditions: Diva Borrelli Make Up Artist (a true angel walking the Earth), Canigueral Mesas con Esencia, Otaduy and Natalia.

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Film Photography: André Teixeira, Branco Prata | Creative direction & styling: Sofia Ferreira, Branco Prata | Make up & Hair: Diva Borrelli Make Up Artist | Dress: Otaduy | Table tops: Canigueral Mesas con Esencia | Model: Natalia| Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

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