M/ANIA wedding photography, founded by Ânia and Pedro in Portugal, links Pedro's musical and cinematic flair with Ânia's graphic design and architecture passion. Their journey began 12 years ago when Ânia captured Pedro's band for an online publication, leading to a spontaneous decision to marry. In 2013, the same year they wed, they shot their inaugural wedding. Today, the family of five, including their three kids and a dog, passionately documents elopements and weddings worldwide. Their approach is authentic, modern, and elegant, aiming to immortalise raw emotions through a cinematic lens. M/ANIA wedding photography transforms moments into timeless narratives, revealing their clients unique personalities.
Behind The Brand
What draws you to wedding photography?
We first got into wedding photography already as a couple, while planing our own wedding a decade ago, as we were in search of a photography style that proved elusive. When the chance came to shoot a wedding, we were captivated. Instead of staged, cheesy moments, we discovered the genuine, loving joy reminiscent of when we first met. Working together as photographers, we blend our creative styles and influences into a cohesive narrative. Immortalising these authentic moments has become our passion.
How would you describe your photography style?
Our approach is poetic, intimate, and editorial. While we love capturing specific aspects of the wedding day with an editorial touch, we equally embrace spontaneity. Our goal is to deliver timeless pictures that will be a legacy for generations to come. Photography is like music to us: there’s a story to be told, but it will only thrive surrounded by poetry and harmony.
What inspires you creatively?
If our work were a couple, it would embody the timeless elegance of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. If our work were a song, undoubtedly it would resonate with the emotional depth and vulnerability of ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ by Jeff Buckley. As a movie, it would parallel Bergman’s ‘Persona,’ for its sharp black and white visuals and compelling cinematography. If translated into a painting, it would echo the ethereal beauty and dramatic composition found in Millais’s ‘Ophelia.’
What is it that makes an image magical?
Great light and a great moment.
What advice would you give couples when selecting their wedding photographer?
When selecting your wedding photographer, consider their portfolio to ensure their style aligns with your vision. Prioritize communication and discuss your expectations so that there are no surprises on the big day. Schedule a meeting to make sure there is chemistry: feeling comfortable with your photographer is absolutely crucial. This connection is key to a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere on the wedding day, resulting in more authentic and beautiful images. Lastly, trust your instincts – choose a photographer who not only captures beautiful images but also understands and resonates with you and your story.
Your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Villa Malaparte, in Capri. Those who love classic cinema and architecture will surely know why!
Why we love M/ania…
Husband-and-wife duo Ânia and Pedro are a creative force to be reckoned with. Unveiling timeless love stories through an elegantly cinematic perspective, their modern approach to capturing emotion and fleeting moments combined with their masterful skill behind the camera creates magical imagery.
For the couple…
Their poetic work is perfect for the couple wanting authentic visuals that look as though they have been pulled from the pages of a magazine.
When reviewing a photographer’s portfolio, find the images that make your heart stop. Create a mood board of references to show examples of the photography you’d like to become your family legacy. If you’re forced to stop scrolling, compelled by multiple images in their body of work, you’ll know you may have found the right photographer.