About Paulo Santos

Paulo works with clients who favour a classic look and feel to their wedding images. Intuitive photojournalism blended with timeless and atmospheric portraiture. Over a decade of experience working with over 400 couples allows him to record every wedding commission with a truly unique style that will look as beautiful and relevant in fifty years as it does today. Paulo creates classic black and white imagery and endearing rich colour frames with perfect natural hues and gorgeous skin tones. He's based in England and photographs weddings for stylish and creative couples through Europe.

Behind The Brand

How would you describe your photography style?

Stylish, creative, heartfelt, and timeless.

 

What is it that makes an image magical?

Truly magical images are a product of many great things fused into one single wonderful moment. The ability and unique sight of the photographer to recognise and capture real emotion and moments with considered composition and wonderful light. That’s the difference between great, and truly magic and unique.

 

What advice would you give to the camera-shy couple?

Be yourself and trust me as your photographer. Know I have only your best interests at heart every time I take a photo. Then you can enjoy your day and be fully present without thinking about the camera. This is the way it should be. To know I’m capturing all those magical natural moments for you, and to know I’m there if you need anything. This is how I work and this is how I get those unique, timeless images.

 

Do you travel interstate or internationally?

I’m mainly booked to document beautiful weddings throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. But I love weddings and I love travelling, so nothing is off the table. I’ve photographed gorgeous weddings from Beirut to Beverly Hills, Dubai to The Dordogne, and continue to record wedding celebrations wherever they may take me.

 

As an estimate, how long does your editing process take?

The whole process to your delivery experience takes around 8-10 weeks. For clients looking for something quicker than industry-standard, I also offer an express turnaround. Whatever you choose it’s important to understand that taking the photo is just the beginning. Like every aspect of my photography, it’s considered and fulfilled to the highest standards. I don’t outsource the editing of your photos so I’m emotionally connected to your wedding images at every stage.

 

Describe a magical moment from a wedding you’ve photographed…

Every wedding is magical, and every wedding has so many magical moments contained within it. My job is to take photos of magical moments! From a personal level there are some moments that stand out to me just that little bit more (bear with me here). Like a ceremony in the most stunning dark and rustic 12th-century chapel ever. After the ceremony my clients entrusted me take a few quick portraits inside while everyone fled for champagne. The groom leaned against a wall and took five minutes to himself, just out of view. In the very back of the chapel in the darkness, one beam of light came through a narrow side door. This is where I placed the bride, so the warm, illuminating light made her a truly magical vision against the surrounding darkness. I didn’t take a photo but instead walked to the other end of the chapel to view the scene from distance for maximum effect. And this is when I called the groom to come round next to me. He turned to see the scene before him and broke down in tears of happiness. These portraits were not just photos, but will always represent exactly how he felt at that exact moment.

Editor’s Notes

Why we love it…

The timelessness and sophisticated allure of Paulo’s captures make for incredible heirloom photos that will endure beyond trend and immateriality. We love his eye for creative composition and the way he plays with light and shadow.

 

For the couple…

Drawn to the chic and the classically inspired.

 

Styling tips…

Choose a beautifully moody or ambient wedding venue with interesting architecture and set the stage for incredible photographs with considered lighting such as layers of tapered candles, festoon lights, or wall lights. Keep your styling elegant and romantic.