Ibiza wedding: Heike Moellers – Capturing pre-wedding magic
Anyone who’s poured their heart and soul into a wedding understands the day whizzes past in a haze of hellos, thank yous, tears and loveliness. And while every second of that is documented, all the wonderful stuff that comes before the big day is often left uncelebrated.
That explains why engagement photoshoots are becoming increasingly attractive to loved-up couples. And why those looking to commemorate the special time that leads up to their big day – as well as the actual wedding itself – turn to Ibiza fine art wedding photographer Heike Moellers.
German-born Heike has been a photographer for 14 years, in that time earning a reputation as a connoisseur of capturing extraordinary little moments between man and wife. And, having photographed Ibiza weddings for four years, she knows engagement photoshoots are an appealing part of her wedding packages.
This collection of photos serves as a tender memento of the period leading up to the big day, but it also allows Heike to build a relationship with the couple set to say vows in front of her. “It’s great for us all to get to know each other,” she explains. “It also allows the couple to become more comfortable with the camera.”
Not everyone is used to posing in front of cameras, naturally, and for some couples, this can be an overwhelming prospect. Luckily, Heike is on hand with her expertise to help put people at ease. “I like to create a relaxed situation – always outside so it feels a bit like sightseeing.”
Once the couple see the images it gives them an added boost before the big day, so they can get on with enjoying themselves rather than worrying about the camera. “It’s great for people to see that they look good on film,” Heike declares. “It gives them confidence before the wedding day.”
An expert in getting the best out of people, Heike is well versed in bringing out everyone’s most flattering side. Her style is subtle and unobtrusive, so during an engagement photoshoot she’ll guide but not direct and keep her distance – she’ll have you walking around giggling before having to look directly at the camera.
In addition, the locations she chooses provide a stunning backdrop for the images. One of her favourite places to shoot is Dalt Vila – Ibiza’s famous old town – where at sunset the walls glow golden and the enchanting cobbled streets come to life. “I discover more every time I go there,” Heike says, ensuring every photoshoot is unique.