A romantic sunset Boat adventure in Budapest

Remembering just the other Friday night I was invited by my client Victor to join him on this beautiful adventure boat cruise to photograph and video graph his secret marriage proposal to his long time love. I had arrived a little earlier to scout out the location and do some test photos. Eagerly awaiting the couple… thus, was equally excited to meet them and get the party started! After all it’s not every day you get invited along for a sunset cruise ride on a perfect summer evening.

There she was the beautiful and mesmerizing Karolina, and she did not disappoint! Everything was planned a few weeks ahead before Karolina and Victor’s arrival to Budapest. The boat was set with crisp chilled champagne and decorated with some nice evening lighting to enhance the ambiance. The captain propelled us forward into the sunset on the magical calm waters of the Danube river passing Margaret Island, The Margrit Hid, then onto the majestic Parliament building. Further gliding into the sunset and early evening of this beautiful summer day, admiring the Castle and Church Matthias on the foot of the Hill I was taking a lot of photos and preparing the mini video with their song of choice.  Karoline had no idea of course and she was caught in the element of surprise and there she was glowing in the sunset and being adored by her boyfriend and be gifted with an elegantly designed white gold engagement ring! We enjoyed the rest of the one hour trip, taking lots of photos and capturing those once in a lifetime memories which you will remember forever! The stylish boat was especially booked just for the two of them for a romantic occasion and definitely perfect for just for couples. I believe if you are getting engaged go the extra mile and make it even that much more special and memorable. You can easily do that with a few thoughtful ideas that do not cost a fortune, such as a bunch of flowers, a nice local Hungarian champagne, a beautiful box of chocolates or even a surprise photo album documenting your love journey so far. Quirky or extravagant whatever your style, I can help you make the best of your secret engagement abroad. Victor had been eagerly awaiting this moment and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been this gorgeous couple’s engagement photographer and videographer for the evening. Such beautiful memories to treasure!

I can only highly recommend this romantic night-time boat ride in Budapest if you are looking for that something special and to enjoy in a private and friendly atmosphere. Check out Portum lines at Dock 42 Port and make your next booking! Don’t forget to invite me along!

Certainly, a fantastic night to remember! Take a look at some of the best moments of this exciting marriage proposal!

Hungary, Siofok Lake Balaton

Siofok a Balaton adventure in Hungary

First time I had travelled to Siofok just over two weeks ago. After the lock down this was a well deserved trip and you certainly appreciate being outdoors surrounded by the calm waters of the Balaton lake.

Like many other lake side towns, Siofok holds true for its reputation of a family friendly town with a vibrant scene of bars and restaurants. Siofok is not only for nightlife enthusiast but also for nature fans who prefer the less busier parts of this town. You can observe many wind surfers and smaller boats further out in the waters enjoying perfect weather and wind conditions. What fascinated me was the endless turquoise waters and far ashore the mountainous and green vineyards of the South. With many activities for the entire family.. you will definitely enjoy a long weekend of even a few days. Plenty of walks and an endless promenade with direct access to the water.

The gigantic ferries wheel offers a great panoramic view of Siofok and its neighbouring towns and in fact you can see almost the borders of the lake further away. I certainly had that tropical feel of the view and the water, like I wasn’t even in Hungary but perhaps somewhere near an exotic seaside location. Then the fauna was quite amazing.. and then there is some bird life to be observed. Hungary exhibits a rich bird life with many types of birds that like to make their habitat on the shores of Lake Balaton.  Such as the grey Haron is one of the famous all year resident. Wildlife is abundant and in autumn more exotic species can be observed and even otters have been seen but a rare sight. Of course, many ducks and swans live on the waters and are used to the visitors treating them with snacks. These majestic large birds are one of my favourite to photograph, they are simply majestic and so elegant how they navigate their way in the waters. Enjoy my photos of Siofok and hope you can discover this holiday town soon!

Wedding Day Kiss

 

Here is a little review of Zsofia and Gabor’s recent wedding in Kecskemet, Hungary. About a good 1h drive from Budapest. The wedding ceremony was strategically planned on their 10 years anniversary of being together. Their exciting love affair flourished while still at school and eventually the young couple thought to tie the knot and not wait any longer! Their gorgeous baby daughter accompanied the intimate wedding with the closest relatives and family members. The day was cold and even colder at night, so outdoor photo shoot was not really possible unfortunately. But nevertheless we all had a good time with lots of foods and plenty of cake and Palinka of course ( Hungarian schnapps to be consumed before a meal)! The beautiful Zsofia looked like a fairy and with an vintage inspired theme the decorations and the venue reflected the understated elegance and youthfulness of the occasion. Was really nice to see all the dancing going on and everyone so excited to party on the Dancefloor and let loose! The cake was absolutely gorgeously decorated with a rich orange and chocolate filling. After all the stiff group photographs that usually happens at a wedding, everyone was relieved to show their dance moves and let go of the tie and jackets. Always a joyous occasion for me as photographer and videographer to be part of any wedding, small or big where ever it takes.. I am still a big romantic at heart. Happy to take the photographs and the mini video at this intimate wedding in Hungary! Wish the happy couple a very happy life together filled with joy, new adventures and the best in life! 

Here are some of the highlights of their special day!

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New York Cafe couples photo

THERE ARE SOME MANY PLACES TO VISIT IN BUDAPEST FOR VALENTINE’S DAY! I think Budapest, Hungary is one of the most romantic cities to explore with your lover on Valentine’s day during the month of February. Here is a list of important places to see on your trip to this fabulous European city.  Here is my top three favourite places to visit and photograph!

  1. Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle Hill . In Hungarian halászbástya & budai vár! A very romantic place to visit as this castle has amazing architecture wind winding cobblestone streets and something new to see on every corner, whether its a new statue or a interesting and magnificent building or facade. The Fisherman’s Bastion attracts to many lovers as is the top three places to propose in Budapest. The turrets and terraces are simply gorgeous and regal, transports you to an era long gone. The castle is majestic and grand with so much to see. You must be prepared for longer walks and spend at least half a day to see everything. Definitely bring along your camera, as there is plenty to photograph. No wonder this is a heaven for Instagram lovers and photographer enthusiasts.
  2. New York Cafe Budapest – this cafe has been named the most beautiful cafe ‘s in the world. This does hold true for romanticists and fashionistas as well as as artists and lovers of glamour and fabulous!  Originally built apparently in the year of 1894, featuring a eclectic Italian Renaissance-style this venue is surely to impress your companion whatever the expectations  may be! A lovely venue to enjoy a cup of tea and cake or a glass of sparkling wine and a bite to eat! You need to make prior reservations as is always very busy!  Keep this venue in mind especially if it is a surprise and you wish to sweep your girlfriend off her feet! For further details take a look at their website:  http://www.newyorkcafe.hu/
  3. Parisi Udvar – Parisian Passage or sometimes knows as ~ Paris Court~. A little bit upscale and aimed at a more mature audience, but nevertheless still ultra stylish and heavenly lavish. This cafe hosts a luxury hotel as well as a bistro and cafe and an art gallery as well. Upscale decor that is sophisticated and eclectic architecture and beautiful ultra tall mosaic ceiling and artwork that is not seen anywhere else. The style is a signature of Neo Gothic mixed with Art Nouveau taste that creates this interesting feeling.  I would recommend this venue as a must see on your visit to Budapest. Suitable for a celebration, just a quick stroll or a romantic candlelight champagne or wine evening with your partner. Don’t miss it! 

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Videographer a must for your suprise proposal!

 

AT Bernadette Homor Photography I don’t just specialise in couple s photography but also videography of your special day. Like a wedding, a proposal too is a once in a lifetime memory. You and your fiancé will always remember the day you asked her hand. Most often the proposal is planned out as a surprise which unfortunately leaves it to be uncaptured by photo or video. But that doesn’t have to be true! I capture your gorgeous day on camera and film. The mini video is then edited as a compilation and then given to you.  It’s a nice gift to take home to your loved ones who couldn’t be there with you.

Whether you’re planning on asking for her hand in marriage at a restaurant, park, or somewhere significant like a holiday in Budapest maybe at the Castle area of just right on top of the famous Chain Bridge. I have witnessed a good few engagements an understand the importance of a surprise and discretion and careful planning. I can produce a mini proposal video without being noticed! She will never suspect a thing… and voila a surprise marriage proposal success!

On your day of your surprise marriage proposal, you will get the video, some photographs capturing the unique emotions and moments leading up to you posing the question as well as some staged and candid photographs afterwards. You can have the best of everything and I will perfectly assist you with every step of the way!

You would not want to regret not having a videographer on one of your most magnificent day. Having that moment is simply priceless as memories fade a video lives forever.

Hiring a professional engagement photographer in Budapest, Hungary gets you ready and comfortable in front of the camera for your wedding day. I love what I do and hope that it shows in my photos and videos. Ask me for more information and packages for your awesome day!

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Engagement ring budapest

engagement ring best choices

The first question that always comes to mind when planning an engagement is how much I should spend on a ring. Rule of thumb generally speaking they say about 2 or 3 months of your income.  Diamond rings are not an essential part of a marriage or a wedding. Flashy and extravagant rings are not always the preferred choice of brides but a gentleman buys the best ring they can afford, so really what more can you ask for?

Who knew, the most popular times to buy an engagement ring is between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New’ Year’s as well as Valentine’s day of course. If you are in a close relationship you can still get engaged without a ring. The classical shapes of typical engagement rings vary but most often the solitaire, so that is a single stone signifies and expresses an engagement in the best way. A solitaire stone ring definitely cannot be mistaken for a fashion or a friendship ring. Other popular shapes for stones are princess, oval, pearl, emerald, and the heart shapes. There are many symbols of love and romance and is really an individual preference. There are also many modern takes on an engagement ring, so creativity speaks! Whether simple or fancy or understated a ring represents your commitment and love for each other.You might want to consider a heart shaped proposal ring which is particular sought-after during Valentine’s Day, if you have the 14 th February in mind.

Just a few other tips to take into consideration, when you buy the ring is always a winner if you present the ring in the jewellery box. Just adds a nice finishing touch and will impress your lady guaranteed. You can never make a mistake if you have a bunch of roses as well or any other flowers for that matter. But very importantly incorporate a professional Budapest engagement and couple photographer to capture your moment of joy. If possible it is also a fantastic idea to involve any friends and family for this special occasion. The sound of romantic music can make all the difference and set the mood for the day . Perhaps plan a live artist or a violinist that can accompany you and make it a real magical moment. Choose a special and significant song or melody that you both like and has a significant meaning.

Location, Location and Location dont forget! I recommend picking a location that represents that something,  or has a special meaning for the both of you. Popular locations could be the place where you first met, a tropical beach setting with white sands or an overseas trip to a famous location such as Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion or the Liberty and Chain Bridges are very popular choices of foreigners coming to Hungary to get engaged and pop the big question.  If you fancy going big fireworks are also an option. Sky is the limit, that reminds me of a hot air baloon adventure to pop the big question.

Consult me on the engagement and surprise marriage proposal packages for ideas and budget options! Book me as your preferred budapest photographer to help you make this long awaited day dazzle and shine with wonderful photographs and bonus video of your engagement! 

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Amsterdam Flower Market

Colourful Amsterdam

When I travel for fun or professionally or sometimes both, I always take my camera with. Every photographer has to take their professional camera kit with, even for a city stroll. There is just so much to admire in Amsterdam, so you cannot afford not to take advantage of these amazing photographic opportunities. Amsterdam what a lively and colourful city full of charming and quaint buildings, lots of charming river canals and boats in all shapes and sizes. A photographers dream to be able to capture all that rusty beauty and excitement of this dutch capital. The canals make this vibey city a true feast for the eyes and the camera too. The flowers are always the most beautiful as there are so many variants of tulips with exotic hues of every shade you can imagine. Photographing flowers is always a wonderful experience. Then there are the bicycles which are just as interesting if not more , the piles of bicycles and stacks of locks are quite bizarre and nowhere else in the world do you see bicycles of this magnitude in one place. The dutch are quite quirky and proud of their bikes. Every bike might seem the same but really different. That’s where details come into place, and which photographer doesn’t like to experiment with detail? Well you can never have enough bicycle photos to take with you, they are somewhat a window to the person’s soul who owns them. The list of most popular items to photographs in Amsterdam just goes on .. you don’t know where to look and what to capture. But if you are  a fan of the waters, well then there are plenty of canals , each has their own unique signature look despite the fact of many similarities. The water edges are defined by boathouse of all shapes and sizes, very romantic and nostalgic. A trip back in the past, with lot of meaning and charm. Just photographing bouthouses can be quite amusing and inspiring..  Check out some of my personal photographs, unfortunately I cannot show them all but these are some of my favourites that sum up my little city break and get away.

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Marriage Proposal Budapest

bEST SPOTS IN bUDAPEST TO PROPOSE

You found the love of your life and now it’s time to pop the big question! Choose your location carefully, to make your proposal exciting and memorable. Usually the location is a reflection of how strong your love is and how happy you are on this journey together. Some grooms chose the place where they had their first date as the perfect spot for a surprise marriage proposal. Perhaps it could be also the most romantic place that you can think of . If you are all abouting travelling and discovering interesting new places, then maybe Budapest is the right choice! Popping the question in an unforgettable destination like this city is a sure way to seal the deal and come home with beautiful photographs as a souvenir to be cherished for life. The main and obvious choice to propose is the Fisherman’s Bastion, that forms part of the Buda Castle District on top of the hill. Fisherman’s Bastion or as is knows to the locals “halászbástya” is truly a princess style mini castle with white domes from the Gothic and Neo Romanesque era situated next to magnificent and majestic Matthias Church.  Finding a little private spot can be a bit tricky as this place is very popular amongst the tourists, however if you come early mornings or late afternoon and early evenings you can get lucky. Plus during these hours we can get the best lighting for the photographs. Lucky the Buda Castle offers so many charming streets, little fountains, marble statues, hidden away gardens worth discovering. To photograph your own proposal is risky and not really recommended. What if you don’t get the photos or the angles right and your cherished photographs come out all blurry? Its better to invest a little more time and effort into the planning and importantly chose a skilled photographer who will accommodate your special request and pays attention to details. So one thing less to worry about, when you are already so nervous and excited. An attentive and professional photographer can also help you pick the right spot, the right moment and also help you with accessorising your special moment with flowers, champagne to add a bit more glamor and romance to the surprise proposal. Its always a good idea to have the photographer follow you around in disguise and take a few photos before during and after. Having a good few professional photographs after the proposal is a must! The photographer will assist you with how to pose, capturing candid moments. After all you will be in the best mood so that will show on your pictures! Other noteworthy spots around Budapest to get engaged at are the City Park, or “Varosliget”, Normafa if you are a nature enthusiast or then perhaps in front of the St Stephen’s Basilica. 
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A family friendly holiday

A dream destination Budapest is not just for the romantics and adventurers but also very well suited for the entire family. Apart from going on a vacation photo shoot with me to the Buda Castle and surrounding sightseeing areas, like Daniella and her gorgeous family did, there is still lots to discover.  A family photo shoot is not just for keepsakes and for framing pictures but gives kids plenty of quality time with the siblings and parents. Going on an adventure in a new city doesn’t happen every day. The excitement level is high, new activities to do and plenty to see and that’s not just for the parents. Mom and Dad’s like the boring stuff like museums and museums oh and more old buildings and paintings and statues to look at. Quite the contrary, Budapest has a few great parks to visit with lots of green spaces and you can even hire bicycles at most of them. Budapest also hosts a friendly Zoo and animal sanctuaries for foxes, deers, wild boars as well as wolves and bears .  Those are called “Vadaspark” and you can already access these with a few minutes drives on the outskirts of the city. The vadaspark often has a petting zoo incorporated where kids can interact with the animals and learn about their habitat and how they live in the wilderness of Hungary. There is even a chairlift that is suitable for slightly older kids, that can be great fun in summer or in winter. Other interesting activities for the whole family is going on a day cruise on the Danube River, watching all the activities on the river and all the fascinating boats that visit the city can be lots of fun for kids and very entertaining. 

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Lavendula Pilisborosjeno

Lavender Photo Shoot 

Lavender Season is one of the most beautiful and rare sighting in the year. It is every photographs dream to capture candid portraits when you have all the purple backdrops and endless greens. It is simple just beautiful and jaw dropping just to be there. Had some fun just outside of Budapest at the Kevelyhegyi Levendulamezo farm in Pilisborosjenő with a group ladies. We did a few great shots but it was also very very windy. The day was filled with lots of sunshine. Everyone was happy about their unique photographs.Lavender Photo Shoot

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