Planning a wedding in Portugal and looking for a documentary wedding photographer?
Hello, beautiful soul!
I am Ksenia Pardo (Ivanova), your proposal, family and wedding photographer in Lisbon and all over Portugal. I am the smile and the heart behind all these images.
I am a hopeless romantic, an optimist, and an empath.
I rarely look at the world without my rose-colored glasses, I see and show the best in people, and live my slow life in my bubble full of nature, my cat Tosya, some peaceful people, and photography. →
I was born and raised in cold and mostly grey Siberia, and that's probably the reason I prefer all my photos to be in juicy natural colors. As soon as I set myself free from the connection to that wonderful but severe land more than a decade ago, I discovered my love for being a photographer.
After wandering around the continent for 12 years, and having completed more than 400 multicultural photoshoots of proposals, couples and weddings in 11 countries, one day I was landing in Portugal, and while still on the plane I had a feeling I was landing Home. Finally. →
My clients and photoshoots
My clients are from all continents, major religions, races, and identities. I am an open person who easily makes a heart-to-heart connection with anyone, be it someone's little Chinese nephew or a Colombian great-grandma.
I am a Lisbon-based photographer, but I travel all over Portugal to take photos of my clients. I love photographing surprise proposals, small weddings, intimate elopements, and romantic couple walks. I love chasing kids during family photoshoots and showing the light of individual souls. →
I am awful at competitions and labels, so I am not "the 53 awards winning Lisbon photographer featured in the top magazines." I just love what I do and try to give the best of me in every photoshoot while trying to live my life mindfully and tastefully.
I am Libra Sun, Pisces Rising, and I have an INFP type of personality. If it says nothing to you, here is the translation: I am driven by values and people. My main value is Authentic Life Guided By Love, and I do my best to channel it in all possible ways including documenting the essence of people and their unions. →
If you found yourself here in search of sincere, authentic, and professional photos, while hoping for a good time on the photoshoot, then I might be The Photographer for you.
Having a background and experience in life and meditation coaching mixed with my empathy gifts, I tend to naturally create a safe and comfortable space for you to celebrate yourself, your love, your joy, and your depth, while my camera and I zone in on the details, emotions, intimacy, smiles, tears, on the real you.
If I am not shooting or editing, you may find me meditating at the beach, wandering around the Sintra forest, playing ukulele in a park, or exploring new Portuguese lands, tastes, and people with my old cabriolet car. ♡
Lisbon proposal photo
MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES ARE PROPOSAL PHOTOSHOOTS
As a Lisbon proposal photographer, I have been fortunate to capture some of the most memorable moments for couples embarking on a new journey together. There is something so unique and intimate about capturing them.
Lisbon has been the ideal backdrop for proposal photography with its picturesque landscapes, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. It's no wonder that more and more couples are choosing to pop the question in this amazing city.
Being a professional Lisbon proposal photographer, I understand that each couple has a unique vision for their special moment. One of my personal favorites, though, is the Alfama neighborhood. This historic area is known for its winding streets, charming alleyways, trams, viewpoints, and colorful buildings. Another great place to propose for nature lovers is Sintra with its castles and stunning beaches.
Colorful buildings, cute trams, narrow streets, and a pretty riverside. Perfect for proposals!
Awe-inspiring beach Praia Norte, an old fort, pine tree forest, and traditional fisherman village
Nothing tells a story better than you being cozy or having fun at your homeplace
YOUR FAVORITE NATURE SPOT
Some meaningful place for you
Amazing beaches, fisherman village, breathtaking cliffs
Southern feel, turquoise beaches, cute towns
Words of Love
"Ksenia takes natural shots, really capturing how we act together".
Ksenia was so wonderful to work with! She takes such great photos, and we were blown away by how talented she is.
During our honeymoon shoot, she took photos of us as we walked down the streets and on the beach. Ksenia takes wonderful, natural shots, really capturing how we act together. She managed to take wonderful photos of us laughing and enjoying being together.
I highly recommend her as a photographer for any occasion. Her photos are truly amazing.
Thank you so much, Ksenia!
Dusteen & Mia
"Ksenia photographed our wedding and we are so so happy we found her!"
From the very first email Ksenia was friendly, professional and accommodating. As part of the package we had a one hour pre-wedding shoot with her which was really helpful as we got to know her and her style (and got such good photos from the session). On the day of the wedding it felt like having a friend taking our photos :)
All the guests commented on how friendly and unobtrusive Ksenia was, and she made the whole experience very relaxed and enjoyable. Most importantly, the photos were just great. All of our friends and family have said how perfectly Ksenia captured the atmosphere of the day.
We couldn't be happier with our photos and our whole experience with Ksenia. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer :) xx
Cara & Eoin
"Ksenia exemplifies the highest professionalism in her work."
Ksenia was absolutely amazing! Throughout the whole process leading up to our trip, she was very communicative and did not hesitate to answer any and all questions or concerns that we had. She was very knowledgeable and presented us with a number of different location options that we could choose from.
On the day of the shoot, she was a fantastic guide and she took us to several beautiful locations that we likely would have never found on our own. All of the pictures turned out wonderfully, and we could not be happier with them or with our overall experience with Ksenia.
I would highly recommend her in a heartbeat for anyone looking to hire a photographer. She exemplifies the highest professionalism in her work, in addition to being an extraordinarily sweet person to be around.
Thank you, Ksenia!
Matt & Molly
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