Travel photography Malta: portraits of Valetta, Mdina, Marsaxlox and the Dingli Cliffs
Last week Pete and I headed to Malta for a few days away before wedding season gets really, really busy. I haven’t really picked up my camera to shoot for fun this year at all. If I’m out and about, I tend to take pictures on my phone but I thought I’d challenge myself a little bit while I was away, and shoot in a slightly different style from usual.
It’s really easy as a photographer to put your own work firmly into a neat box. I call myself a documentary wedding photographer and that label naturally informs the way I approach a wedding. You fall into a pattern of shooting and I photograph in landscape format a lot. It’s a great way to tell a story but shooting a scene in portrait orientation feels more editorial and a little bit calmer.
Developing my photographic approach
Every year I give myself a couple of things to focus on and aim for to develop my approach and this year I’d like to mix it up a little more and incorporate a little more of an editorial approach into my work. My work has always been busy and vibrant and full of energy. This year I’m aiming to add a little bit more calm into the way I tell a story.
Valletta, Mdina, Marsaxlox and the Dingli Cliffs
Pete and I really enjoyed Malta. Valetta, the capital, was one of the most beautiful cities we’ve ever visited. It’s a Unesco World Heritage Site (just like Bath, where we live) and it’s full of winding streets, with a slightly crumbling feel. Mdina, the old city, is also really wonderful for a wander around.
Aside from visiting Malta’s beautiful towns, we spent some time on the beach and exploring the coast line. We at fish in Marsaxlokk, we were almost blown away at the Dingli cliffs and we drank espressos in pretty little squares in the Three Cities.
I’d love to go back to Malta to photograph a wedding or couple there, so if you’re looking for a destination wedding photographer do get in touch. You can also check out more travel and destination shoots here.
Here are some of my portraits of Malta.