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Aniya Emtage Legnaro

Documentary Wedding and Family Photographer. Based in Barbados, available worldwide. Personal projects at @aniyalegnaro

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Being a very open person means I usually attract people like me. Those who love music, who understand that moments are the memories, who laugh hard, who party hard, and who, when they get their dress on and know they are rockin it, break out in dance and give their toosh a little slap. The best part being her daughter, knowing exactly who her cool mom is, doesn’t bat an eyelid. Gosh I love this bride. Live Loud. Love Loud. Hair 💇🏻: @hairbydonnabarbados Wedding coordination: @rheatk DJ: 💃🏻🕺@djchillybarbados #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings at Barbados

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There are some people we meet who embody grace, humility and just all-round-goodness. How two people who posses these exact qualities found each other is one magical mystery to me. They make you believe that love. Is. Everywhere. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings at Barbados

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Your true friends will always feel what you feel. And when they see you walk down the aisle, they’ll cry with you. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings at Barbados

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As a parent we walk with our children their whole lives. We take them to the doctor when they are sick. We sit with them to do their homework. We bend down so they can look in our eyes and tell us what happened when they are sad. We laugh at their jokes, we lay in bed with them. We drive them to their first job, and of we can’t be physically with them as adults, our voices provide that comfort. We are always with our kids. When we walk them down the aisle to hand them away, I can only imagine this moms emotion. I wanted to hug her and say “I get you, but she’ll never leave your side either.” Live Loud. Love Loud. Brides hair 💇🏻: @mario_london Brides Makeup 💄: @sugaredsalon Brides Dress modification and skirt: @williamsburgseamster Bridesmaids Hair: @hairbydonnabarbados Bridesmaids makeup: @kiafosterbladesxo #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings at Barbados

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Ok here goes my attempt at a really, really bad joke. Who isn’t pumped before their wedding! Pumped? Get it?! Ok epic fail. I get to work with THE coolest people across the globe. There’s just so much goodness here. Breaking a sweat before the I do’s (in your wedding wear no less). Sunglasses on cause you can 😎 and of course. The bottle of good ole Mount Gay. I want to be part of this cool crew. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings at Barbados

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How can there not be a collective smile in the church when you see the bride beam like this. Live Loud. Love Loud. Wedding Coordinator : @weddingsbymalissa Hair 💇🏻: @hairbydonnabarbados #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings at Barbados

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I’ve always been told, “Aniya you really have a way with kids”. I never really understood this, because I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t “have a way with kids”. They are the most pure version of human beings. They aren’t tainted, they are open, they know no hate or prejudice and the best of all, they believe. Who doesn’t want to believe? So when I find kids who get excited when I tell them let’s go looking for ladybugs in mummy’s gorgeous wedding dress, it’s magical for both of us. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings at The Crane, Saint Philip, Barbados

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2017 shaped up to be a pretty crappy year for many around this world. Thank goodness for make overs, new beginnings and @hannahrobinsondesign !!! Good things are in store for @lifephotographybyaniya Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer

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If we had to handpick the people in our lives, who would they be? They would be the ones you can be honest with, who you can be vulnerable with, those that you can laugh with, and you can cry with. They are the ones who beam when they see you, and the ones who put their hands together and bring them up to their faces and smile until a tear falls because they know and feel the joy you feel on this one day. Those are the people we want next to us. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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I’m so drawn to the father/daughter moments at weddings. Perhaps I’m starting to envision how emotional it will be at my own daughters’ weddings - which is a scary thought in and of itself. My girls are like little beings that I have to protect, I can’t imagine opening my arms and letting them go into the world. Life, it’s so beautiful as it is heartbreaking, confusing, intriguing and everything in between. Letting go is hard, but it’s that moment at weddings when we let our kids go, and with something as simple as a deep hug, our kids say thank you. For everything. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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“Joe’s a very quiet guy. Totally opposite to me.” His soon-to-be-bride beamed at me when we first met. And true to form, Joe was quiet. He had a cool calmness I wish I could embody at times. But he melted when we saw his bride. He didn’t need any words, his face said it all. Ya, Joe’s a quiet guy alright. But when he smiles at her, it’s pretty darn loud. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #wedding

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He told me that he can remember the day she was born so vividly. That he could still feel her little hands wrapped around his finger. 27 years he’s been a father, and every one of those years is etched into his mind. As the memories flooded his head, tears flooded his eyes. Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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It was a morning of laughs and this was the theme throughout the day. I didn’t hear what her niece told her that elicited this beautiful outburst of sheer happiness, and it doesn’t matter. Her sister, her niece’s mother, is no longer here with us - and I’m sure she was right there, laughing along with them. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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Happy Friday!!! If you're getting married this weekend, congratulations!!! For the rest of us, let's have a drink for those who are!! Live Loud. Love Loud. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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Photojournalist and Magnum photographer Robert Capa once said: "if your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough". Thank you to all my clients who trust me when I tell them "I get in your space". Because I do. :-) #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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All hands on deck. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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Every 12 months something miraculous happens. We get a year older. Birthday candles, gifts, surprises, dancing, and pure happiness. It's a complete cultural construct, but would I have it any other way? Not a chance. Birthdays are magical so celebrate them loud and celebrate them BIG! 💃🏻🍭🎂🍾🍻🎉🎁 Event Planning: @weddingsbymalissa #documentaryphotographer

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My parents did something incredible for their children. They ensured that every photo they took of us was printed and put in an album. The memories of our wonderful childhood are sustained and relived because mom and dad understood the immeasurable value in preserving moments through prints. They did not take for granted that "one day" the film would be processed. They did it there and then. And now my children can experience my childhood, they can share in my stories because my mom and dad printed these memories. One day will never come, and hard drives will one day be obsolete. Do this for you, your children, their children and beyond. Print. #documentaryweddingphotographer #weddings

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