Telling stories through photography
We are a team of two, Hélio Cristóvão, Marco Santos Marques, wedding photographers. Longtime friends and partners, who share a vision and passion: telling stories through photography. Our professional path started over a decade ago, and this brand was established in 2011. Foto de Sonho is about family and friendship. It´s about doing something we truly love in this life. This is us, meet our family:
Hi. I’m Hélio Cristóvão, age 38, photographer, husband and a father. My wife is my best friend, our daughter is a sweet princess.
I grew up in the countryside, small town of Alenquer, studied and survey in Lisbon. For almost a decade I lived in Alentejo and worked as a topographer. In those years, I grew a passion for landscape photography. It was 15 years ago since I started. I had several projects on that area, like exhibitions in Portugal and abroad, workshops and lectures, and I was happy enough to win awards.
In 2009 I became a father of my sweetest treasure: my beautiful daughter Eva. Then it became harder to work away from my family, and I decided to embrace a full-time photographer job, which led to the creation of the brand Foto de Sonho in 2011: I was going to dedicate myself to the challenging art of wedding photography!
I take serious work of excellence. What I love about wedding photography is the ability to tell a story, where sincere emotions speak louder. I am compelled by such moments and when working I reflect in them my interpretation.
I have my personal photographic projects and love reading and music. Moonspell is my elected cult band since the long gone '90s.
I live my photography intensively, it’s a need to express myself creatively, a personal vehicle to create and release new ideas.
Looking forward to telling your story.
Marco Santos Marques
Art has always been the creative form of expression that motivated me.
I have been a photographer since 2004. In the first 7 years, I dedicated myself exclusively to natural landscape photography. The joy of being in nature and watching the light. It led me to deepen my knowledge of light. As a consequence, I taught several courses of photography of natural landscapes through the company Lightscapes in Nature, published the book "Os direitos da Terra" ("The rights of the earth"), I was fortunate to take part on several exhibitions and earn more than a dozen awards in several photographic contests.
In 2011, I created the company Marco Santos Marques - Photography and dedicated myself to photographing events. In 2014 my colleague Hélio Cristóvão invited me to join Foto de Sonho, where I'm until today. Undoubtedly all my past, especially shooting with natural light, influenced the approach I have in wedding photography. I like to reflect in each couple their essence and to present photographs that are true works of art; unique, surprising images, with strong graphical and compositional meaning.
I live in Massamá, with my wife Ana Catarina for 27 years. I'm very dedicated to family and friends. I'm a positive and calm person who loves, music, photography, cinema, traveling and living.
Ready for the adventure?