I’m the photographer Natalia Mindru, and I live in Bucharest. In a series called Iubiri Urbane,( it means Urban Love Stories)I show the real, honest love between couples. This is my tribute to stolen kisses, kept secrets, and unspoken words between lovers in a city that never stops moving for long enough to notice. I’ve always thought it was very important to be in love and show affection.
Before I go to a couple’s house, I don’t know very much about them. Since the only way we’ve talked before is through social media, I go into each session without any ideas or expectations. In this way, Iubiri Urbane shows a new side of love in all its different forms: it’s sweet, sometimes silly, and sometimes messy, but it always shows the cute couple’s natural attraction to each other.
I’m not trying to get anyone to join my “love images” project. Couples should want to do this and feel comfortable and at ease when I’m there. Once a photo shoot has begun, it usually takes two hours. During that time, we drink, talk, and get to know each other better. Most of the time, the people I take pictures of don’t even know it.
I know that happiness is a switch in our brains that can be turned on or off. So, I switch partners for couples. More and more couples have told me that they feel like taking pictures together is like couple’s therapy because it helps them see things about themselves that they may not have seen before. Probably because they want to be honest, they let the world know how they feel and where they are weak.
I started this project of taking pictures of couples a year ago, and I had big plans. I wanted to show that love is for everyone, that it doesn’t care about race, religion, or sexuality. Diversity is a very important idea, and going to different countries could help me achieve this goal. So, this year I’m excited to go to France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Hungary, the UK, the Netherlands, and Portugal to photograph couples. I’m willing to go to any other new place.
I’d like to ask couples who are in love to send me a message. We’re going to make a lot of great pictures together.