Wedding Photographer Zaragoza Elda Maganto (La Gran Ilusion) shoots a wedding at Las Hiedras (Zaragoza), Spain
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Tell us a little about yourself??I love Art since I was a child. I am a very creative person, I started to paint with four years and I am a graduate in History of Art. Now I do photographs because I can`t imagine my life without doing something artistic. Photography is a way of life. I also read a lot and I enjoy watching movies, swimming, visiting museums and traveling. I love my husband and my family.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?Sensitive, creative, meticulous, close and brave.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?It was a very romantic wedding. Aida y Sergio are very sensitive and emotional, so they were kissing and caressing each other during the all day. They have a special mutual understanding and we can see that in the pictures.
How did you get into wedding photography?I worked as an Art teacher for 13 year and I liked it very much; but, at some point, I realized that what made me really happy was taking photos. So I quit my job and I started this new project with my husband. I choose wedding photography because I like people, love and the emotion of a wedding day.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?Since 2012
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?For us, the key to success is to work hard, get involved and be honest with yourself and couples we work with.
One mistake I make more than I like is not saying so more often.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?I think they should look for quality pictures instead of thousands of photographs. The harmony with the photographer is also important.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?We have participated in fairs and we have a well-positioned web. What works best for us is the web and word of mouth.
Why do you think people hire you?Because they like our work and our philosophy.
How many weddings do you average per year?15.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?I don't care, provided that they were a romantic couple and its a special wedding.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?I love travel, so anywhere would be nice; but New York is special for me, I love that city.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?2 Nikon D610 and several lens.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?We talk a lot with the bride and groom before the wedding to know everything that will happen and we visit their homes, the church, the place of the reception… Then, the big day, we keep calm and take photographs, enjoying doing our work.
Who or what inspires you?Many things: cinema, literature, art, other photographs, people I know, the couples I work for, life, love.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?The best marketing are happy brides and grooms.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Something that requires patience, concentration and reflexion, like a painter or archaeologist.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?This is my favourite picture of the day because it's a totally spontaneous image. Grooms usually protect himself and their brides from the rice, but Sergio get out of the church with his arms open, glad for the moment. I love his expression.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?I would like to do a long-term photography project, learn all I can about photography, history, philosophy, art and travel a lot.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Believe in yourself, be honest, know what kind of photography you want to do and do it, keep learning (there are always things to learn), stand firm in your convictions and work hard.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Of course, many of them. I love the work of Todd Laffler, Rodney Smith, Susana Barbera, Pedro Etura, Kathryn Krueger.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?I start 2015 with 3 exhibitions in 3 months. I finished very tired but very proud.
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