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Wedding Photographer N/A Dario Endara Wedding Photography shoots a wedding at Martinushoeve, Netherlands

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Wedding Photographer : Dario Endara Wedding Photography  
Couple : Lars + Renee
Wedding Photographer N/A
Ceremony Location : Hoogerheide
Reception : Martinushoeve
Wedding Date : 24th April 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I'm an American wedding photographer living in the Netherlands. I've lived here now for almost 5 years. I'm also a travel photographer, which is my other passion.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

I think people would describe me as someone who enjoys life and traveling around the world and meeting new people. I would also be described as someone who cares very deeply for animals and nature.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

The wedding was special because it took place in two countries. The preparations and the ceremony took place in the Netherlands and ended with the dinner and reception in Belgium. The couple, Lars and Renée, were very easygoing and made the photo shoot fun. In the Netherlands, weddings aren't typically traditional. After Lars got ready at his house, he got in his car and went to pick up Renée at her parent's house where she got ready.

They then headed to the ceremony location where they got married. They returned back to their house for a cocktail hour and enjoy some time with their guests. Then we headed to the dinner location across the border in Belgium. On the way to the dinner location, we stopped for an hour for some photos at an old abandoned factory. They both loved the industrial look and feel of this place. After dinner, they performed their opening dance to the delight of all their guests.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Accidentally, when one of my friends was getting married. She asked me if I could shoot her wedding since she loved my travel photography. I had no experience with weddings prior to her wedding. But I quickly learned and eventually grew into it.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

5 years.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Luckily I've been successful in wedding photography due to constantly learning what works and what doesn't. It's been trial and error. My style of photography has evolved over the years to what it is today. I've learned to be more efficient with shooting as well as the post processing.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

A bride and groom should look for a photographer that's professional and that they can trust will do a great job on their day.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

I advertise all over the place. Mainly I advertise on popular wedding websites in the Netherlands. I also attend wedding fairs throughout the year to promote myself. What has really worked for me is to always keep up with what's happening and to constantly try to out-do myself.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I want to think it's because of my photographic skills. Of course this is the most important to clients. But what's also important is that there is a good connection when we first meet.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

40

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Yours!

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

New Zealand or Iceland

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I always carry 2 Canon 5D Mark III bodies as well as Canon lenses which include: 16-35mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, 70-200mm 2.8 IS. I also carry two tripods, 2 external flashes, tons of memory cards and batteries and two carrying bags. I also have a camera holster around my waist for quick access to my gear.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Always being on top of everything and expecting the unexpected moments.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Yes. I like to try different shots to not repeat myself. Ideally I'd like to do better than my last wedding.

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Who or what inspires you?

In general, great photographers out there who are always pushing the boundaries.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best: Pinterest my photos. Worst: Not getting as involved in social media as much as I'd like to.

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Environmentalist or Researcher

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This is my favourite image, it shows the spontaneity and the fact that they were having fun. I also like it photographically. The colors and contrasts work for me.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

Just to keep improving and perhaps in the future, teach photography workshops.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Produce fresh new images that make you stand out from everyone else and avoid the posed cheesy photos. Always respect the client's needs and have a great relationship with them. After all, they will be referring you to their friends hopefully!

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

It's a combination of many photographers I've seen online.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Proudest moment? When I officially registered my photography business in the Netherlands!

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