Our ‘Real Weddings’ section is another opportunity for couples to find inspiration and find their wedding photographer. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you live in, if you’re inspired by what you see then you should get in touch with the wedding photographer. You should never forget one thing, a wedding photographer loves to travel and all our wedding photographers are passionate about what they do.
Wedding Photographer: Willian Rafael Fotografia
Couple: Agatha & Gustavo
Ceremony Location: Casa Chic Eventos
Reception Location: Casa Chic Eventos
Wedding Date: 17th February 2018
Tell us a little about yourself…
Hi, my name is Willian Rafael, I’m a photographer, Designer and passionate about storytelling! I was born in São Jerônimo in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
Sometimes I get caught wondering this question, and if I do enough to get the image I want. From this perspective and for my motivation and inspiration, I would like people to describe me as a professional with good initiative and creativity, who conveys as much emotion in the photos as I do when photographing.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day…
The day started early in the morning, preparations began at dawn, to sum it up in a single word “simplicity”. The ceremony was outdoors, more or less 150 people honored this special occasion. The bridal day was in of one of the bridesmaids house, the bride accompanied by the bridesmaids and the groom in the house together with his godparents, all happy and enjoying the day. The reception maintained the characteristic of the ceremony, very simple and showered with emotion.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I started my journey with photojournalism in a newspaper here in the city, with the passage of time I realized that wedding photography was something that fascinated me, because in it I can perpetuate moments that will pass from generation to generation. In 2015 I started to create my brand in the wedding photography market. Today I work hard to give my clients their memories forever in pictures that speak for themselves.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Two years ago.
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
Being a wedding photographer and being able to document stories that will be looked back on, 20 or 30 years later.
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?
There is no success without hard work every day, and studying hard is also key. Something that is mine in my photos is to put soul in them, I’m very young I still have a lot to learn on this path but I think my crucial mistake at the beginning of my career was not having actually studied.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
I think the groom and the bride must identify with the work and style of the wedding photographer and of course connecting with him, to feel the same as the photographer feels. I think this is a very important point.
What do you think a couple should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
I think the most important thing is hiring a wedding photographer you are very comfortable with and you like having around. You are going to spend a lot of time with the wedding photographer on your wedding day.
The best thing I did was the website, in it comes a lot of proposal, Google is a great tool for ads, Facebook leaves a little to be desired because I feel the quality has fallen. I use Instagram a lot more today and the associations on there help me build my skills.
Why do you think people hire you?
People come to me because they like my photographic style, it’s a more documentary and pure photography approach. I will show moments from the most sentimental to the most extravagant.I go from beginning to end with the bride and groom, if I need to stay 19 or 20 hours to get what I need, then that’s how long I stay with them.
How many weddings do you average per year?
I’m still fairly new to the wedding industry. I do about 15 weddings a year, but I am working more and more every day to increase this number.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
All! All marriages are beautiful each with their traditions and their own feeling. What is in my heart is an Indian wedding, with all its traditions and colours. It would be a great story to document.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
As I said before I would love to photograph a wedding in India, that country has a lot of culture and the tradition would be unforgettable. Another place I love would be Italy.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
“Empty backpack, but with a full head,” This is a saying that has stuck in my head. Today I work with Nikon a610 and a700 with 2 fixed lenses, a 35 and a 50mm. E flash SB700.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
The greatest example is documenting the marriage as it unfolds in a natural manner. Showing all the details in a story from start to finish for the couple, showing if it’s raining or cold, putting the soul of the day in the wedding photos so the couple can take those memories and keep them for eternity, documenting the way that it really happened.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
Once I talk to the bride and groom to confirm the locations and details, I send them a checklist with some questions so I can gather more details of the day e.g. If the bride has something special in the dress or if the groom has a surprise for the bride. So I can anticipate and prepare for the moment.
Who or what inspires you?
Late afternoon coffee inspires me a lot. Songs allow me to think and put my head in place. I am also in love with my fiancée Fernanda Delgau, she is an inspiration of all my days.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?
The best one without many questions is the website and indexing in Google.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I do not see myself doing anything but photography, I live it and feel it everyday. If I didn’t find wedding photography I think I would be a graphic designer.
Share your favourite image of the day and why
It’s one of my favorite picture of the wedding day, it portrays exactly everything, the bride crying, wiping the eyes of the groom with the look of love. This image contains a lot of what it’s like for the bride and groom.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
I want to increase the number of weddings I shoot Improving my photography style and of course shooting a wedding outside of Brazil. I think it is a wedding photographer’s dream.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
Very, difficult, but some in Brazil like Robison Kunz, Nei Bernades, Joel Perez. Outside Brazil Donatella Barbera, Victor Lax, Ken Pak.
Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?
Wow, this year has been amazing for me. I’ve won five international awards with one WPS and three with Inspiration photographers. I have a wedding listed in the best of 2018 by Inspiration Photographers. This is the best part of my career, where I study hard and work hard and the results are showing.