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Wedding Photographer : byRaul  
Couple : Valentine + Remus
Wedding Photographer Sibiu,Romania
Ceremony Location : Sibiu, Romania
Reception : France
Wedding Date : 6th of July 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

Well, first of all, I should mention that by Raul is actually a team of two photographers – myself and my wife, Adele. We have been in the wedding photography industry for more than four years, we shoot every event together and we have lots of fun doing it. We love what we do and we couldn't imagine a job that would be better suited for us. And although we photograph side by side at every event, at home things take a different turn. I'm more of the “artist type” in the family and get very excited every time I'm inspired and have a new idea that I want to try right away. Adele is more pragmatic and organized, always keeping me on track and making sure we get everything done according to the schedule.

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

The thing we care most about is professionalism, we want to do our jobs the best we can and offer the best service possible, and we concentrate all our efforts towards that. We also pride ourselves on being very reliable and helpful, we want our clients to feel that they can count on us for anything and that we will be there for them with ideas or a piece of advice, before, during or after the wedding, even if it's not something photo related. And our clients always notice and appreciate that. Most of all, we think we’re just warm, open, friendly people who you can talk to. But the truth is that we have been known to occasionally make funny faces during a serious ceremony, just to get our couples to loosen up and enjoy the moment, so I guess we’re kind of fun, too. And I think our clients would agree, seeing that we have stayed friends with all of them after their weddings.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

The wedding of Valentine & Remus was a breath of fresh air for us. The couple was very laid-back and relaxed, didn’t stress about every little thing during the day and enjoyed every minute of their wedding, as all couples should. You could see that the only thing that mattered to them was to celebrate their love and have the most amazing time with their friends and family. They had fun, laughed a lot, partied all night long and it was a pleasure to photograph their wedding. And when it came to the dancing portion of the evening, well, let’s just say that the moves the groom had almost made us ditch our cameras and get on the dance floor.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

At first I was just curious. I had a camera and I wanted to learn everything about it and how it worked, so I photographed everything I could think of. Then I took a few pictures at a friend’s wedding and was intrigued, so I kept looking for chances to go to different events and shoot some more. After a while, I was hooked and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I soon corrupted my wife to join me and we’ve never looked back since.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

We have been photographing weddings for over four years now, at fist as a part-time job, than gradually becoming a full-time occupation. It was in 2011 that we decided to do it professionally, so we put all of our efforts into it and turned it into a real business.

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

We never really sat down and wrote a business plan or a strategy for making our business successful. We just learned as we went along. But I can name a few things that were constantly on out agenda: to always better ourselves and keep learning, to be extremely professional with our service, regardless of personal feelings, to be consistent with our work and to always treat a client with respect.

Mistakes? Of course we made mistakes. I think everybody makes them, and I think we’re going to make some more over time, no matter how experienced we get. What’s important is that we learn from them and use the experience to better our business. The biggest mistake we made during the first years was trying to do absolutely everything ourselves. We edited everything, we marketed ourselves, we created the site from A to Z, we even did research on legislation and tried to write our contract ourselves or do our bookkeeping. Needless to say, by the time we got all that done, we were so exhausted by all the administrative stuff, that we had no time or energy to be creative and come up with beautiful, fresh photography. We finally realized that this was no way to run a successful business, so we let the professionals do what they do best. Now we have a lawyer that handles all of our legal aspects, an accountant to keep our books and someone that occasionally helps us with the editing, so that we can concentrate on the thing that we are best at: photographing.

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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?

We think they should concentrate on finding the right photographer for THEM, not one that other people say would be “the best”. Someone that has a style that they can relate to, someone whose work makes them think “I would love to have photographs like these at my wedding”. Then, they should make sure that they meet him/her in person and see if they’re on the same page, if their personalities match and if they could get along during the wedding day. That’s because you should be able to relax and be yourself in front of this person for an entire day, if you want your photos to look natural and show your true personalities.

What we think they shouldn’t be looking for is:
- Quantity over quality: two hundred excellent photos that tell the story of your day perfectly are way better than two thousand bad, repetitive ones that don’t say anything and are just delivered to meet a number quota.
- Price alone: if you are choosing your photographer solely based on his price, not being interested in what he actually does for the money or what his style is or what his portfolio looks like, then clearly nothing we’ve just said above really matters to you and you’re not really choosing a photography service, you’re just checking another thing off the list of things you want for your wedding because everybody else had them.

- Photographer’s gear: nowadays, because of the constant evolution in technology, there’s always a new and better camera being released every few months. And thanks to the miracle of internet, our clients are always up to speed and know exactly what types of cameras are better than others. But let’s get real for a second, shall we? If you’ve seen your photographer’s portfolio, if he has done countless weddings and he has been consistent with his results every time, if you really like what you’ve seen and you can actually afford his services, does it really matter that he bought his camera last year and not last month? If he can use it to create images that you’ve seen and loved, wouldn’t you rather have that, than a bunch of bad ones taken with the best camera in the world?

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

The best marketing that we get is from our clients and the people we have worked with. There's no greater power than that of a happy, satisfied customer that spreads the word. Most of our latest couples contacted us because past clients, make-up artists or hair-stylists that worked really well with us told them about us. Some wedding venues that were impressed with our work also recommended us, so for us this has worked best so far. The only thing with recommendations is that it takes some time and you have to be in business for a while before people get to know you and start talking you up, so you have to be patient about that. But if you get it, there’s no better marketing in the world!

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Why do you think people hire you?

According to what their feedback sounds like on our site, we think they choose us because they get exactly what we said they should be looking for at question number 7.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

We choose to photograph around 15 weddings each year.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Anyone's, honestly. As long as the bride and groom are enjoying their day and having fun, that’s all that we could ask for.

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

The Maldives. But that's more because of our life-long dream of going on a holiday there. All joking aside, we would be thrilled to see a culture totally different from ours and see what a wedding looks like in entirely different conditions then those we are used to, so we would say an Indian or Chinese wedding.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

On a typical wedding day, you’ll find our car filled with DSLR Cameras, lenses, flashes, tripods, triggers, memory cards, batteries, video lights, filters, reflectors and laptops.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

I can't think of anything in particular that we haven’t been able to deal with so far.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Not really. Every wedding is different and clients have different visions and expectations for their wedding day, so we mostly take everything as it comes and try to document the whole day the best we can.

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Who or what inspires you?

Everything can be a source of inspiration: movies, magazines, music videos. You never know when an image gets stuck in your head and months later you have an idea for a shot that seems a bit too familiar. Or you watch a movie and you miss all the action because all you can think about is how wonderfully framed the main character is in that particular moment.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best – I have yet to come up with my best idea
Worst – No rush here either :)

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

I would definitely be a racing driver. Adele would probably be a wedding planner or something related to weddings, because they have fascinated her since she can remember.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

We like this photo because it feels so very real. We were all set up to take the photo when this older gentleman happened to pass by, trying to get out of our way as quickly as possible. In the meantime, all I could think about was moving fast and getting him into the shot.

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

We would like to open our own studio in Paris in the near future.

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

A lot of passion and desire to learn all the time. And I think you should make sure you master the technical aspects of the craft so that when you actually start shooting, you can focus on being creative, instead of what buttons you should press.

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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?

Jerry Ghionis has been our greatest source of inspiration from day one.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

The thing we are most proud of is having built a strong photography business in just a few years.

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