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Wedding Photographer Rome Andrea Matone shoots a wedding at Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

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Wedding Photographer : Andrea Matone  
Couple : Julie & Pierre
Wedding Photographer Rome
Ceremony Location : Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany
Reception : Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany
Wedding Date : July 30th 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

Born in Rome Italy. Moved to the United States when I was young and after 10 years or so made my way back to Rome where I currently live and work. I photograph weddings throughout Italy and due to my going back and forth when I was young, I have a natural predisposition to shoot destination weddings.

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

My photography is curiosity driven. Everything is important as long as you have vision. I love to photograph people, places and moments however simple they are. I pay particular attention to detail and I try to tell the wedding story from different and creative angles. I love colors with which I’d like to be able to continue to express myself as a photographer. But I am also particularly fond of black and white fine art photography. I fell influenced by all of life’s experiences: music, sounds, literature as well as by the movie and film industry. They all concur in helping me produce creative and artistic photography applied to the wedding world.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

I have a photography background in photo reportage and photo journalism. So during the wedding day I am wide awake on any detail or moment which might help to photographically tell the wedding story in a natural way. I try to follow the events as they unroll in a non-obstructive way trying to tell the story trough a sequence of images.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Together with a photographer friend we decided to apply photo journalism techniques to the wedding sector

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

About 10 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?

The business was a success in offering innovative wedding photography in a sector which needed change. The mistakes made along the way were many. The important thing is to be able to continuously change with change.

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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?

I think the most important point is to choose wedding photography that you are passionate about. Secondly important is to find a photographer with whom you feel comfortable with. This way you can obtain great pictures and once you have these everything else will follow.

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

I do a lot on the internet and that’s where people have come to know me. After a few years word of mouth started to play a big role.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I think they hire me for my photography.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

20 or so.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

A close friend.

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

Greece.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I use Canon equipment and favor prime lenses and natural light when this is available. I also like some aspects of flash photography which I incorporate in my wedding photography when this is possible.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Getting great pictures in a dark Church

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

My approach is photo journalistic and by this I mean spontaneous and candid with a glamorous twist

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Who or what inspires you?

Caravaggio

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Yellow pages.

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

The photographer’s assistant.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I chose this photograph because I was particularly intrigued by the bomb blue sky and fluffy white clouds. I saw the scene as we were walking away from a small town in Tuscany. I exposed for it and the couple and surrounding turned out like silhouettes.

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

I would like to shoot some weddings in the United States where I grew up.

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

Ability to change

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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?

My inspirations change. I’ve liked David LaChapelle for his surrealism. The story telling of Martin Parr and David Hill’s vision.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

I was asked to photograph the Italian Prime Minister.

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