Wedding Photographer Rome Andrea Matone shoots a wedding at Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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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.
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.
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.
How did you get into wedding photography?Together with a photographer friend we decided to apply photo journalism techniques to the wedding sector
How long have you been a wedding photographer?About 10 years.
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.
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.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?I do a lot on the internet and thatâ€™s where people have come to know me. After a few years word of mouth started to play a big role.
Why do you think people hire you?I think they hire me for my photography.
How many weddings do you average per year?20 or so.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?A close friend.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Greece.
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.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
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
Who or what inspires you?Caravaggio
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?Yellow pages.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?The photographerâ€™s assistant.
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.
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.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Ability to change
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. Iâ€™ve liked David LaChapelle for his surrealism. The story telling of Martin Parr and David Hillâ€™s vision.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?I was asked to photograph the Italian Prime Minister.
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