Wedding Photographer Bucharest Alina Botica shoots a wedding at High Life Events Hall, Romania

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Wedding Photographer : Alina Botica  
Couple : Tamara & Cosmin Dodoc
Wedding Photographer Bucharest
Ceremony Location : Church Sf. Spiridon Nou
Reception : High Life Events Hall
Wedding Date : 12th October 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I am Alina! Economist as per my University diploma, I have been asked many times "Why photography?". I love people, love life, love emotions and feelings, I love beautiful memories. Photography gives me all of that. Photography gives me great contentment because I am always beside beautiful people, I feel and leave along with them all the emotions they express.

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

Beautiful inside and out, energetic and compassionate.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Their wedding day was a delight because everything went smooth and according to the initial plan. I fell in love with Tamara and Cosmin since the first day I met them because you can see the love between them and the strong bound they have. They make each other very happy. Through the entire wedding day I felt I was beside a couple of very good friends.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Well..It was a very big step for me. I went from banking to photography. At first I was so afraid of talking to people, so afraid of posing them and telling them what to do, but after a couple of weddings I decided this is what I wanted to do. So I decided to leave my daily job for something I became in love with. I don’t see me doing anything else for the time being because I enjoy being around people, making them feel good about themselves and making them feel beautiful.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

It’s been only a couple of 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?

I still have a lots of work to do but I always make sure my clients feel comfortable with and around me and I always deliver the best I can and make sure they love it. Mistakes…the biggest one is not learning more about the business part mainly because I think choosing your wedding photographer it’s a matter of heart.

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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?

First of all I don’t think they should be looking for packages. But if they are I think they should stay away from packages that promote quantity over quality. And they definitely should always look or add an album for their memories because everything you cherish is printed (I always look back at my printed photos of my family and my friends and since I left my hometown and my friends are scattered all over the world I cherish them even more).

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

I didn’t put so much effort in advertising myself because “word of mouth” worked very well for me and I think, in wedding photography, this is the best marketing you can have. I advertised a little with Facebook ads and got some fans on my photography page.

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Why do you think people hire you?

In the majority of the cases, the first thing is because I’ve been recommended by my former clients and by the work I do and then because of my personality. I am a very warm, energetic and empathic person so I talk with a lot of passion about what I do and like and I listen very carefully to what they like.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

10 to 15 weddings.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

All of those clients that are wright for me and I am the right photographer for them.

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

Rome, Florence, Venice, Maldives, New York or Los Angeles.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Canon 5D Mark II, 3 lenses, some macro rings, a couple of flashes and a video light.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Here in Romania weddings are a bit different and also the photography market is quite different from other parts of the world. We, as photographers, stay with the couple, on their wedding day, around 15-18 hours. At times it becomes very overwhelming, the fatigue takes its place and you just have to find the strength in yourself to go on until the cake cutting.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I am their very best friend all day (and night) long. I am not the lady with the camera.

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Who or what inspires you?

In my life it’s my family, my friends the books I read, the movies I see and the music I listen to. In my photography it’s the people I meet, the light, the shadows, the feelings, the emotions and the feeling of the day.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?


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

An event designer or a fashion designer. :)

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I simply love it. There is feeling, there is a story and there is the décor.

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

I would really love to introduce into my business some glamour photography sessions. And as for the rest keep up the good work, becoming better and better every time and keeping the passion alive.

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

Perfecting your technique by practicing as much as you can, training your eyes, mind and soul to see and feel different things around.

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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 who I admire so much is my main inspiration and Sue Bryce is my favorite photographer from all time.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Every wedding finishes with a proud moment and that’s the moment when the bride comes and gives you a very warm hug, her eyes are on the verge of bursting into tears and she thanks you for everything you did for them…even if she didn’t see any of the pictures you took that day. That’s my proudest moment.

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