Wedding Photographer Brescia Francesco Bonarrigo shoots a wedding at Ristorante Villa Calciati, Poersichello (CR), Italy
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Tell us a little about yourself??I'm in love with photography and people. I like to convey at all times the emotion experienced by the protagonists. I started taking pictures for the event since the birth of my first child, and I immediately found that photography was my way. I started shooting fashion and advertising, but I was bored, until I was asked to photograph a wedding and it was love at first sight.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?I wish you perceive the passion and love that I do in my work. Of course, I try to offer a professional service of a high quality, but I like to keep an informal approach with my clients, which always brings a beautiful friendship that lasts many years. This helps me a lot to pass almost unnoticed throughout the day.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?-
How did you get into wedding photography?It was by accident. I was involved with fashion. I wanted new challenges. One day a friend asked me to shoot a wedding with him, because his assistant was sick. At first I was tense, because I had no experience and I was afraid of not doing a good job. Gradually, however, I lost track of what was around me, going totally with the head of service. It was an intense love that enveloped me completely, and I did not want the day ended. What a great feeling.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?3 years now.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?Mistakes you make at the time. The difference is the ability to correct them and learn from them. In recent years I have continued to invest in training, and spend a lot of time studying the services of other photographers to improve.
I think having a successful business is derived from maintaining a consistently high professional level. I attend a lot of the various social networks, but I use them professionally and not frivolously, and this helps a lot to have a good word of mouth and give security on my reliability.
It's very important to grow and improve as a person, to understand people's needs and be able to meet them as well. To be ready, always friendly and polite.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?The bride and groom should focus on their way of being. They must therefore look for a photographer who can represent their essence. Too often, the bride and groom focus on parameters that will not lead to a result that will give satisfaction, such as price, covers, etc, instead of evaluating what kind of photography is done, the willingness to meet their needs, the ability of the photographer to steal the most important and intense moments, how long the photographer is willing to work.
I do not offer services in packages. I offer my presence, for the entire day, from the preparations to the final dance. And their party.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?I think that the best advertising is word of mouth. Have respect for our customers and for our work, being professional and always available, will turn our name more than any flyer or poster. I attend a lot of social networks, trying to be present in a constructive manner. To be appreciated as people, and not only as professionals. I also participate in specialized exhibitions and events for the newlyweds.
Why do you think people hire you?People appreciate me especially as I pose to them, to the way we do, and for my sincerity. Do not ever promise things that you are not able to do, and I always say what I think. I'd rather lose a customer if you have an unhappy customer because of my my work, because the most important thing for me is that the couple are happy with the result. Obviously I hope so much that I people hire me because they like my pictures, and my way of telling their day.
How many weddings do you average per year?I want to shoot a maximum of 10-15 weddings a year, because I chose to devote time to each married couple, without the pressure to overwork that can accumulate.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?I want to tell any story that is true, where the only concern is to enjoy all the emotions and love that we live in a day so intense and important, where people have fun even if everything is not as perfect as they wanted, regardless of appearances, because what matters is the love we are living with is the most important person in their life.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?I love the sea, and it would be really great for me to shoot a wedding on a beach, perhaps at sunset.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?For a wedding you come out with 2-3 professional cameras, lenses mainly fixed from wide angle to telephoto, flash with remote controls, LED spotlights for lights and a reflective panel. Obviously not forgetting any filters, memory cards, and spare batteries.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?I do not have a particular approach, because every marriage is different. I try to be very relaxed and attentive, without ever losing sight of what I want to achieve, adapting myself to the spouses, their needs and the flow of events.
Who or what inspires you?I like to look at the work of other photographers, and see how they interpret the various situations but I am very critical even when scrolling through magazines or watching a movie. The inspiration or idea can come from anything around us. The only difference is the way that we look at.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?The worst idea is to sell out to acquire customers, the best is to do something unexpected for the couple, something not previously discussed but for them it has great value. This is why I try to figure out a lot of people.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?I would like to be an astronaut or violinist.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?I really liked this corner of the garden, and even the bride and groom told me it was one of the reasons why they chose that location. I did not want to take a standard picture. I looked at photos other photographers had made in this location, not to repeat myself. So I waited until it got dark, and with the help of a flash held by my assistant. I wanted to draw the outline of the plant, silhouetted behind that of the couple, I know that I have made them particularly happy with emotion that I read in their eyes.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?I do not like goals. I just want to continue along my path of continuous growth, both personally and artistically. I want to be able to get deeper and deeper into the emotions, to be able to seize them, and improve technically and artistically, to be able to reflect all this in my work.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Good question. If I knew, I'd be a great photographer. However I think you have to have a lot of passion and a lot of respect for what you do, and for people who call us. This involves training, humility, sensitivity, attention to detail, love of your neighbor.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?There are many photographers that I follow, and I consider a model to follow. Besides being excellent photographers these are people with whom I have had a good relationship with and that helped me to grow thanks to their advice.
Daniele Vertelli, Andrea Corsi, Flavio Bandiera, Giorgio Baruffi, Marco Miglianti, Lorenzo Poli, Antonello Perin, Francesco Spighi, Nadia Falco, Federico Valenzano. I can not mention them all as there truly are a lot of great wedding photographers out there.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?The birth of my children definitely.
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