Wedding Photographer Varenna, Italy Cristiano Ostinelli shoots a wedding at Lido di lenno Lake Como, Italy
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Tell us a little about yourself??Photography is my passion and my work, without passion you only attain a certain level. I have been a photographer for 15 years. I love to photograph people, the perfect picture for me is capturing a person in his own environment.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?I like to add value to a wedding. Showing images that are full of life and desire, creative, happy and precise. Iâ€™d like to think these are the most beautiful pictures of our lives.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?It was a special and unrepeatable day. It was a mixture of fantasy and madness, the couple were outstanding. During the ceremony I would realised it would be a fantastic day. Later we got on a boat and the photos were just so special. I created a direct relationship with the couple meaning all the moments we had worked perfectly.
How did you get into wedding photography?I was a fan of wedding photography and started working for a wedding studio.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?15 years
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I always approach my work with extreme passion. Iâ€™ve also tried to find a unique style and create something special, every wedding is important to me and I believe my clients can see this from my photographs.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?The couple should look at full wedding galleries and find a style that is similar to their taste and passion.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?The Web and Google.
Why do you think people hire you?I let the pictures speak for themselves.
How many weddings do you average per year?80/90
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?I think all weddings are full of passion and are unique.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to shoot weddings all over the world. Hong Kong, Moscow, USA, Europe but I am still very happy to live and work over Lake Como.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?I use 3 cameras and I prefer prime lenses.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?I approach a wedding with high levels of concentration and to have the ability to see things before they happen. You donâ€™t always know the people or couple so itâ€™s also important to get in tune with them.
Who or what inspires you?I am also a travel photographer, photojournalist, I love the photos of Salgado, and I take a lot inspiration from the cinema.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?No regrets. I use the web and itâ€™s great because I can be found by couples around the world.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Hard to say. Something that makes me happy, free and creative. I actually can't think of another job other than photography.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?I love this image. I find it a unique and unrepeatable moment, humorous and full of life.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?Just to look forward to the next wedding and what it brings. The best photo is the one we havenâ€™t taken yet.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Passion!!!!!!!
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Yes. There are so many great Italian wedding photographers.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?When I have been asked to travel half way around the world because a client loves my work so much. Itâ€™s a wonderful feeling.
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