Wedding Photographer Italy Francesco Gravina shoots a wedding at Lizzano (TA), Italy
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Tell us a little about yourself??My strong and unfading belief has always been that photography is not only a matter of pointing and shooting but it is a thought inspired by the hearth.
Since I was a child I have been completely captivated by the world of photography, always seen as an artistic attitude towards life.
During the years, I focused my attentions on the world of weddings. In 2006 I was able to make wedding photojournalism my greatest artistic expression.
In the 1012 I applied for the AGWPJA (Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association), the WPJA (The Wedding Photojournalist Association), the AFNM (Associazione Nazionale Fotografi di Matrimonio), the WPS (Wedding Photography Select) and the Nikon NPS (Nikon Professional Service), Fearless and BoWP (Best of Wedding Photography
How do you think or would like people to describe you?I would like to be considered a professional with a lot of heart, a romantic and a dreamer
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?"Prima di conservare i ricordi bisogna viverli"
I like to introduce myself with the above sentence that I made my own for how I live and feel the wedding day.
I embraced wedding shooting cause I believe that the most special and emotianlly day of your life must be completely lived, enjoying and being togheter with the people you care and love without paying attention to the photographer or other people.
I can say that the most emotional shoots, the most expressive and the ones in which people recognize themselves, are the ones very spontaneous and unstudied.
I tell every little thing that happens during your wedding day, without anything that can modify the normal wedding flow.
I love romanticism and emotions and I try to emphasize this moment.
How did you get into wedding photography?I attended a professional photography workshop classes; it was all I wanted to with my life.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?4 years
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I guess I made it a success just with my simplicity , with the ideas I put in my shoots that are not insincere, but come from my heart . I believe that success arrives when you have a strong passion and love for what you do.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?In my opinion they just have to be themselves, in every moment of the day; I will catch those moments and apply them in my shoots.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?I think that the best advertising is to publish my shoots and share them with people so they know how I work. My images speak for me.
Why do you think people hire you?N/A
How many weddings do you average per year?30/40
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?An Indian wedding
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Abroad, especially in England or France
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?The bare minimum so as not be the centre of attention and go unnoticed.
Two cameras and several targets, I try to never use the flash or artificial lights
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?I never plan anything, just my instinct and my loved camera, always trying to catch the best and spontaneous moments.
Who or what inspires you?The atmosphere that a romantic wedding creates, the unique emotions that can be lived in that special moment.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?N/A
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Computer Operator
Share your favourite image of the day and why?-
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?To improve my professional growth and to increase professionaly within my work.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?I think that is to be spontaneous ,to have passion, to have a different vision of things and being modest.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?I have my own style, but there are lot of collegues and friends that I do admire.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Whenever my photos participating in the contest and are rewarded, every time I get compliments from married couples, every time I work with the big names in the wedding photography industry.
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