Wedding Photographer Guadalajara, Jalisco Andrea & Sid LidoPhoto shoots a wedding at Los Veneros, Mexico

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Wedding Photographer : Andrea & Sid LidoPhoto  
Couple : Lucy + Luis
Wedding Photographer Guadalajara, Jalisco
Ceremony Location : Iglesia María Reina de la Paz
Reception : Los Veneros
Wedding Date : 23rd November 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

We are a Mexican-Indian wife-husband team, with completely different backgrounds and visions of the world, always in search of beauty and love to shoot. Sid loves fashion and portraits, Andrea loves people and feelings.

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

Authentic, friendly, elegant, trustworthy and artistic.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

It was a little bit hectic (aren’t they all?) as we had to go from Nuevo Vallarta (getting ready), to Marina Vallarta (ceremony) to Punta de Mita (reception), but once in the reception it was like being in a wedding we had dreamt about before already. The bride and groom were relaxed and determined to enjoy their day, the decoration couldn’t have been more perfect and the scenery, well, judge it with your own eyes.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Destiny traced the path for us, basically. Sid had been into Fashion and Advertising in India, shifting to Mexico without speaking the language or knowing his way around here was tough but every wedding we got the opportunity to shoot made us better and more confident.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

4 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?

Success is all about pouring your heart into every single thing you do for your business, especially for entrepreneurs. Nowadays people have so many photographers to choose from that you must set yourself aside somehow and what do clients care the most about? Satisfying their needs in the best possible way, with the lowest possible cost. If they believe you can provide them with the most awesome photos they have visualized, they’ll pay happily. If they feel comfortable around you, if they trust you and they know that they’ll always get the best from you, they’ll keep coming back as well. We have had the honor of meeting a couple for photographing their wedding and then we photographed their maternity portraits, their babies new born portraits, baptisms, and so on and so forth. It’s amazing, a real privilege and the best reward for us, to stay in people’s lives and be in charge of documenting the evolution of their families through the years.

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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?

It is all about what YOU want, bride and groom should not feel cornered to pay for things they don’t want or need. Our advice is to look for whatever makes YOUR dreams come true in terms of a customized package but especially that makes you fall in love with the STYLE (both personal and photographic) of the photographer you choose. Think that not only will you spend more time on your big day with your photographer than anyone else but also you’ll be looking at his style forever in your wedding memories.

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

Our Website and Facebook bring lots of people to see our work or meet us, however word of mouth is usually the key to decision making. Once they know someone who recommends us, they trust us.

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Why do you think people hire you?

We’d say 40% personality, 40% portfolio, 20% trust

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How many weddings do you average per year?


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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

The most untraditional, unconventional couple, who will plan their wedding for themselves and not for the stereotypes of what a “perfect wedding” should be.

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

We shoot lots of destination weddings close by, so the dream would be a farther one like in Europe or Australia

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

3 Nikon 5100, prime lenses and a sigma zoom (all f1.8 lenses), video light and Nikon flashes.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Not having control over the situations, sometimes the most priceless moments last just seconds and if you’re not ready and positioned in the best angle you can just miss it.

It’s also a day when most of the people are not their regular selves, they are stressed out, anxious and nervous so it becomes a challenge to make then look good and relaxed in their photos.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

We always try to seek for new photo opportunities, even if it’s in the same venue we have shot some other wedding before we make sure we find new angles, new backgrounds and above all getting honest expressions from the bride and groom.

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Who or what inspires you?

In general: Fashion and Photojournalistic Photography.

On a wedding day: having freedom from the Bride and Groom to let out all our artistic energy. When they trust us and their attitude is open to following directions, the artist inside us jumps out and takes control of the situation.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

The worst marketing idea is not doing any marketing at all. Any marketing you do will bring you some benefit. Sometimes monetary and other times of new relationships, allies or fans. The best marketing is whatever makes you have a constant presence in your clients’ minds (potential, new ones and old ones as well!).

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

Sid: Art Director , Andrea: writer/journalist

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This image shows the love and sweetness of Lucy and Luis who have only eyes for each other; plus the beauty of the location they chose for the wedding with a perfect beach sunset as background.

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

To keep growing and improving until we can be considered the best photo studio in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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

Being good at both taking pictures and public relations. People skills are as basic to a wedding photographer as all the technical knowledge or artistic feeling. You also have to be a good money manager in order to survive the ups and downs that come with the wedding seasons.

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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?

Photographers: Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Lebovitz

Wedding Photographers: Fer Juaristi, Jerry Ghionis, Jose Villa

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

As artists we tend to be very critical of the things we create, so the proudest moments are when a couple shows that they really loved their photos and will treasure them forever, like when they decide to create a wall art out of them and display them in their entrance or their living room

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