Wedding Photographer Taranto Francesco Gravina shoots a wedding at Mottola (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 something that should be inspired by the heart. Since I was a child I have been completely captivated by the world of photography and Iâ€™ve always seen it as an artistic attitude towards life. For many years I focused my attention on the world of weddings. In 2006 I began my journey to express my artistic expressions through weddings. In the 2012 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), WPS (Wedding Photography Select) and the Nikon NPS (Nikon Professional Service).
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 say to myself. It's how I live and what I feel for the wedding day. I embrace weddings because I believe that it is the most special and emotional day of a persons life. Enjoying each other and being with the people you care and love without paying attention to the wedding photographer or other people. I can say that the most emotional weddings are the most expressive and the ones in which people recognize themselves, unstudied and very spontaneous. It is my wish and desire to share the emotions of a wedding day. I capture every little detail that happens during your wedding day, without interrupting the flow of the day. I love romanticism and emotions and I try to emphasize this.
How did you get into wedding photography?I attended a professional workshop class. Weddings was something I always wanted to do 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 with my simplicity. I have sincere approach to weddings and shoot from the 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 need to be themselves, in every moment of the day. I will catch those moments in all their beauty.
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 can see how I work.
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?Overseas, especially in England or France.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?The bare minimum. I want to go unnoticed during the day. Two cameras and several lenses. 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, I bring my instinct and my camera. Always trying to catch those brilliant and spontaneous moments.
Who or what inspires you?The atmosphere that a romantic wedding can create. The unique emotions in every special moment.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?n/a
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Something to do with computers.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?n/a
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?I just want to grow personally and professionally within my photography.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Being spontaneous, having passion and vision.
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 colleagues and friends who's work I admire.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Any time I gain an award for my images is always a proud moment. Every time a couple compliments me on the images I produce and every time I have the opportunity to work with big names in the industry.
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