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Wedding Photographer Helsinki Jaakko Sorvisto shoots a wedding at Pakin talo, Finland

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Wedding Photographer : Jaakko Sorvisto  
Couple : Hilma & Jesse
Wedding Photographer Helsinki
Ceremony Location : Pakin talo
Reception : Pakin talo
Wedding Date : 27th July, 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m a wedding photographer from Finland. I now live with my wife and Jack Russell terrier. As a photographer I’m a natural light lover. Bicycles are my passion so when I’m not shooting you can probably find me riding my bikes.

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

I’m quite relaxed person and get along with all kinds of people. My customers have described me as a really easy person, so I would like to think that it’s easy to work with me :-)

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

The couple wanted a really informal wedding day which was captured with photo journalistic way.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

The real start of the idea as a full time wedding photographer started when I had my own wedding. It’s was amazing to understand how emotional day it is and how versatile you should be if you’re going to nail that day as a photographer.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

This is basically my third year now.


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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

I just focused on my own thing and tried to become better and better. I haven’t done any major mistakes yet :)

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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?

At least they should check the whole portfolio and choose the one they love. I prefer to show also the wedding day stories because that shows my true skills better than just a few pics.

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

Only inbound marketing at the moment. It seems to work quite well with the word-of-mouth.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I hope it’s always because they love my style. If it’s something else, then I’m the wrong photographer for them.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

Normally like 15-20. Wedding season is quite short here in Finland, but I’d like to shoot more.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

I don’t really care whose wedding I’m shooting. The most important is to find couples who really like my work and know the benefit of natural light.

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

It’s hard to pick one, but New Zealand would be superb!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I use two bodies at the same time. Typical combination is Canon 5D mk3, Canon 5D, Sigma 35/1.4, Sigma 85/1.4 and Canon TS-E 45/2.8.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Family group photos, for sure.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I’ll try to be informal and relaxed. If you can blend in, then you can carry out your photo journalistic style.

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Who or what inspires you?

Natural light is my main source of inspiration during the day. In general, I get most of the inspiration from the movies I have watched.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

It seems that the outbound marketing is not the best way to marketing these days as a photographer. You probably should use more inbound style and use contents.

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

Then I would like to be professional cyclist :-)

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

This tells so much about a day. Those warm feelings between the couple, tram rides in Helsinki and so on… That was a great day!

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

Well, I would like to shoot more destination weddings in future.

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

You should find your own style and follow your instincts. Don’t forget to work hard.

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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?

At the moment Phil Chester and Nirav Patel are my favorite ones.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Well, I’m proud of satisfied clients of mine. It’s

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