Wedding Photographer Monterrey, NL Mauricio Alanis shoots a wedding at Quinta Real Hotel, Mexico
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Tell us a little about yourself??I started taking pictures at a very young age. First as an amateur shooting friends and friends of friends. It was not until I got married that I realized many new things could be changed to improve wedding photography. I took some guidelines from different photography fields, such architecture, fashion, glamor and fine art, blended everything together and chased a different style in wedding photography. Perhaps it may not sound that new today, but doing this in year 2002 when film still was the leading format, it was somewhat trendy. I pursued new fresh ideas, then enrolled PPA and then set my goal to their Certification level, which I proudly achieved in 2007, 5 years after shooting my first wedding.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?I think people tag me as a creative artist, at least this is what I hear from the people that speak out loud their thoughts. Itâ€™s also how I like to be perceived.
In the past days, a total stranger that was browsing my Facebook page, stopped and dropped a few lines to my email address. I took it as a huge compliment.
She mentioned one word. One word that I believe describes what I like. She said â€œeleganceâ€. Thatâ€™s what she saw on my work. I like that.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?This was a very special chain of events. Groom decided to meet the bride only at the church, He wanted to to see her for the first time walkig down the aisle. However, they were staying at the same hotel, different rooms. They might cross each other and that could ruin his plans.
Above all, I did not want to miss the chance to take a picture of bride and groom before they left to the ceremony.
I proposed to blindfold him and let them be together on a single picture. Perhaps that one is the most representative of their wishes, their dreams and their intimate communication. Iâ€™m bringing that image as the cover image of their wedding.
How did you get into wedding photography?I might say that wedding photography in my case is an act of rebellion. Rebellion against all the things (photographically speaking) I wanted to have in my wedding and that didnâ€™t have because the so-called experts back then in 2000 told me that it was not possible. I decided to take the challenge and make possible everything I was told was not. I feel I reached my goal very few years after I took that challenge.
By the way: I was determined to quit wedding photography if I found what I wanted was in fact not possible. Proved them wrong.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?About 11 years or 510 weddings. You can look at it either way.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I might say that the key success for me has been following a few rules I established since day 1:
I must be amazed by each and every wedding as if it was my first one.
I must create in every wedding, at least 1 photo I have never shot before.
I must stop creating at least 1, the worst picture I shot in each wedding.
For me, every wedding is grandiose. Itâ€™s someoneâ€™s dream. I should be capable of seeing and capturing that dream.
I have made many. Hired incompetent people, taking many assingments at the same time. Being excessively perfectionist some times, and becoming slow as a consequence. Good thing I have learned from those mistakes and turned them into learning experiences.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?DOâ€™S:
Hire a professional, not anyone below that level.
Save on everything else that you are not taking home after the wedding; invest in everything else that you are taking home. Photography should be on the top priorities.
Learn to know the difference between quantity vs quality. Donâ€™t be impressed by the tons of images you are going to receive. Focus on the quality you are getting.
Stay away from the guys the rely on retouching for delivery. Focus on the ones that know how to create better imagery without retouching. They have better eye for catching moments.
Make sure you browse a complete wedding from the photographer you are hiring. Not only his best shots. Check and see if all the wedding is as great as his top cards. After that, check if he can achieve the same quality on all his weddings, not just one. You want consistency and excellence.
When possible, search for PPA Certified credentials from the Photographer. They usually outperform the ones that are not Certified.
If the price is too high for you, talk to the photographer. If he is a good guy, you might find the right deal by talking about it.
Donâ€™t decide by the price alone.
Donâ€™t hire rock stars and Primadonnas. Hire a nice neat artist that stays focused on excellence.
Donâ€™t fall for those deals that are overloaded with perks and bells.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?SEO, social media, local print advertising, AdWords.
I believe the best results is a proper mix of everything, plus a consistend branding management. I get frequent comments about â€œseeing alreadyâ€ my logo somewhere.
My logo is my handwritten artist signature. When they see me signing their pictures, with the same signature they saw in my logo in the internet, they feel they are getting genuine craftsmanship.
Why do you think people hire you?Because I can deliver strong consistent imagery. Definitively not by price.
How many weddings do you average per year?45
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?I don't have a specific name, but I do have a specific profile: that girl and that guy that is really captivated by what I do, and want me to shoot their wedding. Couples that engage and will work with me in order to have a great day full of great pictures.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Chateau Vaux-leVicomte, Maincy.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?A couple of digital Canon Eos Cameras.
A couple of film cameras, 35mm and 120 mm
6 Dynalite strobes with 3 1000w power packs
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?Planning ahead, gathering staff and be there early.
Who or what inspires you?I get inspired by powerful imagery. Whenever I see a great shot, I just want to do a powerful image myself. I donâ€™t fantasize about specific persons. What really moves me is great shots, great locations, great timing and superb lighting.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?The best idea is making the couples live an incomparable experience with me. When I achieve that, they go and talk about that and their friends call me because they want the same thing. Word of mouth is the best above all ideas.
Worst idea advertising on media that is not oriented to the right target.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?A millionaire.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?n/a
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?Yes: I would like to sell fine art photography.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Consistently creating excellent photography. Capture all the best moments. Never loose respect and natural fear of wedding photography. If you get too confident, you might end up loosing moments.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Alexander Rudenky, Sol Tamargo, Fabrizio Proietto, Albes Fuscha
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?Becoming the 1st Certified Photographer in my country. Being Featured in Rangefinder Magazine, PDN Magazine, and some art books.
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