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Wedding Photographer Somewhere GIACOMO ALTAMIRA STUDIO shoots a wedding at Ristorante Micalosu, Italy

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Wedding Photographer : GIACOMO ALTAMIRA STUDIO  
Couple : SIMONA & STEFANO
Wedding Photographer Somewhere
Ceremony Location : Porto Cervo (Sardinia)
Reception : Ristorante Micalosu
Wedding Date : 6th August 2013

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m 35 years old and I was born an I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world:

Sardinia an island in Italy often called “the pearl of Mediterranean sea”. I started take photographs nearly 20 years ago and I’m a professional photographer since 2006. I work as a photojournalist for several international press agencies and I do also commercial shootings for private companies. Wedding photography is my last challenge.

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

Most of the feed back I receive from my couples says I am a professional, pleasant and very discrete guy to have at their own wedding. I like that.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

It was a very hot evening in the middle of summer in Porto Cervo Costa
Smeralda, the world famous luxury destination travel of Sardinia, Italy.

Simona and Stefano came here from Turin, where they live, because Simona and her family are from Arzachena, a little town near Porto Cervo. It was a very lovely day with a simple but emotional ceremony and a funny party. Simona and Stefano then wanted some portraits on the beach but in august is almost impossible to make them during the day time because all the beaches around are too
crowded.

So... two days after the wedding day, at sunrise, we went to Capriccioli Beach one of the most beautiful bay of Costa Smeralda to
make a funny “trash the dress” session!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

A couple of friends ask me to take the pictures of their weddings… I said yes but only if I could do in my style… so I started!

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I started shooting weddings in 2010

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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 try to bring my personal vision of the wedding, I try to be myself. That’s all.

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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?

I suggest to all the couples I meet to only look at the pictures, and always ask to see complete weddings, not only “the best of”. Never consider a photographer for the album covers and various packages. A good box will not make average pictures look better.

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

My website is the most important asset for my advertising. I noticed that update the site with news and fresh pictures from the weddings I shoot is the strategy that works best.

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Why do you think people hire you?

Because I really let them free to be themselves during the day. Because I’m able to catch the best moment of the wedding as they happen. Because I’m a nice person (ahaaha)!

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How many weddings do you average per year?

I think the number is not so important, quality matters much more. I prefer to keep a “human” number of assignments just to provide a very high quality service and unique experience to all my couples.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Since I shoot all catholic weddings, I would like to challenge with another religion’s ritual.

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

I love Scandinavia’s atmospheres and also New Zealand or U.S.A: an “on the road”
wedding would be great!

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

In my bag there are 3 reflex bodies, 2 zooms and some prime lenses.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Keeping a high level of attention for many hours, trying to catch all the best
moments and emotions as they happens. All the day is a continuous challenge!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I like to be an observer, a witness of the big day of two people and their families. I work in a non obtrusive way, trying to document the event in the best way possible without boring poses. I really love to be a storyteller. Anyway, every wedding is different, there are no schemes to follow. The key is to feel in tune with the people you’re photographing.

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Who or what inspires you?

Great masters of photography such as W. Eugene Smith, Sebastiao Salgado, Henri
CartierBresson,Elliott Erwitt and many others. I also get a lot of inspiration from movies: lights, compositions, storytelling.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

n/a

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

I studied communication and journalism, so I think somewhat related to the news or
advertising industry, but my mother always tells me I could have been a good doctor!

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

It’s hard to chose, but I think the one where Stefano pulled up the veil of Simona to kiss her, and for one second their heads are hided: the great light and the intimate, almost shy moment. I really love that photo.

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

n/a

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

I think is fundamental to have your own vision about the wedding day, have a good
relationship with clients and deliver very high quality services.

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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?

There are many great wedding photographers which inspires me. The list is too long!

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Recently I pictured a child staring at his mother while she was getting ready for her wedding. Several days after looking at the photo, I realized how much important that picture could be for her. Moments like these makes me proud to be a wedding photographer.

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