After fighting a terminal cancer, It changed the way I looked at life. Everything has its beauty, even if the sad moments can have a positive side and a wedding one of the happiest moments you can find. Life is beautiful and I want to show the beauty through my eyes, so I became a photographer and have travelled to over 150 countries and shot over 200 weddings. I’m doing what I love.
I try to tell the story people, so that they will remember it in years to come and remind couples how important each one has been in their lives.
How did you get into wedding photography?
After healing from a rare type of cancer I spent 2 years traveling the world as a ship photographer. I met countless photographers and it became a photography school for me.
When I returned to Brazil I was called to photograph a wedding as a second shooter and I really enjoyed the energy of a wedding and I really believe in energy exchange, especially on a very happy day that is a wedding day.
After this I decided that I would become a wedding photographer and I decided I would do it for the rest of my life.
Do you have a recent favorite photo that you have taken? Tell us how you took it and why you like it?
Yes I have, it is a photo of a moment between the groom and his grandmother. It won a WPS Excellence Award and I was very happy with that. I believe that the reason for the admiration for this photo is that I had a very strong connection with my grandmother who recently passed away, and this photo reminds me of her. I see myself with a picture thinking of my grandmother for everything just as the groom thanked his grandmother for being there.
What really gets you emotional when you’re shooting a wedding?
I think what makes me emotional are the connections between people, not just the couple, but the bonds of love between parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren and many others. When I see these bonds of love, I try to tell the story of these people so that they will remember in the future how important each one has been in their lives.
How do you put a couple at ease before and during their big day?
I always say to the bride and groom that everything has already worked out and even if something does not go as planned, I say forget it. Only they know all the details of the wedding, the guests have no idea what is supposed to happen.
I say that whatever happens just make the most of it, because this day is going to go very fast and if they worry about the small things they will end up losing the wedding and all those years of planning.
What is it about being a wedding photographer you love?
I love getting to be around lots of people and geting to know them. Being part of something bigger than me and the feeling of happiness of all people that are around me. I’m amazed by the energy exchanged on a wedding day and all the good vibes. I love it.
What is it about being a wedding photographer that you don’t love so much?
Spending almost every weekend working. I end up losing contact with friends and family who have different routines. I always try to keep in touch with them in off times, but it’s hard to get schedules together.
If you could change one thing about the wedding industry what would it be?
I believe the wedding photography market is huge but couples are always restricted to hiring photographers that live close to them and that ends up limiting their options.
If they knew how easy it was to hire a wedding photographer from another city or country they would have a multiple choices of wedding photographers with different styles.
What photography kit do you have in your bag & what is your favourite?
I always use 2 cameras. My first camera is a Nikon D750 with 35mm 1.4 and my second camera is Nikon D4 with 85mm 1.4 besides that i use flash in almost everything so I have 3 SB 700 and a Magmod KIT.
What is your favourite part of the day?
I love it when I take a picture of a moment that is so unique and simple, but I know that it will have great importance for the bride of groom.
Every time I pick up my wedding album you bring all emotion back to my heart with your photos. It was such an incredible day.
What tips would you give a couple on choosing a wedding photographer?
Search and talk to as many wedding photographers as you can, there are plenty of professionals and you will surely find the wedding photographer that is perfect for you. If you think about it, you will have planned the wedding for years and there is nothing more important than to be able to look back on that day again. You cannot put a price on great photos that will transport you back in time.
Why do you think couples choose you?
I believe they choose me because I tell the truth in my photos, I show them how they really are and I try to record the moments that no one sees.
How do you relax when you’re not shooting weddings?
I love go to the movies and a lot of my visual baggage comes from countless movies I watch. Every day I like watching a movie, as well as distracting me and taking me to a new universe with each movie, unconsciously everything I see is reflected in my work.
What are you looking forward to and why?
I always look forward to finding out what the couple is thinking about after the pictures are delivered. I give myself 110% in every wedding and knowing that I have exceeded the expectation of a couple makes me want to go beyond it each time.