Photographer: Asier Altuna
Couple: Vanessa & Pedro
Location: Santa Maria Del Mar
Wedding Date: 07 August 2015
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a wedding photographer based in Barcelona who loves to travel, for national and international weddings.
I write with images, capturing the history you
choose to share with me
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
I love when they tell me you reflected our special creating a memory for a lifetime.
Tell us a little bit about how you approach a wedding day?
It would be a pleasure to take part in your special day, contributing the best way I know how: by taking pictures that will allow you to build a narrative from your experiences, using images to write the history you share with me.
How did you get into wedding photography?
You could say that photography found me. I had just finished my degree in tourism when I made a decision that, without me knowing it, would mark my destiny. I accepted a position on a cruise ship and when I arrived I was asked if I knew how to take pictures. I said yes, even though this wasn’t my specialty, and I spent four years travelling the world, dedicating my time exclusively to photography. At first I only photographed the passengers on the cruise, but as I learned I started to take my camera with me everywhere. In each port I would bike around and capture everything that caught my eye. My technique improved, I was promoted to principle photographer, and, day by day, I learned the fascinating art of taking and even developing photos (at the time I was still using film).
Nostalgic for home, after several years I returned to Barcelona. That experience, however, changed me. I went on to get a Master’s degree in photojournalism and I began to shape my practice into what it is now, piecing together, little by little, everything I have experienced and learned. It was another serendipitous occasion that led me into weddings. For many years I was gaining experience while working in specialized businesses. And although I have taken many photographs of couples, this ceremony continues to inspire me. The experience has allowed me to enjoy myself more at each wedding I have the honour to participate in, and at each event I become better at defining how I live and capture these moments. For this reason I am now ready to take the reins and offer my own services.
My style is a result of my life: photojournalism taught me to not intervene, but to stay out of the way, capturing the reality in front of me, keeping my eye glued to the camera and allowing life to flow, while instinctively recording all those small instants that move me. Travelling through the world also impacted my work, training me to pay attention to the details of each environment and reminding me to make the most of my surroundings. I am able to find beauty everywhere.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?
From every wedding I have, I try to learn from it and the experience allows you to be at the right place and right moment.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?
They should know what are their needs, but what is the most important is to find a photographer with the stile that you are looking for. In the digital era I totally recommend to have an album printed because having printed pictures will always be special.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?
Most of the people come because they where friends from the couple I shot. I also advertise in some wedding specialized webs, google adwords and social media.
Why do you think people hire you?
Because they like my work and when we do the meeting we have a special connection.
How many weddings do you average per year?
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
All weddings are special. I like to travel and love to shoot weddings from different cultures.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
The world is the limit so far!
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
I use 2 cameras, Nikon D750 and love to use fix lenses: 30mm, 50mm, but also bring a 24-70mm f2,8 and 70-200mm f2,8.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
Try to get as many special moments as possible, creating pictures that tell a story.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Probably a tour guide.
Share one of your favourite images?
From my last Trash The Dress
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across?
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
Always evolve, love your work and keep learning.
Thank you to Asier for sharing this beautiful wedding day with us. For more information on Asier Altuna please visit his website.