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Wedding Photographer Tel Aviv
Ronen Boidek Wedding Photography
Couple: Colette & Rob
Wedding Venue: Ba Yaar – Hadera
Wedding Reception: Ba Yaar – Hadera
Wedding Date: 19th June 2016
Tell us a little about yourself
I love fishing, it gives me great pleasure that I can’t quite explain. In some funny way, when I capture a good picture I get the same feeling. When I catch a “Big Fish” with my camera I’m just happy, and I’m always trying to catch as many as possible. When you give me the freedom to do so, that’s when I’m at my best, and that’s when you’ll get the most of me.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?
A humble quality loving artist (even though I don’t really perceive myself as one), but mainly as a nice, simple, positive, intelligent, genuine person.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day
I’m not really a man of words but rather of actions and results, so I can’t fully express what I felt that day. All I can tell you is that it had great energy, and that love was in the air – True Love! The kind you don’t really get to see much these days.
How did you get into wedding photography?
After my military service, a friend asked me to join him in a photography course he wanted to take. I loved it so much that I went on to steady it professionally for 3 more years. I’m not one of those who knew their “calling” all their lives. I have to say, there’s still SO MUCH to learn and perfect in photography and the art of it.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
I’ve been at it (and much more in photography) for the past 10 years.
Can you share how you’ve made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way
There are two things I always say when people ask me that. The first is that the only thing that matters in this business is that one client. The day is about the couple, nothing else matters. Regardless to who they are or what connections or affiliations they have, give your best to everyone! Be a professional working machine!
The second thing is a small but to me an amazing sentence – “you are what you wear” – not in terms of fashion or trends, but in the sense that what you project out to the world is how you’re perceived. when your positive, honest and kind people see and react to it.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for, and not looking for, in terms of wedding photography packages?
I think once a couple hires a photographer for the event they should just “let it go” and let him/her do the “fishing”. Don’t try to out think or over-direct the photographer. In one of my best weddings when I just started out, the couple came up to me and said:
“Listen, as far as we are concerned, you can wrap it up and go home whenever you want to, just don’t direct us and make us pose. Don’t tell us what to do and we won’t tell you.”
It was so liberating. I felt I can photograph from my soul, for my art, no obligations to anyone. And thing is that their wedding photos came out truly amazing.
How do you advertise yourself, and what for you has really worked?
The best advertisement you can get is that one client. I’ve never advertised anywhere, I think it’s a waste of money. These days people see and know everything. When your good it shows, and you’ll get your name out there. When you not, 1-2 years and you’re done. Always bring your best and your work will speak for itself.
Why do you think people hire you?
I think it’s because I’m not trying to keep up with some trend. I want to believe I have my own style. In almost every picture I take I have some amazing photographer in mind like; Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gregory Crewdson, Robert Capa, Ansel Adams and others. In some way, I think that’s what creates my own sense style.
How many weddings do you average per year?
Around 90 weddings per year.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?
I guess any couple that truly love each other, surrounded by their loving family and friends. Ordinary genuine people, no one specific really. Only Love, ‘cause it’s really photogenic.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?
Wow that’s a really hard question. I’m a huge fan of nature and extreme scenic vistas, so I guess Alaska, New Zealand or Norway.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?
2 cameras, 4 lenses, sun reflector.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding?
I travel abroad a lot for weddings, so for me the challenge is to be able to understand my limits in terms of emotional and sometimes cultural sensitivity. For example, I was shooting a wedding in Russia for the first time. After the ceremony, I came up to the couple and asked them and the rest of the family to come for a quick family photos session, they all looked at me like I was crazy. I think family photos are one of the most important things in a capturing a wedding, so I had to find a creative way to make it happen. After realizing that that concept is not common or something that they were used to, I just asked them to walk towards me in a strait row twice. If I was to ask them to stand and pose to me, they would defiantly say they are not into it. Once they got the photos the bride said it was an amazing idea and that no one in Russia is doing it. The photographers there are like “a fly on the wall” during the whole wedding. To me it wasn’t enough but it turned out good.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?
My approach is to quickly understand who are my clients and what are the limits. Some people love being photographed, enjoy the presence of the camera and play around it. Others hate the camera and don’t want to see you at all, but love their photos after. You need to quickly understand who you’re facing and act accordingly. The key is to be sensitive to it in order that the bride and groom will enjoy their day, with you in the equation or just in the background.
Who or what inspires you?
I love fashion photography, especially the new style today with the natural light. I’m inspired by nature, and what it offers in terms of colours and textures and of course – light!!!
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?
Worst – to promote yourself on FB is a stupid idea.
Best – be patient and build your business and reputation on deep roots.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Defiantly a Fisherman.
Share your favourite image of the day
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?
Well I want to get inside the US market which to me looks quite tough.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?
To wait and be patient. To always invest in that one client. To love what you do.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, this can be a well know photographer or somebody you’ve stumbled across…
I’m truly only inspired by fashion photographers, as well as the amazing photographers I mentioned earlier.
Proudest moment so far, photography related or otherwise?
My proudest moments in life, by no contest, are the births of my two kids.
Wedding Photographer Israel Ronen Boidek
Ba Yaar – Hadera, Tel Aviv