On this page you will find answers to the questions I’m asked most frequently about my wedding photography service. The first part covers general questions, and each further section then deals with how I will capture specific aspects of your special day. Taken together these set out my approach as a wedding photographer, but they are obviously not exhaustive and are only the preliminary to a friendly personal chat. If you like what you find here, do contact me to organise a personal meeting in Dijon or a conversation over the phone or on Skype.
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The Wedding Preparations
Although photographing the preparations may seem insignificant to some couples, in my view this should not be neglected, as the beginning of the day is the moment for me to get to know the people and the surroundings, during the ‘calm before the storm’. Even if we have met already, this is also a good time to renew my acquaintance with the bride and groom at a moment when they are still a little ‘psychologically’ present. The preparations are also an opportunity to capture the atmosphere and all those little details, as well as to preserve memories of ‘THE’ dress before it succumbs to champagne stains, lipstick and mud! It is also an opportune moment to photograph the bridesmaids and the best man. And in any case – as I’m there for the day, you may as well make use of me!
The atmosphere is the context within which I will tell the story of your big day, and it brings together all the other moments of the day: the preparations, the bride and groom, the ceremony etc. I will capture the atmosphere through a wide variety of photos, ranging for example from a child’s expression to the bridesmaids’ laughter, from the ‘letting go’ of the evening to a simple detail that catches my eye. Capturing all this demands my constant attention throughout the day. All these small details give added flavour to the sequence of photos and allow me to express myself a little more spontaneously than in the classic photos of the essential but often more ‘posed’ or formal moments of the day.
The surroundings play a key part in the big day and the photographer must not ignore them, especially as I personally do not simply take the usual clichéd style of photographs where the bride and groom, the church, the bouquet, the blue sky, etc. all have to be together in the same picture. This means I pay particular attention to even the simplest details of your surroundings. Whether you have hired Westminster Abbey or Uncle Jack’s garage, the atmosphere of each surrounding is unique, reflecting your choices and therefore your tastes, your feelings and your story. If I suggest a location for photos of the bride and groom, then I ensure it speaks for itself, thereby revealing meaningful details in a seemingly insignificant background. The photographs of the decor also provide thoughtful interludes amongst the more social sequences of the day.
Feelings and Emotion
I do not focus on feelings and emotion simply because they are an important dimension in my approach. I do so because this is the very essence of wedding photography, and may even be the only meaning that the photographer will find – a ‘social’ recording of a particular day filled with feelings and emotion. As a photographer it is not for me to search out or generate feelings and emotion – these will spontaneously permeate the surroundings and the participants throughout the day. My job is simply to make sure I capture them all and bring an extra touch of beauty to them.
The Bride and Groom
The photos of the bridal couple are one of the highlights of my work. However, I fully understand that many couples nay be concerned about these, perhaps because they worry about posing or about not feeling comfortable in front of the camera. Or it may be because they have seen bizarre photos of other weddings. Many wedding photographers say they specialise in ‘reporting’ so as to avoid the issue. However, the problem chiefly arises not from the photos of the couple or from themselves, but from the way in which the photography is done. The photo session with the bride and groom should not be seen as a break in the flow of the day or as a fixed, posed point in the sequence of photos. Rather, it is a moment of calm for the bridal couple and thus a welcome break during which they can simply be themselves with each other. For the photographer, it is a moment to ‘take control’ because, unlike the rest of the day when we are dependent on the surroundings and the lighting, in the bridal couple sequence the choice of shot and lighting is entirely up to the photographer. This is a plus for photographers who know what they are doing, but a source of stress for those who do not. For me, the session with the bridal couple is an opportunity to record their private togetherness, to which I bring a touch of beauty and poetry (but without taking two hours over it!)
For me, photography is a passion rather than merely a job or a business. Therefore, above all I want to add value to my work through its viewpoint and sensitivity. Comprising a single package, my service will re-tell the story of your day through a digital medium, because for me only the final photos count when choosing a photographer. Nevertheless, I am aware of both the ethereal nature of this medium and the fact that it is nevertheless seen as relatively long-lasting. Therefore, because I want all aspects of my service to be of the highest quality, my package includes a beautiful, personalised gift box for your USB drive, providing you with an elegant physical memory that will not end up in a drawer amongst a pile of CDs. Since it goes without saying that telling a story is best done through a book, and because photography has a natural link with paper, I also offer the option of a high-quality personalised album of your wedding photographs. This is fully customisable by you and produced with the benefit of my knowledge of Italian design and publishing. I see my photography as a work of art and so do not expect my clients to pay for the kinds of prints and albums that could be made just anywhere. What I do is create works of art that are quite simply unique and exclusive in every way, from the professionalism of the artist through to the style of the album and its layout.
It’s in vogue to show the shotkit, so i make myself in conformity ^^
Here are my tools to capture your D Day with accuracy but also style and lightness. For my personnal project, magazine reportage and wedding stories i use exclusively my Leica gear.
It may go without saying, but for me it is always important to approach all aspects of my work with equal passion, and always to experience the same pleasure in selecting, framing and capturing. In the course of my work I avoid heavy, high-performance automatic equipment so that I can return to the fundamentals of photography. I achieve this by using a Leica M, descended from the legendary photographic era, making the photographer work manually, without a zoom, approaching the subject and carefully working out each picture. With a Leica I don’t take photos – I make them. Its compactness, its lack of ostentation and its timeless appearance all contribute to the pleasure of using it.
My Leica gear is composed by one M(240) and an MP(240) with 35 f1,4 summilux, 50 f1,4 summilux and 28 f2,8 summarit, an additional flash an battery. I keep all with me in an Ona leather camera bag (cognac) and an bigger homemade leather camera bag (homemade safari green dye ^^).
I wish i will use them soon on your wedding.