74/365(+1), a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr.
Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO250, f5.6, 1/60, raw
I started doing weddings when a couple of friends begged me to shoot theirs. They had to really push me hard because at first I didn’t want to take such a responsibility. At the end I did it and it was great: first, I had a lot of fun, second, I was very happy with the results, third, they fell in love with the photo-album. I never stopped shooting weddings since then and, luckily enough, every time I had the same outcome. It’s a win-win situation, the one in which I enjoy my job while making people happy.
How do I know they’re happy? Well, for start I can tell how someone likes my product by looking at his/her reactions when he/she sees it. The best indicator, however, it’s if the couple calls me back. Hopefully not for their wedding, I mean, I hope that all of the marriages can work forever. But when they call you back for a couple of friends’ wedding, well, this means a lot, basically that your work has been appreciated in all of its aspects. As in any business which relies on privates, happy couples calling back and suggesting my services to others are, by a very long shot, the main and best source of advertisement.
From time to time, some customer calls you back to have more pictures shot by you. It can be a baptism, a photo-shoot of the new baby, or of the baby to come. When it happens it gives me the greatest joy. I so become (a small) part of the family because I make (the picture of) their most important memories. It’s not rhetoric, it’s a fact.
With this girl (and her husband), for example, I feel kind of bounded. She’s got married almost two years ago, in the same place where I’ve got married. So, shooting her wedding was already very emotional and I always felt connected to the shots I took that day. And then she called us back to ask us some portraits of her pregnancy. So today we went to Villa Borghese, one of the nicest park in Rome, the one which crosses the city center, going from Via Veneto to Piazza del Popolo on one side, and from Piazza di Spagna to Belle Arti on the other side. We spent the late afternoon together, it was a lot of fun, and I am happy with the results. I hope she’ll keep calling us to take portraits of her baby and future babies, so we’ll keep being part of their family.