Today’s interview is with Bolivian based wedding photographer Pankkara Larrea of Pkl Fotografía! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I’m a french-bolivian wedding photographer based in La Paz, Bolivia. I studied wedding photography in Madrid, Spain and being running Pkl Fotografía for the last four years. I’m all about capturing true moments and real feelings.I love been part of people’s special day and making their memories last forever.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
On my last year of college a couple of friends who were getting married asked me to be their photographer although I’ve never shot a wedding before I had developed an interest for photography while I studied Graphic Design at the Catholic University of La Paz. After shooting my first wedding I fell in love with wedding photography. When I got the opportunity I went to study abroad to Madrid, Spain at EFTI institute where I had the chance to learn from some of the best wedding photographers in Europe.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
My favourite part of the wedding is the moments when the bride is getting ready. The air is filled with anticipation and excitement. And the moments are so real and deep, you can see laughter and tears in a more casual scene. Plus you can play more with the location and light to create really artistic shots
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I think the awkwardness always happens when there’s a very traditional mom or aunt that wants to direct the shots, and you want to be polite but you also want to tell them to back of and let you do your work. Sometimes the older members of the family don’t trust me because I’m young but then when they see the final result they are pleasantly surprised.
What is your favorite venue and why?
One of my favourite venues in La Paz is the Japanese Garden. A beautiful garden with a lake in the middle. Since I love natural light and nature textures this is one of my favourite places to shoot weddings.
Nikon or Canon?
I’m a Nikon girl at heart, I started with Nikon and really can’t imagine changing. But I admit I use Canon and Pentax for my analogic personal projects.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would love to shoot a beach wedding, unfortunately Bolivia doesn’t have shore or beaches so it will need to be else where.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
I never thought about shooting celebrity weddings. I prefer small and intimate affairs to big media and publicity events so never really dreamed to shoot any celebrity.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t be afraid of failing. If I’ve never would’ve accept my first wedding without any experience I wouldn’t be here now. So don’t be scared of failing, don’t be scared of learning, don’t be scared of dreaming.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
I think it’s very important to choose a photographer with whom you can connect. Who shares your style and energy and can make your day even better. Always make sure the photographer you hire will be the same who will shoot you the day of the wedding.
Thanks Pankkara! For more information about Pkl Fotografía, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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