Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Fiona of Lightplay Fotografie, based in Wil, Switzerland! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
My name is Fiona. I’m a wedding and portrait photographer from Switzerland. I run a small company called Lightplay Fotografie with seven photographers and two studio locations in the north-eastern part of the country.
Read the full interview after the cut!
I started my photography with portraits. One day, now 10 years ago, happened that one thing that happens to every photographer and the question was asked after shooting some portraits…. hmmmm could you maybe do our wedding, too?
At this very moment I just went for: Yes, of course. Without really knowing what this really means. I few days after that, I started to think it through. Luckily, there were still more than 6 months to go. So I decided to ask some good wedding photographers to assist them and to help them out for the next few months. I was so excited about that new adventure that started and soon realized that it was absolutely the right thing for me.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I don’t really have a favorite part of the wedding. Sometimes it’s the atmosphere at the getting ready. Sometimes it’s the first look, or the ceremony, or the dance. I like all this really special parts of a wedding and not at every wedding it’s the same. I remember telling my assistant lately that photographing the group photos is never the fun part of a wedding, but on this specific day they were absolutely fun. So you never really know in advance :-). And that’s the thing on weddings, I like most.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I have been lucky until now, with over 300 big weddings I don’t remember a really bad moment :-) I think till now, I had it a few times that the bride didn’t recognize me anymore when meeting in the lobby. But I knew her, so that was still okay :-)
What is your favorite venue and why?
I like our lakes and mountains in Switzerland. Especially on a sunny day when the ceremony is outdoors.
Nikon or Canon?
None of the above.. :-) Olympus. Its small, mirrorless and supercool for weddings. You capture so much without anyone being afraid of the photographer with the big camera.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Because we don’t have the sea here in Switzerland, I would love to shoot a wedding in Hawaii or at the coast of California.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Hard question. I have had the pleasure to photograph some celebrity weddings in my career so far, but honestly, it doesn’t make a real difference. As a wedding photographer, you are quiet close to a couple during their big day. It’s most crucial that there is a personal fit between me and the couple. That’s what counts for me. No matter what social status, profession, background, etc. the people have. So for me, it doesn’t matter whether my couples are celebrities or not. I will give 100% of my effort and creativity to capture their wedding.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Do weddings the way you want to shoot them and don’t make compromise on how others would expect you to shoot them. When you have time play around and try new things.. That’s when your photography will start.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Look at pictures of a complete wedding story and not just at the portfolio of one shot per couple. This way you see if you like the storytelling of a photographer. It is rather easy to come up with a few nice pictures per wedding. But it is a different story to have a story from morning to night to tell with fantastic images from all big moments. Other than that, you definitely should feel comfortable in company of the photographer. Ask yourself: would we invite this person to your wedding also as a guest? If not, she/he might not suit yourself or your wedding party.
Thanks Fiona! For more information about Lightplay Fotografie, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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