Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Dagmara of Dagmara Bojenko Photographe, based in Paris, France! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am a Polish Canadian Photographer based in Paris, France, since 2012. Growing up in a multicultural environment allowed me to quickly learn and adapt to new surroundings, as well as be able to read people’s expressions before even understanding their language. To this day, connecting to people in that way drives me in my work and knowing that I can lay their emotions onto a photo is the ultimate gift. I love working with people from different backgrounds and discovering their wedding traditions as well as their unique perspectives on life and love. I approach every photoshoot with a desire to create a connection between myself and my subject, which goes beyond the image itself. Photography is an experience, not just a final product. I realize how intimate it is to point your camera at someone and ask them to be themselves, so I strive to leave something of myself in my interaction with my subjects. I compare my photography to a couple’s dance, where both parties need to open up, trust and share of themselves in order to create beauty.
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I was generally drawn to photography after going through health issues as a child and being quite immobilized. This gave me a new perspective on the world around me, it allowed me to observe people in an unhurried way. I was naturally drawn to wedding photography, because I love photographing people in a documentary style, but still with an artistic touch. I also felt that this type of artistic photojournalism was the perfect balance between portrait photography, event reporting, and macro photography.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
It is difficult to choose just one! I would have to say that I love the moment following the ceremony, when guests congratulate the bride and groom, there is such an exchange of emotions, I love to capture those! I also really love the couple’s first dance, that moment when they find themselves in each other’s arms for the very first time as spouses.
There are always slightly awkward moments that can happen, from a guest flirting with me after too many drinks to high stress levels of the bride or groom, but learning from them has allowed me to grow as a photographer
I work in a lot of different venues, from reception halls to Chateaux in France, but my favorite is when the ceremony occurs outside, in nature, especially during the summer. The summer light allows for wonderful tones and the open space of the ceremony truly inspires me.
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would love to shoot an outdoor winter wedding in or near a forest (with firs for example!). The contrast between the white snow, the colors of people’s clothing and the trees in the background would be wonderful. I also photographing the effects of a cold, crisp air on people’s faces!
I would have loved to photograph Cate Blanchett’s wedding, because I find her not only incredibly beautiful in an elusive and surreal way, but also exceptionally talented. I also love her passion for environmental sustainability, a very important issue for me as well.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
I have learned that you have to listen to your gut, in every way. It is so important to trust your own photographic style, and not try to do as others for fear of not succeeding. It is such an amazing moment to realize that you can be yourself in your photography, and there will be people who love your work. Though you will never please everyone, no two photographers are the same and all you need is to find clients who connect with your work.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
I feel that the most important thing when choosing a photographer for your wedding is to feel comfortable with the him or her. This person will see you during quite vulnerable moments, will share a very special day with you, and that means something. When meeting photographers, pay attention to their intent in their work. For example, I so love meeting people, learning about them as people, helping couples tell their story through images, and allowing them to relive the emotions of their wedding day.
Thanks Dagmara! For more information about Dagmara Bojenko Photographe, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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