Today’s photographer interview is with Luca Fazzolari, based in Venice, Italy! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
When shaping my career as photographer I looked for areas where my experience could add value, the solution came from the fusion of two elements: love for Venice and languages / cultural sensitivity, the latter was developed in the years I spent abroad for professional reasons and the former growing up here (I arrived at the age of 15). This of course on top of the technical foundation acquired at the Italian institute of photography in Milan.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
Interesting question. I was actually trying to avoid it (wedding photography) as the majority of the local industry is set to a style that I do not particularly feel as mine, and I thought that was the way it should be done so I rather focused on couples and families. Then I was gradually pulled in by clients: prewedding couples or families with children that hired me for their wedding. Doing this I tried to be myself telling the story of the emotions I saw rather that being too invasive. This seemed to be liked by at least some clients and those are exactly the ones I’m looking for.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
For sure the getting ready: bride, groom and relatives are all anticipating what is going to happen but the pace of event is still “relaxed” enough for them to be aware of what is going on, typically the rest of the day is so intense and full of events that I find it less intimate and personal.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Camera failure: it made me so happy to have second body with me that now I always bring a spare camera “just in case”. On a human side it was a wedding where the bride’s older sister was not married and it was possible to feel how she was torn between having to look happy and feeling depressed.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I love cakes, and there are several that were outstanding.
What is your favorite venue and why?
Rather than a traditional Venue I’d express my preference for Venice itself: not a single palace but the overall atmosphere, centuries of history that set themselves aside from the stage and let the couple be the protagonist, oh and there is a public too, despite i do most of my shooting in areas ignored by the tourists when we cross them they are always very warm with brides.
Nikon or Canon?
I happened to start with Canon and I’m happy for a specific architecture lense that has no comparisons in other products (17mm ts-e), but for portraits and weddings I doubt that tools of the same class would perform any different once they are used by the same person.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I constantly feel as daydreaming as Venice is indeed my dream location (and I travel quite a bit Milan, Como, Rome, Tuscany and at the end of July Greece) but I could not dream of a better place for the celebration of a love story.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
While I do consider all of my couples to be celebrities (and with very good taste for choosing the photographer :) I focus much more on their emotions than on the popularity. So far I worked with a prince and with the head of a football team but did not perceive any difference from any wedding.
To name a star I’d say Katharine Hepburn her elegance always charmed me.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
That regardless of the individual level there is alway a lot to learn and the mere attitude to take any experience as a development opportunity makes anybody a better professional ( if not person).
Thank you Luca! For more information about Luca, Wedding Photographer in Venice, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.
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