Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Jacek Siwko Photography, based all the way out in Poland! His images below are so green and beautiful, it’s making me crave spring. Enjoy the interview!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
My name is Jacek Siwko and I am international wedding photographer based in Poland. I work with my wife Kasia. We love weddings and enjoy working for our awesome brides so every one of the big events we are shooting is special for us. We are not just another married couple photographing other people, we are Jacek and Kasia and that’s how people react when we arrive at the wedding. Our approach is to get involved, get to know our couple, and simply be with them on their special day documenting and creating history with them. Long story short, we are friends with our customers, that is what differentiates us among many others.
How did you get into wedding photography?
I always wanted to become a documentary photographer and one day I took my camera to my friends wedding, and I took some images at the venue. Then I realized that my style might be completely different than the usual wedding photographers. Kasia saw my images and told me I should really get into wedding photography and she convinced me there is nothing more documentary alike than to tell someone’s love story. I trained her as my second shooter and best assistant in the world and so we became not only life but also business partners along the way.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
First look! No doubts about it. There are so many stories going on at this moment, Bride and Groom seeing each other for the first time that day and all dressed up. Usually families are staying close so we see moms and bridesmaids crying, fathers pretending they are strong and so on. It’s amazing to capture all those deep emotional situations in such a short time.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
One time I was photographing a church wedding ceremony and there was this most exciting and most important moment… Bride and Groom were about to exchange the rings and telling they love each other but the priest’s cell phone started to ring really loud with some silly song. It wasn’t nice. It really spoiled the moment for my clients that day.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Usually I try not to eat that much, maybe I am missing a lot, but you have to stay fit to shoot all these weddings.
What is your favorite venue and why?
I like Zdunowo Palace in mid-eastern Poland. Simply because I am in love with historic places which we have a lot in Poland. Zdunowo is one of them, but for now it’s my favourite.
Nikon or Canon?
The answer is… Canon. But when I started my photography journey I was using Nikon camera. I like Canon more because Canon has more natural colors than Nikon and it’s much more user friendly. I also prefer how the camera itself is designed.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I would like to shoot wedding at some tiny village in Italy. Maybe in the mountains, I love nature and I am crazy about light in Italy so it is the best combination of those two. I haven’t got any particular dream location yet but I am dreaming of photographing local, traditional venues in other countries from time to time.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
The lucky couple would be our local polish celebrity and fashion blogger – Kasia Tusk, daughter of the prime minister of Poland. I don’t know much about her life plans but if she ever decides to get married – I’m available.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
I think the most important part is to never stop learning. There are so many opportunities right now; you can get so much information online from best wedding photographers around the globe. Second thing is that you shouldn’t sit down and wait for people to hire you; you have to be everywhere, showing your work. It’s a really tough process because there are a lot of photographers right now. You should ask yourself why people should choose you and try to show them your value. Prepare yourself for a long journey. I never was a second shooter for another photographer but I can imagine that it might be good for you to gain knowledge and it surely is a safer option than starting on your own. Anyway, be brave and never give up your dream.
Thanks Jacek! For more about Jacek Siwko Photography, check out his WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to his website.
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