Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Alba of Lonia Photography, based in Kyle, Texas! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. I came to Texas in December 2014, and I started Lonia Photography in mid-2015. The word “Lonia” comes from the name of my home region, Catalonia. It is a part of Spain, in the northeast of the country. I am an architectural engineer by training; I also love to play music and sing. I love perspective, composition, and art.
Lonia Photography is my dream. I love to create unique images for people. The best feeling comes when I capture them naturally. If I can connect with them, make them feel at home and relaxed, then I can look for the best perspective to shoot their best moments.
I love people and their stories; the places we go and those big moments, like weddings. My clients tell me that they like me because of my eye, I am easy to work with, and they feel calm around me, especially on their big day when they have a lot of stress already! I like to listen to their stories first, to understand what their needs are and what they want; each client is different.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I always loved photography, but I never had the time or equipment to get started. When I first arrived in Texas, I had some time while going through the immigration process, so I got a camera, started to study, and once I had a work visa, I started working! My photography business began here in Texas, with this new life, following my passion for perspective, art and composition. I never thought it would happen so fast!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Every moment at a wedding is my favorite; you never know when that special spark of life and candor will be captured. But if I have to choose just one, I would pick the moment that the bride and groom face each other and say YES! Or any point during the vows when they get emotional. I get emotional, too!
I would definitely say the language barrier when I started! My English was pretty good when I first moved to Texas; my husband is from here. But I had to learn to communicate even better in order to guide my clients with poses or explain ideas. I’ve been lucky to have worked with very kind people who had patience while I improved my English! Conversely, I also found being bilingual to be helpful when I meet Spanish speaking clients.
What is your favorite venue and why?
Difficult to answer…I loved working at Mercury Hall in Austin, Gruene Estate in New Braunfels and Studios At Fischer in Fischer. All of those places are unique and special. Mercury Hall has a great indoor space with a high ceiling and big colorful windows that create an unimaginable atmosphere; it is amazing! I also loved being part of a wedding at Gruene Estate. The chapel is unique, it has two walls and two open sides! The lighting inside is natural; very different than a regular indoor venue. The outdoor part of this venue has a lot of Texan backgrounds, even cows and horses! And the last one that I mentioned, Studios At Fischer, has an indoor area with beautiful stairs in the middle, metal structure with steps made out of wood. Not to mention that the rest of the indoors at Fischer are built for photographers. The lighting in this place was perfect to shoot: the extras, the backgrounds, the details; everything was very nice. And good landscaping outdoors.
Nikon or Canon?
Canon. I work with my friend, 5D Mark II. It is a perfect body for weddings and portraits. We are inseparable.
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
I don’t know. Every location is special! I like natural landscapes and outdoor shoots more, but indoor spots with good lighting are fun, too.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
The lucky couple would be Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz FOR SURE. I’ve been in love with Javier Bardem since I was a kid. What do you expect? I am from Spain! Javier Bardem has that face and a deep voice that inspire me to want to capture a great portrait (yes, the voice too). He’s tough and warm and tender at the same time, and the best…very passionate. He fascinates me. I have a clear idea of how I would capture him. Oh, and did I mention? Penelope Cruz would be there, too! She is a doll! Nice couple.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Don’t give up, keep studying, and researching for new information. Keep learning, bring your camera everywhere, and work with other photographers, even as a lighting assistant. I love to work as a lighting assistant or second photographer when I have the time and opportunity. It’s great seeing how other people approach their subjects and get the job done. It gives you a lot of ideas and hones your skills, all while networking and making some money!
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
It’s best to meet your photographer in person, and, if possible, do your engagement session or bridal session with him/her before having them shoot the wedding. It will give you an idea of what you are going to get and who you are working with. Do you feel comfortable? Do you like his/her eye? Build a rapport and get to know your photographer. More importantly, let him/her get to know you! Then you have found your photographer.
Beautiful work Alba, thanks so much for sharing! For more information about Lonia Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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