Today’s photographer interview is with Jozef of Povazan Photography based in Vancouver, BC! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Povazan Photography was founded in 2009 with the goal to offer a unique, edgy and fun wedding photography experience to our clients. I am the principal photographer for every wedding we photograph.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
It was quite an interesting journey. I got my first camera when I was at the Law University in Europe. It became a big hobby of mine, then later when I received the master degree from law I got a job at the criminal police department and photojournalism became a part of my life. It did not take long and I quit the job, moved to the UK to study BW art of photography and started to shoot weddings some 16 years ago.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
It is not just some part of the day. The whole day is an adrenalin rush, and I love it from the beginning till the very end of the day. A crying granny in the morning at getting ready shots, nervous guys at the ceremony or laughing and giggling bridesmaids with bride at their formals… I share lots of dynamic energy through my shooting style and I get it back from people in their expressions and happiness. It’s a simply amazing experience to see it happening through my lens.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Stepped on the veil of the bride while shooting through my extreme wide angle lens to get her ceremony recession artistic shots done as creatively as possible… my apology was accepted, she laughed the whole rest of the day, loved the images she received and I ended up shooting the groom’s brother’s wedding next year :)
What is your favorite venue and why?
Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. Great location, superb penthouse views, amazing ballroom and services. Love the variety of close by formals session options, from Stanley park to Gastown… guys know how to throw a good party time here at receptions.
Nikon or Canon?
Nikon. The low light capability of the latest cameras such D810 and D750 and their Dynamic range is an insane advantage at the weddings. Still using my workhorse D3s as well, and of course the must have trio of lenses 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 AFS plus a lot more… list is too long but yes Nikon all the way!
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Antarctica. No kidding. This year there is a photographer from the USA who is going to shoot a wedding at Mount Everest base camp. I was there with my wife couple a few years ago, loved it, but now that someone else is going to shoot their first wedding there, Antarctica is my goal to go… Any brides around who likes ice, ice .. :)
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Brad + Angelina. For me their lives and how they care about people around them, especially children, makes me wonder how it would be to see them through the lens on their wedding day. Plus I am Slovakian and Angelina has Slovakian roots.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Forget the gear thing. Cameras are important, but sooner or later you will get there to have the better and better models. At every wedding look around and capture the light and story of people in it. Every one, not just the bride and groom. Those stories in great light will make you a sought after photographer.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
How do you go and buy a car? Do you think about it? Do you know what you want to experience when you drive it? Do you like leather seats? Is it supposed to be reliable? For how long would you like to keep it?… Does this sound silly? Not really. So when you are buying a car, it is pretty much like when you are searching for your wedding photographer. Unless you meet him you will never know who you hire. Until you touch his leather albums you will have no idea what quality product from your wedding day could look like, and if his personality and charisma does not match yours, you will not enjoy his experience at your wedding day, because there simply was not that ‘working’ chemistry between you – client and him – myself – your wedding photographer. Photography is an art. Leave it up to the artists to create it for you! Choose the best your budget allows you and experience the best results and great imagery you can get for it. Do not cut corners on this one, trust me, your images could be amazing if you were hiring an artist the same way like you were buying a great car!
Thanks Jozef! If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Vancouver, BC, please be sure to check out Povazan Photography’s WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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