Photographer Graziano GueriniVienna, Austria guerini
—Are you photogenic?
—mmm...I don't think so :D
—How did you get in the photography industry?
—Probably in the same way of most of us: a friend asked me to shoot his wedding, then, since I had already a big passion about photography, after I saw that I enjoyed a lot to capture real moments, I decided to follow that path (step by step).
—What are the most important components of a good photo in your opinion?
—I think there is not an exact answer, everyone likes a photo because of many reasons, also personal reasons given by personal taste.
Personally, using of course a good technique, I aim to capture always the emotions, the real moments, that's what really matters in a perfect service in my opinion.
And in the Creative Sessions I aim to create beautiful photos, so I take care of the esthetique by following my personal sense of taste, but always trying to give some emotions to the viewers.
Also controlling lights and shadows is very important, often essential.
—Do you love traveling?
—Yes, I love to see new places and to change the wedding locations too :) shooting weddings in different countries, with different traditions, it's very interesting.
But I travel also just for myself, obviously.
—What do you like most about your profession?
—What I said before, shooting weddings in different countries, with different traditions, it's very interesting, and we often work between Austria, Italy and Hungary, but not only.
And this job allows me to meet new people, of course, and this is also a beautiful side of being a wedding photographer.
And being able to give to these people memories they will be joyful to watch in the future, well, that makes me proud.
—What do you like least about your profession?
—Maybe the marketing part, it's a ton of work which is hidden to the eyes of most of the clients, and to be honest is not so great and fun like shooting photos :) but that's part of this job too, and must be done.
I also don't like the envy and malice that some photographers have of others colleagues, I think everyone should just think about giving his best, and caring only about to improve, continuously.
—What will be the future of photography?
—I don't know.
Let's see, let's work at our best, and let's be ready for all the developments in this profession :)
—What is special in the photography genre you specialise at?
—To me, being the direct witness of great emotions, and not only: I'm the one in charge to capture those moments, it's a big responsability, and a honour too.
—How do you handle criticism?
—It depends on how much competent is who criticize me :D jokes apart, I'm always studying, always trying new things, and always following photographers whose works I love, and I'm always ready to learn from them.
There is always to learn something new, and there is always someone who can teach me something.
So, I usually accept critics if well reasoned, or at least I reflect on them.
—Are there any trends in photography?
—Trends are going and coming continuously, but beautiful photos always remain, forever, and that's what matters.
I don't really care about trends, even if I take a look at them. But yes, definitely there are trends, like in about everything else.
—What should be the criteria for a customer to choose a photographer?
—I always say to people: "look my portfolio, also the full works, and if you feel something when you are watching my photos, then I'm the photographer you are looking for".
My photos will be the only memories of their best day, they must be absolutely sure that my style fits perfectly with their taste.
—What things are to be avoided when shooting?
—The photographer must not become the protagonist of the scene, and he/she must always remember that it's not his/her wedding, but the bride and groom's wedding.
In few words, the photographer must not be intrusive.
—What details that usually pass unnoticed can a photographer notice?
—A lot of details.
And as we know, details are what make the difference.
—What influences the value of a photo? What are its elements?
—Again, details: the light, the composition, a natural smile, real tears, perfect moments, emotions.
—Who do you want to take photos of?
—I don't have a specific answer, in every people there can be a cool subject.
—Do you have any professional taboos?
—In wedding photography probably not.
—Who would you like to shoot with?
—There are so many great colleagues, that it's hard to choose just one name.
Probably Ben Chrisman could be the name, and Daniele Vertelli too.
—What do you worry about, and why?
—I'm quite skeptical about the global politics of the last years, I think the world is not going in a good direction.
—What is the most impressive moment in your life?
—When I married my wife.
—Who inspires you in your life and why?
—No one, honestly I never had models and I never needed models.
—How do you define success? How do you measure it?
—About my job, a good measure is when many couples suggest me to other friends, it means I did my job as I wanted, perfectly :)
—Would you rather be liked or respected?
—First of all respected, then if I'm also liked...perfect :D
—What is the biggest mistake you have ever made at work?
—Sometimes I'm so concentrated about the work, that I forget the grooms' names :D luckily there is always my wife next to me to remind me the names
—When you're going to travel, what do you take with you and why?
—A camera, to take photos of course :D
And a list of good and trustworthy places where to eat...I'm italian :D
—Is there anything among your gadgets that you wish you haven't bought? Why?
—Probably there are some things which are not essential, but I use everything, some things more often than others, but no "regrets".
—How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
—Mostly I follow the works of other colleagues whose style I love, and compare my works with theirs.
Also the contests in the various wedding photography associations I'm member of are a good way to measure your level.
But as a wedding photographer with a photojournalist approach, I follow also the works of the big names in photojournalism: McCurry, Koudelka, Salgado, Güler, Erwitt and so on...there is a lot to learn from them, that is very useful at weddings.
—Whose work has influenced you most as a photographer?
—Who made me discover the beauty of wedding photography, I mean, an artistic type of wedding photography, where emotions are mixed to creativity and both are perfectly in balance to each others, it was Ben Chrisman.
When I saw his works for the first time, I was amazed (and I'm still nowadays, I always follow his new works), he showed me something I never saw before.
Then of course everyone has to follow his path, and has to create an own style.
—What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
—That there is so much "hidden work": marketing, emails, equipment cares and upgrades, etc...a lot of time for that :)
—What do you want to say with your photographs?
—I want to show my point of view.
I always do what I like. And I like emotions, so I like to capture the emotions, and to show those photos to my couples: it's always great to see their happiness when they see it.
—What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
—The fact I can express my creativity, the fact that my work can make happy other people also after many years.
—Should your parents have been more or less strict?
—They have been ok when I was small, even too gentle :)
—If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
—Maybe I would have started before with photography.
But probably I wouldn't change nothing, there is always a reason why things happen in a specific way.
—What about life on other planets?
—Why not? The universe is so big, so there could be another similar planet between the other billions :)
—Who are your heroes?
—As I said, no heroes.
People I admire yes, but no heroes.
—Who do you have no respect for?
—For ignorant people pretending to know and judge the things they clearly don't know nothing about, and inside the photography world for photographers that are taking care more to do "blablabla" and talking behind back of other colleagues casting in a bad light the colleagues' works rather than caring about to improve the quality of their own works.
Unfortunately there are many doing so, especially on the social networks (but there are also great people too between my colleagues, thanks God! And I have to say that Mywed gave me the possibility to get in contact with many great colleagues and great people).
But the correct word I would use is "I don't like", and not "I have no respect".
—What do you do in your spare time?
—I love cooking, I go running, mountain biking, fishing.
—When are you completely satisfied with your work?
—Probably I'm never completely satisfied, I'm quite critic with myself, so there is always something I would do to improve something later.
—Do you believe in the traditional roles for men and women?
—Do you make friends easily?
—I'm not so extroverse as not-italians usually expect from italians, but if I like a person I'm getting friendly quite soon :)
—Where would you like to live?
—Now I'm not in Italy, the life took me somewhere else, but being close to it makes me feel ok :) I don't want to go far, Europe is good for me, especially the southern/central part :)
—Is there life after marriage?
—It seems so :D
—Do you like dogs or cats?
—Yes, I think I have a special attraction on them, they become my friends almost instantly :)
—The best thing in life is:
—The most annoying thing in life is:
—Annoying people and know-it-all people.
—Is there anything around you that you would like to change?
—Well, winning the lottery would be nice :D but jokes apart, no, around me everything it's ok as it is :)
—What would you like to change in the world?
—Is this Miss Universe contest? :D
Do you know how many problems there are in the world? I should write an endless list.
—Can you give a few tips for photographers who are just starting out?
—Watch, study and follow the works of the "big names".
Learn the technique and the "rules". Then, when you have the technique, you must experience, break also the rules, try, try, and try new things.
Never think that you "arrived", that you learned everything.
Develop your style. Use your ideas. Be yourself. And do what you like.
—If aliens come to the Earth and you are the first person they meet, what will you tell them?
—Probably they don't speak my language :D But I'm italian, just with my hands I can say everything :D
—If you are called to shoot a movie, what genre will it be?
—A commedy, or an action movie.
—Tomorrow I will go and do...
—..."the same thing we do every night Pinky...try to take over the world" :DDD