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Fotograaf Federico Guendel


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Parijs, Frankrijk 

6 jaar op MyWed
Ik spreek engels, frans Parijs, Frankrijk 250 EUR Federico Guendel +33 6 51 80 25 50


  • Bent u fotogeniek?

    Good one! Ana and I often get asked by other photographers from all over the world to pose for them for their portfolios in Paris. Not sure if that means that we are photogenic, we are just different and that is always fun to photograph.

  • Hoe bent u beland in de fotografie-industrie?

    My wife has had a wedding photography business in Austria before we even met and I was working in fashion photography. Once we tied the knot and moved to Paris it was just a natural thing for me to join forces with her and now we work as a tandem. Every single photo we deliver gets shot by either of us, color corrected by Ana and then skin retouched by me to the fashion photography standard.

  • Wat zijn volgens u de belangrijkste elementen van een goede foto?

    As an avid cinema lover I'm fascinated with capturing emotion in a cinematographic way. The true connection read in the photograph in one frozen in time moment for me is what makes a good photograph. It has to tell a story and reflect the character of people in it. If it we up to me I wouldn't care for the backdrop, but working in Paris it's a fine line between architecture vs the couple in it. Still discovering my way to tell the best narrative while also focussing on the backdrop to it.

  • Houdt u van reizen?

    Yes! Being from Costa Rica I have lived in Sweden, Canada, the US, Austria and now France, my wife is Russian and she lived in Italy, Germany and Austria before we met. In between the two of us we speak 6 languages, so traveling is a way of live for us and we enjoy it immensely.

  • Wat vindt u het leukst aan uw beroep?

    That's an easy one – making people happy!

  • Wat vindt u het minst leuk aan uw beroep?

    Time! The reality of the fact that time is a finite resource and catering mostly to travellers we often have to say no to a couple who otherwise would be a perfect fit because another perfect fit has already booked their date. I think saying no in general is the hardest thing for me as a wedding professional!

  • Wat ziet u de toekomst van fotografie?

    In the past wedding photography has been a narrow field but now with the advancement of technology and wider variety of choices there are so many paths to develop. Film photography has made a big and luxurious comeback. Social media and search engine optimisation have made it more difficult to shine with just the photos and make us work that much harder on being great marketers too. What my hope is that in the sea of voices and choices it would still be possible for each bride to connect with her perfect storyteller of a photographer, but how only future will show.

  • Wat is er bijzonder aan het fotografiegenre waarin u zich specialiseert?

    A wedding is a special moment for me when a couple come together in a celebration of what makes them different, defines their choices as individuals and shows all the points two people connect and blend in their unique way. Capturing all the little details and emotions of what makes that couple different from any other couple is what makes wedding photography as epitome of a lovestory magical for me.

  • Hoe gaat u om met kritiek?

    To quote a comedian "I was raised up to be an insult navy seal" – nothing gets under my skin. I don't mind any opinion and I will always try to get constructive criticism from it.

  • Zijn er bepaalde trends in fotografie?

    My favorite two are the return of film photography and the return of the vintage film looks driven by the creations of VSCO and MastinLabs.

  • Welke criteria moet de klant hanteren bij het kiezen van een fotograaf?

    The very first one – can they see themselves as the people in the photos in the portfolio of this photographer. Second, when they talk to the photographer can they see him/her as potentially being one of their group of friends. This defines whether they like what the photographer has to offer skill-wise and whether the chemistry to capture that is present.

  • Wat is er totaal uit den boze bij het fotograferen?

    It's a totally situational question – as a wedding photographer I pretty much need to be there and capture what unfolds and not be too intrusive. Not allowed is probably just asking me to hold my camera and play with it LOL.

  • Welke details die vaak onopgemerkt gaan, kan een fotograaf vastleggen?

    Details! Hands holding during the ceremony, mom crying during the vows, the flower girl staring at the bride with an open mouth – those kind of details. During the wedding the guests are so focused on the couple, that what unfolds around them often goes unnoticed to their eyes.

  • Wat beïnvloedt de waarde van een foto? Wat zijn de elementen ervan?

    The emotion, the composition, the location – in that order! Yes, the location doesn't matter as much as catching a cinematic and real emotion.

  • Welke persoon kan volgens u symbool staan voor de 21e eeuw?

    In a society as diverse as ours I can't name one particular person because that would be too restrictive. I would rather point out a modern day nomad, a boho bride, a Kinkfolk reader – that's the symbol of going back to our roots, appreciating simple and healthy way of life and of love.

  • Wie wil u graag fotograferen?

    My client. The couple who choose me for my style and my personality and who I feel like they fit well with me.

  • Heeft u bepaalde taboes op professioneel vlak?

    Yes, client poaching. There are plenty of clients for all of us.

  • Met wie zou u graag fotograferen?

    I'm a happy man, as I'm already shooting with my perfect partner.

  • Waar maakt u zich zorgen over en waarom?

    The answer is always – time. There is too little of it and always too much to do.

  • Wat is het meest indrukwekkende moment van uw leven?

    Getting a callback for a job interview in the team of Rankin, who is one of my fashion photography idols.

  • Als u een personage van een cartoon, boek of film was, wie zou u dan zijn?

    Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a metaphorical letter from him to his daughter. In the movie, McConaughey's character Cooper goes through time and space to save his daughter as well as keeping the promise he made to her.
    I'd like to believe that I would be Cooper – go through time and space for my family and keep my promise.

  • Wie inspireert u in uw leven en waarom?

    Bruce Lee, because he had a really inspirational world view.

  • Hoe definieert u succes? Hoe meet u het?

    Success for me is not having unhappy clients. As long as it's down I now that I'm doing something right.

  • Bent u liever graag gezien of gerespecteerd?


  • Wat is de grootste fout die u ooit begaan heeft op professioneel vlak?

    Forgetting the name of the bride's mom. Embarrassing!

  • Wat neemt u mee op reis en waarom?

    Passport, medicine kit, camera gear, change of clothes. I'm simple this way.

  • Is er iets dat u liever niet gekocht had tussen de gadgets die u bezit? Waarom?


  • Hoe leert u bij om betere foto's te maken?

    Look, look, and look. Wedding blogs and favorite photographers help me to identify what I gravitate towards the most.

  • Wiens werk heeft u het meest beïnvloed als fotograaf?

    My wife and Ivan Troyanovsky. As they are friends it's really – being a part of that creative group that puts cinematography first.

  • Wat had u graag geweten toen u begon als fotograaf?

    That answering emails and managing business is taking up more time than the actual picture taking. Having been prepared for that I would have an easier road.

  • Wat wil u graag zeggen met uw foto's?

    For me it's not what I want to say but what I want the captured moment to say – I want my photo to end up on the wall in my couple's house and for them to tell their grandchildren all the stories about their wedding day when they ask.

  • Wat motiveert u om foto's te blijven maken?

    My wife – seeing her passion for it and being able to be alongside her in our life and our work. There is no other thing I'd rather be doing.

  • Hadden uw ouders strenger of minder streng moeten zijn?

    I wasn't really raised by a full family, rather my life has taught me and I wouldn't change a thing.

  • Wat zou u anders doen als u in de tijd kon terugkeren?

    So far so good.

  • Wat denkt u over leven op andere planeten?

    Sure :)

  • Wie zijn uw helden?

    Bruce Lee, Valentino Rossi, my wife.