Please read this note before you proceed to read the FAQ!
Several customers and venues advised me that other photographers have copied my list of FAQ, word by word. Plagiarism is unfortunately very common in Italy, and it’s really hard to protect oneself from this improper practice, especially for written texts. I just want to confirm that I wrote these Q&A myself, and if you find exactly the same words elsewhere, they have been copied from mine. That said, if you are interested in my work, please focus on that, on the way I tell stories and on my photographic style, because that is what really counts, and it is much harder to plagiarize compared to a written text. If you have other questions that are not listed here, please email me, I will be happy to reply.
WHAT’S YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE?
My approach to photography is pure reportage style. Your day will be described as naturally as possible: no forced posing, no artificial situations that would look fake and even ridiculous. In my vision, you are the protagonists of the day, with your friends and families, while I am just the storyteller. That is why I will always try to give you your space to enjoy your day. My work will only describe the fun and happiness you are enjoying. I am not saying you can’t pose at all, and I will certainly suggest some group photos, and a short couple session when the light offers us the best opportunity. These will all be a special part of your memories. Please browse the real weddings you will find here, to appreciate my photographic style.
DO YOU WORK ONLY IN TUSCANY?
No, obviously I can travel all around Italy if it’s necessary to meet with your requests. Obviously, all travelling expenses, that is petrol, tolls and overnight accommodation, can have an imact upon the wedding costs. Also because a wedding out of my region can bring an undertaking of more than one day, as a consequence, this may result in a loss of wedding here in Tuscany.
HOW CAN I MAKE A RESERVATION FOR MY WEDDING?
You can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org then we can arrange an appointment at my studio or at your place. If this not possible we can arrange contact via skype or video conference. If you decide to employ me as your wedding photographer I’ll make you sign a contract that certifies and confirms all your choices and will require a deposit also.
I HAVE SEEN THE PICTURES OF YOUR WEDDINGS IN YOUR BLOG AND AND IT IS SO INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW PEOPLE HAVE FUN DURING THE EVENT, THEY ARE HAPPY AND SMILING. ARE YOU GOOD AT SEIZING THE MOMENTS OR THE WEDDINGS ARE REALLY SO FUNNY?
Reportage is strongly connected to what really happens so it’s impossibile for a photographer, even the most watchful one, to take a picture of a situation that doesn’t exist. The most touching weddings that you can see in my blog or in those of my colleagues have been really rich in events ; obviously , sometimes the photographer can make a difference because he can anticipate or catch an event while it’s happening. but if nothing happens it’s true that he cannot do too much about it. For this reason I ask the bride and groom and their guests to help me and make sure that many things could happen during the wedding day so to make their story exclusive and touching.
IS THE LOCATION IMPORTANT FOR A GOOD OUTCOME OF THE PICTURES?
It would be untrue of me to say that location isn’t important. By “location” I mean all those places that are part of your wedding day; for example if the getting ready of a bride is realized in a little dark room this would not give me the possibility to take high level pictures but, to tell the truth, nobody could do it in the same conditions. Luminous and spacious places are fundamental elements in order to have high quality pictures, for this reason it is important to retain those aspects when you’re choosing the location together with all those funny and touching events that can happen during the wedding day as I ‘ve previously said..
ARE YOU OVERPARTICULAR FOR THE WEDDING DAY?
No, I’m not but if you need something particular it’s not a problem for me. If you like a picture with a dear friend or a distant relative, it’s not a problem! Would you like to immortalize an important speech made just before dinner? Well, you’ll be satisfied! The only thing I need i sto have dinner provided if the wedding ceremony extends all day long. It is important to remember that with reportage style is not possibile to guarantee the presence inall the pictures of all the people taking part in your wedding. If you have a particular request, for example classic group photos or similar or pictures with parents, grandparents, please let me know and I’ll be glad to make this happen.
WHEN SHOULD US CONTACT YOU?
It is quite difficult to answer this question because every year there are periods that are in high demand .According to my personal experience if you intend to marry in June or July it would be better to contact me at least a year before especially if the wedding will be celebrated on Saturday or Sunday which are public holidays.
THE PICTURES MADE USING A REPORTAGE STYLE ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL BUT I’VE NOTICED THAT YOU DON’T TOUCH UP NEITHER WRINKLES OR SOMETHING LIKE THIS …AS I DON’T LIKE MYSELF IN PICTURES COULD YOU RETOUCH THEM JUST A LITTLE?
Absolutely not! Reportage pictures are a mirror of your wedding day so it is quite absurd to make a person slimmer or without wrinkles if he or she has them. As everything and everybody is captured at that very instant it becomes impossibile for me to change the shooting angle to immortalize your “best side”. Your wedding is not a fashion shooting! So if on the day of your wedding you want to see yourselves slimmer, very beautiful, without wrinkles well, you probably don’t need a reportage photographer but maybe a fashion one. In this case I won’t be the ideal photographer for your wedding. Moreover, please, do not ask me to retouch the photos because, when you see the pics taken by your guests with their mobiles, you realize that what you are wearing does not fit well or also, to get rid of the green water bottles that the waiters left on your table….. I am a photographer, not a magician.
ANDREA, WE LOVE PHOTOJOURNALISTIC PICTURES AND UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS YOUR STYLE, BUT IF WE WANTED A COUPLE OF CLASSIC SHOTS WITH OUR PARENTS AND BRIDAL PARTY, COULD YOU TAKE THEM? IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO US..
Of course I can! A classic posed picture with your parents and relatives is a memory you want to keep regardless of my style, and I would never dream of refusing to take them. I don’t include them in my website or in my blog as they wouldn’t fit in, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take them! You could even help me with a written list of the guests you want to include..
HOW MUCH DO I SPEND FOR A WEDDING PHOTOCALL?
Well, it’s not so easy to estimate a price because each wedding is a separate situation and many factors and requirements can influence it. The price will depend on our clients’ needs; the best thing to do is to contact me after having seen my website then we’ll talk about your specific needs which will help me define all the economic aspects.
CAN YOU GIVE US A PIECE OF ADVICE ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE VIDEO (CAMERAWORK)?
Videomakers are very important for the positive outcome of the photo service, and they need to complement the work of the photographer without creating problems and conflicts. In the many years I have worked as a photographer, I have met several videomakers, and based on my experience I was able to list a number of excellent, professional videomakers who, most importantly, are perfectly compatible with the way I work. You may contact them directly or, if you are working with a Wedding Planner, have the agency contact them. I obviously don’t bind you on the choice of the videomaker, but please bear in mind that working with someone compatible improves the quality of the final outcome. I must admit that in the past I had to work with professionals I had trouble with, and this partly compromised the quality of my work. In any case, and whatever your choice will be, feel free to ask for my input on the videomakers you are considering for your wedding.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE THE TEST STRIPS? WHO WILL CHOOSE THE SHOTS?
About one weeks after your wedding, I will send you 30 photos as a preview; you could use them for your thank you notes! For weddings photographed in the months of May and June, you will receive the complete work, (the postproduction of all the photos I select and the box) within two-three months. For weddings photographed between July and October, it will take from 4 to 6 months. The choice of the shots is made by me because I think that a story should be told by the “author” and not by the “characters”. Obviously if the client would like to have the postproduction of particular images that I have not chosen I can do it without any problem.
WE READ THAT IT TAKES FOUR-SIX MONTHS TO RECEIVE OUR POST PRODUCED PICTURES….BUT IT’S TOO LONG!! WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEM BEFORE …. WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT TAKE TO POST PRODUCE THE PICTURES WHEN YOU DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO PRINT THEM?
Well….this is a very difficult matter and I hope my explanation is clear …I take the pictures and post produce them by myself; I don’t delegate the post production work to someone else so it should be quite clear that if I am “physically” taking pictures during a wedding I cannot be at home doing the post production. May, June, July and even September are very very busy months for me, so the pictures taken in this period will be obviously seen and analysed starting from October up to December. This is the reason why it takes so long for you to receive your pictures. I suppose you are asking yourself why I dedicate so much time to the choice of the shots and the post production work …….well the answer is really simple: because I think that this is what counts toward creating my signature style and believe it has a great impact on the final work. And finally , as you are talking about printed pictures, it must be said that this operation does not take much more than sending the files to be printed. The tell the truth the biggest task is in the choice of pictures and their post production. Another thing to point out is that my job (together with that of my colleagues) is and “artistic “ one which means that it is closely related to the inspiration that I have on that day; and if on that particular day I’m not at my best for doing post production and choose the pictures of your wedding, well I prefere to put it off until I have the right inspiration. My job cannot be so cut-and-dried like the one you can find in a factory…..So if you think that me and my work are good and worthy enough of the waiting time to have your pictures post produced as they deserve….well …I’m your wedding photographer! On the other hand…if you are in a hurry, or if you think that my job is not worth waiting so long for ….well you can choose another photographer, maybe one who delegates the post production of his pictures to someone else and you will surely receive them in a very short time. You can find lots of them around! I don’t want to say if this is right or wrong…. Or …you can even choose a photographer who is not so busy and he will surely be able to give you your wedding pictures in a very very short time! The choice is yours!
CAN I HAVE THE ORIGINAL FILES OF THE WEDDING?
The price that has been fixed for the wedding includes all processed shots in high resolution format furthermore all those shots that I have not personally chosen which are also processed in high resolution format. If the customer is interested in addition to the original jpg is possible request raw files without overprices. You Have other questions for me? I’m at your diposal!