IN A NUTSHELL
VALUES & QUALITIES
I have an eye for details, specially when it comes to emotions. I'm patience and very flexible when it comes to adapting to different situations and way of working. I value honesty to the core of my soul, you can appreciate my open communication style and above all, I'm passionate about what I do.
Within the broad range of personalities you will find me in the introverted side. I'm an observant of the world in front of me, logically-oriented, dissecting information to its basic element and discovering patterns and logic in every day moments of life. I'm a visual person and it is visually how I prefer to communicate with the world, not via text, but graphics and images.
I have always been interested in the visual arts. This first started very young by self-coding software to create labels for old-school CDs. Later I study graphic design, web design and 3D graphics as this was becoming a serious hobby. Was not until 2010 that I bought my first camera that I discovered the real passion, since then, have been just an upward journey of experimentation, discovery and joy.
HONEST, PURE, DISCRETE AND QUIET
In order to capture emotions you have to give a chance to the emotions to flow. As a more introverted personality type, and as documentary photographer, I strive to not intervene in your way. I'm not the type of photographer that is going to point his camera 30 cm in front of your face, block your guests view of the key point of the ceremony, or bother everyone with non-stop "clicks" during speeches. My approach is to not intervene, to not get in the way, to not be noticed. Your wedding is about you and your intimate circle, not about the photographer.
An exception is during pre-agreed family portraits or groom-bride portraits. In such cases, while I strongly strive for naturality and let both your personality flourish, I might suggest what to do, where to stand, etc. This is beneficial for both of us.
There are several ways in which an event such as wedding can be approached from a photographic stand point. On one hand you might have a style that focuses on the formality, which is rigid and demand posed situation, such as the photographer telling you how to look, how to stand and what to do, etc. That is the opposite of what documentary photography is about. In documentary photography, the idea is to document or capture what is happening without much or none intervention at all by part of the photographer. The goal, my goal, is to tell your story by capturing the emotional moments that naturally occurs during the day. Think about your parents emotions, some relative crying, your closest friend happiness. This happens naturally during the way and me, as photographer, I'm usually anticipating such moments and focusing on the emotional storytelling. That is what documentary photography achieve, an emotional story.
A key consideration for a successful documentary photography portfolio is the photographer's own personality. It is the photographer's own capability to understand emotions, to anticipate emotional moments, and basically to be attuned to people's emotions that allows an unique perspective and emotional story to be told.
Emotions. Emotions. Emotions. I cannot stress enough how important the emotions of your wedding day are. At the end, when you look back at your photos in 5 or 10 years from now, you want to be able to feel those emotions like if they just happened. This is absolutely possible by removing distracting elements from the photos when they do not serve the purpose. You see, colour can often be distracting. This is one of the key reasons I prefer black and white photographs. Without the distraction of colour, black and white can not only be compositionally stronger but this simpler, more digestible language also allows us to assess relationships between subjects and how this emotion is conveyed. Additionally, it add a timeless quality to images, a certain elegance that time cannot touch.
Naturally, there are parts of your wedding day where color is relevant and I do deliver those photos in color when required, think of general view of the venue, a details of flowers, decoration, a nice dress. These are by nature less focus on emotions and more detail-oriented, so naturally these are less fitted for black and white.
For black and whites images my personal style is characterized by strong contrast, where blacks are blacks and whites and whites. This is a technique that allows to achieve strong emotions, drama and tension in the images, and leads the viewer to read the images as intended. My black and white process delivers images of similar look to the classic and elegant film Kodak Tri-Max and Tri-X. These are film characterized by its strong contracts and visible fine grain structure. A true classic, elegant and timeless look.
For color images, key information to know is that I do not use presets or LUTs. I regard those as cheap methods that achieves poor quality of image. Instead, my editing process consist in balancing the image to its natural colors and then strive for a correct color harmony following classic color theory of art, usually as complementary (and split complementary) harmony and/or analogue harmony.