Wedding photographer Igor has been recognized for his original and creative images of weddings in Dallas, Texas. He captures a mixture of emotions, beauty and humor with a very keen eye to detail.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I’m a wedding photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. I specialize in artistic bridal and wedding photography. I want my images to convey the feelings and emotions that I witness and to add an artistic and a different angle of view than we are used to see.
Why did you start taking photos?
I started with photography as a way for me to express my artistic side and to document my friends and other people’s important life events.
What is your secret when photographing weddings?
There is no specific secret, but there is some fundamental ways to improve your success rate. First and foremost is to be prepared, you need to think about the wedding day in advance and try to pre-plan how you are going to approach it. Is the wedding in a dark church with flash restrictions? Or is the wedding outdoors in the middle of the day? Different scenarios pose different challenges and you need to plan for it with the right gear and shooting techniques. Half the battle is pre-wedding preparation!
Your photography is very creative and personal – how do you capture the love and feeling of a wedding?
I love to create artistic images and I like to think out of the box when I’m shooting a wedding. But I constantly remind myself why I’m really there for, and that’s to capture the wedding day in the most natural and favorable way, to document the raw emotions and joy of the couples wedding day.
I’m constantly looking out for moments of emotion and with years of experience you kind of know when it’s about to happen, so you can anticipate that special moment passes by so quickly. If you are not ready for it you will most likely miss it.
Living and working in the Dallas Fort Worth area – how does that influence your wedding photography?
Most importantly the weather and nature does influence my photography, during large parts of the year the vegetation is very dull and boring so you have to work with other elements as interesting backgrounds for your photography.
It’s also very hot and sunny during the summer so I keep outdoor sessions (such as bridals and engagement sessions) very brief and photograph them as the sun is setting – if it’s possible.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
For personal enjoyment I really enjoy photographing at night with different kind of light sources and colored gels, it’s a form of light painting.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I don’t obsess over gear and I don’t have a particular camera brand that I love. I just consider it a tool. But since I started shooting film with a Minolta camera before the digital cameras arrived, I have continued using Minolta and Carl Zeiss lenses that I now pair with Sony’s camera bodies, the Sony A99 is for example a fantastic camera. I mainly use 24-70mm/2.8, 85mm/1.4 and a 70-200mm/2.8 lenses during my weddings, these three lenses cover about 95% of all my wedding photography.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a photography business?
Start your business while you still have a fulltime job and paycheck, and gradually grow your business until you can quit your day job. Don’t follow the heard, be yourself and develop your own style. Even if you are not shooting a paid job every day, make sure that you shoot and practice every day.
Thanks Igor for showing us your creative wedding photography!
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