What do you do to keep your photography skills sharp?
"I try to go to the city as often as possible to practise street photography to train my eye. To become a better photographer, you need to practise. You won't learn just by watching social media videos. I live and breathe photography. I read, obsessively browse websites such as Magnum Photos, and strive to find inspiration beyond the wedding photography sphere."
What are some of the obstacles you've faced in this genre?
"Once, due to a groom's health issues, I had to photograph an entire wedding without flash – and it was autumn in a very dimly lit venue. Another time, I photographed a wedding in the mountains and had to climb for three hours to reach the location with a backpack full of equipment. Often, aside from time pressure, the biggest challenge is the forest of guests with smartphones you must navigate through – a sign of the times. Sometimes, my clients are fellow photographers, which presents a different kind of challenge."
What makes a good wedding photo?
"One that doesn't bore. For me, it should exhibit four key elements: the moment, the frame, the composition and the aesthetic. People and the relationships between them are what's most important, and you must be able to convey that. It's not about exotic locations or spectacular backgrounds. I prefer to focus on intimacy, the meeting of two people, and the emotions between them."
How do you typically prepare for a wedding?
"Preparation is like a ritual for me: charging batteries, checking memory cards, cleaning lenses. Ensuring I haven't forgotten anything. When it comes to my mindset, I try not to prepare with set patterns or ideas. I prefer improvisation and interpretation. I don't have mood boards, cheat sheets, or ideas for shots and frames prepared. I worked that way in the beginning. Now, I trust myself and my intuition more. As a result, I create different photos each time, even though they share common elements. My clients come to me for that very reason."