23rd February, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
”Words of wisdom” is what comes to mind when I read the responses given by a wonderfully talented Montreal based wedding photographer. With a style that’s unique Nova Photography will capture your wedding day with candid photos and a true reflection of you and your bridal party. I hope you enjoy this interview, the insightful answers given and of course the photos!
How long have you been a photographer? How did you develop a passion for photography?
“I’ve spent much of my adult life traveling the world and exploring its beauty which is how I first discovered that I have a natural talent for capturing the uniqueness of a place or a decisive moment. It was the wedding of a friend of mine that got me interested in shooting them. I’ve been doing so professionally for about five years now.”
What other genres apart from weddings do you do?
“I’ve long been into documentary-style, travel photography. There is no substitute for the feeling of satisfaction acquired when you capture that perfect candid shot that just speaks volumes about the subject without saying a word–his frame of mind, his drive, his story. However, I’ve come to enjoy working in a studio for very different reasons. It is nice sometimes to have perfect control; to see an image in your mind and then take the necessary steps to achieve it.”
What’s your style of photography?
Non-obtrusive photo-journalistic-style photography is my preferred method when I’m travelling and is an essential part of every one of my weddings but when it comes to weddings, my artistic shots are my favourites. I like to allow the bride and groom to express the emotional bond between them visually. That emotion is the key ingredient. Throw in a little direction, a little imagination and the right backdrop and it comes out looking fabulous.
What inspires you as a photographer?
“I’m inspired by all that which words cannot describe, like human emotion or the intrinsic beauty of the mundane. I’m inspired by the creativity of others, by the wisdom of nature.”
Do you do destination weddings? If you could have a destination wedding where would it be?
“I’ve had the privilege of shooting two weddings in Costa Rica so far and am I’m looking forward to my next such opportunity. My dream destination for it would be Morocco. There is something inexplicably stunning about the purity of the light there and the interaction between the limitless desert skies and the robust beauty of the landscape that makes Morocco like no other place on Earth.”
Any advice for brides on choosing a photographer?
“Insist on meeting your photographer face-to-face to make sure you see eye-to-eye. Make sure the work you’re seeing is his or her own and not simply something accredited to the company for which that person works. Don’t let a company switch photographers on you at the last minute. Once you’ve done your homework, go with your gut. Remember it’s about the pictures and it’s about what you like.”
Where is your favourite location to take wedding photos?
“It depends on the circumstances of courses. For the Montreal area: old Montreal is always interesting as is the world trade center. For nature shots I like to base it on the season. Springtime is for shooting beneath the forest canopy when the young leaves present a panoply of different shades of greens. The simple beauty of a fall wheat field can make for a fantastic effect as well.”
Any words of wisdom for a bride on her wedding day?
“Breathe, smile and don’t forget to have fun.”