Raffaella Arena has followed in her father Antonio’s footsteps: in fact he was an active member of the Associated Press, as well as the director of photography in the Calabria base of the Italian state television RAI.
Raffaella has graduated in Disciplines of Art, Music and Entertainment with a thesis about the cinema directors who are involved in photography. In this work, she has analyzed the connection between cinema and photography in authors like Kubrick, Wenders and Riefenstahl.
She has attended workshops from Magnum Agency photographers Leonard Freed and Ferdinando Scianna. A professional photographer since 2003, Raffaella has specialized in wedding photojournalism, and has also shot stage pictures for a lot of acting groups, as well as portrait pictures for political candidates. She has also shot pictures for a lot of advertising campaigns.
She has joined several collective exhibitions, among those is “Cromogenìa: the excess” (personal catalogue, critical essay by Marcello Walter Bruno). Busy in taking wedding pictures, she has had no time to get married.,
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Raffaella. The following awards have been earned by Raffaella from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
I love the composition, but love the couple’s expression the most!
This image has symmetry and humor. The background is simple, which sets off the scene under dramatic light.
I am a big fan of this technique and it works well here – a nice way to represent the rainy day in an artistic way.
Great use of reflections to show the food being served. The framing and pattern-use is excellent and adding the human element gives the photo a bit of energy. Very nice “preparation” photo.
It’s almost too awesome to find a scene like this where all the components of a striking image come together in chaotic organization, as though the photographer wielded a baton instead of a camera, as orchestral director. It’s was fun to scrutinize this photo, layered in panels of information from edge to edge.
No sooner hath the food arrived The empty chairs and table aside Stood missing both Groom and bride. But nearer still the table wide In love’s embrace from side to side A couple’s dance in love abide. This image is an interesting juxtaposition of visual and narrative. The emptiness portrayed produces a narrative of a couple so busy mingling with family and friends that their beautiful plates of food are untouched.
It’s interesting that our expressions of joy (pleasure) and pain appear similar, requiring context to be understood. Thankfully this bride, surrounded by loved ones, expresses her joy through tears.
The charm of this image in its old world setting, with the woman on the balcony gesturing and the bridal party walking the narrow street to the church is classic.
Brought out a laugh. Love the reaction. Great photo.
There were many great images entered into this contest but in many of those images it was not clear that the photo was taken AT a wedding. Lots of band pictures but some could be taken at any function. I like that we see the band, the bride and are told a story. After all that is what wedding photojournalism is suppose to accomplish. Well done. This image makes me smile.