Wedding Photographers of Portofino, Genoa
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Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving Portofino Couples
4 Documentary Wedding Photographers...
When, at the age of 18, I entered Angela Merkel’s office to present myself, I couldn’t imagine that this lady would become the most powerful woman in the world one day. Back then, I worked as a photojournalist in Bonn and Berlin, Germany and that I photographed her for an interview. At that time I also had the honor to photograph Bill Clinton, Bono Vox from U2 and many more personalities. At that time it was about the single PHOTO – now it’s about the STORY. Sometime later, at the age of 23, I met Linda. The year after we got married and since then we live happily together, we have a little house in a small town on the sea, less than two kilometers from the pub where we met the first time. We have two adorable daughters, Emma is 11, Lena is 6 and life has been very good to me. One day, a friend of mine asked me to photograph his brother’s wedding. That was the moment when I discovered what I would do with love and passion over the next years. Every weekend I’m traveling not only Liguria and Tuscany but all Italy, Europe, and the world capturing much more than just the exchange of the rings or a signature under the register. It’s about the story of a day that is truly unique in life. How often does it happen that you invite friends and families, some see each other again after many years, to celebrate a big party together? It’s the uniqueness and the joy of that day that has always touched me. I remember the first time when Emma opened our wedding album. I was observing her while she was browsing the spreads and I realized the value these photographs will have one day. That big day often is the beginning of a life together, a time capsule which you will look at all the time with joy and pride. This value is priceless. I’d like to talk to you about your wedding. [Portofino Wedding Photographer]
My name is Simone and I am a professional photographer specialized in reportage and wedding photography. In 2016 I started working alone opening the "Simone Primo Photography" studio. I was born in Genoa in 1987, alas I have just passed my thirties ... I’m a destination wedding photographer based in Ligury near Cinque Terre and Portofino. I am a curious person, I love to travel, every day I look for a way to marvel at something new, I observe the details, I am an extrovert, I like people and I always lose myself in a thousand talks with anyone and under any circumstances. At the same time, they are also very thoughtful and sensitive, characteristics that I place halfway between the strengths and weaknesses. I drink more coffee than I can count and I have an unbreakable bond with the sea. I have to be honest: I got serious about photography quite late during my university studies. At that time I was constantly shooting and everything around me seemed perfect to be photographed: from the landscapes to the flowers, from the friends to the high and narrow alleys of Genoa up to the sunsets - yes, even those - and the sunrises (the latter much more rarely. Photography has become more and more powerful in my life, but I soon realized that something was missing in my shots. In addition to having to refine the technique, it was necessary to develop a narrative: I had the feeling that my photographs told little and often each was separate from the others. More importantly, I’m a human being who loves his job (I’m so happy for you about this), snowboarding and not totally sucking and it, watching Netflix on the sofa before sleeping and eating way too much pasta and ice-cream. [Portofino Wedding Photographer]
I'm a keen observer. I've always been. I remember my mom kept telling me not to stare at people when I was a kid. I don't seem to have listened as I keep staring at people, only now I do it through the viewfinder of my camera. My interest in photography started back in the mid-'80s when I was barely a teenager. I saved for over a year to afford my first camera, which was a Nikon FM2 with a 50mm lens. A fully manual, film camera that I still own to this day and that still takes perfectly good pictures. It was a time when cameras and photographs were both meant to last. Cameras were mostly mechanical machines and photographs were physical prints, created on film and impressed on paper. There was something tangible about taking a picture and pictures, even normal family vacation pictures, were taken to make a statement. I remember leaving for several days with my family and I could take with me 1 or maybe 2 rolls of film. That was 36 or 72 exposures total. So, pressing the shutter was something exciting that came at the end of a thoughtful process, which could take minutes or a split second, but still: taking a picture was making a statement. And if you think about it, these photographs are still around, be it in albums or boxes in the closet. It may be your pictures as a child or the pictures of your parents or grandparents. They are still doing their work of preserving a memory, of passing down to generations information about people who came before us. They are telling us who we are and where we come from. Fast forward a few decades, come digital sensors and smartphones and photography has radically changed, in that cameras seem to only last a few years before going obsolete and pictures are taken by the thousands, very few of which, if any, will ever be printed and stand any chance to be looked at by anyone in 10 years or more. Still, my job is to take photographs of weddings and I like to come from the bygone era of photography that was meant to last when the shutter was pressed to make a statement. That has stuck with me, even if I'm working with digital cameras and the 36 exposures roll has turned into a multi-thousand pictures capacity memory card. My mindset hasn't changed, the excitement of seeing all the elements come together to make the frame I am looking for and pressing the shutter, that hasn't changed either. I'm entering my 10th year as a professional wedding photographer now. It all happened almost by chance, when I was facing decisions about my 15 years long corporate career and my personal life had me rethink my professional path. I was asked to shoot a friend's wedding but I hadn't practiced photography since ages. I learnt photography technique when I was in my teens then put it aside as my hobby is and has always been guitars. So I borrowed a digital camera and took this people's wedding pictures without ever been taught how to shoot a wedding. I just went out there and took pictures of what I saw, without ever giving directions to anyone as I had no idea how things were supposed to be directed. It was documentary wedding photography without me knowing it. Turns out, everybody loved the pictures. I was loving guitars and music so much and hoping to be loved back but as it went, photography loved me more than guitars ever did. I had a talent and the responsibility of making it grow. In the meanwhile, I started my business. I already had the basic techniques down from my younger days, so I studied the work of the masters. Photographers that always appealed to me such as W. Eugene Smith, H. Cartier Bresson, Don Mc Cullin, Elliott Erwitt, Salgado and the more I studied, the more I discovered, the more books I acquired: Alex Webb, Fan Ho, Josef Koudelka, Bruce Gilden, Robert Frank, James Nachtwey among the others. The best way to improve your lexicon is to read books. Likewise for photography, studying the work of the masters on photography books is what develops your own photographic language. What educates your way of looking at things and crafting a picture, to make your statement. To this day, I've shot approximately 300 weddings. Anything from eloping couples and a pair of guests to 200+ people events. No matter how big and fancy or small and simple, it's always about telling the story of my clients through my pictures. It's about putting my photography lexicon to work to craft images that will be true to my clients, to their day, to their vision. They provide the content, I provide the style. Simple as that. [Savona Wedding Photographer]
Born and raised in Savona, a small town on the sea, I approached photography very soon, when my dad in his photographic releases allowed me to shoot with a small disposable Kodak. Over time, my training in visual communication and proximity to other forms of art such as painting (my parents are ceramists) has meant that at the age of 19 I decided to enroll in a photography school. It was then that my teacher of the time wanted to take me with her to go and take pictures of those who would then be my first marriages. Since then a succession of works always linked to photography, graphics, and communication. Until 2015, when together with Fabrizio Gresti, my husband, I decided to open Creative Couple Studio. Marriage is what I love to do, together with the photography of children and family. I love working with people, excited faces, gestures, stories that each of us brings with them, are exactly what I constantly look for in my subjects. During the services I'm very discreet just to make sure that everything takes place in the maximum spontaneity that I always try to capture in my shots. I love meeting new people, I'm sociable and in the past, I have also photographed musical events, so I'm also very careful to take the moments of the party, but as a woman, I have a sensitivity and an attentive eye to detail. A mix of essential ingredients for a wedding photo story. [Savona Wedding Photographer]