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Wedding photography enthusiasts, this episode is for you!
In this interview, I talk to the amazing Roberta Perrone, an Italian wedding photographer. Roberta sees herself as “more of an artist” than a wedding photographer, which shows in her work. Her images are dreamy, creative, and thought-provoking, a combination that has made her very successful in the wedding photography industry.
Roberta and I talk about:
- Her 10+ years of experience as a photographer
- How she prepares for wedding photoshoots (spoiler: it’s not as complicated as you think!)
- What motivates her to document other people’s lives in the wedding photography industry and beyond
& much more!
Roberta has such a lovely personality! It was a pleasure for me to find out about her story and her approach to photography. I hope that her wedding photography tips give you a boost of inspiration and confidence.
Here is a preview of our conversation with Roberta Perrone.
Q: You’ve been taking photographs for over a decade. How do you think photography has changed in the last 10 years?
I don’t know if I have a really perfect answer for that. Of course, the equipment, the cameras. Now I’m just getting into the drone, because this is another point of view. It’s nice.
Now, we just focus more on taking photos in a really personal way. I mean, it’s not really only to document the whole day. It’s mostly the same things: the couple getting ready, the ceremony, and then the venue. But it’s also something you can feel and you can shoot. It’s your own voice. Maybe the way that photography has changed is that people are more open to having photos that could be really personal.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring wedding photographers who want to make their work stand out in this popular industry?
Find your personal voice and focus on what you feel and what you do. Maybe your approach to photography could be better, because it’s better to find your niche instead of being a medium wedding photographer for everyone. It’s better to be a great photographer for some people, just a few people.
Research why you photograph in this way. What do you photograph? What is the reason? Do you know why you are taking photos of exactly this scene? And why you are focusing on this scene instead of focusing on other things on the wedding day? Research your photography and what you like and just get deep into it.
Q: There’s real authenticity and love in your work, which I think is difficult to achieve, especially when you work with all kinds of different people who are not professional models. How do you make your models feel comfortable and confident in front of your camera?
Photography is a way to have better contact with a human. Photography is a way for me to know a human being. I love people. I’m just myself. I try to understand what kind of people are in front of me.
Sometimes, you have people that hate photography. Sometimes, you have people that love to be models. My approach is to just allow people to be themselves. In this way, I take photos of them. It’s important to me that they can be themselves. Depending on which people I have in front of me, I take different photos.
So I don’t have a really a way. I follow my couples, and maybe they feel comfortable because I really don’t force them to do anything. An example: I’m taking photos of a couple and they’re not smiling. I can’t really say, “Please smile” because it doesn’t make sense. So maybe I say something funny. If I say something funny, they’ll probably smile, so I try to not force things. I never force things. I don’t like it.