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LE ULTIME NOVITà E CURIOSITà DAL MONDO DEL WEDDING E NON SOLO

Positività vs Negatività – dal blog di Jerry Ghionis

Esistono alcuni fotografi di matrimonio, famosi a livello mondiale, a cui ci affidiamo per l’ispirazione, non solo in fotografia, ma anche per quanto riguarda il business ed il life style. Tra questi spicca Jerry Ghionis, considerato come uno dei cinque migliori fotografi di matrimonio nel mondo con sede a Beverly Hills, California e Melbourne, viaggia spesso con incarichi internazionali di fotografia e workshop.

Con il fascino di un designer di moda e l’ingenuità di un architetto, il suo stile può essere paragonato a un glamour d’epoca che incontra la moda contemporanea. Rinomato per la sua creatività, ha la capacità di catturare la magia naturale il giorno del matrimonio, ma crea la magia di suo. Il suo amore e l’empatia per le persone crea una potente narrazione visiva. Con la capacità innata di rendere tutti fotogenici davanti alla sua macchina fotografica, le immagini di Jerry sono spesso semplici ma formate da una miscela complessa di anima, dramma, fantasia e abilità tecnica. Sia che stia girando una sessione di glamour, ritratto, life style o boudoir bellezza, Jerry ha la capacità di tirare fuori il meglio in ogni situazione.

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Quello che vi proponiamo di seguito è un estratto dal  blog di Jerry Ghionis del 21 Marzo (qui potrete leggerlo in lingua originale).

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Come preludio al seguente post, la seguente affermazione non riguarda me personalmente, ma un’osservazione a cui ho assistito nel corso degli anni …

Non so voi, ma io spesso subisco scoraggiato tutte le negatività nel nostro settore. Vedo troppa gente non riconoscere la bravura alle persone di successo o meritevoli di ciò che hanno costruito.

Forse aiuta a giustificare le proprie insicurezze o carenze. Perché non imparare da queste persone? Non devi adorarli. Basta capire che cosa hanno fatto per raggiungere il loro livello di successo in qualsiasi forma esso si presenti. Non sappiamo ciò che le persone hanno attraversato per raggiungere il loro successo e quali avversità o sacrifici hanno dovuto superare.

Vi consiglio di non equiparare popolarità a successo. Piuttosto che essere il “must” del mese, meglio pianificare la longevità.  Dico sempre che si dovrebbe essere gentili con le persone che incontriamo durante la salita perchè potremmo incontrarle durante la discesa. Anzichè spendere le vostre energie per le paure, insicurezze e negatività, è meglio che vi concentriate sui vostri sogni e perseguiate quella che è la vostra versione di successo. Tutto quello che vi potranno chiedere è semplicemente essere il meglio che potrete essere. Il vero successo si riconosce. Il vero successo è sapere chi sei e circondarti di persone positive che ti amano esattamente per ciò che sei.

Si può essere negativi e possenti dietro la tastiera o si può contribuire al successo di qualcun altro grazie a poche semplici parole positive. Prova a vedere il buono nelle persone, piuttosto che tendere al pensare allo “ombre” che ci sono dietro ciascuno di noi. Tutti commettiamo errori, ma tutti abbiamo qualcosa da offrire.

La negativià è estenuante. La positività è un regalo che tutti possono dare e beneficiare. Se non vi si addice, il silenzio può essere d’oro. Voi, la vostra creatività ed il vostro business potranno prosperare se incanalerete tutta l’energia in ciò che desiderate dalla vita. La domanda è, cosa volete?La scelta è vostra….

Wedding dal mondo: Csaba Vigh from Budapest

Celebra’s many novelties also include numerous columns that we will reveal a little at a time. We introduce you our latest rubric: Wedding dal Mondo.

We would like to use the italian name, because we love the international point of view, but we love to promote our philosophy: made in Italy, high-quality, collaboration, team work.

Why?

Because it enables us to exchange ideas with international photographers, with those companies that have succeeded in creating a “magical” setting through which to channel their professional skills.

The great opportunity with this column is to give voice to a world in evolution, in a state of flux. In order to get through this worldwide cultural and economic storm we have to unite, pull together all our differences and walk together through the process of change!  We love this rubric!

Today we introduce you Csaba Vigh (artsillustratedstudios.profb) from Budapest!

 

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How did you create your own international brand , what state is the path from when you started today, which has allowed you to become who you are?

My studio is in the heart of the beautiful Budapest in Hungary. It is a big loft, with a small place to live, an even smaller office but a huge studio that takes up most of the space. It is our home, our work place, our life. I can say that it is a typical artist workshop, filled with our works and two waggish cats. I love the atmosphere of it, the old building, tha balcony and the bustle of the city. It is inspirational and it keeps me motivated and fresh.

How long have you been working here?

Well that’s quite a story. I was born in St. Petersburg, educated in Hungary then studied the trade secrets in the USA. In Argentina I established a professional photo/graphic studio for the next seven years photographing commercials, stock images, portraits and destination weddings. 10 years ago I returned to Hungary and opened TheWeddingPhotographer.pro.  In our studio we do every kind of photography you can imagine: portrait photography, Business, Couple, Kids, Maternity and also Fashon and Catalog Photography or Commercials, but our main territory is still the International and Destination Wedding Photography. We lead the Studio with my wife, who became a professional photographer as well. We have a team of international destination wedding photographers and cinematographers, who share the same vision with us. 

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What makes you different than the other photographers out there?

I believe that every photographer, no matter what is their object wants to capture those unique moments in life wich you don’t want to forget. Capture them in a way that an avarege eye can’t see while happening, but feels the power of the image when it is born. This is the purpuse of photography, really. As a wedding photographer this is even more special, more real. Even though I’m signed up to document ones special day, my aim is to eternalize their love. Those little glances, smiles, happiness. I think this is what can make you outstanding. I think we are different because of my past in photography. We mix the photojournalism with a little glamour with an eye of a portrait photographer and we do it in a natural, spontaneous way. We do not really pose the couple, but we give them some instructions on how to move, what to do and then we let them do it on their own way and enjoy the moment.

How do you relate with couples?

I have my little recipe of course, after so many weddings and it works pretty well. But I also learned that you can never work in fix methods when you’re working with people. Not only none of them are the same, but they are also changing in every minute. But that is the beauty of it, they are alive and in love. What I can do is to give them all my attention, somehow think with their heads, feel their feelings and see every opportunity to give them a special memory of their wedding.

What do you think about economic crisis?

It is hard. Not only for photographers, but for everybody. The only solution is to work hard, think big and be creative. Positive attitude can take you everywhere.

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Do you use social networks to propose your business?

Social media is unavoidable nowdays. I personally think it is great. It’s an easy way to show your work to the world, specially in photography.  You can create direct contections with other users, and also get fast response. I can not imagine any business successfully working without it.

Professional photography is an excellent career choice for anyone who wants to get paid for using their creative talents. It’s one of the few fields where age and college degrees aren’t as important as a good eye, a quality product, and self discipline. Photography is a competitive field, however; so be prepared to start small, while you perfect your craft and build a portfolio of your best work. Give us some tips to start this business.

Talent , motivation, discipline and strong belief in your work. One can not exist without the other. Sure you can learn everything about how to run a business, about numbers and laws. Don’t get me wrong that is important too. But you will not get anywhere without hard work, creativity and a team beside you.

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Wedding dal mondo, Sean Flanigan from Seattle

Celebra’s many novelties also include numerous columns that we will reveal a little at a time. We introduce you our latest rubric: Wedding dal Mondo.

We would like to use the italian name, because we love the international point of view, but we love to promote our philosophy: made in Italy, high-quality, collaboration, team work.

Why?

Because it enables us to exchange ideas with international photographers, with those companies that have succeeded in creating a “magical” setting through which to channel their professional skills.

The great opportunity with this column is to give voice to a world in evolution, in a state of flux. In order to get through this worldwide cultural and economic storm we have to unite, pull together all our differences and walk together through the process of change!  We love this rubric!

Today we introduce you Sean Flanigan (blogfb) from Seattle (….we are really excited!)

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“I’m not much for talking about myself, but it turns out it’s really important.


It’s important because if we get the chance to work together—the chance to find exactly the right way to capture the life, spirit, and joy of your wedding day—we’re going to need to get to know one another. I’ll go first: I love documenting life with a creative eye, whether I’m working with couples or on assignment for the Wall Street Journal. I like getting in the mix, up close and personal with the people and places I shoot, because that’s the best way I know to show what’s really happening. The same goes for my relationship with you—this is about you, so working together closely is the ideal way we’re going to get a great set of images out of it. And I know that’s what’s made the whole process such a success for the couples I’ve photographed, and I’m thankful to have been a part of it.

So how about you? What gets you really excited about your wedding? How do you imagine the photos that will tell your story? Get in touch, and let’s get a conversation started.

All the Best,
Sean”

How did you create your own international brand , what state is the path from when you started today, which has allowed you to become who you are?

I started my business out of Seattle, Washington. When I first started, I didn’t have a website. I photographed a friends wedding & from that, I booked 10 jobs the following year. I’ve always pushed myself to stay in contact with my clients after the wedding is over. In doing so, I’ve had to opportunity to photograph their friends and family members. These referrals have taken to some incredible places.

How do you relate with the brides and how do you manage the signature of contracts?

I try to take photographs today that will attract the kind of clients I want in the future.

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Would you rather face the day in a detached way , or would you prefer to know as much as possible to be able to relate in a more friendly and get involved in the events?

I always ask my clients to give me the same access they would give a close friend or family member. This way I can photograph the wedding from the inside out, rather than the outside in.

Do you use social networks to propose your business?

Yes, i us  FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

You got a very recognizable style  you see that you’ve done careful research, how you got there ? What do you think of the presence on the market of apps like instagram , how they are changing the perception of the image ?

If I see something interesting I react to it. I photograph what I’m drawn too. I think the presence of Instagram has been amazing for me and my business. I’ve booked clients from Instagram. Its also a good way to build a relationship with your clients.

Do you work in team? Do you work in a professional studio or at home?

Yes, my wife. She is a so pretty- and she is also pretty good with a camera. We work out of our house.

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With which other photographers usually do group sessions or share?

I think it’s important for us to surround ourselves with other creatives. I have a close network of friends that I keep in touch with. We are able to keep each other accountable as well as push each other creatively.

Leave a message or greeting to the Italian photographers who follow you

Thank you for enjoying my work. I am extremely flattered that you were interested enough to have an interview with me. I hope to visit Italy soon!

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Wedding dal mondo, Tanarak Photography from Hong Kong

Celebra’s many novelties also include numerous columns that we will reveal a little at a time. We introduce you our latest rubric: Wedding dal Mondo.

We would like to use the italian name, because we love the international point of view, but we love to promote our philosophy: made in Italy, high-quality, collaboration, team work.

Why?

Because it enables us to exchange ideas with international photographers, with those companies that have succeeded in creating a “magical” setting through which to channel their professional skills.

The great opportunity with this column is to give voice to a world in evolution, in a state of flux. In order to get through this worldwide cultural and economic storm we have to unite, pull together all our differences and walk together through the process of change!  We love this rubric!

Today we introduce you Tanarak Photography (blogfb) from Hong Kong

A photographer who was everywhere
Fascinated in photography since 10, Tanarak is very sensitive to things happened around him. This is because he thinks emotion may happen any second. Only through continuous observation can one capture the spontaneous emotion of the newly wedded couple and their friends and relatives.

Have a look to our Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/albumcelebra/tanarak-photography/

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Inside your studio: Andrea Fusaro

Celebra’s many novelties also include numerous columns that we will reveal a little at a time. Our absolute favourite at the moment is: inside your studio.

Why?

Because it enables us to exchange ideas with our most representative customers, with those companies that have succeeded in creating a “magical” setting through which to channel their professional skills. Every month we will present an ambassador for this column, asking various questions about the things that intrigue us most!

The great opportunity with this column is to give voice to a world in evolution, in a state of flux. In order to get through this worldwide cultural and economic storm we have to unite, pull together all our differences and walk together through the process of change! If you would like to propose yourself for this column write to us at social@extracolor.it!

As the first ambassador we present Andrea Fusaro
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What sort of space does your studio occupy and what makes it special?

In 2011, when I started my activity, I was well aware that I could not afford a shop, a photographic studio, or a city centre window. One has to make a virtue of necessity. The space that I chose to receive couples was thus my home, a comfortable place where I have the possibility to prepare a coffee or an aperitif and help put my customers at ease.

Looking back now, a couple of years later, I really think this worked to my favour. By receiving only by appointment I have the possibility of efficiently managing my time. When I fix an appointment I have nobody that disturbs me, I can talk in tranquillity for hours without the hassle of having to respect closing hours, there is no hustle and bustle of customers and you can meet at any time. Also, my “shop window” is illuminated 24 hours a day and never gets dirty: my Internet website.

How long have you been there?

Since 2011, when on the first of February my accountant sent me my VAT number. I have a digital workstation in a room at home, where I work all day on my various activities: from post-production to my Internet website, advertising campaigns, drafting of quotations, e-mail contacts, social networks, etc. I exploit the technology and as far as possible I try to do everything autonomously. I have always been accustomed to getting by on my own on the strength of my knowledge.

What sets you apart from the competition?

Possibly “me as a person”. I am talking about personality rather than the photographic aspect. The latter I share in common with all my colleagues and it is a double edged sword, because you can be excellent at your work but at the same time not have any “appeal” in relation to customers. I have the good fortune of always being myself in any circumstances and by nature I can get along with most of the people I meet. Also, each one of us has their own completely personal cultural baggage and experience, which for obvious reasons is different from that of all my other colleagues. I try to express myself as much as possible, as I really am. I like real people rather than those that pretend to be something, and I want people to get as accurate a picture of me as possible. In this way inevitably I attract people who resemble me, who share my tastes and with whom it is easier to work in close contact. I like to be sincere, transparent, clear, and give great importance to mutual trust. Generally all this is reciprocated. I have never had customers that remained too “detached” from me, and in fact sometimes it has happened that I establish strong and long-lasting relationships even after the delivery of the album. I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing, commercially speaking the experts might say that it is not a good idea to mix business with the personal sphere. At the moment I ignore this, and inside myself I feel that I do not want to exclude new opportunities from which I can only emerge enriched.

What is the most important perceived value that helps get a couple involved?

I always tell my customers that there are plenty of good photographers if you look for them. What they need to find, however, is a professional that can put them at ease, because this will benefit the photographic shoot and consequently the album. If they find a photographer on their same wavelength, capable of reflecting their tastes, then they should think seriously about this person because they have probably found what they are looking for.

At this time of crisis how have you helped your company?

At this time of crisis I OPENED! I went against the better judgement of many, starting from some members of my own family and people close to me, and even acquaintances who work for the Tax Office. Almost none of these individuals thought it was worth trying, and each had their own negative story to tell me: businesses shutting down, dismissals, people on social security, unemployment, sad prospects, problems, mortgages, taxes. “You are lucky! Hold on tight to your full time permanent contract! You are just married, don’t do anything rash”, these were the recurrent phrases.

Instead, so far I would say I did well: it was the right decision. I have gained in self confidence and have more time available to improve myself, not only from a photographic perspective but also culturally, physically, and mentally. I tell everybody enthusiastically, to the surprise of some, that finally I have achieved my equilibrium.

Do you use the social networks? What do you think about them?

Over time I have changed the way I think about social networks. Previously I sustained that my virtual “friends” should approximately match my number of real friends, and so I had very few. Then I realized that every virtual contact, every “like”, every “share”, etc. could become a sort of repeater aerial that would enable me to reach potential customers even very far away from home. Currently I subscribe to all the most important networks but the one I use most regularly is Facebook
. I visit daily to keep up to date with what is happening around me, receiving, for example, feeds from the major news networks and from local or national newspapers. It helps me to improve by participating, for example, in groups limited to professionals, or post production, or weddings, etc. I also use my posts to let people know my views on certain things, sometimes expressing opinions on rather delicate issues, because my aim is always to attract people who think like myself. It should also not be forgotten that Facebook is an excellent shop window for your work. I have a personal profile a professional profile and a few months ago I even created a page for my dog, Snoopy, who otherwise filled up my personal wall with all his photographs.

Do you have any suggestions for opening a studio?

Certainly: DO NOT open a studio! A large part of your earnings as a photographer will go in the rent/mortgage, taxes, and furniture. In today’s world I do not think it is essential to have a shop front in the town centre. I am the living proof of that. Opening a studio today is a difficult decision, because it generates a lot of expenses. Simply applying for a VAT number and dedicating yourself exclusively to the services is instead a more balanced decision.

If there are roses then they will bloom! But there is no need to rush in and get pricked …

 

 

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