LOVE PHOTO EXPERIENCE – A personal adventure you can’t miss
In this very short paper I would like to illustrate my vision of the LOVE PHOTO EXPERIENCE projectand how I finally managed to accomplish an idea that was rolling in my mind since the very beginning I’ve started to photograph people. I reckon I express my best with photo features. I love to capture special moments, those that radiate real life and experiences and through them I create everlasting memories that narrate stories, places, feelings of my subjects. I joined professional photography field quite a short time ago, following a burning passion I felt since I was a kid and turning it into a proper job. I’ve started to immortalize people I met during my travels around the world, to investigated their behaviour and to explore society’s customs and traditions. It was absolutely inspiring and challenging, but also it was never fully satisfying for me, I was missing something. It wasn’t enough for me to photograph these people without even get to know them. I wanted to go beyond the surface, to comprehend their gestures and to pull out their inner reality: I wanted to photograph their intimacy.
The very next step has been joining the wedding branch. This has been a fundamental keystone for my career. It gives me the chance to get in contact with many couples who choose to be photographed by me during the most important day of their lives: it makes me so very proud. This kind of responsibility makes me quiver every single time since my first shooting, but it gives me the right energy to express at my best. Moreover, I get to know not just the couples, but also their relatives, their past and lots of fascinating stories. I’m always there to help them if they need me, I reassure them throughout the period before the marriage. In most cases, we end up becoming friends and that enriches my personal memory bank. Working in this kind of environment made it possible to accomplish couples’ photo shoots such as Engagement, Maternity or Family. This made me increase awareness about the significance of realising these shooting with less superficiality and more conscience. Plus, it raised the desire to photograph every person’s and gestures’ intimacy.
The encounter I had during one of the few workshops I’ve ever took part of has been definitely enlightening. It was held by Ivan Troyanovsky, an amazing photographer from Russia. He taught me what is the real essence of intimate photography with couples, families or even friends. This episode truly and deeply changed the way I perceive photography and the way I relate to my job now.
After this meeting with such a phenomenal artist, I noticed photography lacks of a proper branch focused on intimate shooting. It might be because intimacy is something you want to keep private or even the fact that it’s way more challenging to establish the necessary trust with your subjects, in order to make them feel relaxed and comfortable, able to loosen up and let a friend photograph them, not only an unsympathetic operator. This has become my aim: to be able to create a genuine experience for those who were looking for something different. I mean to offer a kind of experience over and above commercial photography stereotypes: an experience of real life.
I chose to involve in this project to beloved friends and colleagues, Rebecca Rinaldi and Carolina Serafini (sweetphotofactory.com). They accepted my proposal straight away and they swiftly started to help me building such a unique project called lovephotoexperience.com. Love Photo Experience is specifically designed for people who have a love story to tell, any kind of love: couples, family, friendship, who knows what else could be. Love emerges in countless ways. No matter which one, love is love for everybody. It is that kind of experience that makes us take care of the other or feel butterflies in our stomach. Rebecca, Carolina and me will be ready to capture the heart and essence of the pure love you are living.