Πριν μερικούς μήνες είχα κάνει μια συνέντευξη για ένα Ισπανικό περιοδικό φωτογραφίας, το “La Fotografia Social” – http://www.la-fotografia.com. Σήμερα έλαβα την ηλεκτρονική έκδοση του τεύχους 54 και με χαρά είδα πως η συνέντευξή μου συμπεριλήφθηκε σε ένα αφιέρωμα για Ευρωπαίους φωτογράφους το οποίο περιλάμβανε τους εξής:
Marco Schwarz από την Γερμανία – http://www.schwarz-bild.de
Leonard Cohade από την Γαλλία – http://www.leonardcohade.com
Eduardo Oliveira από την Πορτογαλία – http://www.eduardooliveira.com
Veronique Kolber από το Λουξεμβούργο – www.arthurandmary.com
Juan Luis Guardia από την Ισπανία – http://www.xpressioninternational.com
Είμαι ενθουσιασμένος που ανακάλυψα αυτούς τους ταλαντούχους φωτογράφους μέσα από τις σελίδες του περιοδικού, και θεωρώ τιμή μου που παρουσιάστηκε η δική μου δουλειά ανάμεσά τους.
Παρακάτω παραθέτω το απόσπασμα του περιοδικού με την συνέντευξή μου και το κείμενο της συνέντευξης στα αγγλικά.
A couple of months ago I was interviewed by a Spanish photography magazine, “La Fotografia Social” – http://www.la-fotografia.com. Today I received an email with the digital version of issue 54 and was pleased to find out that my interview was included in a feature for European photographers with:
Marco Schwarz from Germany – http://www.schwarz-bild.de
Leonard Cohade from France – http://www.leonardcohade.com
Eduardo Oliveira from Portugal – http://www.eduardooliveira.com
Veronique Kolber from Luxemburg – http://www.veroniquekolber.com
Juan Luis Guardia from Spain – http://www.xpressioninternational.com
I was thrilled to discover these talented photographers through the magazine and an honored to be featured among them.
Here are the pages of the magazine that feature my interview. Below I have included the interview Q&A in English.
Why did you decide to devote yourself to social photography?
Purely a matter of personal interest. Still life or landscape photography do not interest me – at least without some human presence – therefore it made no sensefor me to pursue other areas.
Do you use any kind of marketing to get new clients?
Yes. My main marketing tool is my website and blog that serve as a global storefront. These are supported by static listings in wedding photography directories both international and local to Greece as well as dynamic campaigns via Google and social networking sites such as Facebook. Other than that, I have been participating in one of the large annual wedding related expositions in Athens for the last two years which has produced very good results in terms of bookings and brand awareness.
What are the main common points and the differences between social photograhy in your country and social photography in other europeen countries?
I would say that similarities exist in the type and styles of photography. Packages and coverage time is fairly similar in Greece as it is in the UK or Italy for example. There is a difference in prices though, Greek photographers are offering the same services at a cheaper cost than their Italian or UK counterparts.
Who are your main clients?
My main clients are couples that want wedding and baptism photography. Occasionally I might have a corporate client but my marketing is directed to weddings. I tend to attract clients who appreciate photography, not clients who „just want a photographer“
When you are preparing a report, do you consider the personality of the client or are you loyal to your style?
I remain loyal to my style. My clients select me for the quality of work they see on my site and in studio consultations. They hire me for my vision; adapting to their personality would defeat the purpose of having a style in the first place.
What do you think are th most essential factors to take a good wedding photograph?
The exact same factors that make a good photograph, regardless of genre. Timing, form and content matter, the decisive moment where all things fall into place in your frame. For me, a good wedding photograph must be well composed but also has to evoke some sort of emotion to the viewer. Geometry must meet with the human state.
What equipment do you usually use for taking photos?
I use two full frame digital cameras and now shoot exclusively with prime lenses, usually a 24mm, 50mm & 85mm. I rarely use flash, unless the environment is so dark that prohibits me from getting the shot. Thankfully, due the high iso capability of today’s cameras I don’t find myself reaching for my flash very often.
How do you see the future of the sector?
Technology has provided professional and amateur photographers with extremely powerful tools. This and the wealth of technical information to be found on the internet has allowed many people to take up photography as a second or primary job, increasing the competition. Chances are that future technological advancements will continue this trend. However, it is not the equipment that makes the photographer. It is his vision, experience and business skills that allow him to remain in business. Regardless of all the advances in technology, people still require prints & albums and a good professional to deliver good photography. I doubt much will change in the near future.