Pics: Slawomir Urban and Petar Jurica
I've been full time photographer now for two years. At weddings I’m often asked how I became a wedding photographer? Well, it all started a few (a few, it was in 2008!) years ago when a couple I knew asked if I’d take their wedding photos. Obviously I already had a background in photography, but not a clue about wedding photography in particular. They had seen some of my work but not one wedding photo. I was totally stressed out about the upcoming big day, but they liked the result. On the wedding day itself I realized that it wasn’t as bad as I might have imagined and in the end I found it a very interesting and fascinating assignment.
Thus my career as a wedding photographer began and I’ve now photographed the weddings of more than a hundred couples. I still find the assignments interesting and am downright passionate about documenting these great events, where I get to work with people. It’s the best part of the job and it says a lot that I always find myself smiling as I post-process wedding pictures. They convey authentic human emotions, reactions to various situations and the general spontaneous atmosphere of the joyous event.
A few words about myself as well. I’m originally from Oulu, now settled in Turku, a 35 year old father of two great kids and husband of a wonderful wife. The floor boards of our roughly 100 year old house are also scuffed by two Italian Greyhounds, Uma and Milda. We held our own wedding in 2011 and yes, the cobbler’s children almost went barefoot, as I didn’t book our wedding photographer until 3 weeks before the big day. Don’t make the same mistake, it’s always better to book the photographer well in advance.
As to hobbies, in college I was an enthusiastic ice hockey player but that career was cut short by injuries. Around the same time I took my first photography course. We developed our own photos from black and white negatives in a dark room and that’s what truly ignited my interest in photography. While living in Oulu I also did a lot of snowboarding and I still miss the powder snow living in Turku. My grandfather and his brothers were avid photographers as well, so on some level this is an inherited passion. It seems my own offspring is following in our foot steps, as at two years old my son apparently took a selfie with my old film camera by pressing the front of the lens to his eye. I get along well with people and as I always emphasize to my customers, this is entirely a customer service profession. It is extremely important, as I photograph children or newly weds for instance, that we are on the same wavelength – this ensures the best possible results.
I continually strive to perfect my craft and that’s achieved only through practice. Not that the 18 month long vocational photography training and subsequent qualification wasn’t useful, but the best tricks of the trade have come from other photographers in my field as well as from various workshops. A great example of this was the SNAP Photography Festival in April of 2015 and April 2016, where the world’s best shared their knowledge. I truly returned with a camera bag full of new ideas and perspectives. I further immersed myself in those at the Way Up North seminar in Stockholm in October of 2015. We had also our own workshop, Bujaka Photo Camp, which was held in beautiful archipelago in FinlandIn my photography I strive to utilize the available light and to as much as possible use that as the light source for the pictures. Naturally there are instances where I dig the artificial suns out of my bag when needed. I’m in no way afraid of using the flash and am proficient with that equipment as well, but I do strive first and foremost to photograph situations with the available light sources (luckily the technology has improved over the years as well).
Feel free to contact me and I hope to meet you soon!
Below you can see some links, that refers to my work:
10 Questions interview on inspirational page Looks Like Film:
Positioned in the TOP30 in Wedisson´s International Wedding Photography contest:
International Wedding Photographers archive, Fearless Photographers:
Another international Wedding Photographers archive, MyWed:
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