At Zankyou we are constantly looking for new, inspriring wedding suppliers who dedicate their lives to bringing joy to the lives of others. We recently spoke with the professionals from Natan Photo, Natan and Esther…
Natan used to be a fashion and advertising photographer many years ago, but he didn’t feel very fulfilled in this sector, perhaps because of the lack of human interaction. It wasn’t until he accompanied his future wife, Esther, on a trip of hers, where she took wedding photos for a gorgeous couple who wanted candid, reportage style photography. Although wedding photo albums were seldom natural, Natan was very interested in the potential of emotions and real moments that a wedding generated. More than 25 years later, he continues with the same passion, looking to capture the full narrative of a couple’s big day.
The photojournalism style is very popular for millenial brides. Natan tells us that he tries “to intervene practically never, capturing things as they happen .. but I use my knowledge in fashion and advertising to provide the images of quality, elegance, style, lighting, etc… that go beyond the simple documentary. For me, the important thing is to “feel” the moments.”
We asked the experienced wedding photographer what inspires his photography. His response?: “Humanism, love for the human being, that never ceases to amaze me, I look for the photogenics from the inside out, not the other way around, and without ever losing elegance for the story”. For Natan, the preparation part of the wedding day is his favorite to capture, without a doubt, as it is the moment when the wedding truly begins, and it tests the photographer’s capacity for observation, reaction and good taste.
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But of course, being a photographer doesn’t come without its difficulties. Natan told us that the challenges of the job come in the form of it’s reality. “A wedding event is authentic… you can feel it, is not a fake pose that you can repeat the same with any couple, that is the love that they feel, not one I can prepare, and any technical aspect, however worthy, remains in a background to the force of the moment”.
An important part of being a wedding photographer is, of course, the relationships made with couples. For Natan, he always applies his golden rule: “I treat them how I would like to be treated. I’m not looking for a friendship forced by commercial interest (although with some we have ended up being friends for years). I want them to like the images, rather than my wife and I“.
Natan also left us with some words of wisdom. He described his perfect wedding ceremony to capture as “on a beach in the Seychelles or in Tibet, between 2 people who love each other madly, with family and friends who love them unconditionally, rather than an empty Instagram wedding”.
If he were an engaged groom, he’d ask his wedding photographer to tell him a little bit about their real wedding experience where there are important unforeseen events (bad weather, technical failures, etc.) “I want to see jobs with normal people, not just those who they look like Vogue models in amazing places… Professionalism and experience is demonstrated when things do not go perfectly!“
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer with a wealth of experience, and one who recognizes the challenges of their duty, but goes ahead and commits 100% of themselves into their work, get in contact with Esther and Natan before it’s too late!