Photography can be a window to the past, that’s why it’s so important to document the most important moments of your life – so that you can revisit it and relive the memory as if it were just days before. As Ronald Barthes said, “what the photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.”
This incredible truth is why Luca Bottaro became a photographer and it is why he thinks it’s so important to capture the truest moments during a wedding – he searches for the spontaneous.
Spontaneity is wonderful and inspiring, but very difficult to capture on film. But this did not deter Luca Bottaro. Born in Naples, Italy, the photographer is all about intimate shots. He says, “I like the idea of being seen more as a friend who knows how to photograph rather than a photographer who boasts of being able to photograph.”
“There are a classic wedding photographers, but I don’t wish to become one. I love to mingle with the guests, get to know the couple, and enjoy the wedding so that I can perceive it from a very intimate view. I want to take photographs that are absolutely spontaneous.”
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Luca insists on meeting his clients first to see if they will be a good match. To be able to take such perfectly spontaneous images, the photographer has to study their clients deeply in order to anticipate when to capture a moment. This is Luca’s passion.
“Following the decision to be a photographer was not easy. Weddings occur only a few dates a year and they’re seasonal. On top of that, I really want to be sure that the couple and I have a connection – I really treasure the meeting my potential clients. I think it’s essential because it allows me to be careful and to advise the couple whether I am the right photographer for them or vice versa.”
Luca Bottaro is a photographer who loves his work and loves his clients and you can tell. Capturing the spontaneous takes years of studying the natural, or as Oscar Wilde put it, “spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.”