Life through a lens
Sometimes, dreams become passions. They dwell within us, sometimes for years, but may suddenly ignite from a single spark and enter reality. For me, photography is one of those passions. Not only do I love what I do, but I also capture the couple’s love in return.
When I inherited my father’s old camera, I did not know what to use it for. At the time, I was managing a computer shop in Paris. Photography became an unexpected passion of mine. I never planned to ever be a part of professional wedding photography, much like I never planned to start my own business.
A leap of faith
Opportunities arise when you least expect it. They have had a way of shaping my life and altering my path on multiple occasions. As an artist, I have always been open to them – to embrace what opportunities of life proposed to me.
Firstly, I chose to work with computers and to say yes to the proposal of taking over the business. Secondly, I said yes to photography. Dealing with clients who were photographers in France, once I found myself in a photography club. Later on participating in different competitions, at first taking 3rd place and later on the 1st place made me realize how much my art meant to some people.
Thirdly, I chose to move to Riga in Latvia. Not only had I found a love for photography, but I also found another love in my future wife. Although I started from scratch in Latvia, my passions became my motivation. I took my leap of faith and, as almost by chance, I got an opportunity to pursue wedding photography as a wedding
Weddings are always beautiful! The excitement can, however, be overwhelming for the happy couple, appearing almost like a haze to them afterwards. Through photography, the day can be documented and experienced in lovely glimpses again. Some photographers feel intimidated by weddings because of the high pressure of this beautiful celebration of love. What if you miss the raw emotions?
Personally, I do not feel this pressure. This is since I truly and passionately believe that if the wedding photographer encapsulates himself in the playful, joyful, and beautiful celebration, the moments will arise naturally. To best capture the moments, you should allow yourself to be engulfed by them.
Wedding shoot. Capturing the moment
One thing I truly enjoy about weddings as a photographer is that there are always moments to capture and new, interesting situations to adapt to. I am an observer, but also a partaker. Could I capture beautiful moments on the dance floor, I would partake in a dance with all the guests myself and get lovely close-range pictures in return. I have even been asked to attend weddings as a photographer from wedding guests from prior ceremonies who did not even notice me there at those events. I believe that this self-inclusion is the beauty and the artistry of what I do.
As an artist, it is natural to have doubts and aspirations to better oneself. My love for my beautiful wife and daughters, whom my heart beats for, is a source for inspiration as also are different genres of photography. I strive to always cultivate myself and get inspired by different artists. Even though I was shy as a child, later on, I turned it into kindness. Which makes it easy for me now to deal with people of all walks of life. Especially it helps in destination wedding photography.
The dreams and the passions continue to nurture and ignite my enthusiasm, much as the support and love of my family do. I truly and unquestionably love what I do.