Today on Photobug, we have the utmost privilege of sharing a photographers work that we admire greatly, Dennis Berti Photography. With the click of a button, Dennis and Chio draw us in with their compelling, spontaneous black and white imagery, and captivate us with images that are rich with emotion and alive with spirit. We hope that you enjoy this week’s Spotlight Interview with one of the top photographers in Mexico, Dennis Berti Photography.
Describe your workspace/studio? Even though we live in paradise, our studio’s window is not facing the sea but we cannot really complain, as we prefer not to be working in just one place for more than a few hours straight. Both of us work on laptops, and this makes it easier to not have to be working all the time sitting in one place for hours. When it comes to work in the post-production of a wedding, we go to the “office” where we connect the computer on a larger screen with good speakers, where we also keep all the gear. We also have a cork board with notes, photos of us, quotes and pictures we like, which always serve as inspiration.
How do you prepare for a shoot or a wedding? I think the mood of the wedding day starts from the day before. We prefer not to sleep late or eat heavily and rest well to start the day with energy. We always try to have a quiet morning on the wedding day, but it is true that the day cannot begin without having a good cup of coffee accompanied by good music – to be fresh and awake the senses. A little work on the computer and maybe surf the internet looking for inspiration. A light meal that gives us energy before heading to the wedding is essential to cover the hours that will be working.
Have you always wanted to be a photographer? If not, when do you remember knowing?
Dennis – I started working as a photographer when I was very young, so I’ve been doing this for a long time. I remember that I started taking pictures with the sole purpose of saving a lot of memories for me and my friends. Then gradually went to doing photography full-time and started my own business. The first wedding in which I worked as a photographer, I could feel real emotions and that’s when I realized I wanted to continue on that path, to preserve feelings in people’s lives.
Chio – I started doing photography professionally when I met Dennis 4 years ago. I always enjoyed design in all of its branches, as well as the visual arts from a young age. Everything was on track while I was studying Graphic Design, so I can say I was always related to photography and I know it is something that I could never stop doing.
Where do you want to shoot next? We would love to have a wedding in New Zealand and Greece, to name a few of the many locations that we would love to photograph.
Do you have a favorite first dance song and why? Well, we do not have a favorite song but we believe that the first dance song should reflect the essence of the couple’s relationship. It doesn’t have to be a popular song, just one that identifies them as a couple and will make them remember those special moments on their life. The song is for them, not for the guests, even if they are going to cry while they are dancing anyway.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a wedding photographer?
Dennis – I’ve always been doing photography, so I cannot see myself doing something else. If not weddings, maybe a National Geographic photojournalist.
Chio – I’m pretty sure I would be doing something related to Interior Design, or maybe as a fashion stylist, why not?
Who has influenced your photography?
Both – Alex Webb. One of the photographers who has had a strong impact on the way we approach documentary photography.
Dennis – I could mention lots of photographers but I think Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle, Bill Brandt and Elliot Erwitt are some of my favorites since I was young.
Chio – I’ll say Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Ho Fan.
Besides weddings, what/who/where would you love to be able to photograph?
Dennis – Documenting the every day life, street photography is what I like the most.
Chio – I would say fashion photography, the perfect blend between design and photography.
Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives. Documentary, unique, eclectic, spontaneous, captivating, storytellers.
Any advice for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer? Don’t forget that people live by memories. Once the cake is eaten and the dress is back in the plastic bag, your pictures will be the only thing that will remain there for your grandchildren.
One more? We truly believe it is very important that you connect with your wedding photographer. You need to feel good vibes with the people who are going to be with you on the most special day of your life.
Do you have any advice for beginning photographers, wedding or otherwise?
Dennis – Don’t go crazy buying expensive gear. Start with the basics, read the manual and experiment with the settings. Your camera may be more powerful than you know.
Chio – Learn, read a lot. Take advantage of free tutorials around the web. Always look for tips and inspiration.
One thing you’d like couples to know before their wedding? Don’t look to have the “perfect wedding”. The shoes and the flowers are not as important as the way you’ll look into her/his eyes when you say your vows. Point for something meaningful. Enjoy the journey because the wedding is the beginning of your new life together.
Your work is truly exceptional, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful images and thoughts with us! Want to see more of Dennis and Chio’s outstanding work? Check out their Junebug Member Portfolio and Website.