Today our Spotlight Interview is with Gianluca and Mary Adovasio; a husband and wife photography team who specialize in capturing lovebirds in the ever-romantic Italy. Their photos capture the essence of the country to a tee, complete with fashion-forward couples set in landscapes so stunning, you’d think you were dreaming. A big “Grazie!” to Gianluca and Mary for sharing their transporting works of art with us!
What is it like to work together as husband and wife? Mary and I have known each other since high school. We both share a passion for photography and so twelve years ago we decided to open our own photo studio in our city and began to photograph weddings. Working together is a beautiful thing. We are able to share all experiences together. It is great to be able to travel and witness emotional moments together.
Where is home for you? We live and work in the south of Italy, in a small town, but we shoot weddings throughout the whole Italian territory and abroad.
What was your photography education? We have always been passionate about photography and were motivated to learn on our own. Our education was self-taught, learning through a lot of trial and error.
What do you find to be the biggest challenge/most difficult part of being a wedding photographer? Our greatest challenge is to be able to move along with the action we are trying to capture. This is very difficult. You have to be focused at all times during the day and not miss anything. Good things happen in the in between moments… and you have to capture them.
How do you get ready for each wedding? Each wedding is always exciting! Even though we have photographed approximately 400 weddings over the years, each wedding is new and requires maximum focus and concentration.
Where do you find ideas or inspiration? Today it is very easy to find inspiration, the web is a great resource. We devote a lot of time to simply looking, in order to keep us inspired.
Do you have a favorite camera or lens? We use professional equipment and Nikon always accompanies us in our shoots. I do not think I ever will switch to another brand.
What changes/improvements have you observed within your photography over the years? Over the years we have experienced many improvements and changes. At the beginning of our journey, we were focused almost exclusively to the documentary style, then we switched to a style that was more influenced by fashion, including many poses calibrated and using flash in creative ways. I think now we have found our way and our style.
Do you shoot digital or film or are you a hybrid-shooter? We mostly shoot digitally, but we also use Polaroid film and chamber, Hasselblad H1. Today there are many good development labs to make this type of shooting possible.