I’m so excited to share this Spotlight Interview with Magnus Bogucki, a wedding photographer based in Switzerland who loves weddings so much, he even owns his own wedding shop, Kiss Loud! Seamlessly blending in with all the activities of the day, Magnus creates timelessly beautiful photos that capture the true emotion of his couples, full of life and artistry.
Why photography? What draws you to it? Photography allows me to express my creative side. I am terrible when it comes to any other art form. Photography has so many elements that draws me – everything from human interaction, emotions to technical challenges.
Who has influenced your photography? I appreciate a lot of different forms of art. This is clearly reflected in my music taste – I can listen to some salsa songs, then some classical music (not very often but it happens) and then some unknown songwriters on Spotify within the same hour. This also applies to the type of people who have influenced my photography. However, I wouldn’t say it is only people who has influenced me. I am also influenced by human emotions (love watching people at airports because there you see some great emotions when people arrive or leave their friends/family) or movies like Midnight in Paris and The King’s Speech (cinemagraphics is amazing). Put that all together with every day moments and you get my true inspiration for photography.
What is your creative vision? What do you desire to express with your photos? In the beginning I was inspired from photos and weddings online and wanted to re-create similar photos. But they didn’t tell the true story from my point of view. Now I have stepped back and I let things flow a bit more naturally. My aim is to capture the day as it is and those magical moments that appear in the in-between moments. For portraits and preparation I do direct more but the aim remains the same – capture true emotions.
Where/what is home? Normally a simple question but for me it is very hard to answer. My parents are from Poland, I was born in Sweden but lived abroad since I was 16 (I’m now 32). I have lived in Norway, UK, USA (Colorado), Australia but now I live in Switzerland. If I had to choose, I would say Sweden is my home.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a wedding photographer? Actually I am not only a wedding photographer. I run a wedding shop in Switzerland, it is called kissloud.ch and I am working on some other ideas as well. So I guess I would be an entrepreneur related to photography/wedding industry. I love it that much!
Besides weddings, what/who/where would you love to be able to photograph? I would love to take portraits of people who have a big influence but in ordinary situations.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To fly! Must be an amazing feeling! Not sure if I would go with a red cape though.
Do you have any advice for beginning photographers? (Wedding or otherwise) Take photos without your camera. Next time you walk home – stop on the way somewhere and try to create three photos in your mind. I do that a lot – it challenges you to create something from an ordinary place.
Play with light and understand it. For example, we all know that window light is lovely. When you sit in a bus next time then have a look at the people and see how the light falls on people’s faces. Consider how far they are from the window – does that make a difference in the shadow? And use different light sources to see what effect they have. Have fun!
Describe what gets you up in the morning, literally and/or figuratively. Easy one, my son who wants to be fed in the morning!
Any advice for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer? One advice I give all my couples – make sure to look at photos from a single wedding and not only the portfolio. This will show you their consistency and style over an entire wedding day. This is why I don’t even have a portfolio page on my website.
What makes you give yourself a mental high five? When I show a photo for my couple and they say something along the lines “Oh my god!”.
One thing you’d like every bride and groom to know before their wedding? Delegate as much as you can. In weddings something always happens but usually it never goes wrong. If things do go wrong then keep in mind that you have already done the hardest part of a wedding already – you found your partner you want to be with for the rest of your life!
How has being a wedding photographer made you a stronger photographer over all? Absolutely. Wedding photography involves so many different aspects of photography. You take portraits of people, product photography of wedding details and journalistic photos of the wedding itself. Every weekend you do it in different light, different location and with different people. You learn to solve problems quickly. This is also why I love wedding photography!
Favorite trick to capture images of reluctant subjects? (kids, grandparents, nervous-in-front-of-the-camera-types) Some grooms don’t like having their photos taken. What I normally do is to place them in front of a big window, spot reading on the groom and take the photo. This creates a “high key” photo and a bit washed out. It is not an amazing photo by any mean but when I show the photo to the groom then he usually turns around and look behinds him and realizes that I created something that didn’t exist. After that the groom is very easy to photograph.
Do you have a (recent) favorite photo that you have taken? Can you describe how you created it? What do you like about it? I love taking groom photos and recently I took a “cigar and whiskey” shot which I really liked. (See below) I used two off-camera flashes. One was placed behind the group of guys smoking (in order to light the smoke) and one which was behind me that was directed away from the group and into a wall which then reflected back at the group. This was to light up the group with a bit of light as I didn’t want to loose the mood of the moment. I really like this photo because the expression of the groom. He is loving the moment and it looks great!
Best advice you’ve ever received about being an artist? “Your personality will always be reflected in your photos. If you don’t know who you are then maybe photography can help finding out who you are.” – Ben Chrisman
Thank you for sharing your incredible work with us, Magnus! Readers, be sure to visit Magnus Bogucki’s photography blog to see more.