For today’s ISPWP member spotlight, we feature Moscow wedding photographer Dmitry Fedotov of Dmitry & Victoria Fedotov Photography.
Dmitry Fedotov Bio:
Dmitry Fedotov is a contemporary wedding photojournalist with a vibrant sense of style and beauty. His work represents a refreshing take on wedding photography – spirited, clean, and emotional. Dmitry has been published by the Beauty, Collezioni, and a number of leading Russian newspapers. Also he was working for 4 years at ITAR-TASS – one of the biggest info-agency in Russia and took photos of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.
Also he is a WPJA & AG|WPJA award winning member.
He uses an individual approach to each client and every time he tries to create something new. He loves his job and has provided solid results for more than 8 years while working worldwide.
What advice would you give a bride who is looking for a wedding photographer?
It is best to choose your photographer with your heart. You just have to realize you specifically like the pictures or not. Because, you see exactly how your wedding will be seen by this photographer. What moments he catches. If you smile when you watch these pictures, if you feel the heat in the chest – this is your photographer!
What’s your favorite part of the wedding day to photograph?
At any time, during the wedding day, something really interesting can happen and every second I am on the lookout! It does not matter what part of the wedding it is – getting ready with loving parents and family and fun friends, a touching ceremony, an enchanting evening at the restaurant. All moments are unique and therefore I love all stages of the festivities!
What are your top tips for brides to help them get great photos on their wedding day?
Be happy and calm! You are in the hands of a professional. No need to worry about appearance or dress. This is your day! You are the most beautiful on this day, because you are a bride. Enjoy the wedding, a unique moment, happiness! And remember your professional photographer will help you!
What do you find is the biggest challenge in wedding photography?
The most difficult thing – to help the newlyweds open up, relax, feel their emotions. If the photographer is a real professional – he can, through his experience, help the couple open up, so that sincere and vivid emotions will be reflected in the photographs, reflecting the day.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I think it’s capturing the moment like journalistic. I’m usually looking for inspiration in Jeff Ascough’s work.
Do you offer albums? If so, describe the albums you offer and why you think it’s important to provide albums.
We offer individually designed albums with different levels of complexity. The album allows you to see a picture of the wedding day as a whole, and to tell the story of your wedding, even to people who were not present. That wedding book you will discover in 20-30 years to see and remember those touching moments with your children and then your grandchildren! This is the legacy of your family!
What (or who) inspires you?
What’s the best photography-related advice you’ve been given?
This advice I got after reading the article Emin Kuliyev and it goes something like this – the path to perfection is not just a goal to be the best – it is work for every shot that would raise your bar and do so every time.
Do you do destination weddings?
Yes, of course! We are ready to go with you anywhere in the world – even to the Arctic! One of our favorite destinations is Paris, as simple as this sounds!
What kind of weddings do you love to photograph?
All weddings are beautiful in their own way. We love our customers here and now during the wedding day. Weddings for me are very interesting events filled with special meaning. At every wedding there are a lot of interesting details, sincere emotions and unexpected funny accidents!
How important is to hire an experienced photographer?
If you value your wedding memories, and you appreciate the beauty – that is definitely YES! Only a professional can ensure that any single moment of this special day would not be missed.
What do you do for fun when you’re not shooting wedding?
My wife and I have a lovely little daughter. We really love her and I spend with her all my ??free time! Believe me, an infinite number of amusing situations happen with her every day.
Biggest reason for your success?
We operate a family – me and my wife. We understand what love is and how important it is to keep every moment of your life. We really love what we do and spend every day trying to do our job better and better, to find something new. We love our customers and they respond to us in return.
How would you describe your style of photography?
It’s pure photojournalistic. No flash, only natural light, no setting up and only live emotions.
What are some of your favorite local venues?
In Moscow my favorite place is Stariy Arbat. Center of the city, beautiful and interesting place.
Thanks for the interview Dmitry! Use the comment section below to ask him a question or leave a comment.