Italian Wedding Photographer

Photography, Retouching, Albums & Products

Portrait on swing at Tenuta di Sticciano

The Essentials:

Question: Do you work alone or with an assistant? Answer: Both.

At most events, I work alone. I believe your wedding is a private and intimate moment that you want to share with the most important people in your lives. Photographers and videographers have the privilege of documenting your celebration but you don’t want your day overrun with cameras and people like a film set!

In most cases, one photographer is better because:

  1. Less distraction. You only have to focus on one person. If you have two photographers and two videographers filming you it is confusing to know which one you have to look at.
  2. It is easier to get to know them and therefore share some chemistry. That means better photos.
  3. For me, it’s about quality, not quantity. I’d rather have fewer high-quality photos rather than thousands of average ones.
  4. One photographer means a consistent style of photography from start to finish.

On the other hand, there are events that need a second or third photographer. This could be due to locations or logistics or very large numbers of guests. In this case, I have trained associates that are ready to accompany me.

Bride and bridesmaids at wedding in Settignano

Storyteller

My job is to create an artistic record that tells the story of your wedding. I prefer to photograph complete events from start to finish. I will accept shorter jobs but I prefer to photograph the entire event because as a storyteller I like to tell the whole story and not just a part of it. Also, I would never undertake more than one job a day so it doesn’t really make a difference if it requires 8 or 12 hours.

I’m told my style is unique; you can read my thoughts about it and get a good feel for my work whilst browsing the portfolios, or you can view the real wedding galleries.

Equipment and Retouching

I shoot digital. I like film and acknowledge that it has some interesting and valid characteristics but its limitations don’t match my style of photography. Film photography works well in bright situations with lots of lights. Poorly lit rooms, dark churches, candlelit receptions and nighttime parties are not good for film photography.

I post-process my images and also retouch. If you shoot film you can’t do this. Well, you can, but it wouldn’t make much sense as you need to shoot film, send it away to be scanned so that you then have a digital file to retouch. So you may as well have just shot digital in the first place.

I retouch my images in a sympathetic and understanding way. I want to enhance the inherent qualities of the images but keep them looking natural. I think retouching is important for many reasons, but one of the most obvious ones for a wedding photographer is that a bride or groom can spend months preparing for their wedding to then find that the stress gets to them and they break out in a spot or two or they get bitten by a mosquito! If you shoot on film then those special gifts you received on your wedding day will be there to stay. However, with digital, I can take care of those issues quite easily.

Simply elegant bride

Albums and Prints

To give life to your photos you need to print them. I create fine art wedding albums, each one is carefully made by hand in Italy. The materials are gorgeous including prestigious leathers, suedes, fabrics and woods. A wedding album should be a family heirloom that gets passed down the generations and as such it has to be stunning and of very high quality. Enlargements such as canvases and wraps are also available and will look incredible on the walls of your home.

What next?

You can read some reviews or see some of my publications. You might also like to read my advice on how to select the right photographer.

“Extraordinary exists all around us. Photography should not make it mundane.”

©Jules Bower

Italian and destination wedding photographer Jules Bower photographs weddings in Italy, Europe and worldwide. His unique approach and expertise arrive from not only an obsession with photography but also because he owned one of the first and most successful wedding planning agencies in Italy.

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