“Each wedding is a timeless experience that blends intricate details with the unique personalities of individual couples…” These are wise, observant words from the talented Leo Patrone, a film photographer whose work has been featured by both Style Me Pretty and Kinfolk magazine. He approaches each of his events with extraordinary attention to detail, and his desire to capture genuine human emotion helps him create photographs that are full of warmth and joy.
How do you develop a synergetic relationship with your client?
I think the most important part is communication. With every wedding I always make sure I clearly communicate with clients my approach to wedding photography and my goals when photographing an event. For me, the key to creating the photographs my clients want is to make sure they trust my vision completely. I also try to make sure people are always comfortable in front of the camera. This allows their personalities to be reflected in the images.
How do you maintain a balance between your artistic vision and your client’s expectation?
This is definitely rooted in the trust your client has in you. If a client has complete trust in what you do, then you won’t have to balance your artistic vision and your client’s expectation. If a photographer has to compromise his or her vision, it’s a clear indication that the client hired the wrong person. I believe an artist needs freedom to create.
Do you find it important for the client to connect with your vision as an artist?
The client connecting with your vision is probably the most important aspect of a photographer’s relationship with a client. If the client doesn’t connect with your vision, then chances are they won’t be happy with the end result.
Do you think it is important to connect with your client on an emotional level?
Definitely. A wedding is a very emotional event. And photography is inherently intimate. If you ignore or can’t connect with people’s emotions at a wedding, maybe you should do something else.
What is the biggest misconception about working with brides?
I believe each person is a universe—they are unique in their own ways. I don’t like the idea of categorizing or stereotyping people. It doesn’t work. Approaching each person and each wedding with this in mind will help tremendously when working with people.
For more information on Leo visit his website www.leopatronephotography.com and his blog