RO: Hei, aici la WeddingStaff stam de vorba cu Jerry Ghionis. O nebunie, de cand ma stiu am pretuit munca ta. Pentru mine si pentru multi dintre fotografii romani esti un model de succes in fotografia de nunta.

Trebuie sa-ti multumesc pentru raspunsul afirmativ la cererea de interviu. WeddingStaff este o initiativa tanara de 'trezire' a fotografilor romani de nunta. Vrem sa-i facem constienti ca sunt suficient de buni pentru a fi respectati si platiti bine. Respectati nu numai de catre clienti dar si de catre ceilalti fotografi. Cred sincer ca, impartasindu-ti experienta cu ei, vei fi de ajutor in atingerea scopurilor noastre.
Acesta nu este intentionat ca un interviu obisnuit, plicticos. Asa ca te rog sa-mi ierti intrebarile mai putin colocviale. Incerc sa aflu ceva despre tine ca om, deoarece cred ca asta te face un fotograf vestit (bineinteles, pe langa talent).

Daniel: First of all it’s my strong believe that smart people get to do smart things. This also applies to wed photography, because it seems that all well known photographers have that light in their eyes. I saw some videos with you Jerry and you are remarkably charismatic on stage. You have little or no inhibitions when explaining things to others. What drives you? How did you become such a good and relaxed speaker? What is your background in this regard? Would you recommend being smart first and wed photographer second? Or does it really matter?

RO: Sunt de parere ca oamenii destepti fac lucruri destepte. Se aplica si in fotografia de nunta, se pare ca toti fotografii cu notorietate au 'acea lumina in ochi'. Am vazut cateva video-uri cu tine si esti foarte carismatic pe scena. Nu ai deloc inhibitii in a explica altora cum stau lucrurile. Ce te impinge inainte? Cum ai devenit un speaker atat de bun? Care este experienta ta anterioara? Te consideri in primul rand un om destept si in al doilea rand un fotograf de nunta? Sau nu conteaza?

Jerry: Like anything, practice makes perfect.  I have been teaching and speaking publicly for 12 years now and the key to communicating effectively is mastering your craft, the confidence to share it and the ability to communicate in a tangible and entertaining way.  I am a naturally competitive person so whatever I choose to embark on, I usually put 100% effort into it.  I believe you should focus as much, if not more, on the business rather than on the creative elements of photography. Don’t judge your success based on other photographers’ successes. Focus on being the best version of yourself.  But remembering that you don’t have to be the best, you just have to be better than last week.

RO: Ca in orice lucru, practica te duce la perfectiune. Am predat si am tinut seminarii de 12 ani, iar secretul comunicarii eficiente este stapanirea meseriei, increderea in a o dezvalui si altora si abilitatea de a comunica intr-un mod tangibil si distractiv. Sunt o fire competitiva si depun 100% efort in orice imi propun sa fac. Am convingerea ca trebuie sa te ocupi de business cel putin tot atat de mult ca si de elementele creative ce tin de fotografie. Nu iti masura succesul pe baza reusitelor altor fotografi. Concentreaza-te in a deveni cea mai buna versiune a ta. Dar aminteste-ti ca nu trebuie sa fii cel mai bun, trebuie doar sa fii mai bun decat saptamana trecuta.

Daniel: Are you happy being a wed photographer? How much time do you currently devote to working as a wedding photographer and how much to educating others?

RO: Esti fericit ca fotograf de nunta? Cat de mult timp dedici fotografierii nuntilor si cat timp aloci seminariilor / workshop-urilor?

Jerry: I love wedding photography and I believe it’s arguably the hardest genre of photography to master, but also the most rewarding.  Melissa and I shoot up to 20 weddings each year and several portrait and fashion assignments as well.  We currently live in Melbourne, Australia and in Beverly Hills, CA and we spend approximately four months in each city and then another four months travelling abroad for weddings and speaking engagements.

RO: Iubesc fotografia de nunta si cred ca este cel mai greu gen de fotografie dar si cel mai plin de satisfactii. Melissa si cu mine fotografiem pana la 20 de nunti in fiecare an, precum si cateva job-uri de portret si fashion. Locuim in Melbourne (Australia) si in Beverly Hills (California) si petrecem aproximativ patru luni in fiecare oras si alte patru calatorind (nunti si seminarii).

Daniel: If you were The God of wedding photography, what would you change in your believers’ approach to wed photography?

RO: Daca ai fi 'Dumnezeul' fotografiei de nunta, ce ai schimba in abordarea 'credinciosilor tai' in privinta fotografiei de nunta?

Jerry: Success in wedding photography and especially in performing on the wedding day is more about your communication skills and your listening skills and knowing how to read people.  That will go a long way in making you a great photographer rather than focusing on how technically brilliant you are. The ability to have an endearing and attractive personality and the ability to work under pressure while still being technically proficient is especially important.  You almost need to be like a chameleon. In the sense that you need to know how to be relaxed and more down to earth at a casual wedding and at the same time be able to carry yourself professionally when you’re at a high society wedding.

I also believe that assisting at weddings is the best training for any photographer. At the very first wedding that I assisted, I probably learned more than in all of the time I spent in school.  And that was because I was getting on the job, real world training.  At that first wedding I was taught about the direction of light, how to use flash, interacting with clients, working under pressure, working under time constraints.  I literally just carried bags and assisted a photographer for a year and half with no pay while I was working at a camera store selling cameras.  I did all of that just so I could be involved in the industry.  And that’s because when you’re photographing a wedding, you’re actually shooting much more than that. You’re shooting a wedding, portraits and fashion, you’re shooting photojournalistically, shooting product (all the details that you need to document), landscape, etc.  So you’re photographing in all these different genres and under time constraints, weather constraints, different cultures and dealing with different personalities, so I truly believe that a really good wedding photographer can pretty much shoot in any genre.  Artistically, don’t be safe or stay in your comfort zone by going to “pose number 23 in location number 37”.  Comfort zones have never been synonymous with artistic expression.

I encourage new photographers to be as passionate about their business as they are about their photography. Consider yourself a businessperson first who happens to be a photographer.  As a business owner ask yourself, “Am I working in my business or on my business?”  Surround yourself with great people - your studio is only four walls without good staff. Stop being a control freak and get some help.  Educate yourself.  Seminar and workshops can literally change your life.  After all, knowledge is power.  Don’t be too precious about the work.

When it comes to marketing your new business, you should work on marketing that costs you nothing by first asking your clients and vendors for referrals and maximizing relationships with people who can help you.  Also, try a same day slide show at the reception.  It’s the best direct marketing you will ever do and you can also charge good money for it. If you are going to invest in advertising, don’t think about the advertising dollars you are parting with and think instead about the return. Whenever an advertising opportunity presents itself ask yourself, “Is there a better way I can spend this money?” And finally, don’t forget to consider yourself a brand.  Build it and they will come.

One of my favorite mantras has always been that I don’t focus on being the best; I just focus on being better than last week.  I believe this is one of the keys to being successful and consistently creating beautiful images.  By doing that, you become the best that you can be – you realize your own potential.

RO: Succesul in fotografia de nunta si in special in a performa in ziua nuntii tine mai mult de abilitatile de comunicare si de cunoastere a oamenilor. Aceste aspecte vor fi de mai mare ajutor in definirea unui fotograf bun decat abilitatile tehnice desavarsite. In special capacitatea de a te face placut in timp ce lucrezi sub presiune, simultan cu stapanirea tehnicii fotografice. Trebuie sa fii asemenea unui cameleon. In sensul in care trebuie fii relaxat si apropiat de oameni la nuntile obisnuite, iar la nuntile high-end sa ai o atitudine profesionista.
Sunt convins ca perioada petrecuta ca asistent este cea mai buna instruire pentru orice fotograf. La primele nunti la care am 'asistat' am invatat probabil mai mult decat in tot timpul petrecut la scoala. Si asta pentru ca e instruire la locul de munca, concreta. La prima nunta mi s-a explicat directia luminii, cum sa folosesc flash-ul, interactiunea cu clientii, lucrul sub presiune si cu constrangeri de timp. La modul practic am carat genti si am asistat un fotograf timp de un an jumatate fara a fi platit, in timp ce lucram la un magazin foto. Am facut toate astea pentru a deveni membru al 'industriei'. Si pentru ca, atunci cand fotografiezi o nunta, fotografiezi mai mult de atat. Esti fotograf de nunta, portret, fashion, esti jurnalist, fotograf de produse, de peisaj etc. Si fotografiezi toate acestea sub constrangeri de timp, vreme, culturi si personalitati diferite. Asadar cred ca un fotograf de nunta foarte bun poate fotografia orice. Din punct de vedere artistic trebuie sa te feresti de zona de confort, evita 'posing-ul 23 in locatia 37'. Zonele de confort nu au fost niciodata sinonime cu exprimarea artistica.
Ii incurajez pe noii fotografi sa fie la fel de pasionati de business cat sunt de fotografie. Considera-te in primul rand un businessman ce, intamplator, este si fotograf. Ca si antreprenor imi pun intrebarea: 'Sunt proprietarul afacerii mele sau afacerea ma stapaneste?'. Inconjoara-te de oameni talentati. Studio-ul reprezinta doar patru pereti. Nu mai incerca sa ai totul sub control si cere ajutor. Educa-te. Seminariile si workshop-urile iti pot schimba viata. Intotdeauna informatia reprezinta putere. Nu deveni foarte pretentios cu privire la munca ta in sine.
Cand vine vorba de marketarea business-ului, ar trebui sa lucrezi in directiile care nu te costa nimic, cerand clientilor si furnizorilor sa te recomande si maximizand relatiile cu cei care te pot ajuta. Incearca slide-show-ul cu imagini din ziua nuntii chiar in seara respectiva. Va fi cel mai bun marketing direct pe care poti sa-l faci si poti sa ceri si bani pentru el. Daca vei investi in publicitate nu te gandi la banii de care te desparti si gandeste-te la castiguri. De fiecare data cand te intalnesti cu o oportunitate de publicitate gandeste-te: 'Pot face ceva mai bun cu acesti bani?'. Si nu uita ca esti un brand. Construieste-l si clientii vor veni.
Una dintre 'maximele' preferate a fost intotdeauna urmatoarea: 'nu ma concentrez in a deveni cel mai bun ci doar mai bun decat saptamana trecuta'. Cred ca este unul din secretele pentru a avea succes si a crea constant imagini frumoase. Facand asta iti desavarsesti potentialul, devii cea mai buna versiune a ta.


Daniel:
Let’s say you are alone in a room with the most beautiful woman and you’re not married. Would you talk to her about posing or lighting first? What would your approach be?

RO: Sa spunem ca esti singur intr-o camera cu cea mai frumoasa femeie si nu esti casatorit. Vei discuta cu ea prima data despre posing si iluminare? Care ar fi cea mai buna abordare?

Jerry: Oh! Well...

Daniel: Does your continuous development come from within you or does  your circle of close friends drive you forward? How can someone recreate the environment for the birth of a new Ghionis?

RO: Dezvoltarea ta continua vine din interior sau ai prieteni apropiati care te sustin? Cum se poate recrea 'mediul' nasterii unui nou Ghionis?

Jerry:  I am naturally a very driven and motivated person.  And I’m as passionate about bringing the best in myself as I am about bringing it out in others.  I believe a photographer is as good as their last image so complacency does not exist in my psyche.  If you want to be like the greats, be yourself.

RO: Sunt o fire foarte motivata. Si sunt la fel de pasionat in a scoate ce e mai bun din mine, cat si din cei din jurul meu. Cred ca un fotograf este la fel de bun ca si ultima imagine creata, asadar nu suport automultumirea. Daca vrei sa fii asemenea celor mari, trebuie sa fii tu insuti.

Daniel: Is there a competition between you and the other famous Ghionis? Have you split the world in terms of influence? It seems like it from here.

RO: Exista competitie intre tine si alti membri ai familiei cunoscuti? Ati impartit lumea in zone de influenta? Asa pare de aici.

Jerry:  My brother and I have the utmost love and respect for each other as family, individuals and artists.

RO: Si eu si fratele meu avem doar respect si dragoste unul pentru altul, atat ca frati cat si ca artisti.

Daniel: Can you describe your daily average schedule? When do you wake up? How late are you staying up? How much time do you devote to family?

RO: Cum ai drescrie programul unei zile obisnuite? Cand te trezesti? Adormi tarziu? Cat timp dedici familiei?


Jerry
My life does not revolve around routine.  When I do have the opportunity to be at home in Beverly Hills or in Melbourne, I devote a reasonable amount of time to work but realize that without time, health, happiness and family life is nothing.

RO: Viata mea nu include rutina. Cand am ocazia sa fiu acasa, in Beverly Hills sau Melbourne, aloc suficient timp muncii dar trebuie sa realizezi ca nimic nu exista fara timp pentru tine, sanatate, fericire si familie.

Daniel: What is the Ghionis way of creating a shot?

  1. Talk, talk, talk, shoot
  2. Think, talk, shoot
  3. Talk, shoot, think, reshoot
  4. Shoot, shoot, shoot.
  5. Not always the same steps
  6. Other steps involved. Which ones?
  7. Don’t know, I’m not answering this one

RO: Care este modul in care Ghionis creeaza o imagine: 1. Gandeste, vorbeste, fotografiaza; 2. Vorbeste, fotografiaza, gandeste, re-fotografiaza; 3. Fotografiaza, fotografiaza, fotografiaza; 4. De fiecare data e altfel; 5. Alte etape sunt implicate; 6. Nu stiu, nu raspund la intrebarea asta.

Jerry:  There are five steps to a powerful image in my opinion and they are:

  1. I look for the direction of light first;
  2. I look for a complimentary background or location;
  3. I think of a concept, action or pose for my subjects;
  4. {this is also when I finally pick up my camera} I work out my technique – exposure, composition, etc...;
  5. I finesse my image and refine my posing but evoking emotion and expression will mean the difference between photographing a moment rather than a pose.

RO: Exista cinci pasi catre o imagine puternica: 1. Ma uit dupa directia luminii. 2. Caut un background potrivit; 3. Gandesc un concept, actiune sau posing; 4. Stabilesc parametrii tehnici (expunere, compozitie) - acum iau camera in mana; 5. Pun la punct detaliile si posing-ul, dar evocarea emotiilor si expresia fetei fac diferenta dintre fotografierea unui moment si un simplu posing.


Daniel:
  Name three people that made you what you are. Don’t include parents.

RO: Spune-mi trei oameni care te-au definit. Fara parinti.

Jerry Apart from the obvious influence of family and friends, the people who are responsible for the person I am today is the person I was and the person I wanted to be.  My wife, Melissa, has really brought out the best in me like no other.  She’s made me believe in love and truly makes me want to be a better person.  The value she gives me as a person has truly made me a better photographer, business person and teacher.

RO: Lasand la o parte influentele evidente ale familiei si prietenilor, oamenii care sunt responsabili pentru ce sunt astazi sunt: Jerry care a fost si ce mi-am propus sa devin. Sotia mea, Melissa, a reliefat ce e mai bun in mine cum n-a facut-o nimeni. M-a determinat sa cred in dragoste si ma face sa imi doresc sa fiu un om mai bun. Valoarea pe care mi-o da ca om m-a facut un fotograf mai bun, un om de afaceri mai bun si un 'educator' mai bun.

Daniel: In terms of finances, can you afford anything you want right now? Is Ghionis wed photography a successful business for you? Would you want a Porsche?

RO: In termeni financiari, iti permiti tot ce vrei? Este fotografia de nunta o afacere de succes pentru tine? Ti-ai dori un Porsche?

Jerry:  Wedding photography as a business has been very successful for me.  The harder I work, the more “blessed” I am :)

RO: Fotografia de nunta ca afacere a fost extrem de profitabila pentru mine. Cu cat muncesc mai mult, cu atat sunt mai 'binecuvantat :)

Daniel:  Are you Photoshop addicted? Or do you just shoot and let others finish up?

RO: Esti dependent de Photoshop? Sau doar fotografiezi si ii lasi pe altii sa se ocupe de finisare?

Jerry:  I don’t know how to Photoshop, but I know how to pay someone else to do it for me.

RO: Nu prea stiu Photoshop, dar stiu cum sa platesc pe cineva sa o faca pentru mine./p>

Daniel: Can you show us the one photo of you that you love the most? Who took/made it?

RO: Poti sa ne arati una din imaginile cu tine pe care o indragesti cel mai mult? Cine a facut-o?

Jerry I have always been more comfortable behind the camera.  But photographing myself with my bride, Melissa, in the mirror would have to be some of the special images to me.

RO: M-am simtit intotdeauna mai bine in spatele camerei. Dar ne-am fotografiat in oglinda, eu si mireasa mea Melissa, si cred ca sunt imaginile cele mai dragi cu mine.

Daniel: Would you feel that being a member of professional associations is worth it? Or is it just a waste of time?

RO: Crezi ca merita sa fii membru intr-o comunitate profesionala? Sau e doar pierdere de timp?

Jerry I would not be where I am today without the support, platform and mutual inspiration that I found through professional associations in our industry.

RO: Nu as fi astazi ceea ce sunt fara sustinerea si inspiratia reciproca oferita in interiorul comunitatilor profesionale ale industriei noastre.


Daniel:
 Do you agree or disagree with the following?

  1. I’m a success addict
  2. I think I’m the best in wed photography
  3. Karl Lagerfeld is the best fashion photographer
  4. Romanian wedding photographers are among the best in the world
  5. The best image in my portfolio was pure luck.

RO:Esti de acord sau nu cu urmatoarele: 1. Sunt dependent de succes; 2. Cred ca sunt cel mai bun fotograf de nunta; 3. Karl Lagerfeld este cel mai bun fotograf de fashion; 4. Fotografii romani de nunta sunt printre cei mai buni din lume; 5. Cea mai buna imagine din portofoliul meu s-a datorat norocului.

Jerry:

  1. It depends on what your version of success is.  I am addicted to a healthy balanced life.
  2. No.  There is no such thing as the best in a creative field.  It is all subjective.
  3. See answer to #2.  By the way I think he is a better designer than he is a photographer.
  4. I haven’t been exposed to many Romanian photographers although every country has many jewels to their crown.
  5. Definitely no.  In fact, I photography my favourite image several months ago and it took my about 15-20 minutes to create it.

RO: 1. Depinde de tipul de succes. Sunt dependent de o viata sanatoasa; 2. Nu, nu exista 'cel mai bun' intr-o activitate creativa. Totul e subiectiv; 3. Vezi raspunsul de la 2. Dar cred ca e un designer mai bun decat ca fotograf; 4. Nu am cunoscut multi fotografi romani, desi fiecare tara are multe nestemate in coroana; 5. Sigur nu. De fapt, am creat fotografia mea favorita acum cateva luni si mi-a luat cam 15-20 de minute sa o obtin.

Daniel: Let’s imagine the following: photo session, harsh mid-­‐day light, incredible hot, ugly bride, bored groom, dirt poor photographer, dust all around, below average equipment, bank loan overdue. The name of the photographer is Nicu. If you were Nicu, what would you do right there? And on the long term? (and please don’t say: get a real job).

RO: Sa ne imaginam urmatoarele: sesiune foto, lumina de pranz tare, foarte cald, mireasa urata, mire plictisit, fotograf amarat, praf peste tot, echipament sub medie, rata la banca neplatita. Numele fotografului e Nicu (nume luat la intamplare, nu se refera la nimeni anume). Daca ai fi Nicu, ce ai face in acel moment? Dar pe termen lung? Si, te rog, nu spune: angajeaza-te!

Jerry:  I’d say fulfill your current commitment to the best of your ability.  Overall, take what you do seriously, educate yourself and your clients for a more professional approach and execution.

RO: As spune sa realizez jobul din fata ta punand la bataie cele mai bune abilitati ale tale. In general, fii serios in ceea ce faci, educa-te pe tine si educa-ti clientii inspre o abordare si executie din ce in ce mai profesionista.


Daniel:
If you have to choose between a skillful Photoshop artist/average photographer and a great-­‐inspired photographer/poor photoshoper, whom would you choose as your wedding photographer?

RO: Daca ar fi sa alegi intre un un artist in Photoshop dar fotograf meiu si un fotograf exceptional dar nepriceput in Photoshop, pe cine ai alege ca fotograf al nuntii tale?

Jerry:  I would always choose the better photographer.

RO:Voi alege intotdeauna fotograful mai bun.

Daniel: What magazines are you reading for your inspiration? Websites?

RO: Ce reviste te inspira? Website-uri?

Jerry I have been obsessed with magazines for the ipad lately.  I subscribe to Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and V magazine.  Music and cinema provide me with my other sources of inspiration.

RO: Sunt destul de preocupat de revistele pe Ipad in ultima vreme. Am abonament la Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar si V magazine. Muzica si filmele imi ofera alte surse pretioase de inspiratie.

Daniel: Can you share with us your best line (words) when posing a couple? And worst?

RO: Spune-mi cea mai buna replica atunci cand realizezi posing-ul unui cuplu. Si cea mai neinspirata.

Jerry: “Pretend to be happy.” That can be the best and the worst.  But probably the worst line could actually be from a guest who looked at the back of my camera. “That’s a beautiful photograph.  You must have a fantastic camera.”

RO: 'Simuleaza fericirea!' (Prefa-te fericit!). Asta poate fi si cea mai buna si cea mai proasta replica. Dar probabil ca cea mai neinspirata replica ar putea fi cea data de un invitat ce se uita peste umarul tau: 'Ce imagine frumoasa. Cred ca ai o camera foto fantastica!'.

Daniel: What makes a wedding image outstanding? (the three most important characteristics).

RO: Ce anume defineste o fotografie de nunta ca fiind superba?

Jerry:  Impeccable lighting and posing are the most important technical elements to a photograph. Story and emotion are probably the second most important element.  And the third is the “wow” factor – memorability.

RO:RO: Iluminare si posing impecabile sunt cele mai importante aspecte tehnice ale unei fotografii. Povestea si emotia sunt al doilea element. Iar al treilea element este factorul 'wow' - memorabilitatea.

Daniel: What makes a wedding photographer successful? (also three).

RO: Cum definesti succesul fotografului de nunta?

Jerry:  Commitment to craft; understanding of business and profitability; time to reap and enjoy the rewards.

RO: Dedicare meseriei, intelegerea notiunilor de business si profitabilitate, alocarea timpului pentru a te bucura de satisfactiile meseriei.

Daniel: Can Jerry Ghionis be more successful than he already is?

RO:Ar putea avea Jerry Ghionis un succes mai mare decat are deja?

Jerry:  It depends on what one’s version of success is.  No one has the ability to ever reach their peak.  There is always room for improvement, balance and profit.

RO: Depinde de tipul de succes. Nimeni nu poate depasi varful propriu de succes. Exista intotdeauna loc de imbunatatiri, echilibru si profit.

Daniel: Ok, now I’m going to ask you: What f-­‐stop do you use the most and what lens? Scratch that. What is your opinion regarding the future of our line of work?

RO: Ok, acum am sa te intreb: ce diafragma si ce lentila folosesti de obicei? Glumesc. Ce parere ai despre viitorul meseriei noastre?

Jerry Unfortunately, I believe the wedding market is shrinking. I often hear the words “adapt or die” and they certainly ring true.  More couples will only want digital files and unfortunately the number of photographers who don’t respect the craft will increase. All that being said, there will always be a market for well crafted photography and a great experience.

RO: Din nefericire, cred ca piata de nunti scade. Am auzit adesea expresia 'adapteaza-te sau dispari' si contine mult adevar. Mult mai multe cupluri isi doresc doar negativele digitale iar numarul de fotografi care nu respecta 'meseria' va creste. Cu toatea astea, va exista intotdeauna o piata pentru fotografii talentati si experimentati.

Daniel: What does it take to be a Romanian Jerry Ghionis? (I’m interested in this one; I want to become Jerry tomorrow).

RO:Cum poate cineva deveni Jerry Ghionis romanesc (sunt interesat de asta, vreau sa devin Jerry chiar maine).

Jerry: Jerry Ghionis applying for citizenship in Romania.  LOL

RO: Trebuie ca Jerry Ghionis sa aplice pentru cetatenie romana! :)

Daniel: It is a true honor to learn from your experience. Thank you once again for this interview.

RO: Este o onoare sa invatam din experienta ta indelungata si iti multumim mult pentru interviu.

Reamintim membrilor WeddingStaff cau au 10% reducere la seminarul lui Jerry Ghionis din Bucuresti 1-2 octombrie 2012. Pentru a primi reducerea cititi articolul initial.

BIO Jerry Ghionis

Widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis is based in Melbourne, Australia and Beverly Hills, California and travels frequently on international photography assignments and speaking engagements. With the flair of a fashion designer and the ingenuity of an architect, his style can be described where vintage glamour meets contemporary fashion. Renowned for his creativity, he not only has the ability to capture the natural magic on your wedding day but he creates magic of his own. His natural love and empathy for people creates powerful visual story telling.

Jerry was named in the first ever list of Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo magazine. He won the WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) Wedding Album of the Year for eight times among his long list of accolades and WPPI included Jerry in their Top Five Wedding Photographers in the World. Jerry was also named as the 2011 Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year by the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).

For four years in a row Jerry has achieved the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Diamond Level Photographer of the Year Award. In 2011 Jerry was named by PDN magazine as one of the top photography workshop instructors in the world.

Jerry’s most recent passion is the creation of a non-profit charitable foundation with his wife, Melissa, named the Soul Society. The Soul Society cares for poor, homeless and orphan children in third world countries - www.thesoulsociety.org.

See Jerry’s work at www.jerryghionis.com

Visit Jerry’s blog at www.jerryghionisblog.com

Seminars, Workshops, Educational Products and online learning, visit www.theicesociety.com

Interviu realizat de Daniel Chindea si echipa WeddingStaff. Ne asumam eventualele erori de traducere. Consideram ca interviul de fata reprezinta o oglinda in care fiecare dintre noi poate privi si se poate auto-evalua in raport cu activitatea bine-cunoscuta a fotografului de nunta Jerry Ghionis.

Multumim Raul Stefanescu pentru ajutorul dat in corectarea greselilor de limba engleza.

Toate imaginile din acest articol apartin Jerry Ghionis. Au fost puse la dispozitia WeddingStaff pentru ilustrarea articolului. Orice utilizare a imaginilor sau textului articolului fara consimtamantul autorilor se pedepseste! Serios!