|Neophyte Photographer : Francis B.|
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How long have you been in the business of capturing the bride & groom’s moments?
Artworx Studio has been in business here in Cambodia for 3 years now. Some of the photographers in the team have been doing photography work in Cambodia for more than 5 years. Personally, I am a neophyte in this niche. I have been exposed to the creative industry for quite some time now but previously, have not really been into capturing nuptials and ceremonies. *grin*
What is your area of photography specialty? Is it more Portraitures or you prefer Actual Wedding photography?
The entire team specializes on wedding photography. A great image is a great image, whether portrait or candid moments, but here in Cambodia, portraiture is a very big thing. They (clients) want everyone and every guests to have a portrait photo captured. Most couples would request that their wedding portraits be with the famed Angkor temples as the backdrop, and that is more important to them than the actual captured moments of the ceremonies. This is Cambodia we're talking about so it is different culture. And we at Artworx practise this : The couple’s preference should always be the priority.
Do tell us what is the creative thought process that goes through a photographer’s head when he sets about shooting his clients.
It is imperative to know the client. Know their love-story, their cultural orientation, and all will fall into its proper place. Be aware of what the client wants for an output, then imagine it, and capture it. The creative thought process shouldn’t only involve the photographer but the clients as well. Third party opinions like “The Wedding Planners” is also a lot of help. (Ed. : Thanks for the mention, Francis!)
In your opinion, what is the learning curve for you as a photographer in this country?
Cambodia is a photographer’s playground. Wonderful culture and imagery. There are so many things to explore and so many things to learn. Practice makes perfect. I do repeatedly photograph the same subjects to hone my skills. One day, I will be a specialist in that particular subject matter *laughs*
Do you think there is a great potential for the wedding industry in Cambodia to grow?
Definitely. And us, as industry vendors, we can say that we are experiencing the growth. It’s not quick, but we’ll definitely get there. To me personally, Cambodia and weddings will always be associated with each other.
How often do you work with other local Cambodian photographers? What are your thoughts on this?
There were several occasions that we have to work with local Khmer photographers. We had to look at things on a different paradigm. We enjoyed working with them, shared our knowledge, and the other way around, they have also imparted theirs to us. Besides, this is their country; they know their culture more than we expats do.
Before we part – can you share 5 Top Tips for the couple when choosing their Wedding Photographer?
· Assess your needs – figure out what you want and what you need. And how much you are willing to spend.
· Do a research – know your photographer, check out their portfolio.
· Your wedding, your choice – Not your parents, not your friends. It’s your photo which will be taken after all. There are many photographers out there but make sure you choose the one that matches your preference.
· Do not bargain – Photographers are artists too. On your wedding day, the photographers will give their best and not bargain with you the quality of photo they will deliver.
· Sign a contract – Protect yourself. It’s your photos. Know your rights.And THANK YOU so much for your time, Francis! All the best to Artworx Studio!!
|Dreamy Wedding Portraitures amidst the famed Angkor temple grounds. |
Photography by Artworx Studio