Our “SLR Lounge Awards Artist Feature” articles highlight SLR Lounge Awards winners, some of the very best photographers around the globe. This article features Florin Stefan of Florin Stefan Fotograf (Craiova, Romania). Florin is an internationally recognized wedding photographer, with six Fearless Awards to his credit. He entered his Apex Award-winning photograph into the wedding photojournalism category in December, 2018.
Read on as Florin talks about his journey into wedding photography. He discusses the importance of attending workshops. Also, Florin talks about how he is able to photograph long hours on wedding days. (Hint: he’s super fit!)
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Florin, thanks for taking the time to join us for an interview! First of all, tell us about how you first got into wedding photography. Additionally, what’s your favorite part about photographing weddings?
In 2009, my ex-wife and I had a floral business. Photographers didn’t send any photographs with our flowers to us. So, I decided to learn how to use a camera. When we divorced, it was the main thing that I did. I began photographing seriously in 2013, and wedding photography in 2014.
What do I love the most about wedding photography? Definitely the people. I love people!
Talk to us about photographing weddings in Romania.
It’s actually quite challenging. I think Romanian weddings are the longest in all of Europe. Most of them last between 14 and 18 hours. You have to stay fit for sure.
For that reason, I participate in a lot of sports. For example, last year I walked the famous Camino de Santiago Francés (900 km). And this year I am training for the IRONMAN 70.3 (St. Pölten, Austria).
Other than that? First, you have to eat healthy. Second, you must stay hydrated/drink a lot of water. You will have a problem during long weddings if you do not!
Solid advice. Our weddings average 15 hours, so we can definitely relate. We’d love to hit you up for some additional advice! What do recommend for wedding photographers looking to improve their photography skills?
Other than working hard as hell? Above all, going to workshops has been very important for me. I always attend, with great joy, the Fearless Photographers Conference and WEDDCAMP. In fact, I try to attend one or two conferences each year. This year, I’ll get to see Two Mann in Romania in June! For me, if I can learn one thing from attending a conference, I am very happy.
You’re also an active speaker/educator. Where can photographers connect with you as a speaker?
Well, I recently spoke at shootLess in Romania. Next, I’ll speak at the Bulgarian National Association of Professional Wedding Photographers and Videographers’ 8th International Forum for Wedding Photographers and Videographers.
Rad! Before you go, Florin, what’s something that other photographers might not know about you/would find surprising about you?
Easy! I also work at KISS FM. It’s Romania’s No. 1 radio station!
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