I often ask myself which is the difference between a shooting that makes me feel really happy and those ones where I feel that something is still missing. I discovered with this portrait session that this difference is given by how much I’m able to put my clients at ease with me an my cameras. It’s not just about being a good photographer, but most important of all is the ability we must have in observing and talking. Empathy is the key. Irin and Robbert wrote me few months ago telling she do love my works, asking for a couple portrait photography session in Florence (probably this is another key-point: if clients chose me because the very like what I do, they’ll be more inclined to trust me). After few emails we decide to split the time they were investing with me in two different sessions. While we shot the first part in the Florentine sunrise, we decided to shift for the second one in the Tuscan Countryside, close to the AirBnb house where they were staying while in Italy. If the first part is more close to a lifestyle portrait session, the second one is more romantic and intimate. It’s pretty easy to guess why: we already broke the ice the day before and on the second day it was definitely easier for them to be just themselves, while facing my camera. All of this might just seem a series of deductions without reading the amazing words Irin wrote me after seeing these photos.
If you feel like a bit of true life – a kind of magic sparkling light – that’s going through all these photos, I’d be happy to know it. As photographers our research never ends and our capacity grows with us. It’s an definitely a doping sensation the one when you feel you’re touching up the soul of two human beings you never met before.