Interview by MyWed

Interview with the photographer by MyWed

 

  • The secret we all want to reveal – who is the best wedding photographer in Málaga?

    Jhan Siraj, Candid Camera Wedding Photography. We provide the complete service based on your day.Fantastic images of different types, with no time restraints or image count restrictions. We fit to your special day, we don't expect you to fit with our schedule.

  • Do you look good in pictures?

    Everyone looks good in pictures.

  • How did you start working in the wedding photography field?

    I began as a fashion photographer, but found it hollow. Wedding and portraiture has so much depth and is always new. We are all unique so photographing this is always a new experience.

  • What are the key elements that make a photo attractive?

    Honesty, reality and those special poses with a creative background and atmospheric lighting.

  • Do you like travelling?

    I love travelling.

  • What is there in your work that brings you joy?

    Seeing the reactions when the customer receives their photographs. They usually expect the usual wedding photo's, but when they get a complete photographic story from us it really lights them up. The candid, documentary, beautiful couple and traditional images all combine into an experience. That is a feeling that is worth every moment.

  • Is there anything in your work that you don't like or even hate?

    Not really, i love every moment.

  • Can you imagine what wedding photography will be like in future?

    I hope the quality and creativity is still there and the demand for special photographs of the special day is still in demand. I imagine a generation will probably miss out on this, but they will make sure their next generation will not.

  • What makes wedding photography different from other photography genres?

    Wedding photography incorporates all other genres, with the added restriction of time. It is truly exhilarating shooting weddings, but this is a genre for the very experienced. Being able to adjust in split seconds is like a bird having to adjust flight in a tornado. But what a ride.

  • How do you deal with criticism?

    Criticism is normal. Art without criticism is not art. It is there to ask questions, not answer them.I welcome criticism and my greatest critic is myself. Constructive criticism is as welcome as compliments, but self-insecurity based criticism is really not useful at all.

  • Are there tendencies in wedding photography?

    There is a tendency for photographers to revert to traditional, pre-selected poised images. The ones that have been around since photography has. They treat the occasion as a job for them with strict rules and times. I don't like this. The day is about the wedding couple and so you must fit to them. Every wedding is unique and so it should be approached in this manner. It is what makes them amazing for the photographer.Being so structured and rigid, just does not pay the day the respect it deserves.Always go beyond expectation.

  • What should future newlyweds pay attention to when looking for a wedding photographer?

    Talk to them.We prefer to speak to our customers, either online or in person. We are very strict with the couples privacy so we never publish images without their consent.
    The wedding images are private and personal, so the couple have to be sure they can trust the photographer and click with the photographer.For us, their wedding is our wedding. We want to be a part of it to. It is an honour and a privilege to be responsible for so much.Always be sure the photographer cares, otherwise bypass them immediately. Penny pinching is a sure fire way to filter them out.

  • What is absolutely unacceptable when taking photos?

    Rudeness and pressure. It is fun, if it is not, then it is not a photograph.

  • What details that usually pass unnoticed can a wedding photographer capture?

    All those moments the bride and groom don't have the chance to see. Actual moments and expressions by people they love.That is a magic moment for the photographer and a great big smile for the couple.

  • What makes a photo valuable? What are the key features of a great photo?

    Honesty, expression. A moment that is completely unique and genuine.

  • Who is the 21st century symbol to your mind?

    No idea

  • Can you specify whom would you love to shoot?

    David Bailey. Many rock stars and old Hollywood film actors. Clint Eastwood would be cool.I like people who have been photographed a lot. It is a real challenge to creativity to find that new shot.

  • Is there anything in your work that you treat as prohibited "tricks"?

    Never. Real people, real photographs. The tricks are for the clowns 🙂

  • Do you believe in the superstition that a photo replicates the soul of the pictured person?

    The human body expresses what the soul feels. Therefore, yes i do believe a photograph captures the soul.

  • Who would you choose to try taking photos with?

    David Bailey

  • Is there anything that worries you? What & why?

    Not really. Maybe the overwhelming numbers of people who buy cameras and call themselves photographers. This causes a lot of confusion for the customer, and in turn, a lot of disappointment. A wedding should not have disappointments.Delusional photographers are everywhere.

  • What moment in your life you treat as the most significant one?

    Birth.

  • What cartoon, film or book character would you become if you had a chance?

    Star Wars, why not? :). I would be Boba Fett's best mate.....

  • What person in your life is your muse & source of inspiration?

    My daughter.

  • What is success to you? How can one measure it?

    Inner happiness. Doing what you love without the constraint of having to have more than everyone else.

  • What's better – when you are liked or are respected?

    Both are as important as each other.

  • What mistake in your professional experience you treat as the biggest one?

    Mistakes are lessons to be learnt. I look at now and the future, the past has gone and is only there to learn from.

  • When travelling, what do you usually take with you & why?

    A camera, to take pictures.

  • What devices that you own you regret you bought and why?

    I never regret. Just sell them on.

  • How do you improve your photography skills?

    I never stop learning. No-one should.Only an idiot knows everything and only a genius knows nothing.To me, this makes a lot of sense.

  • Whose works made an impact on you as a wedding photographer?

    David Bailey, even though he was not a wedding photographer. His style, technique, vision and attitude mesmerised me and clicked with me.

  • What would you have preferred to learn before becoming a photographer?

    I only ever wanted to be a photographer.

  • What key message are you trying to convey with your pictures?

    That people are unique and should celebrate this, rather than trying to conform to a standardised image of a person. We are humans, not production line robots.Embrace individuality, it is what makes us all equal and special.

  • What makes you continue shooting?

    People.

  • In your opinion, should your parents have been more or less strict to you as a child?

    Less

  • Imagine that you can travel back in time. What would you do differently?

    Bet on the events that i would now know the outcomes of. 🙂

  • Is there life in the Universe?

    Of course, we are living it.

  • Whom can you name as people you respect and admire most?

    Anyone who tries.

  • Whom can you name as a person/people not deserving respect?

    Nazi's

  • How do you spend your leisure time?

    Sports, walking, climbing, Scuba etc....

  • What side of you do you never show to the public?

    I dont hide.

  • When are you totally satisfied with the results of your work?

    When the customers face lights up.

  • Do you believe in the traditional gender roles?

    No, gender roles are just silly.

  • Do you make friends with ease?

    Yes

  • Where would you prefer to live?

    The red Sea, so i can dive every day.

  • What thing is the silliest one you've ever agreed to do?

    Too many to mention.

  • Do you believe in life after wedding?

    Of course. A relationship truly begins after wedlock.

  • Have a best-loved joke? Share it with us!

    Why did the squirrel fall out of the tree?
    because it was dead.Why did the other squirrel fall out for the tree?
    He thought it was a game.I really don't know why, but i just like it.

  • Cats or dogs?

    Dogs

  • Do you hate anyone or anything? Who or what?

    Not really.

  • Do you shoot wedding photos only?

    No, i love portraiture, underwater and street.

  • Life is great thanks to:

    Mother nature and Lady luck.

  • The most troubling thing in life is:

    The deterioration of the earth by greed.

  • What would you prefer to change around you?

    Have more nature.

  • What would you alter in yourself if possible?

    Patience.

  • What would you prefer to change in the world?

    The corruption.

  • Give some advice to a wedding photographer who is a beginner.

    Do not jump in. Practice practice practice. This is a one off day, you mess it up you will hurt a lot of wonderful people.My advice, assist a professional for 3 to 5 years then consider it.

  • Imagine aliens come to our planet. You are the first human they meet. What would you tell them?

    Don't visit the United States via Mexico.

  • If you have a chance to shoot a movie, what genre will you choose?

    Comedy.

  • What are your plans for tomorrow?

    Cinema with the family and a little work.