Interview: Dalibora Bijelic Photography
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I have been photographing weddings for 5 years now. I started with photography as a 13 year-old girl and it was my great passion ever since. Meanwhile I finished law school and photography was just a hobby. But, since the passion was strong and I am one of those who believe one should always follow his/hers passion, I started more seriously with photography and even got my photography degree. Now I have the most beautiful job I could ever imagine – I’m doing what I love the most.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I love the emotions. I’m a true romantic and sucker for love. At weddings I witness true emotions and that’s what I love the most about photographing weddings.
What is your favorite part of the day?
Honestly, I really can’t say I have a favorite part of the wedding day. Preparations of the bride, when her father sees her for the first time, first look, tears during the ceremony, all the happiness during the reception time… they are all amazing moments that inspire me and I love them all!
How would you describe your style and approach?
My style is a mixture of few – art, modern, documentary, romantic. That is also me in 4 words. I like to consider myself as an observer, not intrusive, paying attention to small things that make the great picture.
Who, or what inspires you?
There is a great variety of what inspires me. I find inspiration in books, movies, photography and art exhibitions, traveling, nature… everything that surrounds us, little things. People I meet. Inspiration can truly be found anywhere.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
My biggest advice would be – define what you want from your wedding photographer, take your time to go through the portfolios, talk to your chosen photographer, so that the both of you can be „on the same page“. Trust is a very important thing, but also knowing how your photographer thinks and does things, getting to know each other in general.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Some tips about location, light and certain part of the day for the couple shots, definitely, as far as photography is concerned. And for the rest of it – the most important tip would be this: you have already done everything in your power to organize a perfect wedding day. On the day of your wedding – let go. Let go of the fear that something might go wrong. That it might be raining. Or that the flowers won’t look perfect. Or that you might step on your dress. Whatever it is, just let go. It’s YOUR DAY. And it’s going to be amazing! Be yourselves.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
I’m a traveler. I love being somewhere new. It is hard to choose just one place in the world, because my wish is to travel the whole world. But, let’s say I’d love to capture a wedding on New Zealand because of its amazing nature. I’d love to go there someday.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
Few years back, I went to Germany to capture a beautiful wedding in bavarian forest. I have spent there 5 wonderful days and I was taken as a member of their family. A day before their church wedding me and my assistant were asked to join them at their house for dinner. We were all sitting at a round table in their dinning room, drinking coffee, talking about life and art, exchanging life experiences from all over the world, and all I could think of was how lucky I am. To have chosen this amazing job that has led me to these beautiful people. That feeling was more than any money can give you. Feeling of doing what you love.