Interview: Horacio Arriaza
Today we go abroad and catch up with Spanish wedding photographer Horacio Arriaza.
So firstly how long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into in?
I’ve been doing wedding photography since 2008, but I feel I’m starting afresh every year.
I started doing wedding photography because I did two family weddings, my cousin and my sister-in-law. Actually, when I started doing photography I loved landscape photography and I never imagined I’d be doing wedding photography,
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I like the fact that every wedding is unique and you never know what will happen. People can laugh and cry, there are many emotions in the atmosphere. Wedding photography also gives me the opportunity to travel and meet people, I love it.
When a couple choose me as their wedding photographer I feel happy because they want me to tell one of the most important stories of their lives. The birth of a child will be another great story.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I don’t know how to describe my style, I do what I feel like. I like to capture many moments and creative portraits. I don’t want to do traditional portraits.
When I have to connect to the couple I talk a lot, talk, talk, talk and talk some more. I talk about myself because I want them to know me and I ask them about their hobbies, professions, … and when I find something we have in common that is where it all starts. When you talk about things in common, everything is fine. So when I talk about myself, then they open their hearts and tell me about themselves and what they like and dislike, that’s how I find the points we have in common.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
They have to choose the wedding photographer they like. Look at their photographs and when you like one of them, then you need to meet this photographer. Talk to the photographer by chat, skype, email… You have to be sure that this photographer is your ideal photographer.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy every moment. But I always tell them the night before the wedding they have to rest well.
Finally …. whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I have had many beautiful moments, sometimes when the couple are dancing I’ve cried. But perhaps my most emotional moment in a wedding was when I got married.
My wedding photographer was Fer Juaristi. I met Fer 2 years ago, and he’s a very good friend, like a brother. For me my wedding photos were very important, and I wanted him to be my photographer. Fer Juaristi is one of the best wedding photographers today, for me he is the best. Fer is from Mexico, but he’s a destination wedding photographer and works around the world.
So, my best moment was when I was in front of the camera. Thank you Fer, Reelove, and all the friends who helped them: The Films Zarrio, Fran Carmona, Juanlu Galan, and Valentin Gámiz.
We wish you all the best for the future, is there anything our UK photographers can do to help?
Well now we are in Europe we have to work together and help each other. Would any of my British colleagues like to do a wedding in Spain with me? Travel between the UK and Spain is cheap, and you could stay in my home. The weather here is very nice. I would also like to do some weddings in the UK. I could be your second shooter. What do you think of my idea?
Many thanks to taking time out to chat with us and let us know how you get in the UK!