10 Questions: Francesco Bognin

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Francesco Bognin lives in Verona, Italy with his girlfriend Valentina and dog Noce – a wedding photographer (by accident, he says) and an osteopath (we suspect, by design). Francesco believes a life worth living for should be filled with ambitions – and we believe him. You’ll agree too when you see his photography – raw moments captured so beautifully with a unique point of view. That’s what weddings are all about when you want to look back and remember them.

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1. What is life to you? What it should be?

For me, life is a mission. I think the best thing is to have goals and fight with all your strength to achieve them, a life without ambition is a life not worth living. Obviously I am not speaking only of professional ambitions but also human, find the right person, make a family etc. Life should be this, an obstacle course with the results to be achieved, first alone and then in two.  

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2. There are a lot of professions out there – why be a photographer?

I became a photographer by accident, it was not in my plans and I never thought to do this work. There are no other photographers in my family, the only other artist was my grandfather, who died before I was born, he was a painter. I started taking pictures by accident, I found myself one day with a camera in my hand and I have not stopped since. I think photography chose me and not the other. In life I studied to become an osteopath, and today I make both of these beautiful works.                            

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3. How much is your family an influence on the way you view life, see things?

My parents are teachers, who have always been great parents with me. I have many fond childhood memories growing up. I think their greatest influence on me has been to learn to organise and manage the time I have available, and believe strongly in what I do. Now that I’m all grown up, sometimes I wish they had taught me to be even more ambitious!

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4. What is your favourite non-photography passtime?

I love watching movies! I love going to the movies and I often go alone in the evenings of weekdays as  there are fewer people, sometimes not a single soul, and I feel like I’m on the couch in my house, with the difference that I have a big screen in front of me 😉 Another passion I have is to play tennis but I don’t have much time for it these days, though I’d love to return to it soon.

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5. What do you like to eat?

I love homemade bacon burgers, sushi, grilled chicken, pizza and tuna tar tar. I love to eat and my girlfriend Valentina is a very good cook; a typical Italian girl who is good at cooking 😉

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6. Is/Are there any project(s) you wish you could do – or might do?

I would love to completely revolutionize my brand (I think I’ll do that soon). I would also like to begin to travel a little more for work.

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7. Is there a big difference between your personal work and commissioned work?

I have so much commissioned work that I can hardly find time to pursue personal projects, luckily I love photographing weddings and my personal projects would not be much different from my stylised wedding shoots. I’d love to have photographs of my girlfriend, Valentina and I with our beautiful dog, Noce, which I do not have.

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8. Do you shoot with your left or right eye?                        

Right eye, but often, almost always, I keep both eyes open.

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9. Are there any unseen experimental images in your attic you’d like to show us now?

I did a boudoir session of my girlfriend but I can’t show them otherwise I’d be single tomorrow hahaha 😉

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10. If you were to start all over again, is there anything you would do differently? Why?  

I probably would start branding and marketing my business as a destination wedding photographer. It’s never too late – never say never. I’m still young, I’m 27 years old so I have time. 


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