My name is Kostadin Torkov and I am a wedding cinematographer and storyteller, my background is related to music and painting. My life is art and people, I love very much and give strong love to everyone around me. I have won many awards, but the biggest reward is that I can create memories for decades to come. Everything I do is inspired by romance, books and music. My life and my work are closely linked. What people call work is just life for me.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I started shooting only at the age of 18. One of the big videographers in my city noticed me and offered me to start filming weddings with him. A year and a half later I had already filmed over 80 wedding events.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
My best experiences are always related to travel. One of the coolest was our trip to Cuba with my colleague and friend with whom we went to shoot a session of an Asian couple, but we also took a wedding dress from her designer friend and then hired Cuban models who were not a couple to make a cool promotional video. We went for 5 days and stayed for 10 days
What equipment do you use?
I shoot video like a photographer, I use a leather strap for two cameras with two GH5 cameras and separately my second cameraman shoots with a gimbal. I like things to be simple so I can just shoot and not think about the gear. We wear a lot of sound! Brooches, recorders, microphones. Sound is very important!
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
My favorite parts are the preparation and the ceremony. I like the preparation because it is an intimate and unpredictable moment ... sometimes it is hot, sometimes it is calm, sometimes it is wild... and I have time to talk to people and get to know them. I like the ceremony because it is very challenging. there are many people and many things that can go wrong and we are asked not to let anything go wrong and everything to go by water.
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
My advice to all brides and grooms is to be original when planning your wedding and to be calmer on the wedding day. To choose wisely each part of the team that will work on their wedding and if you follow these simple tips everyone will have unique and unforgettable weddings.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Advice to colleagues. Be original and do not follow the current and what is fashionable at the moment. We all want to be artists and make art, but let's not forget that this is someone's memory and let's stick to more original and natural photos and videos so that after 10 years when the modern is no longer fashionable, people will have an original memory only for them as close as possible to what was their day.
What were your early influences? Any photographers you looked up to or you still look up to today?
I watch a lot of wedding videos every day. Some time ago I was very inspired by the work of RIcardo Fasolli, but the source of my inspiration was my colleagues from the Russian school. Yulia Vopilova & Artem Korchagin also Prime Story and Evgeni Hollywood
How do you prepare yourself before a wedding?
Before weddings I have a hard time sleeping because of the excitement I feel that the next day I will be part of the most important day of two lovers. Most of the time I prepare all the equipment and clothes late at night and then I start listening to music and imagining scenes from the upcoming wedding while I fall asleep.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been doing just that for 8 years now and I have never worked before. I started as soon as I finished my education.
Can you describe your style of your photography?
My style is based on pure emotion and keeping it as pure as possible, without amplifying the moment artificially so that it remains authentic forever and when viewed after years, people feel the same as it was in their day.
Where do you find ideas for your work?
All my films are inspired by music. Sometimes I can sit and listen to music all day and just visualize in my head how to make a video.
What’s the most memorable wedding you’ve shot?
My most memorable wedding was in Puglia, Italy, three days ago, the first day before a wedding party that we filmed at a beach bar and I edited that evening because the groom was very excited and wanted to share his relatives on Instagram. The wedding itself was in a palace and it was uniquely warm but very beautiful, everything was very stylish. We all had a lot of fun. And the third day was a party by the pool where we were invited without filming, we still filmed, but we never released this video because we wanted to keep this cool moment for us.
How has IGHA helped and supported your business?
I have no idea how IGHA can help my business, but I would be honored to be part of IGHA!
What advice can you give to new wedding photographers about their pricing structures?
I would not like to give advice on prices, because everyone should be able to evaluate their own work! But what I can say is just not to be underestimated. Everyone has a certain time in this world and it is his most valuable resource, so it is better to use it for loved ones and family instead of shooting cheap just to shoot more often.
Within the wedding industry, who else captivates and interests you?
Every professional who lives to create, to preserve people's memories forever and does so with sincere love and dedication inspires me. This is obvious and is always known by the work of an artist when he lives to do what he does.
Where do you see wedding photography heading in the next few years?
What I think is that in the next few years, photos and video will start to become more natural. There is currently a boho influence that much of the world is following and is starting to become too widespread and no longer interesting to customers. I think that the return to more natural colors and emotions will become fashionable again and people will realize that they have become quite familiar with other artists and will start to pay more attention to important things.
Other than photography, what are your other passions or hobbies?
I do music, I like to write lyrics (I have written a few songs of my fellow singers). I like to paint and travel. I have recently become passionate about Leica cameras and I plan to turn it into a hobby in which to collect such cameras and record my travels with them.