Hi, I am Gione da Silva, a Brazilian/British filmmaker and photographer. I am an artist at heart! That is because I get moved by art, produce art and art has been part of my life ever since I was a young child! I am a passionate musician and for the last 5-6 years, I have devoted my life to wedding filmmaking and wedding photography. It has been an incredible journey and I am always amazed by the people I meet and the stories I have the pleasure to experience. It's always about people!
How did you get into the wedding industry?
It was a natural progression for me. Wanted to create something with my camera and weddings were the easy way in. Fell in love with it since the first one and have enjoyed every step along the way!
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
For me it's always about people! Meeting new people, learning from them, experiencing their journeys and being part of their story is something unique. On top of that I've been blessed to visit some amazing locations and meet some really incredible people! I don't think I can single out one particular event, sorry...
What equipment do you use?
I use Sony A7SII and A7III with a selection on G Master lenses and Canon lenses for filmmaking and Canon 5D4 for photography. I am also very experimental, so I have GH5, Fuji XT-3, Nikon D-750 as well as some film cameras such as a Leica M6, a Rolleyflex T and a Canon 1V.
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
I would say the preps for the abundance of opportunities for creative exploration. That also sets your mood for the day. Then, maybe the party at the end is where I really have fun!
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, amongst many others!
'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself' (Matthews 22:39)
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
Spend time planning your wedding, make sure you get the best your money can buy and do everything you can so that things can go smoothly. However, on the day, the best thing you can do is to have fun! Forget about anything else! Just focus on the experience of the day and whatever has not been sorted by then, it's irrelevant! Focus on having the best time of your life!
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Keep studying/exploring, keep shooting and keep having fun! Stopping with any of those means it's time to change career.