Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Castagna.
Robert, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember I’ve considered myself an artist. Drawing, painting, writing and photography have all been part of my artistic practice for quite some time.
Photography, specifically, has been a way for me to sharpen my perceptions and capture that wonderful mix of light and shadow, foreground and background and humanity.
Street photography in black and white film was where I started. Friends would see my work and ask me to photograph their events, their weddings and special moments. I discovered that I enjoyed doing so. It’s been over 20 years now and I still enjoy photographing events and do so on a full-time basis.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The struggle has been how to balance art for art’s sake and commercial art. I love what I do. I love interacting with people and being a part of some of the most important moments of someone’s life. It’s so social with a community of people that all work toward creating the happiest moments in a person’s life.
But there is also the creation of art, such as making a drawing or designing a book of photography that I do for purely creative reasons. Both of these pursuits are mutually dependent, one being necessary for the other.
However, it’s always difficult to balance my projects and move from one to the other seamlessly. I’m currently building an artist studio so that I have a designated space just for art in hopes that this provides the room to move back and forth in these creative worlds.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Robert Castagna Photography – what should we know?
My photography studio provides event and portrait photography for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate and non-profit events, conventions and weddings. I consider relationships to be one of the most important aspects to photographing events. Many of the events I photograph are very well planned, whether by a professional event planner or by the client themselves. There is a lot of thought that goes into the day and with that comes a certain amount of excitement, emotion and stress.
So before I take a picture I need to be part friend, part professional and part stress counselor. I want people to feel comfortable but know they will be getting good direction and in the end great pictures. Every event has a balance of posed and candid moments and knowing when to provide direction and when to allow things to happen naturally is part of my sensibility that I hope comes through.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel that all the people and professionals involved in the day of an event are vitally important. Event planners, caterers, florists, officiants, decorators, entertainers; we all have important roles to play to make the clients event successful and as memorable and happy as possible.
For this reason, I work to build strong relationships with other professionals, providing pictures and a helping hand when necessary. In the end, great pictures are made by the entire stage that is set and I’m just one piece of that special occasion.
- Website: www.robertcastagna.com
- Phone: 617 833 9271
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertcastagnaphotography/