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Interview: Alexandra Kukushkina Italian Wedding Photographer

Today we are with Alexandra Kukushkinawedding photographer in Italy. Professional of the field that I have got to know and with which currently I collaborate to the north Italy and worldwide.

Alexandra Kukushkina Italian Wedding Photographer

How did you approach photography? Did you do anything else before?

Photography has attracted me since i was i child. It’s a passion inherited from my father. In 2007 i made a mistake choosing engineering as my first profession, so I started to looking for my life’s work. I’ve tested myself by studying books, photographs on the internet with the camera in my hand. I started from the portraits but soon i was asked to photograph my first wedding and I realized that I will never stop. It was love at first sight.

wedding in villa

Who inspired your photography? Who are your reference photographers?

Let’s say that in the various moments of my formation as a photographer I had various reference photographers. But one that struck me from the beginning is Elliott Erwitt. I also have one of his photographs on the wall at my house – “California Kiss»

What would you recommend to those who have to choose a photographer for their wedding?

I recommend getting carried away by the emotions while looking at the published stories of various photographers. And let the heart choose:) If you feel in harmony with what you saw – it’s the right time to say ” yes ” to your photographer. Then it is very important also the empathy that is created between the photographer, the bride and the groom.

smile couple

What is a wedding reportage and why do you prefer it to the classic posing photos?

Wedding reportage is a tale of a true story. And for me the most valuable thing about wedding is the feelings of the bride, the groom and their guests. And the reportage gives me the opportunity to tell this story full of smiles, concussions and worries.

How do you get involved with the bride and groom?

Communication is very important to understand the needs of the bride and the groom well and to tune in to a wave. If there is a possibility we make an appointment offline, otherwise we use  Skype, FaceTime or simply the phone or email, depends on how people feel it. And then we talk about everything: the details of the wedding day, the emotions they feel, what they want to realize. Sometimes if they don’t have a wedding planner they ask me for timing advice and it is a great responsibility to find for them the best solutions that reflect their vision of the day.

couple during wedding in tuscany

Do you recommend photos, videos or both?

For couples I recommend to add photography to the video: they are the only two things that remain forever.

In case someone is interested in seeing your work, where can they find it?

For more information about me you can follow my pages
Web Site: www.akukushkina.com
IG: kukushkina.photography
Facebook: AlexandraKukushkinaPhotography
Info and contacts
Telephone: +39 329 477 6482
E-Mail : kukushkina.alexandra@gmail.com

What advice would you give to the bride and groom so that their repotage is really special?

The reportage tells the real story, so I would advise to the bride and the groom to let go of the emotions. And I will be there to capture these moments of happiness and joy.

Thanks for your time Alexandra.

Thanks to you Francesco for this interview.

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FAQ

Ready to answer to all of your questions and needs

Sure! You can request the price quotation by calling me or filling out the form. If you prefer, you can also send an email to this address: info@thirtyfivestudios.com

Weddings and elopements are confirmed only by contract and first deposit. Usually couples book their event 6-9 months in advance: for this reason, please contact us in time so that we can check our availability immediately.

It’s important to note that a date cannot be reserved until a formal contract is signed with our videoography studio. This policy is in place due to continuous inquiries, as multiple couples might request the same date during the same period.

 

Generally work is divided into two types: weddings and elopements.

For the wedding what is delivered is:

  • Trailer 4K (from 2 to 4 minutes).
  • Film 4K (from 10 to 15 minutes).
  • Extra videos 4K (these are video clips in addition containing full speeches, dances and other things).

 

For the elopement what is delivered is:

  • Instagram Reel (60 seconds).
  • Film 4K (from 5 to 7 minutes).

 

However, nothing prevents you from extending your requests when signing the contract. Request more information and take a look at our pricelist to find out about all the services we offer.

In our packages, travel and stay expenses are included in the cost because we regularly travel throughout Italy to shoot weddings. Being based in different places in Italy, we do not inflate prices for travel because we are close to major and famous wedding locations. Therefore, no matter where in Italy you choose to have your wedding, our costs remain the same.

The payment is divided in three parts:

  • 40% to block the date with signing of the contract.
  • 40% the day of the event.
  • 20% after checking the videos.


As soon as we receive the last payment, you can download the videos from our personal Google Drive.

Please note that VAT is included in our prices. However, our prices are listed in Euros, not in dollars, and any currency conversion fees and taxes from their originating bank are the responsibility of the clients.

 

Generally, no more than 90 days for the complete work, as written in the contract. However, by choosing “fast delivery” you can receive the finished work within 15 days.

The videos are delivered in digital format via our Google Drive. However, upon extra payment, you can request a usb pen box set on which you can keep a copy of the videos.

Our videography studio operates as a cohesive team with a shared vision and methodology. Consequently, we can all ensure the same reliability and style consistency, However, during our acquaintance you will know immediately if I will be free for your event or if my team will be present.

For years so far, we have chosen not to charge for the drone as for a service apart, so it is already included in our basic package and there is no increase in price. This instrument will be used at our discretion, where there is needed. 

In some places drone use is unfortunately not permitted. In that case we will use 4K stock aerial footage of the location.

In a wedding we generally stay from 8 to 10 hours. For an elopement the service time ranges from 4 to 6 hours.

Obviously it is possible to create a tailor-made contract for you in order to cover the entire event (welcome dinner, night party, post and pre wedding experiences).

Yes, you can make some small changes to the video such as scene changes. It is not possible to change the music because the music is always chosen by the couple before starting the assembly phase. 

We always give the couple the choice of two important things:
the music and the parts of the speeches.

The music can be chosen by the couple before or after the wedding day.

For the speeches, however, we send the couple all the videos of the speeches and the couple can tell us the most important minutes they want to have in the video.

In this way we try to create a product that is as close to what the couple would like to receive.

Obviously this is not a requirement. If the couple doesn’t want to do this, they can totally rely on our personal taste.

With our videography studio, we do not directly offer photographic service. However, we do offer the “Film Frames” service, which consists of about 100+ images (vertical and horizontal) in 4k from our clips. This allows you to have one team at your event, one image style and cut the cost in half. Alternatively, we will be happy to recommend some professional photographers with whom we frequently work throughout Italy.

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