We are very excited to welcome Yaneck of WASIO Photography to our list of Chicago, Illinois wedding photographers. With an evolving style, Yaneck utilizes what he calls “created-moments” and “active posing” to generate fine art wedding photos with a hint of photojournalism. Read on to learn more about this talented photographer.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I think at this point I spent an equal number of years in Warsaw, Poland and Chicago. In Chicago I’m told I’m pretty European and in Europe I hear often I am truly American. So I guess the truth must be somewhere in between and I have become a nice mix across the two continents.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
My passion for photography started when I received on my first-communion my first totally manual camera. I believe I was in the 2nd grade back then and was running around photographing anything I could. When I received back the first roll of film developed in a local lab and all the photos where either totally black or totally white I quickly realized proper exposure was important. Luckily both my parents have photographed for many years so they taught me the basics about aperture, shutter speed, etc. I continued photographing, experimenting, developing, and spending endless hours in local darkrooms for many years. 30 years later my passion for photography grows more every day. Becoming a photographer was not really a decision it was an evolution, an inevitable destination for me. I think about light, composition, and photography from the moment I wake up till late evening hours. Sometimes my dreams are affected by it as well…
How long have you been a photographer?
I photographed my first wedding 4 years ago. I remember how nervous I was about it. I think the anxiety started 6 months before the actual wedding and I was joking with the bride that I may have been even more nervous than her. But I get nervous only before the wedding, once I start photographing I am totally in the fun and passion zone. Making sure “my couples” enjoy their most special day and most importantly we create beautiful photos.
How would you classify your style of photography?
I don’t know if there is a clear-cut definition of my style. It constantly evolves. Of course certain photos will be more photojournalistic while others what I call “created-moments” or “active posing”. Some photographs are made specifically for the albums while others are created as big fine-art prints to be displayed on walls. Whatever the style, my main goal is to show the love between two people and the amazing first day of their life together.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
So many people when they find out that I am wedding photographer ask me about ‘Bridezillas’! I have not once in my 4 years of shooting weddings have encountered ‘Bridezilas’. Even a wedding that I photographed last year was featured on TLC and I really don’t know where they found these great couples , but the brides we far from being ‘Bridezillas’. People in love are happy, fun, fresh, and adventurous. Those are my best customers and end up as friends for many years. My main advise to any couple that is looking for a wedding photographer is to make sure you all get along fine and you become friends before the actual wedding. I think it’s impossible to capture the true emotions of somebody that you don’t even know.
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc?
If you value photography, I’m sure you recognize the art in it. Wedding photography is more than just another wedding vendor. With the photographer this is an experience that you will enjoy for many years, when show your wedding albums to friends, family…. and grandchildren. When choosing the right photographer for you and your fiancé think about how much these special memories are worth to you.