Photographer, 28 years, London
Jakie is a former gymnast who made a transition in TV presenting.. Having a successful career in no. 1 Television Channel in his home country, Alexander Luchita made a radical and unexpected change in his professional path. He decided to start fresh and move to London. At 23 years old he entered the professional photography world and put the base for Jakie Photography. To follow the story I came to London to meet him in person and get some answers. Here are just a few of the question
Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job and I learned a lot from it, but I was always the boy with the camera in my school. Somehow I always found myself documenting the life around me, from classmates to my gymnastic team. I have never thought about it as a profession, but looking back I don’t know how I missed that because I was carrying my camera everywhere.
Wedding photography is different, is real, nothing fake, nothing staged, true feelings. I get to be a part of someone’s most happiest day, I get to create for them those memories that they cherish the most. And that feeling that I get from doing that is priceless.
Definitely the couple, seeing the love between them is the best food for my work, each of the couple that I worked with are so different and you have to feel that, you have to be at that moment. When I get calls and they ask “what is your style” I tell them I don’t have one. When I meet the couple, the vibe that I get from them, their personalities dictate me their own special style, and that is the bond and love that the couple has, that is unique, you can’t create that. That is what inspires me.
I think the most challenging would be to shadow the couple, it takes a lot of concentration, it is unpredictable. There is no script, and you can’t possibly predict when that smile or that tear of happiness will show, you always have to be ready to capture any moment. I become their shadow, I am there, but I can’t be in the way, they have to do their thing, I mean they are getting married. There is also the added pressure because on that special day you have the guests that create that atmosphere of the wedding, and it is just a sin if the photographer can’t catch that. Let’s face it by the end of the day I become the eyes of the bride and groom. Once they get the photos they see moments with guests that they did not notice on their wedding day, and that puts a smile on their faces and that smile is my reward.
I am, it is not work for me, and I don’t see the couples as clients, we are a team, we work together, and we create memories that last a lifetime. It is all about them.
Jakie is the photographer in me.