Interview with Marianne Lozano

September 7, 2011 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We recently had the opportunity to work with the amazing photographer, Marianne Lozano on a Ceremony magazine photo shoot at our new warehouse. She was such a joy to work with and so professional, that we wanted to sit down and have a chat to get to know her even better.

Marianne loves people and she’s an expert at capturing beautiful, emotional and candid moments. To view Marianne’s portfolio, please visit her website; and don’t forget to check out her gorgeous new blog! We love her work and we know you will too!


EDGAR: How long have you been a photographer?

MARIANNE: I have been photographing professionally for 6 years.

EDGAR: How would you describe your style?

MARIANNE: “Reportage.” I document moments as they happen, instead of trying to create them.  This has always been my philosophy whether photographing weddings or kids.  Capturing images that tell the story, images that are elegant and timeless. SPONTANEOUS, DETAILED, SOULFUL…would be the three best words to describe my work.

EDGAR: What inspires you right now in fashion and design, and how does that meld with your photography?

MARIANNE: Fashion has always been an inspiration for me.  I go through a lot of magazines & books on fashion, interior design and architecture.  I also spend a good amount of time “shopping,” visually feeding my creative self through colors, textures, visual displays, etc.  I find that keeping abreast with trends help keep my work fresh.

EDGAR: What has been your most memorable assignment and why?

MARIANNE: Each assignment is memorable.  It seems like I have a “photographic” memory, for everything I shoot at least.  I would say one that stands out the most was a proposal at Universal Studios; the entire park was closed for the couple. Think horse-drawn carriage, dancing angels, roses, chandeliers, dinner under the Eiffel Tower, LA Philharmonic, fireworks & more!

EDGAR: Where would your dream destination wedding be?

MARIANNE: I love to travel.  Each destination is unique and adds a fresh element to any shoot.  If I were to choose a dream destination, it would be Provence; the landscape, architecture, colors and food! Plus, I have this affinity to everything French it seems like!

EDGAR: How do you make people feel relaxed in front of the camera?

MARIANNE: Photography is such a fun experience for me and I would like my clients to share that as well.   My ultimate goal in each shoot is to connect with my subjects, to bring out their very best as individuals and to capture through photographs how they are as a couple.  I talk to them about common interests, share weddings stories, and crack a few jokes.  I position them for shots to use the best light available and then catch the moments in between when the real smiles & laughter really come.

EDGAR: Have you ever had anything go wrong at a wedding or event, and if so, how did you handle it?

MARIANNE: Once my camera broke while shooting, but I didn’t have any reason to worry, that’s why we have back-up equipment.

EDGAR: What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

MARIANNE: The most challenging thing about photographing weddings is that everything happens very fast and that there are no do-overs.   We work on limited set-up time and adjust to constantly changing lighting conditions all day long.  Dealing with all these elements is something we’ve mastered through the years, but to be honest, the adrenaline is one of the many reasons I do what I do.

EDGAR: Name the photographer who inspires you most.

MARIANNE: Hard to name one, here’s three: Sebastiao Salgado, Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson.

EDGAR: I’ve seen your beautiful work photographing children. Do you find this more challenging than working with adults or less?

MARIANNE: There’s something truly wonderful about photographing children.  It is always a surprise!  You plan for a shoot and it never comes out exactly how you thought it would be, but better!  There’s something so real and so pure about photographing the little ones; it brings me great joy.  I love the laughter, the pouts. I love capturing their little personalities, unposed.   Doing this constantly reminds me to live freely, laugh hard, and appreciate the simple things!

EDGAR: What’s the best complement you’ve ever received?

MARIANNE: The hugs from my couples and their families at the end of a wedding day saying I did an “amazing job” before they even see the images is the best complement for me.

EDGAR: How do you like working with Revelry?

MARIANNE: I’m always excited to work with you and the Revelry team, because I know there’s going to be lots of details to photograph.  Makes me feel like a kid in a candy store!  You’re a trendsetter.  Your work is always new, always fresh and different.

EDGAR: (Smiling) Gracias! What’s the favorite image you’ve shot recently? And why?

MARIANNE: Here is a recent favorite image I’ve taken. For me it speaks of a bride’s joy just after they’ve gotten married.  She’s beaming!  Moments like this make me smile. I love this image because it is real and unrehearsed.

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