My name is Francesco Bognin and I’m an italian destination wedding photographer based in Verona, northern Italy.
If you consider yourself creative and emotional people, I believe that you’ll appreciate the feeling of luxury, elegance, thoughtful composition, and the use of raw emotions that defines my work.
My style is not for everyone. I’m not the kind of photographer who passively captures beautiful moments as they occur hoping for a good shot. I use your emotion, your venue, the textures and the light around you as my medium and I create. I’m passionate about being at the right place at the right time, capturing a mood and a moment that will last a lifetime. There is a real magic at the crossroad between emotional expression and skillful composition, and this is where I love to work.
I’ve been honored to be featured in several important publications like Vogue and Style Me Pretty and as a professional photographer, I am also a member of some of the most important associations such like Junebug Weddings, who have featured me as one of the 10 best wedding photographers in Italy using these words to describe my work:
“Francesco Bognin has mastered the art of telling beautiful stories with his lens on your wedding day; he views life through the eye of an artist and uses this quality to capture your day elegantly and naturally – respecting and capturing the features that make your special day unique. His elegant, phenomenal portfolio is comprised of brilliant fine-art and photojournalistic images that will truly stand the test of time. As a gentleman and true professional, Francesco Bognin will make the entire experience a breeze as he creates his one-of-a-kind imagery.“
The quick take:
My world was turned upside down when I met my wife in California in November 2016; 6 moths later I asked her to marry me and now we live our life together traveling all over the world because of our jobs, always together.
My photography style is different than many of my peers in that it is very much influenced by my grandfather, an internationally acclaimed painter, and by the work of the many great artists and architects of Italy. With each photo, I strive to create small works of art that capture a moment, a feeling, and an emotion. Through the use of darkness and light, symmetry and composition, emotion and movement, I aim to give you the most beautiful moments of your wedding, each one carefully and lovingly rendered and recorded.
My wife says that I’m easy to find because she can always follow the light to find me. Natural light is my muse and I use it as an inspiration, a tool, and ultimately as a playmate because I truly love what I do.
I was born and raised in beautiful Verona, Italy, to a loving family of educators.
Before me, the only exception to this professional legacy was my grandfather, an internationally acclaimed painter who passed away before my birth. I spent my youth staring up at his paintings and appreciating their composition and beauty. I was always drawn to his work and eventually, I found my own way to follow in his footsteps. I went on to college and after graduating, I worked for 4 years as an Osteopath while using the weekends to indulge my love for photography. After hundreds of weddings, I realized that it was time to focus full time on photography.I gave up my career as an Osteopath and started off on my new path.
Soon, I was named one of the top wedding photographers in Italy and found myself being featured in prestigious publications like Vogue and Junebug Weddings. Though satisfied professionally, I was looking for more out of my personal life and decided to take a long vacation in California. It was a decision that would change my life forever because I met and fell in love with the woman that I would soon marry, and the community that she was a part of.
Today, I call myself not only Italian but also Californian. I love skateboarding, traveling and enjoy my free time surrounded by people that love to live them life fully and happily, first of all my wife Angy and my dog Sammy, my two favorite people in the world.
I consider my photography to be “fine art” because my goal is to create works of art by capturing a mood, a feeling, and a lasting moment in time. I specifically love black and white, symmetry and lines, and backlight – all techniques that help capture real emotions, real expressions and truly priceless moments