Spotlight: Latzo Chymcak
In this series we are sharing some of the wonderful photographers who make up the NineDots Community. Finding out what makes them tick and the what, why and how behind some of the work they are most proud of. Today Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer Latzo Chymcak shares his favourite 3 images and why he loves them so much.
WHY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
Until I shot my first wedding I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my career and newfound passion for photography. My first wedding was for a friend of a friend who, sadly, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He wanted to get married to his long-term girlfriend and the mother of his son as soon as possible. There was no budget for this last-minute wedding so friends and family pulled together to make it happen and I offered to take the pictures (I’d only taken pictures of babies and families up to this point).
On the day I felt nervous, that said, from the first moment it just felt right and I loved every minute of it. Needless to say, the wedding was very special and emotional. The groom’s son was the same age as my daughter (6 months old).
It just felt really honoured to capture memories for him and his family. John passed away only a few months afterwards, but my images capturing such beautiful memories will be treasured by his family forever.
And the rest, as they say, is history. To date, I have captured over 400+ weddings in numerous places all around the UK and some awesome destinations too for which I feel truly blessed.
I’m addicted to the buzz, love, emotions, pressure, uncertainty and uniqueness of every wedding. I still can’t see myself doing anything else. In my case without sounding too cheese – it was indeed love at the first sight.
Latzo’s 3 Spotlight photos
Alison (the bride) tragically lost both of her parents only a couple of years before her wedding.
She chose not to replace her father with anyone else and wanted to walk down the aisle alone.
There was a level of sadness in this moment mixed with joy and pride.
Because of this, I decided to capture Alison walking down the aisle in a completely different way. I aimed to capture this happy moment with a bit of sadness and drama.
Shustoke Barn is also my favourite wedding venue due to it’s symmetry which I love to capture in my photos. I am also naturally inclined towards slightly moody, dramatic images so the idea to backlight the bride creating this silhouette came to me automatically.
When I shared this image with the bride she burst into tears and said that this is exactly how she felt in that moment. This was the biggest compliment I could ever receive. I have never captured or even attempted to capture the ‘walk down the aisle’ this way since! Allowing this image to be completely unique and original – created especially for Alison !!
I like looking at these images and I can still feel the energy in the room!! Proud, majestic, joyful, sad and lonely … all at the same time!
I have to say, as a father of two beautiful daughters I always relate to father of the brides, I cry with them, I laugh with them and I feel for them.
This image it 100% me when I’ll be handing over my daughters to their husbands. We all know the phrase “ “WHO GIVES THIS WOMAN TO BE MARRIED TO THIS MAN?”
Here we have a fine example of a loving dad who’s clenching on his daughter’s hand while crushing his new son-in-laws hand in the longest handshake in the history. He made it very obvious he is still stronger from them too and will be keeping an eye on him just in case 🙂
For me this is the most emotional part of the wedding, as well as when the father sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. Lucky me I got a camera to hide my tearful face :))
This image was captured at fabulous Barton Hall where I shoot quite often.
I love this image simply because I’ve never seen an 8 months old baby party before ! Most of babies would be in their prams sleeping at this point, but not this one! This baby wanted to celebrate like a grown ups do.
WHY NINE DOTS?
I found out about NineDots just at the right time when a friend of mine (Richard Murgatroyd) was selling his gathering ticket and without any previous knowledge about NineDots I’ve done one of those spontaneous purchases that night, never purchased any course or training before so this was a quite big investment for me. I still remember how I was shitting myself in front of the bounce questioning what am I doing. I am not the most social person and normally quite introverted so walking into the room full of strangers was terrifying. As soon as I walked downstairs received a big hug from Mick S. which broke the ice immediately. I just couldn’t believe a community like that exists. It was like being in Disneyland for photographers. Everyone was so cool, friendly and willing to share and talk literally about anything. The biggest thing was to discover I’m not ALONE! When I heard one of the best wedding photographers talking about their fears, uncertainty, doubts, ups&downs and imposter syndrome it completely blew my mind. I thought it is just me feeling that way and therefore seeing myself a failure!
For me, NineDots was one single best investments I’ve ever done in my wedding photography carrier.
Support of the group is priceless, especially when “shit hits the fan” (my favourite phrase from NineDots :))
I don’t think I would survive The Covid madness without the community. To find out from NineDots that I can ask my clients to pay 50% of the balance to get me through that difficult times was a lifesaver. On top of that, I could use all the covid related templates which I would find really difficult to write myself as a non-native speaker.
I know I am not the most active member on Facebook and socials ( blaming my girls for taking all my free time ) but I feel so grateful to be a member of NineDots And appreciate the community, knowledge and support which is shared so generously. Thank you NineDots, you have helped so many to create their “own awesome” !