Roy Serafin Photo Co.
I first discovered my love for photography in the heart of Chicago capturing the city at night as a street photographer. My experiences as an art director in advertising helped me craft a photographic style that’s uniquely creative, cinematic, and candid. Trading the skyscrapers of Chicago for the romantic sunsets of Orlando after 8 years, I’ve since become an Orlando wedding photographer, dedicated to telling stories for couples. My laid-back personality and adaptability allow couples to be themselves in front of the lens, resulting in pictures that feel authentic. My elopement work was featured in “The Year Time Stopped: The Pandemic in Photos.” In 2021 I was honored with the ‘Masters of Photography’ award among a few others.
Lightroom / Natural Light / Off Camera Flash / Photojournalism
What inspired you to become a wedding photographer?
I use to be an art director in advertising agencies, I actually was one of the youngest in Chicago. The job was hard and most of the time stressful. One week I was working probably somewhere around 90 hours, and the following week I had a wedding I was basically coerced into doing for a mutual friend. When you did a good job at the agency, you basically just weren’t yelled at and then were given another project. When you deliver wedding photos though? You get a call from the bride in tears trying to express how grateful she was because “I had no idea he looked at me like that.”
I quit my job either that week or shortly after.
How would you describe your photography style?
I’m heavily inspired by movies and tv shows. I create a lot of natural candids in really cinematic angles and then mix in as much “Oh I have an idea!” shots as I can. So It’s bold, creative and cinematic. I’d talk about the colors, but I can’t see more than 10% of them according to my eye doctor. Haha
How do you ensure that your clients feel comfortable and relaxed during the photo shoot?
I am VERY laid back, the entirely of my style is experience first. I make jokes, create conversation, and really try to get the couple to forget the photos are even happening.
How do you ensure that you capture all of the important moments on the wedding day?
A photographers 6th sense. I’m kidding, but I swear I am always reading the room and the people in it to find an unexpected moment. I talk really deeply with my couples about the things they find important and then hone in on that. Additionally, I am pretty big on having a second that shoots with me to grab multiple angles of most moments. I think having the second with me instead of off on their own allows the story to be told in the best possible way even if it makes the day a bit longer sometimes.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day and why?
First looks are the most magical thing, it’s a private quiet moment followed by full-on stress relief for the couple. For a minute, they don’t have to think about everyone else, the pressure of the ceremony, or anything else. They are finally in their safety bubble for a minute and can be genuine. It’s fun.