Cuppa Photography

Posted: August 10, 2012

This Freeport-based photographer has some serious talent (and a law degree to boot). We asked Cindy Giovagnoli, owner of Cuppa Photography, a bit about her wedding business and here's what she had to say...

How did you get started in photography?
I got married! I was in law school and became obsessed with looking at stunning, emotional images on wedding blogs. I began asking my wedding photographers question after question and eventually they invited me to join them to shoot a wedding with them…I was hooked immediately! I finished my law degree, sold my books, and began the process of learning my new craft full time. I’ve never regretted the decision to leave the law behind to pursue photography…I absolutely LOVE what I do!

What do you love about wedding photography?
Where do I even begin? The love, of course, is the best part! I get to hang back and watch the love flow between the couple, their families, their community of friends…it’s amazing to watch the way people just come fully to life when surrounded by those that they inherently trust and feel supported by. To be able to create a magic pause button for those moments through the images I create never fails to feel like an amazing privilege!

What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
It’s always difficult to make sure that the very best possible balance is reached between taking plenty of time for gorgeous portraits in golden-y light and getting the couple back to their guests so that they can enjoy their party and get all those hugs that their family and friends are dying to give them.

What should clients know about your style of photography?
Communication is key! I take a more photojournalistic approach throughout most of the day, but knowing what and who are most important to the couple allows me to not only gently direct where appropriate, but also to keep one eye out for great opportunities.

When not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I love to do just about anything with my cute husband, hug our fluffy dog, run in the woods, play in our garden, eat pretzels, listen to bluegrass at the farmer’s market, work on our house, explore great new restaurants and places…the list goes on and on!

How can a couple help YOU on their wedding day?
It’s always wonderful when a couple really thinks through their timeline of the day and is careful to give themselves a little more time than they think they need for everything…relaxed and happy always photographs better than rushed and stressed.

How has your photography style changed over the years?
When I first began, I think I was often trying to create images that felt like those of photographers I admired. Now I’m very comfortable with my own style and my own approach and I think that has made a tremendous difference in the quality of my work!

What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Beautiful light, genuine and authentic emotions, huge smiles, teary hugs, an amazing sunrise, adorable dogs…pretty much all of those things that make life worth living!

Where will your business be in the next five years?
Well, I’m always surprised at amazing opportunities that I never could have planned for, so in that way—who knows! But photographing weddings and babies and life is definitely on the agenda and after a recent experience that I had traveling to Haiti to do some aid photography, I would love to incorporate more of that kind of work into my business as well.