Zenfolio | Sven Hagolani | english

 

 

ABOUT

 

"It's the eye that makes the picture, not the camera." Gisele Freund

 

Hello, my name is Sven.

I have been living for 25 years in Berlin.  Since 1993 I have been working as a freelance photographer wherever my profession has taken me. I believe in the good in people, in love and serenity.

I experienced my first wedding in 1994 as a guest. The moment when the bride and groom said „I do“ a butterfly flew in through an open window and fluttered around the newlyweds. What a picture. Although this was the wedding of a friend who was also a fellow photographer, nobody didn't have a camera. Nor me. A pity.


For me photographing a wedding day is a story of longing, letting go and new beginnings – a novel about love. My passion is telling a story with pictures, creating images that perhaps express more than mere words could ever do.

 

 

photo by Pascale Mühl

 

 

CONTACT


In order to submitt a booking enquiry, please fill out the FORM.
You can also tell me something about yourself and your wedding and, if you wish, attach a picture of yourself.
As soon as you have submitted your enquiry, you will receive a reponse from me within two days.

 

 


GALLERY


No wedding is alike.
The same goes for the visual language of different photographers.

THESE PHOTOS will give you glimpse into the way I see things and the way I work.
Examples of entire wedding photo collections can be found
HERE
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FAQs

 

The cook: "I like your photos, you surely have a good camera."
Newton after eating: "The food was excellent - you surely have good pots." 
Helmut Newton in the restaurant.

 

 

HOW DO WE KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER FOR US?
Get to know me personally. Write me an email or give me a call and we can meet in a cafe or call via Skype. This will allow you to get the best possible impression of me and you can then make your decision.

My number is: +49 (0)177 2810633

 

HOW DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?
In the same way as I construct photographic reports. I observe, adjust the camera angle and try to anticipate the key moments. I go with the flow. 


During group photos I make sure that everyone is in the right place, is paying attention and that they are looking at the camera.


For the portraits of the bride and groom it is nice to be able to take a bit of time and change the location where possible. I like to leave the bride and groom in their natural environment. Sometimes unique photo opportunities arise spontaneously and the bride and I can put the bride and groom in centre stage.


The report documents what happpened, the group photos, who was there and the portraits put the bride and groom in centre stage.


DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?
No, I also portray actors, musicians, performers and dancers. I document their work, take portraits of politicians and managers and am a photographer for various photo agencies.

Here you can fine more examples of my work: www.hagolani.com

 

  

IS THERE A MINIMUM BOOKING LENGTH?
No, should you wish I will only photograph during the ceremony.
HOWEVER: a wedding doesn't only start and end at the altar. The whole day is a special experience. How many times in our lifetime does it happen that everyone dresses up, everything is so wonderfully arranged, emotions are so clearly displayed and everyone is there – your friends and family from far and wide?
True wedding photographs tell the story of the whole day.

 

HOW MUCH DO YOU COST?
My fee depends on the scope of the wedding, the location, date and the length of time you wish to book me for.

After submitting a booking inquiry that supplies all of this information, I will send you a quote within 2 days.

 

DO YOU ALSO OFFER PHOTO ALBUMS?
Yes.
The photo album is the end product of a photographic story. Holding it in your hands, leafing through the pages, I think that this is the most beautiful way of being able to look back on your own story for generations to come. When we meet I will gladly show you examples of albums and explain to you how a wedding album is put together.
Should you not wish to receive a wedding album, I will remove it from the quote.

 

HOW MANY PICTURES WILL WE RECEIVE?
This depends on the lenght of time you book me for. At least 50 motifs/hours.

 

DO YOU EDIT YOUR OWN PICTURES?
Yes, I develop each picture on an individual basis.

 

IF SOMEBODY DOES NOT LIKE SOMETHING ON THE PHOTO, WOULD YOU RETOUCH WRINKLES, BAGS UNDER THE EYES OR SPOTS?
In principle no. In my view wedding photgraphs reflect the events of what actually happened and, therefore, should not be altered. However, upon request I will retouch group photos and portraits. Retouching is an additional service and will be billed as such.

 

CAN WE GET ALL OF THE PHOTOS, EVEN THE UNEDITED ONES?
No, I only provide edited photos. No unedited photos and no RAW files.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE WE GET OUR PHOTOS?
Generally 2-4 weeks, depending on the scope and date of the wedding.

 

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ALONE?
Yes, as long as the wedding is not too large. Very large weddings with lots of guests are too mich for one photographer on their own. In such cases I would rather work as part of a team with one or two other colleagues.

 

DO YOU ALSO OFFER WEDDING VIDEOS?
No, I specialise in the static image. However, upon request I can reccommend good videographers and editors.

 

DO YOU INCLUDE A PHOTO BOOTH IN YOUR QUOTE?
No, but should you wish to have a photo booth, I will of course help with organising one.