Alfonso Novo


Alfonso is a photographer of new generation… spontaneous, minimalist and conceptual.

His work is known because of his sensibility, delicacy and affection with photographing small details; because of his natural fresh and audacious portraits; also because of his obsession to avoid conventionality and perching.

The sum of his qualities result in a modern and elegant work, with a perfect control of volumes and spaces.

In 2013 one of his works has led him to be part of the Honor Collection of Spanish Federation of Professional Photographers

Alfonso (seen by Kake and Pepe)

Alfonso is a hurricane of ideas, he is creative and audacious… he is, mainly, a great visionary. We owe him that Emovere Studios became a reality.

Every morning he walks through the door giving instructions and creating chaos, with his face of good boy, but creating a huge chaos!!… Actually, it is what we need!!

God gave to Alfonso the gift of word and a blackboard to write on it everything.

Alfonso is incombustible.

He is the engine of this team.

It is a luxury to have him.

He is Alfonso.

Entrevista de MYWED a Alfonso Novo

If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?

There is always something that I would do differently. It is true, I had not done that way, and there are other ways to do it.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?

I enjoy it. I enjoy knowing that someday the “owners” of those images will watch them carefully to remember great moments.

Do you think your parents should have been more or less strict?

More no, please! They were perfect!!

Are you photogenic?

Of course I am. Don´t you see it?

How did you get to wed photography sector?

Well, I always say that photography is my “garden of lettuce” I was tired of my career, hence one day I decided that I wanted to get up in the morning with a smile on my face, that I have to work in something that really make me feel satisfied; finally it was!!

In your opinion, which are the most important elements in a good photograph?

I think, (well, actually I am sure) that a good picture should tell a real situation and do it the best way possible, thus it must have good aesthetics, composition, light in the right way, anyway, it must satisfy all possible photographic “rules”.

Do you like travelling?

I love travelling!! Now I would like to go to Vietnam with a backpack and my camera.

What do you like most about your profession?

What I like the most is to feel the satisfaction of having achieved a good image; hence someone in the future could enjoy it.

What do you like least of your profession?

What I like least is that at the restaurant they put me cold appetizers for dinner.

What will be the future of wedding photography?

The future will remain the same. The essence is the picture as a memory and that will not change.

What is special about the wedding photography?

The emotions. It is a very special day where there are always emotions that invade people and to collect them is the most beautiful.

How do you handle criticism?

Have I been criticized? Who?

Is there a trend in wedding photography?

Of course there are trends. Related with the shooting, the retouching … but I continue with the same, as before, the basis of a good report is to narrate with your images the best moments. Seeing it like this, and focusing on the wedding report, it does not matter what trends there are !!!

What should be the criterion of brides and grooms when it comes to choosing the wedding photographer?

They should feel identified with the photographer and his way of seeing the photograph. Couples (from my point of view) should make the necessary effort to hire the photographer they really like above anything else. One week after the wedding, the only thing you will have will be the photo.

What is not allowed in any way when taking a picture?

It bothers me that the other professionals who work on the wedding day interfere on what is happening. The bride should be helped to dress by her mother, her sister, and a friend … but should not be helped by the makeup artist for example.

What aspects can the wedding photographer capture that non-expert people cannot normally see?

A good photographer is able to capture an exact moment without forgetting the aesthetics, composition … that is the difference between a friend who takes photos and a professional that has a recognized prestige. The problem is that normal couples do not always have the proper training to be able to analyse those differences. In any case, at the end they obviously notice the differences.

What influences the value of a photograph? What are its elements?

I’ve already said that before. Were not you listening to the answer?

In your opinion, what person could be a symbol of the 21st century?

I am an atheist, but I believe that this Pope can become.

Who would you like to photograph?

To my mother, I have the feeling that I have not taken enough pictures.

Do you have professional taboos?

No

Do you think you reproduce the soul of the person you photograph?

I don´t think so. This question is too complicated.

With whom would you like to be photographed?

With Michael Jordan.

What are you worried about and why?

Many things. I worry that society is so lazy that we do not move a finger in favour of those who need it …. And there are many who need help !!!

What has been the most shocking moment in your life?

I understand that we do not talk about photography … then the death of my mother.

If you were an animation, literary or film character, who would you like to be and why?

Superman !!! That handsome guy who saves the world. Who would not want to be superman?

Who inspires you in your life and why?

There are many people around who inspire me. Basically because they have virtues that I do not have and that I would like to have.

How would you define success? How do you measure it?

The success is to get up every morning with a smile resulting from enjoying the health of yours and having covered at least basic needs.

What do you prefer, like or feel respected?

Feeling respected of course. I hate that they do not respect you but I also like to like. Don´t you?

What is the biggest mistake you have made in your work?

To have involved more than I should, taking even things that I did not have to assume and even they are judged. Well, it will not happen again :-)

When you travel, what do you take with you and why?

The camera. There will be things I will not remember if I do not photograph them.

Do you regret any of the gadgets you bought? Why?

No. I usually think about things before I buy them.

How are you trained to take the best pictures?

Reading, watching a lot of photography, attending to workshops and constantly analysing with my colleagues about other authors’ photography.

Who owns the work that has influenced you the most as a wedding photographer?


Perhaps Cristman Studios, but that was at the beginning.

What is the only thing you wish you had known when you started taking pictures?

Nothing. I think that when you start the mistakes you made are part of the process that one has to follow in order to reach where you are now.

What do you want to say with your photographs?

How beautiful life is.

What do you think of life on other planets?

I’m very busy and I have not had time to think about it. But the truth why there will not be life on other planets?

Who are your heroes?

Supermannnnn and my parents.

Whom do not you respect?

People who “manage” this world and apparently do it based on their interests and not based on the interests of society.

What do you do in your free time?

Photos.

Which is your unknown side that people never want to see?

I have no idea.

Are you completely satisfied with your work?

I do not!! I will progress and it will be even better. That’s for sure!

Do you believe in the traditional roles of men and women?

No, but it is not going to change quickly; this kind of changes are happening step by step and it has been so.

Do you make friends easily?

Yes. After everything I told you we should be friends, don´t you think?

Where would you like to live?

At the present time I am happy here. I would like to travel much more, but live in A Coruña.

What is the senseless thing you have agreed to do?

I begin to think about this interview. Will it never end?

Is there life after marriage?

For sure! It may even be better than single.

Do you have a favourite joke? Tell us about it

An olive says to another: – Ouch I have fallen and I have broken my bone !!! The other answers: – Do not be a bigmouth, you’re stuffed with anchovy !!!

Do you like dogs or cats?

Not too much, I prefer chicken.

Who or what do you hate?

I hate the system we live in. I am very sorry the people that have needs.

Do you only take wedding pictures?

No, I also photograph anything else.

The best of your life is:

My children, my wife, my parents, my brother, my nieces, my brothers in law and my grandfather. This one is top!

The most annoying thing of your life is:

Nothing specific.

Is there something around you that you would like to change?

Around? The only thing, to change the colour of the wall …

What would you like to change about yourself?

Have higher capacity for sacrifice

What would you like to change about the world?

Let no one be hungry, no children with any kind of need, no wars.

Could you offer some tips to wedding photographers that are starting?

Read and view pictures,

If the aliens came to Earth and you were the only person they met, what would you tell them?

Welcome!!!!

If you were called as a film photographer, what genre would you belong to?

I do not understand the question. Who, me? The film?

Tomorrow I am going to do…

Same as today. Try to enjoy the things that surround me !!