Ciao! My name is Riccardo, I was born in 1985 in Marsciano, a small city in the Umbrian province of Perugia, where I still live to this day. I’ve been drawn to photography ever since I was a small child when I would flip through any magazine I could get my hands on. Given my love of travel and all the beautiful things the world has to offer, in 2004, I graduated as a technician in the field of Tourism Services. This led me to go on and obtain a degree in Advertising Communications at the University for Foreigners in Perugia. My thesis focused on the use of photography to raise awareness and appreciation of the medieval city of Todi and its historical, artistic and natural heritage. My first approach to photography as a hobby was thanks in large part to my university courses. Then, in 2010, I had the immense fortune of being able to transform this passion into a job, decidedly narrowing my subject down to wedding photography. I love what I do, being a photographer is one of the most beautiful jobs in the world. It allows one to express one’s own sensitivity, to see and interpret anything (be it concrete or abstract) and tell a story about it through one’s own pictures. The intrinsic and magical power of photography is its ability to move people. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to fulfil this mission.
Awards, Recognitions and Collaborations
In September 2016, I worked with Lunargento publishing house, the Region of Umbria and Umbria Tourism to put together the Love Me In Umbria magazine, part of the Love Me In Italy series which promotes romantic tourism in Italian regions. Some of my photographs were selected as content within the magazine and, most importantly, one of my photographs was chosen for the cover page. During the magazine’s launch and promotion, that photo was applied to the sides of the famous “vaporetti” in Venice and happily navigated the canals of that beautiful city for several weeks.
In November 2018, I won the Best Italian Wedding Photographer award at the Italian Wedding Stars event held at Tenuta Monacelle, a magnificent location in the region of Puglia.
In April 2019, one of my photographs was chosen to dress the Region of Umbria & Umbria Tourism stand at The National Wedding Show in London, one of the most famous international events in the wedding industry.
In April 2019, the FIOF (International Photography Foundation) gave one of my photographs Honorable Mention in the “Wedding” category at the FIIPA Awards, one of the most important and renowned international competitions for professional photography.
In November 2019, Elio Martino Villa (highly experienced professional photographer and journalist from Milan) chose twelve of my photographs for his project entitled Dentro L’inquadratura: Comunicare Con La Fotografia (Inside the Shot: Communicating with Photography). The book is a cultural journey dedicated to the language of photography consisting of various themed encounters aimed at explaining how photographs communicate, tell stories, bring out emotions and how they should be read. My photographs were chosen for the lesson on “Wedding Photography” because Elio felt that they accurately captured both the image as well as strong emotional engagement.