DAMIR PLAVOTIĆ - WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FROM CROATIA
Hi Folks! My name is Damir and I am a destination wedding photographer from Croatia. My goal is to create unique wedding stories and capture those perfect, once-in-a-lifetime moments as they happen – beautiful and spontaneous.
A Few Things About Me
I’m a husband and father. Born on Saint Nicholas’ Day. I live in Rijeka, a city in the Croatian coastline. I love to take long walks with my headphones on. I laugh at Flight of the Conchords, I watch Stranger Things, rock out to Arctic Monkeys and I play the drums. I enjoy spicy food. All my shoes are Vans. I don’t own a TV. If I ever win the lottery – I will go to space!
Now, what has all this got to do with me being a wedding photographer?
I could probably come up with an explanation why I prefer those specific things over others. But it all comes down to this. With music, art and almost everything else in my life, some things speak to me, while others don’t. I learned how to avoid overthinking the reasons behind my decisions, and instead, just follow my instincts. Sometimes in life you have to brainstorm things, make a list of pros and cons and go with the option that has more pros than cons. And it still doesn’t guarantee a good choice. Instinct, on the other hand, has never let me down.
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin
When I’m working as a destination wedding photographer, I rely on the same instincts. Out of an infinite number of scenes and frames that can be photographed during a wedding, I shoot only the ones that I feel with my gut. I capture only the scenes that speak to me. And the results always confirm this rule of mine. The photos are always true, authentic. Sure, I could come up with an elaborate explanation for every photo I have ever taken – the technical details of the shot, and the contextual reasoning behind it – the uniqueness of the particular couple, or the specifics of the wedding venue, the details in the photo. But that kind of reasonable explanation can only be done in hindsight. There is no time to go through that entire process when the moment comes when I need to capture a scene that is gone in a blink of an eye. Something happens then, an instinctive mechanism turns on and I just follow my gut feeling and do it.
I met my wife, Antonija, in a punk rock concert. Today, Antonija and I have a five year old dynamo of a daughter, Kiara, who turns every situation into a Monty Python sketch. You can check out some of the Croatia wedding photos, destination wedding galleries or a selection of my best work on my Portfolio page. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, I would love to read them – please feel free to contact me via Instagram profile, or complete the form on my contact page. Thank you!