Rafal Ostrowski: Preserving Timeless Moments in Breathtaking Photos
- Author: Natali Grace Levine
- Reading time: 1 min 46 sec
- Publication date: 08/21/2023
- Updated: 08/23/2023
There are countless photographers, each with their unique styles and approaches. However, not every artist can strike a balance between capturing heartwarming moments and embracing the unexpected. Allow us to introduce one of the top wedding photographers in New York who does just that, mastering the art of turning chaos into timeless beauty. Meet Rafal Ostrowski!
The Journey from a Hobby to a Full-Time Career
"I've shot my first wedding back in 2010," Rafal begins, taking us back to where it all started. The journey from shooting weddings part-time to going full throttle in 2015 is one of passion and commitment. The shift was not merely professional, but it was also when his photography skills significantly improved and garnered more interest in his services.
Eclectic Experiences: Weddings Meet Streetwear
Before fully dedicating himself to wedding photography, Rafal dabbled in shooting streetwear brands. "I used to also shoot streetwear brands and lookbook's in my mid-20s, many of them for Pharrell's Billionaire Boys Club and collabs along with other streetwear brands," the photographer shares, a hint of nostalgia in his voice. This blend of genres, atypical as it may be, infused a unique flair into Rafal’s style.
Unplanned Brilliance: Embracing the Unexpected
Rafal's creative process stands out as particularly intriguing. "I'm very direct and usually super hands-on when shooting, but I never come with a detailed plan or outline to a shoot either. We start with a blank canvas and based on your comfort level, outfit, location, and preferences we build the visuals around you, your energy, and vibe of the day/place. I love free styling when I shoot, I only need to know how much time I have and the rest just comes together organically, " he explains.
Welcoming Challenges: The Mark of a True Artist
What makes a good photographer great? According to our seasoned artist, it's the ability to stay calm and focused in the face of challenges. The unpredictability of wedding events, such as unexpected weather changes or time constraints, is often seen as a hurdle. But not for Rafal. "Weddings can often feel like organized chaos, and many fall apart when faced with a challenge such as a rainy day or having very little time for photos," he reflects, his eyes gleaming with the thrill of past experiences, "those are the moments that separate the good from the great."
In essence, Rafal is a testament to the exciting and unpredictable nature of the art of photography. By embracing the chaos, staying true to his unique style, and maintaining an unwavering commitment to his craft, Rafal continues to create timeless pieces of art that resonate with authenticity and raw emotion.