Hi! Im Citlalli Rico, a human being in love with visual arts, plants and chilaquiles verdes.
How did you get in to wedding photography?
I started 9 years ago working for a wedding photography studio in Cancun. Claudia Rodriguez invited me to be part of it as they needed more photographers.
Who/what inspires you?
I’m incredibly inspired by life. I love people watching and make up stories in my mind about them. I love reading body language and snap pictures in my head every time I consider there is a beautiful, meaningful moment in every situation.
How do you interact with your clients during a shoot?
We talk a lot before the shoot and try to make them feel confortable with us. During the session we give very little direction and just let them interact and be. If they are still not comfortable we give them more time to talk and relax.
How do you handle ‘shy’ clients?
If that’s their personalities we work with it the way the pictures show it. I don’t want to force situations or give them crazy loud images if it’s not reflecting who they are. We do our best to make them feel safe so they can interact in a loving, caring and very natural way.
How do you go about posing clients?
The most natural, organic, confortable way for them. We work really hard with our light and composition and then let our clients be as natural as possible to make real images about their true personalities. They receive very little direction. We don’t ask for any specific like a ¨don’t move¨ kind of pose. The more interaction/reaction, the better.
Your work often features some very creative framing. How do you go about preparing for and executing shots like the one above?
I’m always looking for elements to frame my subjects. Even when I’m not working, I see life that way. When I’m talking to someone I´m always moving to ‘compose’ or ‘frame’ what I’m seeing. It takes practice but it helps to improve your creativity and composition.
Describe your post processing workflow.
After every event or shoot I create 3 backups, one that is always off-site. I do the culling in Photo Mechanic. We normally deliver around 8 to 10% of the whole batch.
The color correction is all done in Lightroom. All the pictures we deliver are color corrected this way. Photoshop is used in a few pictures when it’s needed, but there’s no extreme retouching or liquifying or adding filters.
I spend about 3 days editing the average wedding.
How much of your weddings are booked thanks to your status as a Fearless Photographer?
Awards have been a wonderful exposure. Being Fearless Photographer of the Year booked me a lot of conferences around the world and has helped me to create a great network of colleagues and friends that constantly refer weddings to me.
Why did you choose Nikon as your main system?
Nikon equipment was given to me when I started shooting for the studio. Now I just adore working with Nikon. I wouldn’t switch.
What do you love/hate about your Nikon D700? Do you plan to upgrade?
Why do you choose to shoot with the Nikon 35mm f/2 and not the f/1.8 or f/1.4?
The Nikon 35mm f/2 is smaller, lighter, cheaper and a super fast lens. I love it!
Why did you choose the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro? Do you use it for things other than macro photography?
I bought the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro thinking to shoot macro photography as I’m crazy about plants. I took it to a wedding once and found it really awesome for portraits and details.
Why do you choose to shoot at medium apertures a lot?
What I care the most when I shoot is moments and real situations. I don’t want to miss a good moment because the picture is out of focus because I’m playing with low apertures.
Describe how/when you use flash.
I use my Nikon SB-800 flashes mostly when it’s dark. Receptions, cocktail hour and some portraits. It’s always off camera, most of the time on a lightstick.
What will be your next photography related purchase?
I want to start playing with more artificial light. I will keep you posted on this :-)
Any tips for aspiring photographers wanting to head into the wedding photography industry?
It is a wonderful industry. I feel there is nothing like it. Just hang out with people that inspire you, learn from them. Always be humble and hungry. Enjoy what you do and always go for more.
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