No one knows their way around the wedding business quite like Damon Tucci. Having
shot over 2,500 wedding events in his illustrious career, Damon has revolutionized
the industry. His technique of using fashion poses mixed with documentary style
shots has been adopted around the globe. For over 15 years Damon has shown us how
breaking with tradition brings a fresh and welcome perspective.
Where were you born and raised? Where have you settled?
Florida mostly, but I am a bit addicted to traveling the world; budget permitting.
What type of photography do you shoot most often? What type of photography are you
most passionate about shooting?
WEDDINGS, but I love MANY genres – I was trained originally as an underwater cinematographer
and lately I have been having fun with my go pro HD – it's an underwater camera
that is mounted to my surfboard. Luv it!
Also I have been having fun with off camera flash/dramatic lighting. I am loving
the RadioPopper system.
How long have you been a shutter releaser? What led you to this profession?
My Dad is an attorney, but he also had a serious photography addiction and I grew
up with a sweet darkroom in our house.
How has Zenfolio helped your business?
How hasn't Zenfolio help my business is the real question. I used to cringe if clients
had to see the online gallery for their photos as a first impression. The fact is
(back in the day) they were sooooo lo-res (I think because the companies were worried
about people stealing the images) that they looked awful. We even posted a disclaimer
stating the images looked better than they appeared. It was awful. Zenfolio's galleries
are opposite of that, they are awesome. I sell more and they make me proud. Plus,
they are easy in every sense of the word.
MAC or PC?
Do you have brand loyalty for Canon, Nikon or something completely different?
Again, duh? NIKON! I hope they are reading this, because seriously Nikon has been
the backbone of my entire career.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Not to be difficult, but the most honest answer I can give is swirl.
Are your photography skills self-taught or were you classically trained?
I am classically trained as a cinematographer. That is what I went to school for,
but that being said, self-taught people constantly blow me away. Plus, I am continuously
reaching out to learn more every day. It is refreshing to see each photographer's
unique perspectives. I do think eventually we must all study the basics and also
constantly strive to continue our education to keep it fresh.
What advice would you give a new photographer just starting out?
Embrace your craft by investing your resources in education. Annual conventions
PPA and WPPI
are over flowing with knowledge. If you can't go to the national conventions, then
look for regional learning platforms like
or the association sponsored road shows which are more budget
friendly. Oh, and spend your money and time wisely!
What was your first published work?
It was a photo of an alligator for Florida wildlife magazine.
What inspires you as a photographer? Or who?
I like David LaChapelle, Fashion photography magazines, cinema and renaissance art.
What are your thoughts on using social networking sites to market your photography
I think it is smart and a necessity, but I am thankful that I am not the person
who has to keep it up in our business.
Would you say you are a dog person or a cat person? Bird person?
Not to offend anyone, hands down DOG ONLY. Big ups to my dog Zeke.
What is the very first camera you ever owned?
If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Good Sushi made by a Japanese person
What piece of equipment or doohickey do you have with you on every shoot?
Do you have any final words of wisdom on being a first class shooter?
Exceed Expectations! And as a side note surround yourself with people that are passionate
about the craft of photography and can fill in your gaps.