Francesco Spighi is a wedding photographer from Florence, Italy. We had his attention for a few minutes to share a bit more about himself and what he does.
WUN: So for those who don’t know who you are, who is Francesco Spighi?
Francesco: I’m an Italian photographer living in Florence, just turned 40 years old. I’m pretty lucky to live here, because I can go right outside my house and shoot a beautiful destination wedding.
I started with photography back in 2009, when my wife got pregnant, because we wanted to have memories of our kids.
Before that I used to be an engineer and worked as that for about ten years before I quit my previous job. I really liked the team I was working with, but I was more in love with photography.
During 2012, I second shot for another photographer. We worked out a deal that I could do this with them for free if I could use the pictures for my portfolio of my new website. After that, I started my business in 2013.
I try to make something different and to start in a different way, because I’m not so in love with Italian weddings, I feel they are more about what you need to do and less about feelings. It was also that idea I had about my own wedding as we got married in 2008.
It worked out well, so in the end of 2013, I increased my prices for people getting married in Italy. In 2014, I quit my full time job for a part-time one.
Then at the end of 2015, in October, I was fired because my boss understood that my mind was in a different place all the time, so he made that choice for me.
My parents spent a lot of time and money to give me a good degree and I was having a 10-year career on my shoulder with good pay. So it was a tough decision to make, when you have two kids to support. It’s hard to quit a really good job like that.
WUN: So he actually helped you by kicking you out and forcing you to go full time.
Francesco: Yeah, yeah. Probably, I would never have done this otherwise. He did really help me.
Or, we will have to see in the future if that was the case. But, right now I’m a really happy person. Everything is going great and I think it’s priceless to be happy.