Part of life’s beauty is that it is full of unforeseen twists and turns. Just when we think we are set to go one way, the journey often directs us someplace completely unexpected. As an Economics major, I spent a year abroad in Paris where I took a photography class and realized I had a passion for being behind the lens. I have never looked back and am grateful that I have been able to develop this passion into a career.
It is my honor to capture the purest and most sincere moments in peoples’ lives. Not only do I take pride in providing my clients with stunning images, I do so in a way that is always professional and engaging. Weddings don’t always go exactly as planned. Sometimes there is bad weather, poor lighting, or the timeline just gets derailed. It happens! My clients know that they never need to worry. Dealing with surprises is second nature to me, and my career as a seasoned photographer allows me to never skip a beat. Your precious memories will always be captured beautifully.
My photography style is timeless and classic. My clients tell me that my laid-back personality helps to put everyone at ease and allows the story of the day to unfold naturally and with joy. Leading up to the wedding day, I make myself completely available to answer questions, to collect feedback from the couple about what is important to them on their special day, as well as to review the timeline and general rhythm of the day. I believe that communication is key. Documenting your wedding day professionally and artfully is my top priority, as well as making sure you are enjoying yourself in the process! It is an honor and a privilege that I don’t take lightly.
By my side, in life and at work, is my lovely wife, Lauren. A former social worker, she stepped into the role of Project Manager for Robert Radifera Photography several years ago and has been keeping us on track ever since. Idea generator, scheduler, communicator, studio manager, organizer, social media guru, picture culler…you name it, she wears many hats and I’m lucky to have her along for the journey.
“Robert was a dream to work with! Our photos turned out BEAUTIFULLY, and we are so happy we chose to have Robert be such a big part of the day...those photos last forever, people! Choosing a talented photographer is so important. Not only is Robert incredibly good at the actual photography part, but what makes him so special is his genuine care for his clients. He showed an honest interest in our "story", and wanted to know our vision, style, personalities, and really spent time getting to know us. We ended up chatting over coffee for 2 hours during our initial consultation, and it was soooo natural and easy, like talking with an old friend. Robert is so easy to get along with and really put us at ease throughout the wedding day. We don't love having our picture taken, but he has a way of making you feel so relaxed and natural, and it shows in the pictures! We will forever cherish our wedding photos and are so grateful that Robert Radifera came into our lives.”
“Robert was exactly what we were looking for in a photographer for our wedding. From the moment we first met with him, he was extremely professional, very open and honest, and made us feel completely at ease. Leading up to the big day, Robert was always available to answer our never-ending list of questions. On the big day, Robert and his second shooter were absolute dreams to work with. They were patient, professional, and always had smiles on their faces. They helped my husband and me to be less camera shy and captured each moment perfectly. While waiting for the proofs, Robert made it a point to provide us with "sneak peeks" on social media. The wait was totally worth it! I am obsessed with the final photos and I am so excited to share them with our friends and family. Thank you Robert for being such an amazing, talented professional. It was a true pleasure to work with you. We are so happy and pleased to call you our wedding photographer.”
“Robert was the best photographer we could have selected for our special day. He made the entire engagement and wedding experience relaxed and fun for my husband and I, and as a wedding vendor myself-I know that's not easy! The pictures are absolutely amazing and we couldn't be more thrilled that Robert was able to share & capture our day with us. I would highly recommend him (and I have) to other Charlottesville wedding couples! Thank you, Robert for all you did for us!”
“Could not have chosen a better photographer for our wedding! Robert is an incredibly talented and hard-working photographer while also being a bright, friendly, easy-going and thoughtful person. He came highly recommended by our wonderful wedding planner and after looking through his portfolio, we were pretty much sold. Upon meeting him, we knew that we would get along well and were so excited to work with him and have him be the one to capture our special day. Leading up to the big day, he was great with communication - always quick to answer questions and offer suggestions. He asked what things about the wedding were most important us, what family and group photos we wanted, etc always emphasizing what would make us most happy to see looking back on our wedding day. We especially wanted to include our sweet, happy and sometimes hyper golden retriever in our day-of pictures and Robert was so patient and got amazing shots with him, along with many, many more that we absolutely love and cherish.”
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