A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
The world presents numerous wonderful opportunities to a photographer.
I have spent many years exploring these possibilities, including documenting child labour in Latin America for 12 months which culminated in a travelling exhibition; and recording the lives of Kenyans in an exhibition called “People from the True Continent”. My native Venice presents a wealth of subject matter which never ceases to thrill me, from the serenity of the lagoon at dusk to the excitement of the Carnivale, I never tire of photographing this beautiful place.
My name is Michele, I am a native of Venice, born on the island, now dividing my time between Venice and Vienna. I am a photojournalist & wedding photographer, as well as operating photography workshops, mostly in Italy and Austria.
I speak Italian, English, German and Spanish.
Recently I have been working for a prestigious Venetian newspaper Il Gazzettino, Netflix and Tate Gallery, with photographs published in many international publications including Ansa, Lapresse, Kurrier, Reyerzine, Venezia Marketing & Eventi, La fotografia Actual, Ifis Bank and the 55th Venice Biennale catalogue.
I have been a member of the Association of Italian Journalists since 2009 and teach photojournalism at my local folk high school.
I find capturing the moment before me exhilarating. Documenting the detail, recording the mood and finding meaning in the scene before me are central to my photographic technique.
To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers
In February 2018 two of my pictures won the DIAMOND AWARD in the Categorie »Engagement Portraits«. Thank you WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST ASSOCIATION.
CLIENT COMMENTS ON GOOGLE
“Michele is the best!! He was so patient with my husband and I who had never done professional pictures before and had no idea what we were doing! 5 stars Michele, you’re awesome!”
“Now we have received the wedding pictures back, we get to re-live it all again and I notice more and more each time I look at them. I can’t thank Michele enough for his great work (and for being such a great guy!). He really did help to make our wedding day such a fantastic experience and we feel so lucky to have had him as our photographer. If I needed a photographer in Europe, I would book him again in a heartbeat.”
Alison & Phil
“Michele is a very talented photographer who will invest his time in creating an unforgettable moment for you (and your loved one). The way he plays with light and creates momentum is astonishing. The most important thing of all is that he’s doing it with a smile and an honest interest in making you look both natural & fantastic.”
Carine & Ard
“Michele did an amazing job with our engagement photo shoot last week. He is a very talented photographer and has a natural ability to help you relax and smile naturally and beautifully in the photos. We highly recommend – our photographs look fantastic and we had a fabulous time!!”
“My Fiance and I had had planned trip to Italy. We decided to have our engagement photos done while we were in Venice. I am so glad we booked with Michele. He was really responsive to our questions via email. He was incredibly easy to book with. What made the process even easier is that he met us at our hotel so as travelers we did not have to figure out a locations to meet. Since he is from Venice he knew the in and outs of the side street and alleys. He was able to take us to beautiful areas in Venice that were not as congested and the popular tourist sights. We did finish up at St. Marco Square to have the traditional Venice photos as well. He was helpful with directives on how to pose. There were shots that I thought were crazy but when you looked at them after they came out amazing. Michele knows what he is doing and our photos reflected that.”
“When you think of perfection, think of Michele. I went to Venice for a surprise proposal and had a few days to find a photographer.Michele made it seem as if I had planned my proposal for months. He knows where to take the best shots in Venice, communicates excellently, was punctual even before my fiancée and I showed up and took the best pictures I have in my collection so far. My pics were amazing, and are being talked about till date between my fiends and loved ones. I went with sunrise pictures and they are gorgeous. Michele was patient with us and made sure we got perfect shots in the most important, historic and romantic places. In addition, I received my pictures in 4 days. He is truly an embodiment of what I call perfection. If I had to do it all over again, I did go with Michele anytime. I recommend him highly without any reservation.”
“My boyfriend hired Michele as our photographer while we were on vacation in Venice. We are from New York. He was especially easy to work with for anyone searching for a photographer from abroad. We’re very glad we found him! He is very quick to respond to emails, so communication is not an issue. We received our edited photos soon after we returned to New York, and they came out beautifully. Michele provides quality service while being very flexible to our wants. If he was based in New York, we would definitely recommend him to all our friends. It was a pleasure working with Michele and we wish him all the best!”
“You should use Michele Agostinis period! My husband and I got married in Venice, Italy. We went online to find a photographer. Out of all the “professionals” we contacted, Michele was responsive, personable and customer service oriented. We got our photo album in 30 days (my friends who married in the US had to wait months to get their photos). We LOVE Michele! We LOVE our photos and photo album!”
HL & S. Renee Larry
“The results, well I might be slightly biased but it’s fair to say I’m going to have to put a lot of thought into topping that present anytime soon! I cannot thank Michele enough for his time and effort on a very early, and hot morning to produce the results he did. An absolute 10/10 and could not reccomend highly enough for any circumstance.“
“So comfortable, had such a wonderful experience with amazing photos to keep. Would recommend for sure!”
“My wife and i were in Venice and wanted to get family pictures. After a short Google search, we found Michele and he was a great photographer!! Highly recommend him to anyone.”
“Michele was an absolute pleasure to shoot with, and he likes to try different, fun things! He listened to what we wanted and delivered—our photos look lovely (despite it being overcast and us being jet lagged). If you’re planning a shoot in Venice, I highly recommend you book him. Thank you so much again for the great time, Michele. Hope to work with you again soon!”
“Michele is amazing! He was extremely professional, diligent and amiable. We absolutely adore our pictures and would definitely recommend him! Thank You for making our Surprise proposal even more perfect!”
“I highly recommend Michele, he is the best photographer we ever had. Me and my husband live in the US and we visited Venice, Italy for our 10 year anniversay and we had the privilege of working with Michele. He was patience with us, showed us how to pose and took us to great spots for photos. He is very profesional and the quality of the pictures we just received are wonderful. He can do any types or any style of pictures. We are very glad and very happy we found him. Thank you Michele!”
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