Jerry Ghionis APP M.Photog IV - The 2016 AIPP Australian Album of the Year

JERRY GHIONIS APP.L M.PHOTOG IV - 2016 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

JERRY GHIONIS APP.L M.PHOTOG IV - THE 2015 AIPP AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR

 

  

Widely regarded as one of the top 5 best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis is based in Beverly Hills, California and Melbourne, Australia. His style can be described where vintage glamour meets contemporary fashion. A Nikon USA Ambassador, Jerry was named in the first ever list of Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. Grand Master of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), Jerry has won their International Wedding Album of the Year Award for 8 times among his long list of accolades which includes being named in their top 5 Wedding Photographers in the World.

Jerry has won the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year 3 times and the AIPP Australian Album of the Year 3 times and was also named as the 2011 Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year.

In 2011 Jerry was named by PDN Magazine as one of the top photography workshop instructors in the world. In 2014, Jerry received a United Nations IPC (International Photography Community) Photography Leadership Award. In 2016 Jerry won the AIPP Australian Fashion Photographer of the Year.

With the flair of a fashion designer and the ingenuity of an architect, his style can be described where vintage glamour meets contemporary fashion. Renowned for his creativity, he not only has the ability to capture natural magic on your wedding day but he creates magic of his own. His love and empathy for people creates powerful visual storytelling. With the innate ability to make everyone look and feel beautiful in front of his camera, Jerry’s images are often simple yet a complex blend of soul, drama, imagination and technical skill. Whether he is shooting a glamour session, lifestyle portrait or boudoir beauty, Jerry has the ability to bring out the best in any situation.

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About the winning album 2015

 

"After winning this award in 2006 and coming runner-up a total of six times it was incredible to be able to win it again. I believe you are only as good as the last thing you have produced. And in my opinion, longevity is a sign of success."

As a strong believer and advocate for albums, I wanted to create an album that had never been attempted before. I visited the headquarters of GraphiStudio, my album manufacturer, in Italy in 2014 and was staggered by the choices and options for creating an album. When I was given a tour of the factory, I noticed a photograph printed on a throwaway piece of leather – it was something they were testing for their album covers. I asked if I could keep the sample knowing that I could use this concept in some way for a future album. Later in the year, I called the US and Canadian Director of GraphiStudio, Maureen Neises and within minutes, I was also speaking to the Italian marketing director, Dario Righetto and the actual CEO of GraphiStudio, Tullio Tramontina. I asked if they could produce a custom 16×16 inch album with a clear acrylic front cover, a custom weathered wooden spine and back cover, custom bronze hinging and if every page could be completely made of printed leather. The answer was a resounding yes (although they didn’t know how they could do it yet!) 

 

I then needed to think of the perfect wedding to feature in the album. Erin and Jeremy were married in November 2014 at Melbourne’s historic Montsalvat. It was an old artist colony, which could be mistaken for a 14th-century Scottish castle. Printing photographs on leather was already a creative risk so I thought I would produce the images in sepia to complement the romantic old school charm of the album. I will never forget the moment I saw the album for the first time. It wasn’t just an album…it was an experience. The theatre of turning 16”x16” champagne-colored, sepia printed leather pages was intoxicating. In a world where most people experience their photos with a swipe of a finger, the tactile nature of touching, smelling and turning the leather pages as I witnessed a beautiful story unfold was breathtaking.

 

A huge thanks to the AIPP whom without I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thanks to the sponsors, judges, print handlers and all the AIPP staff for your tireless work. Thank you, Erin and Jeremy, for trusting me to photograph your beautiful wedding. You are gorgeous inside and out! A huge thanks to one my best friends Rocco Ancora from Capture to Print for your brilliant work on the images and to the Graphistudio team for being crazy, bold and skilled enough to produce an exquisite groundbreaking album.