Louis Bedinotti, owner of Bedinotti Photo, has been in business as a professional photographer for over 30 years. He's photographed everything from babies to weddings to corporate events and everything in-between. As a fully insured photographer, Bedinotti has traveled all over the East Coast photographing weddings. He even offers green screen services for birthdays, events and weddings.
"Before I started my business in April 1987, I was in retail management," Bedinotti said. "I always had a love for photography, but it was never something I considered as a profession. However, I just got to a point where I wanted to be my own boss and be free to do what I wanted to do."
For Bedinotti, the early challenge was learning how to photograph and use the equipment. Back in the late 80s, photography was more of an art form. To boost his skills, Bedinotti attended and graduated from the NY Institute of Photography in October 1991. Along the way, he joined other organizations, including Hudson Valley Professional Photographers, where he previously served as president of the association, NY State Professional Photographers Association, NACE, NILMDTS, as well with other professional organizations.
Bedinotti shared what makes his brand of photography unique. "I really focus on making memories out of what we do in life," he said. "As everyone knows, when a couple comes back from their honeymoon, the only thing they have left are the photographs. We make sure that we cover every aspect of the day. Often times we provide two-camera coverage to capture the whole experience. My wife, Lea, who I've taught the art of photography, works with me as well. I'm always so excited to see her photographs after an event."
Bedinotti continued, "Also, working for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep program was unique because I would get a call from the hospital that a baby was going to pass or has already passed and I would go and take photographs of the baby and the parents and family, go back to my studio and design a slideshow with music and give it to the Parents. We NEVER charged them a dime for what we did. I also had a NY Police Press Pass which allowed us to photograph events that the city would put on. We would show a Police Officer the pass and he would let us go behind the barriers to photograph the event. An example being the Macy's Day Parade. There were many others."
Bedinotti is a true people person who loves to work and interact with other people and joke with them. He loves what he's able to do in Photoshop and other programs that he uses to enhance images. He takes a great deal of pride in what he does to satisfy his customers. He's also taught basic photography to the underprivileged youth in the Boys and Girls Club in Newburgh, NY.
Looking ahead, Bedinotti hopes to never have to put down a camera and stop doing what he loves. His passion for photography is genuine and authentic and he's as excited today as he was 30 years ago about the future direction of his business.
What advice does Bedinotti have for aspiring entrepreneurs? Learn everything you can to prosper," he said. "Also, make your business the very best that it can be."