Q&A

-How did you first become interested in photography?

It was really by accident. I was watching some videos on YouTube in 2013 and clicked on one of the suggested videos and it was a photography teaching video from B&H Chanel. The photographer was Jerry Ghionis. I was really surprised how this man was able to make pieces of art containing lots of emotion only by using his camera.


That was my first flame in the world of photography. At that time I didn’t have the money to buy a camera so for about 10 months I kept watching a lot of photography YouTube videos and got a lot of theoretical knowledge. During that time I saved some money and got my camera in May 2014 and my journey started.


-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?

I have my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8. I love working with natural light, sometimes I use one or two reflectors. My camera is set mostly on the manual mode; I can’t even remember if I have changed it to another mode from the very first moment that I bought it. It was difficult at the beginning, but practicing and learning on my own mistakes… which I did a lot... gave me the control of it.


-How did you make the move to becoming a professional photographer?

I just fell into it and it happened. Of course there were some signs before, for example the comments on my photos when I posted them on Facebook and Instagram. Sometime later friends asked me if I could take some photos of them. In this way, slowly through social networks, I got to be known and the people started to ask me for shootings.


-How do you build a relationship between yourself and the people you photograph? How do you pose and direct them?

I think when it comes to people photography you have to be a sociable person and a good listener. I always ask the people who I photograph the question, “How do you like to be photographed?” Just to have an idea what they are expecting in my photos.


I also ask some questions about their personal lives and their experiences in life and listen to their stories. I do my best to relax them using a soft voice and some jokes and let them feel that the shooting is all about themselves, like that they won’t be nervous anymore in front of the camera and they will be able to show the inner beauty, which each everyone of us has, and bring a lot of emotion in the photos.


In Posing and directing them, I sometimes use the mirroring method so I pose myself first in front of them and then ask them to mirror me, or just by directing them step by step.


-What is your post-production workflow like?

To get a great final product in photography, the straight out of the camera photo should look good. That’s why I don’t click the shutter until everything is perfect through the viewfinder and I really do my best to get a good photo directly out of the camera. I use mostly Lightroom to do pre post-production ‘colouring and contrast’ after that and if it is really needed I go to Photoshop and do some frequency separation, dodge & burn, colouring and sharpening.


-What is your dream project?

It is really hard to define one’s dream because dreams evolve during the process of reaching them, but for the moment I want to have a successful natural light studio and I wish to make photos of Hollywood movie stars especially my favourite stars, and for sure I would like to teach photography.


-What inspires you to create new work?

You can find inspiration everywhere; in the streets, parties and your daily conversations with the people around you. Just watch peoples’ faces and have the imagination and the fantasy to freeze the time and capture the multiple emotions the human face has.


I sometimes find inspiration in watching movies and reading books or maybe fashion shows or some art pieces, dresses and nature, even architecture. Lately I was walking in city near a nice building; the building was very static with a row of big columns and then I said to myself how nice it will to photograph a model in between the columns where you can see the contrast between the static building and dynamics of the model movement. The day after I went there and I get a great image. When I am in the train I always go on 500px.com app and get inspired by many works of other photographers too. I even think that each person with her/ his unique personality is an inspiration for me.


-What is your biggest resource in relation to technical knowledge and how long did it take you to master your technique?

As I told you before, I watched many videos on YouTube because I didn’t have the money to buy a camera. After that, when I had my camera, I took it everywhere with me and kept on practicing and practicing, photographing everything in front of me. I study some other photographer’s work and try to figure out the technique they used and do the same, and it is really easy nowadays to know the setting which the photographers are using if you are a member of photography communities like 500px.com.


It is just a matter of time and then you will notice that you are having your own technique which you use mostly and slowly you will define your photo style.


-What is your top technical tip for lighting?

Don’t make it too complicated. God gave us a very great light and it is the sun, use it with a window or as a backlight and a reflector. Always search for good light quality which gives softness to the skin, it is that simple.


-What was the best career advice you were ever given?

There are a lot of photographers in the world. You need to create unique pieces, to stand out, keep on learning and discovering. Have an imagination and try to see the world through the eyes of a child. Focus on your talent and not what the others are doing or saying, and lastly admire your work because in each photo you make, you let a piece of your soul into it.