Thursday, 8 January 2015

Interview with Fashion Photographer Siyana Kasabova

Siyana is a 21 year old photographer and retoucher based in West Midlands UK.she's originally from Bulgaria but moved to the UK almost 3 years ago to undertake a photography degree. Since then her interest in fashion and beauty photography has greatly developed and she is! hoping to do this for a living one day

I had the opportunity to ask Siyana few questions to get to know her creative process a little more..
lets go,

What is your ideal camera (doesn't have to be real)
My ideal camera is one that is easy to focus (shooting wide open is not easy you know) and which is very light - the weight of the camera I shoot with is killing me sometimes, especially after an all day long shoot.

Do you prefer natural light or flash?
I shoot with natural light mostly - I love the softness of it. I like playing with it - using shades, backlighting, playing with shadows. I hope to master natural light looking studio lighting skills one day

Indoors or outdoors
Definitely outdoors. I am not a fan of low light situations which are often inevitable when shooting inside. I love bright indoor spaces - for example a room with huge windows - the light is very soft and even and helps produce interesting results. However I am a fan of outdoor shooting. I love nature so being outdoors helps me combine my love for photography and my love for flowers and greenery.

How important is hair and make up to you?
Hair and makeup are essential for fashion shoots even though I've done many without h&m. Some of my shoots such as the "Summer in November" editorial I shot in June were created with me and the model only - a team of two. I like to shoot unplanned sometimes and see what I can make out of it - in most cases it works. But this is for personal work only - if it's a commercial shoot or a campaign hair and makeup are a must!

What do you look for in a model?
Expression in the eyes and unique features. It's the face that is the most important to me - the model should be able to show different emotions and get into different roles.

Describe your favorite image taken by you and an image taken by another photographer The favourite image I have taken is of a girl named Mila. It was her birthday and we went out to take some photos in a sunny April day. We found some cherry blossoms and climbed a fence to take the shot. It's a portrait image filled with colour and cherry blossoms and Mila in the middle with her pretty face, looking mysteriously. It's my all time favourite from all the images I've taken so far.

Favourite image by someone else? 
This will be difficult to answer… I have so many favourite photos it's impossible to narrow them down to one. One of them is "The escape of the flora" by Bella Kotak - a girl in red cape and with flowers in her hair is running in a mystical colourful forest - it's such a magical image.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
I would be a fashion designer - actually that used to be my "when I grow up" dream job when I was little. I would probably design dresses such as those of Ellie Saab or Dolce and Gabbana. Hehe. Only if I had the talent to do so!

Do you read any photoshop related books/articles or watch any online tutorials? 
I read a lot of online tutorials mainly on Retouching Academy and FStoppers. Also, Vibrant Shot Photography's youtube videos are my favourite - very well explained and straight on point

Did photography effect your fashion style?
It absolutely has. Since I started developing interest in fashion photography I started paying more attention to how I look, what I wear, what the current trends are.

If you can photograph anyone or anything who / what would it be?
It would be really interesting to photograph myself as another person. It's impossible, but I am really curious what it would be.

What inspires you the most?
Nature, light, faces, colours.

Who inspires you the most?
Emily SotoLara JadeSue BryceBella KotakJulia Kuzmenko McKim and many more - seeing how well they handle their photography businesses keeps me moving forward - I am looking up to them so to say. Plus, their images are beyond beautiful.

How can you describe your style?
Dreamy, colourful, whimsical.

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/ fly/ be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?
I wish I had magical powers that would protect me from spiders (unfortunately I have arachnophobia :/) Then I would be able to go deep into the woods and take beautiful portraits of beautiful faces in the beautiful bushes.

What types of photography you know you'll never do?
Sports photography, automotive photography, product photography..

What do you like to do on your free time?
Read, do yoga, go for a walk in the park or watch a fun movie (sometimes I like to wash the dishes and clean the house too :D)

Colors or black and whites? Colours!!

Can you share a before and after

How important networking to you?
Having other Internet friends from other sides of the world. For me networking is one of the most important things. In 2014 I have managed to make many new internet friends and also managed to meet many of them in person! There is no better thing than communicating with other creatives with all different backgrounds!

Can you name photographers you admire.

What would you advice young Siyana that picked up her camera for the first time?
To look straight into fashion photography and not waste all those year trying to figure out what she likes.

What is next for Siyana?
I am graduating this year and I hope to take up photography full time. I hope 2015 will bring me lots of new adventures and I will be inspired to create and develop my skills

Find Siyana at:

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Interview with James of Irisism Photography

Beautiful dreams of light and shadows and more light

James is a young dreamer, creative and visual artist also known as Irisism Photography

When did you find your way towards photography?

Around seven years ago, I got a Nikon D40 for Christmas, and I absolutely loved it! I've been taking photos ever since.

What is your ideal camera.

My ideal camera is the Canon 5D mark iii, which is what I am currently using.

Do you prefer natural light ?

I much prefer natural light, the only time I like to have a lighting set up is indoors.

Indoors or outdoors

While I do shoot both indoors and outdoors, I usually prefer outdoors!

Do you enjoy self portraits?

I enjoy self portraits to an extent, but I often only do them because I don't have a model on hand.

What do you look for in a model?

I look for someone who is willing to do just about anything, regardless of how weird it is.

Describe your favorite image taken by you and an image taken by another photographer

One of my favorite photos I've done is the 100th photo of my 365 challenge. It's called "Forest of Clocks" and is a re-imagined version of a photo I did a couple years ago. There's a bunch of giant stopwatches floating around as I'm reaching up to grab one.

One of my favorite images by another photographer is Joel Robison's "Sunday Rituals." His hand is delicately balancing a teacup with one finger as a floating teapot pours tea in.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?

I would probably want to be an American Sign Language interpreter.

Did photography affect your style?

If you mean the way I dress and present myself, then definitely. Taking photos really makes you conscious of what someone is wearing, including what you personally are wearing.

If you can photograph anyone or anything who / what would it be?

If I could photography anything, I would take photos of people interacting with the most exotic animals in mystical environments.

What inspires you the most?

Music inspires me a lot. I'm often inspired by people and events that happen in my life that I want to express through photography. But mostly I'm inspired by the whimsical, by dreams or things I wish to dream.

what is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is losing the people in my life that mean the most to me if it's not the right time.

How can you describe your style?

I'd say my style is whimsical and magical, bringing internal thoughts and ideas to life.

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/ fly/ be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?

I would teleport to all the most stunning places on earth and take photos from spots that would otherwise be impossible to reach.

How important are props to you?

Props are so important to me!! I wish I had a bunch more magical props.

What do you like to do on your free time?

I love to sing and spend time with the people I'm close to.

Colors or black and whites?


Can you share a before and after 

Here's just a couple shots from before this photo I made and the after:



How important networking to you? Having other Internet friends from other sides of the world.

It definitely is important to me! I don't like to depend on Internet friends, but I like having them! I know some amazing people. <3

What would you advice young James that picked up her camera for the first time?

Keep taking photos, always take photos. Don't be afraid to experiment and do whatever feels right.

What is next for James?

I'm going to continue the 365 challenge I'm working on right now. I should be done April 2015! :)

Find James at : Facebook -- Flickr

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Photographer Oleg Ti interview

Born in 1968 in Russia, Oleg Ti has been an photographer for many years.
He has been hosting workshops all around the world for more than 5 years and there are so many cities in the world where photographers gather on his workshops: New York, Los Angeles, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Munich, Cologne, Kiev, Bangkok and dozens of cities in Russia.
He works with a lot of brands in Russia and in USA as a commercial photographer and large studio with experienced and talented crew helps him to create excellent pictures for advertising, fashion campaigns. He works with he World leading modelling agencies and his works could be seen in portfolios of models of such agencies as Women, Ford, DNA, Elite, Next and others.
At he same time he likes to create artistic works where he wants to show his own view on woman’s beauty. His work is distinguished by a unique look, bright colors and very sophisticated work with studio lighting.
Oleg is an author of numerous articles about photography techniques wich collect attentions from thousands of professional photographers. Now he lives mostly in New York, but traveling a lot, you can meet him in any place in the world.

I had the opportunity to ask Oleg a number of questions to get a closer look at his creative mind 

What inspire you the most in terms of photography? 
My inspiration is the beauty I see around me. I think that the main challenge for every photographer is to show his own beauty every day, if he has the ability to see it, to show it, to share it he will get the great success. 

Who inspires you?
The people,the people around me and the cities I'm in.

 learn more about this photo here

Your work mostly revolves around fashion/ beauty and commercial photography, is there any other types of photography that you're interested in?
Life of cities. I like to travel, to walk along the streets, to look at the cities, to feel them, to understand them and sometimes I even take pictures.

What style of photography that you can't find yourself do?
I think there isn't  any style I couldn't find myself doing. I think every photographer finds his style while going through all styles. Not just deciding which style would be better for him.

What do you look for in a model? 
It depends on the point of view I am looking at . As a test photographer, as a commercial photographer, as an art photographer, or as a fashion photographer. It depends what the audience is expecting. You have to understand it and you have to switch from one view to another.

Most of your work is with female models, have you ever thought about photographing guys for a change?
I had been trying. But all agents said: it is not yours. 

Are there any photographers out there who's work you admire?
Sure! All of them! I consider every photographer as my concurrent. But I try to consider every photographer also as a teacher.

learn how to create this beautiful photo here 

You have an educational blog where you teach your techniques and methods of shooting and editing  photos, how did it all start? do you find yourself teaching full time?
I like to teach. I really like to teach. I have hosted around 300 workshops all around the world during last years. And I like that my knowledge is available for people.

What do you enjoy doing other than photography?
A lot. The life around myself.

learn more about this photo here 

You're quite the traveler! what countries do you want to visit again? 
I usually start to miss the city at my way to the airport. I miss them all. 

Your photos have a very distinct style, bright colors and light manipulation.. would you call that your style? 
My style is to choose new ideas. Having taken a picture I always think what else can I do .

What is your favorite photograph taken by you?
I haven't created this photograph yet!

Do you think its hard to be unique and have your own style in photography? how do you manage to stay creative?
You have to answer just one question. What can I do to be better than I am today. That's all you need for that.

Any new project you're working on? 

I don't ever work 'for projects'. I just take pictures I keep trying to be better than I am.

Find Oleg's : Articles -- Facebook page -- Flickr-- Website-- Blog -- 500px -- Twitter -- Instagram