4.2.13

photographer feature: hannah laamoumi


Name
Hannah Laamoumi
Tumblr | Instagram: @hanlaam

Age
19

Location
Houston, TX, USA

Who or what sparked your interest in photography?
I got my first point and shoot camera in 8th grade to take pictures of myself and my friends as the year ended and I love it to pieces. Literally. I wore it out! I also quickly outgrew the features on the tiny camera - I didn't have full control over technical aspects like aperture and shutter speed. I later upgraded to a cheap SLR and I still use it. I love the sound it makes. Cliché, but, I love how I can literally capture a moment forever.

Who are some of your favorite photographers? (Please provide links to their website/Flickr/blog)
Tamara Lichtenstein - I admire the fact that she uses film to capture the feminine form so elegantly. Her work is innocently intimate without being overtly showy. Ann He - I absolutely adore the concepts she comes up with and her use of lighting and color is amazing.

Do you have any formal education in photography or are you self taught?
I did take photography in high school for 2 years. But I never photographed "fashion" or portraits during that time. I came out with a working knowledge of space and form (2D Design). I also did a lot in the darkroom with black and white photography which is why I still try to keep film in my bag.

Is photography your career?
Nope. I just do it for fun and for the wonderful people I meet.

Are you currently working on any photography projects?
I've been working on a series with my sister called "through her eyes." It's more location based. That's all I'll say about it until I release it.

If you won a $400 million lottery how would you use it?
I would plan a trip around the world with my awesome sister. Oh, and I would update my camera gear as well.

What is your favorite thing to photograph and why?
Faces! The expressions. The feeling. The lighting playing with their features. People are so much more interesting to photograph than inanimate objects.

Where do you find and how do you instruct your models?
I started off just taking pictures of my sister and my friends. I now use model mayhem. More recently I have found contacts through other models and people that I meet. Also, I don't really instruct models. If I have an idea of what I want a photograph to be like in my head then I will jump in and model it myself to show what I want. But a lot of times the model will just know what to do.

Do you listen to music while you shoot? If so, what is on your photo shoot play list?
I've ben meaning to! I'd surely get some shots with more feeling that way! It really depends on the location; I'm planning a shoot inspired by Virginia Woofle and we'll probably be listening to some old tunes. Alot of Florence + the Machine, Ben Howard, Alt-J - all relatively tame and soft, still with a beat.

What kind of camera(s) do you use? What is your "go to" lens? Do you have a preferred brand/type of film?
I shoot with a Canon Rebel XS for digital and a Canon A2e for film. I purposefully have two Canon bodies to use with a Canon 50mm f/1.4; I pretty much only shoot with that lens.

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?
I hop in the car, put my laptop in my bag, and go to the library. I thumb through interior design books, fashion books, cookbooks. I like scrolling through blogs too. If you can't find something inspiring in the thousands of books there, then you have a problem.

Future photography goals?
I'd like to be able to shoot with as many people as I can. I've shot with some amazing people and I can't wait to meet even more inspiring people along the way. I don't want to be a professional photographer. I feel like making photography a job will make it into a chore and I like my photography to be an escape for me.

Describe a day in your life that includes photography:
I've only shot with a team a couple of times. I'll set a date and location and meet up with the models at the location. They usually bring along a few changes of clothes. We'll shoot and walk around exploring. Usually the location is new to me. I feel like with a place I don't know, everything feels more interesting. We'll chat and shoot a bit more. Afterwards we'll say our goodbyes and often plan on shooting again.

What does your work flow consist of?
Well, post-shoot, If I shoot digital, then I'll upload all my photos on my laptop then begin sifting through them. Some might be out of focus, or an expression isn't right. The ones that I pick to edit usually just stand out. Then I'll play around with them in photoshop (just editing colors and curves). With film, I have them processed at the drugstore and I scan them myself. I just clean up the dust and scratches and that's pretty much it for my film photographs.

Three interesting facts about yourself?
  1. I am half Moroccan.
  2. I play piano, guitar, and ukulele. I was taught traditionally in piano before I picked up the other two.
  3. I am currently challenging myself to read 50 books this year.

What, if anything, do you do to promote your photography? Approximately how much time do you spend per day/week on promoting your photography online?
I'll post a few pictures on facebook and instagram to share with people I know. I keep a tumblr as my portfolio and I have a few followers who will reblog. Sometimes if I feel a series is strong enough, I'll submit it to a few online magazines. It really varies on how much I've shot.

2.8.12

photographer feature: veronica nardulli


Name
Veronica Nardulli

Flickr / Tumblr / Fotoblur

Age
29

Location
Florence (Italy)

Who or what sparked your interest in photography?
I am passionate about art since I was a child, and although my first thought was to design, the time I went on vacation with my family, my father left me his old Nikon F801, I managed to take pictures with this. Then I bought a Nikon automatic 13 years, I've used for years, but always just for fun. It 's been ten years ago, I decided to take it seriously, my photography professor asked me if I wanted to participate in an exhibition at a gallery in Florence, so later I bought my first SLR. The funny thing is that the Nikon F801 that has fascinated me so much, is still part of my team

Who are some of your favorite photographers?
Gregory Crewdson, Claude Cahun, Irwin Klein, Karin Szèkessy, Eve Arnold.

Do you have any formal education in photography or are you self taught?
I studied photography at university, then I attended an annual course at a photography school.

Is photography your career?
art is my future

How long did it take you to turn photography from a hobby into a career?
four years

Do you currently do portrait work (children, babies, weddings, etc) as part of your career or does your income primarily come from personal projects, print sales, and publications?
My work is based on projects for galleries, exhibitions and personal realization

Do you have any tips for photographers who are trying to move from hobbyists to full time and earning a livable income?
yes, my advice is to never lose confidence in themselves, it happens in this work, which sometimes is not good, but you should never give up.

Are you currently working on any photography projects?
yes

If you won a $400 million lottery how would you use it?
TRAVEL

What is your favorite thing to photograph and why?
I don't have a subject or something that I prefer! are attracted by everything I see, the light, colors, people, friends, new cities ....

Where do you find and how do you instruct your models?
I do not have models, I use the same

Do you listen to music while you shoot? If so, what is on your photo shoot play list?
Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Calexico, The Books, The Notwist

What kind of camera(s) do you use? What is your "go to" lens? Do you have a preferred brand/type of film?
Mostly I use an analog cameras Leica III, my trusty Nikon F801, a 'Agfa and Nikon D80. I like the Polaroid, I have six different angles and each occupies a different purpose. Now I'm using a lot of 35mm and 85mm.

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?
wait and watch

Future photography goals?
yes...

Describe a day in your life that includes photography:
all day

What does your work flow consist of?
I never really thought about it. My portraits are mostly feelings. However, if you choose, the photo is called "With Me" belongs to the self portrait series. It 'very simple picture. I like it because I was at a particular time of my life. I was heartbroken and felt the need to express myself and my state of mind, and watch them on film and printed remind me of them. Maybe it's the way it has changed the way I see around me, since I'm in the picture, things are not the same. I want to say a chair is not just a chair, a window is not just a window. It makes me happy to see the simple things.

Three interesting facts about yourself?
I moved from about eight years in Florence for university studies. After college I started to work and put money aside for travel. They are constantly in motion, snap pictures of things around me: friends, relatives, pets of my friends, I love photographing abandoned places. I have no idea where I'll be in the next year or even next month. Sure I'd like to visit the North Pole.

What, if anything, do you do to promote your photography? Approximately how much time do you spend per day/week on promoting your photography online?
I spend most of my time to photography, we say every day, through flickr, I managed to emerge with my work, and in my town, thanks to the university of art, I was able to show my work in galleries a number of cities

25.7.12

photographer feature: julia trotti


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I'm really excited about today's photographer feature.  I have been following Julia Trotti's work for a long time so I was thrilled when she agreed to answer these questions for me.  If you are a photographer also, make sure you look at the Free Curve Friday section on Julia's blog, she has some AMAZING free Photoshop resources.

 
Name

Julia Trotti

Website | Blog | Tumblr | Facebook

Age
21

Location

Sydney, Australia.

Who or what sparked your interest in photography?
At a young age I started to learn how to use Photoshop and I was fascinated with creating photo manipulations with stock images from the Internet. One day I wanted to take more control over the images I created, so I started taking photos for myself. That's when my love of photography started growing.

Who are some of your favorite photographers?
Tim Walker.

Is photography your career?
Yes, photography is my livelihood and my reason for living.

How long did it take you to turn photography from a hobby into a career?
I started taking photos when I was sixteen years old for fun, and it wasn't about until two years ago where I started to be serious about it. So all up, it probably took about three years for it to transform into something more real.

Do you currently do portrait work (children, babies, weddings, etc) as part of your career or does your income primarily come from personal projects, print sales, and publications?
Fashion photography is my forte. I also shoot weddings and portraits on the side.

Do you have any tips for photographers who are trying to move from hobbyists to full time and earning a livable income?
Don't underestimate the amount of hard work it takes to be a photographer. If you're up for it though, and are passionate about taking photos you can do anything you set your mind to! You just need to go out there and live the things you've been dreaming about.

Are you currently working on any photography projects?
I'm aways working on something! There are always clothes to be shot or people to work with, so pretty much every week I am planing a new shoot idea.

If you won a $400 million lottery how would you use it?
I would travel around the world and document every little thing I see.

What is your favorite thing to photograph and why?
I love photographing the in-between moment during fashion shoots. I love that unaware, nostalgic feeling you get when you capture someone who isn't completely thinking about where every inch of their body is as they normally would in a photograph. For me, that's when fashion photography becomes more real and turns into something I can really be passionate about.

Where do you find and how do you instruct your models?
I used to just take self portraits and photos of my sister and friends to practice. Then I moved on to finding freelance models who were learning just as I was, so we can build on our portfolios together. Now I go through modeling agencies.

Do you listen to music while you shoot?
I don't listen to music while I shoot. Since I mostly shoot on location, I want the whole team to be absorbed in our surroundings

What kind of camera do you use?
My eyes are my camera.

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?
I stop everything I'm doing and do something completely unrelated to what I'm feeling uninspired by! I'll either go out for a walk, have a coffee with Dan, watch a movie or go to sleep and hope the inspiration comes to me the next day after a little break.

Future photography goals?
For my photography to take me around the world. I want to be shooting every day of my life in amazing locations with talented people, being inspired by simply waking up in a different part of the globe every morning.

Describe a day in your life that includes photography:
Pretty much every single day of my life involves photography! So I'll go both ways: If I have a shoot that day, I will spend the morning/nigh before getting my camera batteries charged, making sure memory cards are empty, getting inspired by listening to music and talking about all the ideas I have for the shoot. Then I head over to the shoot, spend my day taking pictures and in the afternoon I will download all the photos and start going through them. If I don't have a shoot that day, I will spend the day replying to emails, checking my social media, retouching images, creating CDs for the shoots I've finished off and planning even more shoots!

What does your work flow consist of?
  1. I find an idea that I want to create
  2. Find a creative and talented team to work with
  3. Scout out a location for the shoot (which involves lots of driving around and going for walks)
  4. Plan a time and date to shoot
  5. Shoot!
  6. When I come home I download all the photos to my computer, then go through and pick my favourites
  7. I edit my favourites then make CDs for the whole team involved and post it out to them
  8. Blog all my new photos!

Three interesting facts about yourself?
  1. I collect sugar packets and keep them in a jar for no particular reason.
  2. I drink too much coffee
  3. My most fearful thought would be for me to be stuck in the middle of the ocean.

What, if anything, do you do to promote your photography? Approximately how much time do you spend per day/week on promoting your photography online?
I don't think I so much 'promote' by photography, but I just love putting it online for everyone to see! At first it started off with Deviantart, when I was younger I would post my images on that website almost every second day asking for feedback and what I can improve on. Now sharing my photography has moved on to Flickr, my Blogspot, Tumblr and Facebook.

17.7.12

tat-tuesday... french tattoo artist xoil




i found french tattoo artist xoil through pinterest last week and immediately fell in love.  gorgeous style of work.  now i'm dying to get some new tattoos!