We’ve got a great round-up of new members this month! Not only do these three photographers have great work, but the wisdom they bring to their creative outlook and photographic approach is inspiring.
featured image by Reza Bahrami
PhotoShelter template: East
Location: Oslo, Norway
Specialty and background: I am a freelance photographer with a great passion for travel. My main focus, both as a traveler and a photographer is the natural world – landscape and wildlife, but also the interaction of these with people. I’m particularly drawn to the far north and south of the planet, and I sometimes work as an Expedition Photographer on explorer cruises to polar destinations such as Greenland, Svalbard, Antarctica and South Georgia. I love these places; the scale, remoteness and mystique of it all. I think some of my best images are the ones where I’m able to convey some of the sense of peace and tranquility I find there. Generally, I like playing with what’s in front of me when photographing; my approach is more ‘fishing’ than ‘hunting’ for photographs, and ideally there is also an element of ‘catching the moment’ – bringing some element to the scene that exists just there and then – creating that unique image.
What projects are you working on?
In August I’ll be boarding MS Fram on Svalbard, for five weeks as Expedition Photographer, taking me around Svalbard, down the northeast coast of Greenland to Iceland, and across to Norway, with one or two landings every day. It’s a trip I’m looking very much forward to – the nature, the wildlife, the interaction with tourists and crew onboard the MS Fram, and finally getting to visit the world’s largest National Park in Northeast Greenland, a dream for more than 20 years.
PhotoShelter template: Element
Location: Los Angeles, California
Specialty and background: I can’t call myself a photographer or filmmaker. I consider myself an image maker. To me, media is not important; photography, documentary, promo videos …whatever it is, it must be bold!
I make bold imagery and artistic content for companies, organizations, and people with strong personal brands. I have 15 years of experience working with agencies, TV channels, and magazines all around the world. My works have been shown in more than 30 countries, and I’ve helped professionals to separate themselves from mediocre competitors and picture their brand at its best.
What are the stories behind these photos? (below)
This is Daniel, my 5-year-old son, and he hates being in front of my camera. However, this frame changed my approach to photography. Before this, I was so picky about the camera’s focus, my composition, colors, and a bunch of technical issues. But I took this frame as easily as possible.
I took this photo while I was playing with him on my bed. I saw the sunlight coming through the window, and I just grabbed my camera and click! I didn’t take 50 frames or even spend a couple of hours in Adobe. The whole process of retouching took like 5 minutes, and I believe this is one of the best portraits I have ever made.
Now my goal is to not try so hard. I believe in working hard, but there is a big difference between someone who tries to take good photos and someone who takes photos with heart.
PhotoShelter template: East
Location: London, UK
Specialty and background: I have a degree in Environmental Biology and Media Studies and a Masters in Environmental Technology, so it’s fair to say that I do not come from a “typical” fashion photography background. I have, however, always had a passion for photography and imagery of people. I am based in London and specialize in fashion and portraiture. I aim to produce images which are bold and timeless and draw inspiration from the masters such as Peter Lindbergh and Patrick Demarchelier.
What’s the story behind the photo? (below)
My favorite image at the moment is titled Vintage and was for an editorial featuring London-based bridal dress designer Yinka Alli. I have noticed a recent trend in brides opting for high end but vintage styles of wedding dresses, so I wanted to cater to this clientele. The elegant pose combined with the flowing style of the dress and the choice of backdrop all give the image a classic, antiqued feel, whilst the lighting is simple but effective.
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