Month: September 2018

Tim Copsey (Fan Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Tim Copsey I am a British photographer who works in the genres of fashion, portraiture and performing arts. I am based just outside London where I frequently shoot. Given the choice I love to shoot monochrome but I am gradually warming to colour as well.

2. What are you working on right now?
I am preparing to shoot a fashion show in the Australian embassy and some editorial shoots around London for some designers that have flown in from the Pacific.

3. Do you have a podcast routine? What is it?
I am not organized enough for that! I listen to podcasts when I remember to. Nearly always when I am doing something else, so instead of listening to the radio I will put the fashion photography podcast on.

4. What are you most excited about right now?

The next time I am shooting. Every time I shoot I feel fully alive.

5. What was the most exciting photo shoot you’ve done so far? 
It is difficult to single out one shoot, but I think I would have to say at the moment, a mini shoot I had in Milan. It followed directly on from a fashion show I had shot. It involved some models that had just walked the runway and took place in the hotel where the show was. It was a short period of time but the models, clothes and setting was just right and I felt in my zone. Wonderful.

6. What’s your dream photo shoot? 
Front cover of British Vogue

7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 
Further along in my photography career, with more clients and prestigious publications. Hopefully I will have made even more friends and tried to help more fellow creatives along their journey too.

8. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us? 
My favorite source of inspiration and pearls of wisdom from the real world of fashion photography is The Fashion Photography Podcast and I am not just saying that. Other than that I find the most useful thing other than shooting constantly that helps develop my eye is to read top publications such as Vogue. I also like to look at the work of master photographers and most frequently these are the all time greats as I am always excited to see photographs that have the “timeless” quality .

9. What’s your biggest struggle right now? 
In all honesty I need to develop my ability to connect with and attract more commercial clients. In this current age where “everybody is a photographer” it is important to improve commercial knowledge to attract sustainable work. There is a climate of clients wanting creatives to work for free and this is a challenge.

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Daniela Rettore (Guest Feature)

Daniela Rettore

As a first guest in our new series we meet the amazing Italian fashion photographer Daniela Rettore. She is working with one of the biggest magazines in the industry such as ELLE, MARIE CLAIRE , L’Officiel Suisse, L’Officiel Ukraine and many other.  

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Daniela Rettore.
I was born in Italy and I live in Milan, but I actually shoot everywhere but Milan (laughs)
I fell in love with photography when I was a teenager.
When I was 14 I begged my mother to buy me a camera for my birthday and I remember taking “ fashion pictures “ of my female friends for fun .

2. How did you get into photography?
At the age of 30, after my modeling career was over I did not know what I wanted to do with my life, I only knew I wanted to get up every day , feeling happy of what do.
So I asked myself “what do you really like?”
And the answer was – photography.
The next day I bought a professional second-hand Canon and a film.
I called a friend of mine who was still working as a model and asked her if I could try to take some pictures of her.
I did the make up and hair, the styling and we shot with natural light in the field.
Two days later, did the same thing with another female friend.
Those two shoots went so well, that a model agency called me and asked me if I want to do tests for their models.
Six months later I had to rent a studio, due to the amount of work.

3. How did you meet your first client?
One of the models I did a test with was so happy from the results, she decided to introduce me to one of her clients.
I was so nervous before the shooting of our first catalogue, I did not sleep at all the night before! (Laughs)

4. If you were about to start now, what would be your plan?
I’d do exactly the same! 

I’d do exactly the same! 

I’d buy a camera, learn how to work in manual mode, how to light, and I’d constantly shoot and improve! I’d learn from all my mistakes and keep asking for advices those that are much better than me.

5. Tell us a secret talent of yours?
I’m a real hard worker…
If something is not good enough or for some reason the shoot went bad or it’s just not good enough, I always try to improve and never do the same mistake. I do not surrender. Ever.

6. Tell us a story from one of your photoshoots when you learned a valuable lesson?
I used to delegate my location scouting. 
But I got burned several times.
For example once in Marrakesh, we were supposed to shoot in the desert, but it was raining several days before the shoot and when we arrived at the location all we’ve found was a green valley, instead of the promised desert. 
Ever since this photo shoot I always make sure to check my locations in person, at least one day in advance. 

7. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us? 
And can spend hours on Instagram!

8. If you were to be associated with one word what would that be?

9. Do you have a final advice for the fans of The Fashion Photography Podcast?
Find your identity as a photographer.
And try not to copy anyone. Of course you can draw inspiration from the best, but then who you are, what you think, your personality must be seen in what you shoot. 
Also – if you don’t feel that a photoshoot is not the right fit for you… just don’t do it.

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