Sophie Daum (Fan Feature)


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello there, my name is Sophie Daum, I am a fashion photographer based in Hamburg, Germany. My main focus is menswear and men beauty, the most essential keystones of my work are realness and honesty.
I am lucky to run my own studio ever since 2017.

2. What are you working on right now?
My style changed a lot over the last months, so besides my work for fashion labels and magazines, I am doing a lot of free projects to update my portfolio. Right now I am using the cold months to be in the studio, building my beauty portfolio with male and female models.

3. Do you have a podcast routine? What is it? 
I wouldn’t say I have a special routine. I listen a lot during my retouching, since I feel it can be a little boring every now and then. So I like to feed my brain during this kind of work.
And since I am driving almost every month to the south of the country to shoot there for clients, I use the time in the car to catch up on the podcast episodes I haven’t had the chance to listen to.


4. What are you most excited about right now?

I’m excited about a lot of things actually! 2019 started great, I already got contacts with a bunch of new clients and the projects we are planning together I believe are going to be very interesting!

Also I am thinking about a bigger trip in the end of the year, so I am pretty excited about traveling and shooting with different people on the way.
Being more on location again, shooting in the wilderness seems like being THE BIG thing for me in 2019!

5. What was the most exciting photo shoot you’ve done so far? 
Ouff, that’s a tough one! I am deeply in love with adventurous-on-location shoots, so I will tell you about one of our road trips during the fall of 2018.
So we went on a trip to the beach of Sankt Peter Ording. It’s the most beautiful beach you can probably get in Germany. It’s super large, you can actually drive with the car across the beach. There are many productions taking place there, it’s a super popular location. It was a windy day, it felt like there was sand and water spit at us over the whole day. But we managed to finish our work apart from this and the pictures turned out beautifully! I even got to take off my shoes and stand in the water, shooting our gorgeous model.
Barefoot shoot days are always the best ones for me.
I think going away, out of town, even if it’s just for one shooting day, is always bringing something magical to the team and I personally find it super inspiring and these are actually my best shoots.

6. Tell us about a lesson you’ve learned
I think the most important thing I’ve learned so far was to focus on myself, stop looking at what the others are doing, stop comparing my struggling moments to their highlight reel. 

It’s important to stay true to yourself and do what inspires you rather than trying to be like x/y/z. 

Also I am thinking about a bigger trip in the end of the year, so I am pretty excited about traveling and shooting with different people on the way.
Being more on location again, shooting in the wilderness seems like being THE BIG thing for me in 2019!

7. Usually the subject of the fashion photography is the woman, but you are really into shooting male subjects, do you want to share with us why?Sure. So my main focus is menswear and men’s beauty. There are different reasons why. When I did my first shoot working with boys I realized how relaxed the whole atmosphere was. I am not the most girlish girl myself, more like a pal type of girl so I get along with male models quite easily. After a while I also realized how interesting the menswear field is. Since womenswear has always been a big thing, menswear is still a pretty fresh and new market. First there were just suits, then suits and workwear, followed by streetwear and right now, the market is suddenly full with different styles for the fashionable guys. I think there is still so much potential for creating new things, it makes me curious.

8. Do you have a different approach when you are shooting male or female models?
I was thinking about this question a lot… and I came up with two things. One is huge… the team. I got some stylists that are doing amazing work with styling women, but menswear is just not their thing.
Also Make Up Artists – I like to work with artists that are good with males hair and great with skin and of course people who understand the importance of their job even if its ‘just a male model’ 😀
Besides that, I had to get used to being on set earlier when we have a female model, because Hair & Make Up takes longer and so I have to start setting up even earlier. With male models everything goes a lot faster and we usually wrap up earlier.

9. What do you find most difficult about this industry?
You have to invest a lot of time, money and love to make it. I am fine with that, it’s part of the game… But I sometimes find it challenging to explain to people from other industries – why on earth we are getting up at five, going on a two hour trip to a location, hike for 20 minutes, to shoot for 8 hours and make the whole way back without getting paid for it. If you look at it from the outside, it seems insane but if you’re in the inside circle, it is so normal to invest, time, money and a lot of passion to do what we love and eventually at some point getting paid for that exact thing.


10. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us?

Not really, if I am looking for a certain information, I basically google it. But I am not consuming one particular page or channel on a regular basis. I am more a podcast person, since I can listen to it while doing other stuff like driving, retouching or even laundry. I highly recommend the Nion Radio Podcast by Nick Onken as well as the School of Greatness by Lewis Howes.

11. If there was an app to help you with your photography what would it be about?
There are great apps out there, I really appreciate, like Sun Surveyor for example, it’s very helpful on location.
What just came into my mind, I should actually check if there’s something like that out there already, is an app or community to exchange secret location advice. I am always looking for amazing landscapes or lost places, it can eat up a lot of time driving around and checking out locations. So this might be very helpful to have a platform to actually exchange information about places and see pictures of different spots.

12. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Great question! The goal is to work internationally. I love to travel and I would like to be more on location, shooting at beaches, in the jungle or at other wonderful places this world has to offer.
Right now I am not sure if I will keep my base in Hamburg or if I am going to move at some point.
The market is very commercial here and sometimes it feels like I might not be fitting in that well.
Italy seems like a great idea, since there’s a lot going on in the menswear scene.
But that’s just a thought for now.
I am pretty much open and curious about what the future’s going to bring…

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Top 10 Podcast Episodes for 2018


In order to celebrate an amazing 2018 and set you up for an epic 2019 here is a list of our most listened episodes during the last year.



How to build your photography business with Kendra Paige?

Next are our episodes where we meet Kendra Paige who shares how to build your photography business and turn it into a brand. What is the essential equipment for a starting photographer and how to figure out your rate?

How to grow on Instagram?

Our first featured episode is the most listened for last year as well. If you’re just getting started or you’re in a need of stepping up your Instagram game – make sure to give it a go.

Find the path to your true style with Hugh Ketschmer

Hugh Ketschmer is a photography illustrator with some unique vision. He talks about how to develop your own personal style and do you really need an agent. Handling rejections is a huge part of having a successful business so Hugh gives some tips on how to improve that.

Building a sustainable photography business with Alesio Albi

Being a photographer from small city can be a bit frustrating. Do you have to move in order to be accomplished? Alesio shares his approach to colors and especially matching moods and light.

How to analyze photos?

Analyzing photos is a skill that sooner or later pays off by a lot. In this episode we go step by step on how to approach it and master it like a pro.

Develop a strategy for your photography business with Giel Domen

Giel gets into how to develop a strategy for your business and what are the questions you need to ask yourself to develop your signature? We talk about mood boards and what we need to put in them.How he and his partner got their first gig for Vogue and what are the biggest misconceptions about working with big magazines?

Never too late to become a fashion photographer with Stephen Glathe

Stephen got into fashion photography at the age of 37. How do you fit in the industry when you start a bit later than the rest? What you need to know when you travel for photography work? How to minimize your budget ? We talk about shooting in the desert and how to take advantage of the hard light.

Making a living as a fashion photographer with Andreas Ortner

Getting into fashion photography is something that a lot of people are fascinated with. Can you really make a living doing that? What are the ways to sell your photography? Andreas shares the recipe for a great model’s test and what he did in a different way in order to get where he is today.

How to build your confidence with Jason Bell?

Jason gets to shoot a lot of movie stars and celebrities. Who’s making the selection of the images and what are the highlights of the retouching process, when we talk about celebrities? How he approached his latest photo shoot for Vanity Fair ? What is the the preparation process before the day of the shoot?

No excuses about your photography with Joel Grimes

Why Joel decided to call himself an artist with a camera instead of a photographer? What’s the psychology of working with advertising agencies?

Which one is your favorite episode? 
Let us know in the comments! 



By Patrick Patton

We want to create a new layer for every single action that we do, always leaving an out for ourselves so that we are able to go back to the previous step and start again if we need to. This is called non-destructive editing, a method for preserving all previous edits safely as we go along.

The first step that I do is to smooth out the skin. I do this by using the HEALING BRUSH, the SPOT HEALING BRUSH, or the CLONE STAMP TOOL. They are similar instruments with subtle differences, and they are each useful for certain purposes. Play around with them and find out which one you like to use in each circumstance that you encounter. The goal here is to create a natural look, so we want to keep our changes very subtle.

We want to create an adjustment layer for DODGING and another adjustment layer for BURNING. To do this, we create a new curves adjustment layer and use the curve to brighten/darken it up significantly. The we will click on the layer mask and hit COMMAND-I (on a MAC) to invert the mask. We then use the BRUSH TOOL at 10% opacity and 10% flow to mask in the dodge/burn effect where we want it, and to the extent that we want it. I forgot to mention in the video, but it sometimes helps to apply a GAUSSIAN BLUR effect at about 16% to each of these layers once you are finished. You can also mess with the layer opacity to fine tune it. Again, don’t go overboard with these effects or your photo will look “Photoshopped”


Next, I will use the LIQUIFY TOOL if needed. BE VERY CAUTIOUS not to overdo it here. Use this tool as little as possible and keep everything looking natural because it is easy to get tunnel vision and go crazy with this tool. It helps to zoom out and look at the “big picture” regularly.


I always start with a HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer to get things perfect. If there is a sky or water, I will be messing with the blues to get the desired mood. If there are trees, forests, I will be If I am dealing with skin, I will mostly be using the red and yellow hues to dial it in to exactly the tone I want. This can really make your model look pretty wacky if you overdo it, so once again, subtlety is the name of the game.

After this, I use a COLOR BALANCE adjustment layer to adjust the highlights, shadows, and midtones. This is where one area where you can get pretty creative and really put a signature on your work. A little bit goes a long way in altering the mood of your image with this tool. One thing I like to do is group the HUE/SATURATION + COLOR BALANCE layers together, and then duplicate the layers into their own PSD file to keep for the other images in the story. This will make sure that every image has the same color treatment and will give you a consistency across your fashion story. Don’t be afraid to adjust from there, because chances are that some images will need it. For example, the color treatment that looks great on a wide shot might be a bit much when applied to a tight shot, etc. Use your instincts and your artistic eye to fine tune your images until they are perfect and ready to share with the world!

Patrick Patton

I am a California-based photographer of people.  I work out of California’s Central Coast, home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit and the challenge of creating and capturing beauty, whether it be through music, drawings, storytelling, or my favorite medium of all: photography. 

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Cintia Barroso Alexander (Guest Feature)

Cintia Barroso Alexander​

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Cintia, I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I´m a passionate fashion photographer. I live in Germany, but I work internationally.
I love travelling and living in Europe gives me the opportunity to go to different places and connect to different cultures.

2. How did you get into photography?
I have always been a very creative and spontaneous person.
I started as a model and was very interested in the process of creating art.
I soon found out that I was better behind the camera than in front.

3. How did you meet your first client?
I met my first client through a recommendation by my friend. It was a shoot of a golf course.

4. If you were about to start now, what would be your plan?
If I were to start now, I would do the same all over again.
My first shoot drew me into the right direction. 
Like I told you earlier, it was a shoot about a golf course

but I brought fashion into sport. 
That´s when I gained clarity about fashion photography.
Very importantly, never care about the opinion of others, it takes time to discover your own style, things are changing and you never stop learning.

5. Tell us a secret talent of yours?
If something does not work as planned, be open for changes and improvise whenever everything turns out right.

6. It’s not a secret that in this show we are really into fashion photography, but also into food!
So now you have the chance to share with us your most favorite treat? Where can we find it?
Food is always a good idea, specially healthy food!
It doesn’t matter how long I’ve walked as a photographer I´m always nervous before a project. I love travelling, exploring new places and getting back to a boll of made in Brazil Açai. Not thinking all the time about what I should do. I think this’s the best recipe to refresh your mind!

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

8.  Do you have a final advice for the fans of The Fashion Photography Podcast?
Believe in yourself!
Experiment a lot and be consistent!

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Post-Production Workflow – In The Field (Part 2)


By Patrick Patton

When I import files into Capture One Pro, I leave the default settings on and I import
my files into the “CAPTURE” folder, whether I am utilizing the tethered capture feature
of Capture One Pro, or just importing from a card. This keeps my method consistent,
and when it comes to file management, consistency is your best friend. When you
develop a consistent method for file management, you will have a much easier time
locating older files years down the road.

Culling simply means to make selections from a large quantity.
I use the rating system
to cull my images. My first pass is very liberal, and I mark anything that is usable with
one star. My second pass is decidedly more selective, and I mark only the really
fantastic images with two stars. If I still haven’t narrowed it down enough, I will go
ahead and make a third pass by marking the best of the best with three stars. I can
continue this process all the way on up to five stars if necessary, and at some point, I
should be feeling good about my selections.

I usually start with exposure. Sometimes it is helpful to temporarily change your
image to black and white for this step. Adjust your exposure, brightness, contrast,
highlight recovery, shadow fill, etc. and then in most cases, you will want to copy your
adjustments to the other images to keep everything consistent, and then make any
needed adjustments from there.


It’s a lot of fun to play with color, but you can go overboard really quickly and make
your model look like an alien from across the galaxy… in most cases, this is not ideal. I
don’t usually make my color adjustments until I’m finished retouching the image in
Photoshop (we will talk about that in Part III), but I wanted to show you that Capture
One Pro gives you some really powerful tools to play around with, and I do utilize these
from time to time.

I usually export my files to the “OUTPUT” folder. I know that this is where my select
images are going once they are ready to be opened in Photoshop for retouching. Again,
you will probably find your own method that works, and that is fine as long as you
have a consistent method that you understand.

Patrick Patton

I am a California-based photographer of people.  I work out of California’s Central Coast, home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit and the challenge of creating and capturing beauty, whether it be through music, drawings, storytelling, or my favorite medium of all: photography. 

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Kim Fisher (Fan Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Kim!

I started my photography journey almost 2 years to the date! 24th of September 2016 was the first time I picked up a DSLR camera and attended my first workshop which included ‘how to turn your camera on’! Prior to that I had just been using my iphone to take pictures of my family or various events I attended, but nothing with intention behind it. My journey with photography wasn’t a life long passion but more ‘love at first sight’.

Before I discovered photography I had worked as a jewellery buyer, fashion merchandise planner, as well as a business consultant.
At the moment I only work 3 days a week, the rest of the time I’m a stay at home mother to two young boys (4 years old and 2 years old). I’m 35 years old if you were wondering, I probably should have started with that!
I’m originally from South Africa but now live in Adelaide, South Australia, not exactly a thriving fashion capital, but the aim is to one day be flying out to locations for fashion shoots.

2. What are you working on right now?
My regular client work which involves content creation for bloggers/influencers, a couple of model test shoots and a potential collaboration with a up and coming local singer. As well as trying to organize a few additional shoots to boost my portfolio and hopefully result in me booking fashion campaigns and editorial work.

3. Do you have a podcast routine? What is it?
My podcast routine is usually to listen while I edit, at the moment that is mostly every evening Monday – Friday. I currently have 3 podcasts on rotation, The Fashion Photography Podcast (obviously 😉), BOF (the Business of Fashion) podcast, and Gary Vee (a no nonsense, tell it as it is business and motivational podcast).

4. What are you most excited about right now?
I’ll be attending the Adelaide Fashion Festival, it is my first time attending any fashion festival so I’m excited to find out what it’s all about.

5. What was the most exciting photo shoot you’ve done so far?

Probably one of the very first fashion shoots that I organized to build my portfolio.

 I came up with a spring romance concept and organized the model, HMUA, location, did the styling, everything. Just by chance I submitted some of the images to Fashion Shift Magazine and it was accepted for publication.

6. What’s your dream photo shoot? 
Isn’t it every fashion photographer’s dream to shoot the cover of Vogue!

7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 
I’d like to be doing more fashion campaigns and commissioned magazine editorials/covers, but not just as the photographer I’d also like to be involved in the concept creation/direction. And to have a sustainable income from doing this.

8. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us?
Blog – PetaPixel for photography news
YouTube – PiXimperfect, PHLEARN, Anita Sadowska, Tony and Chelsea Northrup

9. What’s your biggest struggle right now? 
Probably patience. Accepting that it takes time to reach those big dreams that I have, to make a name for myself and get known within the fashion industry.

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Post-Production Workflow – In The Field (Part 1)


By Patrick Patton


When you think of post-production, you think of sitting in front of a computer, listening to a podcast while you wait for your files to transfer, or how sore your shoulders get from hunching over your desktop after a long day of retouching.

The truth is that post-production starts in the field. 
You’ve got to begin with the end in mind, looking through your camera’s viewfinder with the same discerning eye you use while culling images on your monitor. 
You’ve got to see what the light is doing, how your model is moving, and work with these factors to create an amazing image IN CAMERA!

1. Always shoot RAW!!!
2. The end.

It doesn’t really matter how you name your image files as long as you remain consistent.
As long as you understand your system and can easily find a file that you shot 3 years ago, you’re golden!


Always backup your hard drive!
Every. Single. Time.
Ask me how I know…

Patrick Patton

I am a California-based photographer of people.  I work out of California’s Central Coast, home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit and the challenge of creating and capturing beauty, whether it be through music, drawings, storytelling, or my favorite medium of all: photography. 

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Marta Syrko (Guest Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Marta,
I have been working as a professional photographer for 5 years.
I have my own studio in Ukraine, but I also travel a lot, because of photoshoots abroad.

2. How did you get into photography?
When I was growing up I was always fascinated by photography and I wanted to learn and do it by myself, so when I was a teenager I started taking my first photos such as – macro, landscapes and portraits of friends.

3. How did you meet your first client?
My first real clients were actually a couple wanting to get their love story photographed.
They contacted me via social media and it was a great experience for me.
Thanks to this photo shoot I realized that photography could be my full time job and not just a hobby.
So that’s how weddings and love stories photo-shoots became my main source of income, but I was also doing my own projects (nude, fashion) at that time.
Now I have moved more to the fashion and fine art photography and my clients are mostly companies.

4. If you were about to start now, what would be your plan?
When I was at the beginning of my career I was learning mostly from my mistakes. There were no photography schools where you could learn the photography theory in my country. So I invested mostly in equipment.
If I had to start over now, I’d invest more in my education.

5.Tell us a secret talent of yours?
I’m really good at setting the mood in my photos, and giving them more cinematic look.

6. Coffee or tea?
Actually I’ve made coffee series! You can find the photos on my Instagram.
I can’t imagine my life without coffee, I have a small ritual in the mornings when I drink a cup of coffee with something sweet and read the news.
My favorite treat for coffee is mom’s apple pie. It’s a secret family recipe!

7. Tell us a story from one of your photo shoots when you learned a valuable lesson?
I learn something new about photography from every photo shoot!
What I have learned so far from my work with clients is that


During a photo shoot you are not just an artist, you have to be also a team player and aim towards the goals of the team.


8. You also take self-portraits, tell us about this?
What’s the hardest part and do you have some tips? 
I really like it!
When I was younger I didn’t had a lot of work, so I took self-portraits more often. 
Becoming better requires more practice. I think I just know my best angles better and that’s why I can take a better photo of myself then another photographer would.  
Tips – try to adjust your camera settings and the angle that you’ll be shooting from and ask a friend to push the button for you, instead of running to the tripod constantly.

9. Do you have a final advice for the fans of The Fashion Photography Podcast?
You need to find your own niche were you’ll feel comfortable working in. 
And you must not be afraid of trying something new!

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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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