Interviews / Stories
Photographer: Eric Marillier
Tell us something about yourself:
When I'm behind the camera I'm a different person. My goal is to be noticed by the big shots in the industry and to capture something iconic, something memorable, whist always doing what I love.
How and when did you get into photography?
I've aways loved models, the fashion, and beautiful images always grab me. I decided four years ago to advance from being a hobbyist photographer to become professional. A journey which has its challenges, but are outweighed by its rewards.
What does photography mean to you?
I see photography more as creating memorable images which invoke personal emotions to the individual viewing them.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Very graphic. Shapes. Model driven. Experimenting with compositions and angles. Clean, crisp, and elegant.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I have many sources of inspiration: travel, music, stories. Old school and modern day photographers, such as: Erwin Blumenfeld, Mario Sorrenti, Miles Aldridge just to name a few...
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I attempt to have a clear idea of a story which always comes with its challenges. I try to keep it simple, but as you know simple can be difficult.
Studio, on location or both?
I run my own studio in London, "studioFIVE", where I love to play with technical lighting techniques. However, I also shoot on location when the brief requires.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I started off as a hobbyist, and developed into a professional, shooting editorial, commercial and runway photography. To avoid what I enjoy doing becoming mundane, I shoot personal projects as often as time permits, ensuring that I try new techniques and continuously improving my skills, and rubbing shoulders with other creatives.
Model: Lilith Vanderstorme
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
When an author writes a best selling book, nobody asks what pen or word-processer was used. I feel the same regarding this topic. Whether you use Nikon or Canon, it doesn't really matter. Kit is a secondary thing. its what you do with it and who you work with that counts. I use a Canon 1DS MkIII and a 5D MkII. Don't have a favorite lens. They all come in handy for different shoots depending on the brief. I do however love playing with my 50mm prime lens for portraits!
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Work on creating your own visual identity and stick to it, because you will be commission based on your unique style. Get things done on your own volition. Build a strong team and network, as creating amazing imagery is not a one man show. Most importantly remember to have fun!
What do you think of our new magazine?
I am fond of all forums which showcase artists work and Modellen Land Magazine is doing a great job at exactly that. Keep up the good work.
Model: Julie & Annewil (Uniko Models)
Model: Ceca (Trend Models)
Photo: Selma Gurbuz
Modellen: Tatjana Lauwers & Sarah Tommeleyn