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Guido Di Salle
Tell us something about yourself:
I am a hairdresser turned fashion photographer from Toronto.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started taking photographs just about 1.5 years ago. I needed another creative outlet and was quite bored with some of the photography I was seeing, especially in Toronto so I thought maybe I could bring a new brand of photography to the city.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography means different things to me. One of the biggest is that I am able to evoke some sort of emotion from people allover the world. You can love or hate my style, but regardless when you look at my photos you feel something. That is very cool.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I would describe my style as a candid snapshot style of photography where perhaps the viewer is wondering how I was able to capture the moment in question. I hope my photos feel as if it were someone really close to the model that snapped the photos, as if there is a mutual understanding in each photo.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Other talented photographers, magazines, music.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes somewhat. But sometimes I might have a vision in my head that just doesnt look good when I shoot it. I dont fall in love with an idea too much. If it isnt working I move on quickly.
Studio, on location or both?
I do both but prefer locations... There is a little bit of the spontaneous nature which gets lost for me in a studio.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I hope I am a paid professional because people have been paying me! It started as a hobby, but quickly evolved.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It is hard to pick just one but if I had to it was when I shot Brittani Bader in New York City. She was running super late and I had a plane to catch and we just clicked from the second we met. Will never forget shooting so many looks in about an hour and a half.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
A large part of my work is influenced from the glossy magazines of the 80's and 90's.. The 2 most influential decades of my life.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Neither. I shoot strictly Sony. Zeiss and old Minolta prime lenses.... Nothing beats them.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Dont be scared to take risks. Good photographs and good ideas come from the more riskier parts of your brain.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Looks cool and you have definitely featured some talented people. Thank you for inviting me!
Model Esmee van der Goes, MUA Marjolein de Ridder, Stylist Sarah Dikker
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