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Ismaele Bulla

Tell us something about yourself:

I'm Ismaele Bulla, a fashion photographer (also director of photography and model agent) based in Milan. Traveling a lot I made a lot of good collaboration around the world, like Los Angeles, Paris, London and East Europe. I made (and grow up) my personal style from various arts, movie and also music make me in a really good mood for my creativity and my everyday work. I take care about my work from the creation of the concept to the final result and the advanced post-production.


How and when did you get into photography?

Just some years ago. I love all the type of images and I really love movies, sometimes the step from that is very short. Really interested in portraits I met the adv photography and, of course, the fashion industry was love at first sight. 


What does photography mean to you?

I think the photography is art to make out what we have inside, a kind of artistic expression from our creativity and our “good taste” of images... I mean, it's really psychological work with the “mind” of the people and really interesting. Find my personal style with a continuos grow up and changing is the hardest part.


Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

Emotional, minimal, simply and intense. A lot of pictures in the fashion industry are without emotion and sometimes too many “full of things”. Less is more and the natural beauty is better for me, I really don't like “Barbie models” because I love a lot androgyny.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Personally, I get inspiration from everywhere: street, movie, canvas, music etc etc. Inspiration comes from ourself, inside. Day by day we have to make our personality and our culture from the arts, and this personal taste can make the difference. Mostly, for me, from the movie.


Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

Of course, this is really important and also the hardest part for me, but at the same time, I cannot only “feel my inspiration” on the waves of the faith. Think and create. The study about the creation and the develop of the concept is the most important part when you want to realize something amazing.


Studio, on location or both?

Studio is so... empty... minimal. It's perfect for some work and to describe some kind of emotion, I love studio, but at the same time, the world is too beautiful for don't shoot outside, everywhere. We live in a fantastic world and shooting in location can make your eyes and your mind more sensible to see what other people cannot see.


Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I'm a professional photographer, was born by a hobby but from few years I became a pro.

Model Esmee van der Goes, MUA Marjolein de Ridder, Stylist Sarah Dikker

What has been your most memorable session and why?

For sure the best one was an editorial shooted in the Mojave Desert, in California few months ago. So hard to organize, few hours of driving, really hot and dry, hard light of the sun, sandy... but was amazing. Only there you can feel a typical type of emotion and it's really a pleasure to see that emotion paste in my pictures. So hard to describe that shoot.

The best reward of this fatigue was to drive at night, come back to Los Angeles, with a big full moon in the night sky and a road without cars.


What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?

The everyday life, the people in the street, some wonderful movies and dreaming music... oh, also and the most important are the travel. Travel can open your mind, new culture, new landscapes etc etc this can make the difference.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Are you really interested about that? Eheheh for me really doesn't matter. Photography is a message, not “technical” part.


What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Don't look the other people in a bad way, look everywhere and make yours the best part. Travel, listen, watch and feel to make your personal style. Talk with people in your work and get inspired by them... also try, try and try again. The most important advice, in my opinion, is: Tell something trough your images.


What do you think of our new magazine?

Really interesting! I wish all the best... go go go!




Model: Julie & Annewil (Uniko Models)

Model: Ceca (Trend Models)

Photo: Selma Gurbuz

Modellen: Tatjana Lauwers & Sarah Tommeleyn

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