Interview: Photographer Alfredo Omana (Venezuela)
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How did you started with photography?
This passion started when I was a very young kid. I was around models and actresses almost every day when I was at the channel television.
How do you select your models?
Well, most of the time I think they select me. They feel my passion and vision, and want to be a part of it. What I feel is most attractive about a model, is when I see a model with a lot of character, and that just blows my camera up!
Which models do you prefer to work with, professional or aspiring models?
I think that everybody has the right to get an opportunity to express herself, but for certain kinds of photography, it is very important that you burn with feeling and passion, and have your own character and confidence.
What parts of your work do you enjoy the most? And is it stressful?
Well when I have the same positive energy with a model bringing up all the passion and getting creative, that makes me fly! Stressful make a challenge and also a kick when I have a shoot and I get only 4 minutes has to be the perfect shot.
Tell us more about your latest work
I am the official photographer of Van Dutch Yachts worldwide, and this is already one of my biggest experiences and challenges that I have ever had because we are talking about very high lifestyle, and the most exclusive celebrities around the world. It is a very important and busy job. I am also working with Alfa Romeo which allows me to work with one of the biggest team of moviemakers and photographers, including the top directors and producers around the world. For example, I’ve worked on the BUDDY film with producer Alezzio and one of the top film directors, Lazlo Kadar and the most talented film production team, Russian Arm. I’ve also worked with DJ and music producer and ubertalented, “Tiesto,” which was one amazing experience to shoot with him for his charisma and cool personality. Now I am busy witha new concept called “Destination Cover,” working in a team with only one big purpose: to create the best cover magazine in the most amazing and exotic places around the world, starting next month in the Maldives. We will also be doing Fiat commercials starting in Europe in two months.
Are you a self-taught photographer?
Yes, completely. I never took any course in photography.
What was your background before you entered the field?
I was a bartender, and I love to entertain people.
What projects do you enjoy the most?
I can truly say that I enjoy most of them; every project that I do with my clients and models makes me so excited.
What are your future plans
My goal is to make all of my visions come alive, because I don’t believe in dreams; I believe that when you want to make something happen, you just have to be focused on it, hold it tight, and make it come true. So I can prove to my next generation that everything is possible if you work with your heart and believe!