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Ricardo Poggi

Tell us something about yourself

I am Ricardo Poggi. Born and raised in Lima - Peru. Currently established in Haarlem - The Netherlands.


How and when did you get into photography?

It started 3 years ago when I came in contact with a DSLR for the first time and started to snap shoots on the nature and the street. I quickly realized that I feel really comfortable carrying the camera around. Even more than my phone!


What does photography mean to you?

For me photography means a huge deal since in a way it has changed how I see things, how  I define beauty, how I deal with certain problems. Almost everything I do now has in some way something to do with photography. So I'm living it and liking it a lot.


Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers

I'm still searching my style. When I shoot motion, I like to capture the movement of the clothing or the subject but also the motion that is occurring in the frame and situation.


Where do you get inspiration from?

My inspiration comes mostly from images I come across all over the internet, but often also from music I listen to and sometimes an idea just pops up in my mind and I develop it further.


Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

That depends a lot. Mostly when I shoot some artistic work outside, I already have scouted the location and in that case I usually have a general idea or keyword of what I want to do. However, I leave a lot of room for the location and unpredictable Dutch weather to 'tell me' what they can add to my idea or to adapt myself to the place, atmosphere, lighting and how my subject can interact with those elements.


Model: Cherissa Ira MUAH: Roxanna Make-Up Artist&Hairstylist Designer: Sharit Meer

Model: Jennifer Gerritsen Assistant: Monty

Model : Diellza Vërbovci MUA: Gajane Dress: La-modelo

Studio, on location or both?

Location! Only the trip to get to the place where the shoot will occur is already a pleasure and the more difficult, the higher the reward. I think and have experienced that even when the weather is not favourable, you can still manage to get some beautiful shoots if you can adapt to the situation and of course if you are with the right team. But if you definitely need a certain look or atmosphere that you can’t get at that moment because of the weather, because it is commissioned work or because you just want it: you can always buy tickets to your needed destination!


Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

My hobby is to dance and go to the movies. I never considered photography as a hobby because I quickly adopted it as a passion and lifestyle. I'm in the transition from doing my own projects to doing commissioned work. But i would certainly still do my own projects and aim to grow from them.

Model: Cherissa Ira MUAH: Roxanna Make-Up Artist&Hairstylist Designer: Sharit Meer

Model: Robijn Suasso MUAH: Coloryourface mua

Model: Jamie Gloudemans Designer: Woolen Niche

What has been your most memorable session and why?

That was one of the shoots I had in Sweden in the winter. It was by far the most challenging and memorable shoot I have done so far. After driving for hours, we arrived at the location and we still had to walk quite far to the actual place of the shoot: on a cliff next to the ocean. The weather wasn’t very good when we arrived, but it was just about to get worse. It was already freezing cold and the wind was strong, but then it started to rain. It was a really tough situation!  I'm really proud of the team and mostly of the model that was wearing this beautiful but thin dress, because we managed to make the best of the situation.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon and my favourite lens is the 70-200 2.8L. But since i started experimenting with film photography, it might change!


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

If you find a successful way, please let me know!


What do you think of our new magazine?

I like it a lot

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Model: Rebecca Danielle

Model: Kim Ormel

Model: Anne Teune MUAH: Roxanna Make-Up Artist&Hairstylist Designer: Woolen Niche Jewelry: Esther Acampora


Model : Kim Libanon MUAH: Patricia ter Koolt

Model: Ceca (Trend Models)

Model: Julie & Annewil (Uniko Models)

Photo: Selma Gurbuz

Modellen: Tatjana Lauwers & Sarah Tommeleyn

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