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Interview: Photographer Vincent Gotti (VS)

Tell us something about yourself:

With numerous successful fashion magazine cover and editorial shoots, as well as private commissions by various clients, I consider myself a seasoned professional fashion and lifestyle photographer. I focus on the fashionable lifestyles as well as the sensual nature of my subject matter. My work has been shown and exhibited in different parts of the world. I also hold photography workshops and give talks at various groups, where I speak on the different techniques as well as guidelines on good fashion photography.

How and when did you get into photography?

My interest in photography began in Asia where I grew up. It was during my high school years when I saw the movie “Eyes of Laura Mars”, which sparked my initial interest in Fashion photography. That was the analog era, which I still am deeply interested in. My first camera, a Nikon F3 with 2 lenses – 105 mm and 35 mm, was given to me as a high school graduation gift by my parents.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography makes it possible for me to connect with people from all backgrounds and create beautiful images of themselves. Through photography, my imagination realizes itself visually, bringing together an image of beauty.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My style is very old school. It's all about the manipulation of light on my subject as well as the

evocative and nuanced expressions that I am able to coax out of each individual.

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

A fashion shoot involves a tremendous amount of preparation, not just from me but the rest of the crew. It takes a village to really create an epic fashion editorial. Each one has a role to play, providing an opportunity for each artist to demonstrate their skills and expertise. My role as lead photographer is to encourage the best that each artist can offer and to ensure that the ultimate goal is achieved.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from old fashion photographs that I grew up looking at, specially images from the seventies and eighties era.

Studio, on location, or both?

Although I consider myself as a studio photographer, I enjoy a great location as well.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I consider myself a paid professional.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

My most memorable session was when I photographed The Legends of Napa for GEV Magazine about 4 years ago. The four legends were: Margrit Mondavi , Peter Mondavi , Miljenko Grgich and Cecilia Chang. When I shot them they were all in their 90’s and I had to shoot fast. I got the cover shot on the 14th frame. It was an amazing experience.

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

My family, who I value above all else, is my biggest source of inspiration. My wife of twenty six

years, Loretes, a registered nurse by profession, my two children, Vinson (24), and Loren (18), are my constant source of motivation and encouragement. They allow me to focus and persevere, making it possible for me to continue pursuing my vision.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I have been a Nikon user since 1979. My work horse lens is an 85mm 1.4 prime lens.

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

Find your vision. Then work hard to achieve it. But don't forget to enjoy the journey.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I have to say that I really love your magazine. What an amazing concept where you really feature all the hard working professionals in our industry.

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