Interview: Photographer Zeeshawn Zafar (Australia)
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Zeeshan. I am a melbourne based fashion, beauty, art and glamour photographer.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started photography in 2004 when I got into car racing and ended up shooting racing events, later I moved to fashion and beauty photography.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography has become a very important part of my life. I have been interested in art and drawing since I was a child. I used to take part in drawing competitions and always win. Considering my artistic nature I believe its something I enjoy the most in my life.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I believe that a photographer should undertand and know how to shoot anything under any situation. I can shoot almost any style of photography but my main areas of expertiese are fashion, beauty and sensual art (Boudoir).
Where do you get inspiration from?
Hard to explain. I think its what we usually observe around us. I always try to use my own imagination and blend various things to achieve different results. I believe it’s the way my brain works by looking at the models I work with I come up with different ideas which might suit them the best.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Emotions, connection, expression. Photography is another medium of communication. If a photo cannot express or convey a message its useless.
Studio, on location or both?
I shoot studio, location, natural light and studio light.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Certainly a paid fully developed professional photographer. I am an accredited AIPP professional photogapher. AIPP is the only Australian government recongised photography organisation and they approve only selective professional photographers.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It was a shoot last year. High fashion, where we decided to shoot in the snow which was about 3 hours drive. Unfortunately we couldnt get to the snow in time but we shot on the side of the road and in 20 minutes shoot we managed to get some amazing photos.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Expressions and feelings
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Cannon and 70-200 F2.8 ISII
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Respect your models, pay attension to details and learn how to manage your contrast, drama and shadows in the photos.
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