Interview: Photographer Pavel Belugin (Russia)
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Pavel Belugin, I am 27 years old. I am from Russia and live in the city ofYaroslavl . In love with fashion and portrait photography.
How and when did you get into photography?
It was 7 years ago. I started shooting club parties and I worked as a photographer for «Nightparty». It is a website about the club life of our city. I was shooting only in clubs and bars for 3 years. After that I started taking personal photo shoots and realized that I would never throw photography. I had a decision to make it my profession and my lifework.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is my lifestyle! It is a part of me. It’s my work, my hobby, a way of self-expression and personal growth.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I like to unlock models’ potential, make them actors and immerse in different subjects. I love the classic style of photography, such as simple black and white portraits with soft natural light and l’m also in love with aggressive fashion with hard light, strange clothing and expression.
Where do you get inspiration from?
The main and biggest source of inspiration is the people who surround me. My family, friends, team , models, etc. I admire them and take the energy from them in huge quantities.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Of course I think, I always prepare for photo shoots and clearly understand what kind of photos should be. Improvisation is also a present, but I think a professional photographer should discuss the concept of the shooting with the team before they start.
Studio, on location or both?
In my city I always shoot in studios, but when I go to big cities like Moscow or Paris I shoot in different locations, because they are the coolest places for shooting.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
New people, new cities, new countries, new atmosphere.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It was in Paris on the 3d of May, 2017. We shot in the Moulin Rouge area. I was ill and I felt bad, the weather constantly changed, we had conflicts with drunk people, immigrants and the homeless. We did make-up and hairstyle, changed style in the street, in bars and cafes. It was an awesome atmosphere! I fell in love with this area! I worked with a foreign team at the first time and despite of that fact that we spoke different languages, we understood and supported each other! I am very grateful to them, they are true professionals!
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Canon & all portrait lens. It doesn't matter what camera you're shooting with, why you are shooting is much more important.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
What do you think of our new magazine?
You have a very promising magazine! Respect!)