Interview: Photographer Mosaab Alsaray (USA)
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Mosaab Alsaray, I am an award winning and internationally published Fine art portrait/fashion/beauty artist based in Boston, MA. I was born in Iraq in 1979 and then moved to USA in 2009; I’ve lived in Boston ever since. Art and photography are my passion; I am an editor in an online magazine for professional photography, one of the biggest photography groups on Facebook with more than 153K members.
How and when did you get into photography?
I’ve love art and photography since I was born, but got my first DSL-professional camera on Jul 04, 2015. I love creativity, fine art and storytelling. I am always inspired by movies and the old days, I love the vintage feel. I have a good collection of vintage props and dresses. My big hit was a Russian beauty series and beauty and nature series. I may have been in the industry from last few years , but I believe that with hard work and being different, one can achieve anything.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is one of the most important aspects of my life. For me, I believe it is a way to express myself. it's more about creating art that creates a deeper meaning. I love the creativity and teller story. Photography keep my brain ticking and my eyes open. Photography connects us to the real world in a unique way.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I can you describe my work style as Fine art conceptual with fashion. I will do more Avant-garde. I love creativity, fine art and storytelling.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I am self-taught. I’ve never attended any photography school. I like to watch and learn from other photographers whose work I find inspiring.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Expressing myself and my ideas through photography. Photography is my favorite creative outlet. It helps me to see the world a little better.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Every session has memorable, but the editorial for Gladys Magazine, a national publication with my lovely model Olga Kwasniewski. That was a spectacular shoot with so many amazing and talented people. Carlos Leon as hair and make-up artist, Katrina Kelly as a headpiece designer, Jeff as an assistant, Larisa Gorelik as a designer of the gowns. We had three different scenes during that day and transformations were unbelievable the way it came out on pictures.
Studio, on location or both?
Both , but I prefer location when the weather is nice.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I started as hobbyist and now I a paid professional and sopnsoer magagize photographer
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I been inspirited by many artistes and by movies and the old days. I love to see the work of other. Their work inspirited me and give me ideas about what the other artistes thinking.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I use Canon, I am impress what Sony doing now in mirroless camera . alos Fuji doing well in mediam format camera.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to
start their own business?
-Be selective. Do not work with anyone that wants to work with you without checking their previous work.
-Creativity. Create new themes and ask yourself if the image will be worthy of being in a portfolio.
-Show your best work. Only show your very best work and do not post unfinished photos. The quality of your work will be judged by your weakest image. Retouch plays a big role in making your work stand out among the crowd.
- Get feedback. Get a second opinion from trusted friends before you post your new photos if you can because most people will say nice things and leave it at that. Listen closely to the most critical feedback to get some ideas on how to improve.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I really love the new magazine look
My Facebook and instream @mosaabalsarayart
Model: Olga Kwasniewski Model: Monique Reyes-Navarro Photographer: Mosaab Alsaray Fashion designer: Lucia Aguiar MUA and hairstyle: Michael Kairos Assistant: Alyssa Jane
Edita Bofe-MUA Gaby Teran
Jennifer Stefany Pimenta