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Interview: Photographer: Vicente Tabora (Los Angeles, California)

Can you tell us a little about you?

Photography enthusiast and image creator.

How and when did you get into photography?

It has been since 2013, when I started shooting surfing events. I like taking action shots and later would get into portraits, which sparked my interest in beauty and fashion.

What does photography mean to you?

It is a matter of perspective for everyone, but for me photography is about creating images to capture what is aesthetically pleasing or the emotion and mood of the moment.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I don’t really know what you would call it. I get inspired by different styles, mostly lifestyle. I go for a more natural look with ambient lighting, nothing too fancy. I fill the frame with what I want people to see.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Sunny California and raw beauty. My best lighting comes from the sun.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

Sometimes, but I often get spontaneous while shooting. The image unravels during the moment and that is when you get the unexpected results which turn out great most of the time. Planning too much can make you think on a one way track rather than explore the many possibilities.

Studio, on location or both?

Mostly on location, but studio photography is more ideal for certain things like products and creative lighting.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

More of a hobbyist when it comes to creating images that I like, while professional when it comes to providing photography as a service.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

When I first assisted for a photographer. There was so much to learn that I had not known before. I realized if I tried it on my own without that experience it would be even harder.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Nikon. 35mm or 50mm portrait lens.

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

It is not going to be easy for all, especially if you never had a mentor or don’t know anyone in the industry. I don’t offer professional advice on this since I don’t shoot full time. I would rather say don’t quit your real job. Network with other people in the industry first and slowly build a portfolio.

What do you think of our new magazine?

A brilliant idea for showcasing the photography of creatives.

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