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Interview: Photographer Marco Squassina (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I’m full professor of mathematical analysis in Italy as well as a portrait photographer.

I like all kind of creative and artistic projects.

How and when did you get into photography?

I seriously got into photography in 2015. For years I have been thinking about it for I had some kind of ability to select good compositions when framing with family gears. I think I made a good step forward when I learned from Russian portrait photographers how to properly handle the lighting on the subject, how to color grade and, in general, how to make a good post-production.

What does photography mean to you?

Drawing beauty, emotions and sensuality with light.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I like to get emotional shots especially at blue or golden hours. The study for the right color grading is then an essential stage when it comes to giving the right artistic flavour to the pic.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Most of the time from Russian portrait photographers like Sean Archer, Dmitry Arhar

and Georgy Chernyadyev.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

Sometimes, but most of the time I elaborate while framing.

Studio, on location or both?

Mainly on location, sometimes studio. I love natural light and shooting outside.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

A professional.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I remember memorable sessions with the ukrainian model Mariana Onufriichuck, in winter at -8C in historical gardens in Verona or with sexy lingerie on Iseo lake, Italy.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Sony A7 user. My favorite lens is Sigma Art 105 @f1.4. Love Sigma 35,50,85 Art as well.

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

Do it for love not for money, at least at the very beginning. If in portrait photography try to shoot as many models as you can. Expertise and knowledge of light comes from practicing.

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