Interview: Photographer Ugo Baldassarre (Italy)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Sure! I 'm an old boy 40 years old and I have a wonderful family. I live in Parma and I work as professional photographer all around Italy. My main business are event and portrait photography but I also teach and share my knoledge during my workshops.
How and when did you get into photography?
My father always had a camera and i loved when he took picture. Some years ago I had to sell cameras for work and I entered into the world of digital photography. I felt in love at first click. It was 2007 and I never have stopped taking pictures.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is the timeline of my life. Even when I shoot for someone else, I'm writing my story. For work, for fun, for my family... every good photography I take will be a piece of my story.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I'm passionate so I can't stay too much waiting or planning. When I shoot portrait, for example, I plan the main lines but I like to wing, too. I do not like too much perfection, I like when something goes “realistic”. There are too many images, and few photos, nowadays.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Book, films, everyday life and great authors, of course. I love people and what they do in every situation. I practice a lot of street photography: it help me to see what people do, outside.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes, I plan the look, the outfits and other aspect, but as I said before I love to wing. Some of best photos comes out “as magic”.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I live taking photos. When I work for a client, I'm a professional photographer. But if I haven't a client, I'm not a pro, in that moment, I think, I'm working for myself.
Studio, on location or both?
Both. But I use flash or artificial light everytime I can.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I'm not sure about this. I remember with a grat joy the first time, when I started taking photos seriusly, I worked with a professional Make Up Artist. It was a dark-ninja style set and photos looked great, then.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Ah, ah. The Market is very complex, today. I've used a lot of brand and I found happyness with Olympus System. Light and versatile, it changed my way of looking and taking pictures. My favourite lens is the Zuiko 45mm Pro f 1,2 and the Zuiko 17mm Pro f/1,2 (90 and 34mm in the full-frame world).
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
There are too much photographer, but few studios. Today is really important offering a complete solution pack to clients. So it's important to have a good work team and a lot of of space to try and create images
What do you think of our new magazine?
Very professional and rich of great contents. I'm honored to be in.
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