Interview: Photographer Gaston Lamaitre (Netherlands)

9 Apr 2020

Can you tell us a little about you?

I am a Dutch photographer located at the center of the country. I work as a studio photographer focusing on fashion photography and advertising.

 

How and when did you get into photography?

I discovered Photography when I was young. At school I learned how to work in the darkroom, developing film and printing the analog way. I rediscovered photography in the Digital age and specialized on commercial photography.

 

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is a way to express my creativity and at the same time work with a group op people on a result.

 

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I photograph fashion and commercial models in a serious and strong manner in color on a minimalistic background.

 

Where do you get inspiration from?

Sources of inspiration for me are: Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Annie Leibovitz, Albert Watson and Erwin Olaf.

 

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?

I always have an image in mind with the composition, mood and light as my starting point. From there I start exploring the possibilities.

 

Studio, on location or both?

I work in studio (80%) and on location (20%)

 

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I work as a paid professional for commercial clients and editorial projects. I photograph Architecture and Landscapes as a hobby.

 

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I photographed some celebrities but the most memorable session was having a Ballerina jumping in a museum with a crowd around her while I took pictures.

 

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I Neither use Nikon or Canon. I use Pentax and Sony cameras. My most used lens is the Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8 but by favorite is the old 50mm F1.4, 8-lens elements Takumar.

 

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

Doing photography as a business is a lot more than just taking great images. A large part of your time goes into actually running your business. If you only like to take images, think again if you really want to start a business. If you do, go for it! Photograph as often as you can.

 

What do you think of our new magazine?

The magazine showcasts very excellent images made by great photographers, stylists, make-up and hair stylists and models.

 

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www.gastonlamaitre.com

www.instagram.com/gastonlamaitre.photo

 

Model: Aliya Kireeva

MUAH: Esri Oudenhuijsen

Styling: Sharon Ursem

Art Director: Gina Feduzzi

Photo assistant: Jara Lamaitre

Model: Chantal Lily Rose (DMA models)

MUAH: Meinke de Boer

Wardrobe designer: David Paulus

Model & MUA:  Maria Mwale Chisha

Styling & MUA: Marylène Louis (Miss Supermodel Worldwide Africa 1st Runner Up 2019)

Model: Tess Hamersma (Catharina Models)

MUAH: Beauty by Sania

Photo assistant: Jara Lamaitre

Model & MUA:  Maria Mwale Chisha

Styling & MUA: Marylène Louis (Miss Supermodel Worldwide Africa 1st Runner Up 2019)

Model & MUA:  Maria Mwale Chisha

Styling: Gaston Lamaitre

Model: Isabella Hiddink

Dress design/Styling: Monique Desar Venlo

Hairstyling: Ramona Krieger

Jewelry design: Corine Steeman

MUA: Diana Wagemakers

Model: Aliya Kireeva

MUAH & Jewelry: Beauty by Sania

Photo assistant: Jara Lamaitre

Models: Ximena van Keulen (DMA models)

Roel Moleman (DMA models, Mister Avantgarde 2019)

MUAH: Orly Golden Touch

Styling: Hester van Doorn (FAV*ELA)

Retouche:  J M Reese Retouch and Photo

Model: Roxanne Vleemink (Miss Avantgarde 2018)

Designer, stylist and MUAH: David Cardenas

Coordination: Vicky-foundation

Model, styling, MUAH: Confidence (Cyrus models, Galucci models NL – Miss Nigeria NL 2018)

Model: Melissa Bakker (DMA models)

MUAH: Maaike de Boer

Styling: Sharon Ursem

Art Director: Gina Feduzzi

 

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