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Interview: Photographer Oana Celina (France)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I am a fashion and beauty photographer based in Lyon, France, with 15 years of experience and previously published in Vogue Italia, Elle UK, National Geographic, More Magazine and other.


How and when did you get into photography?

I have started photographing very young, after having won a small compact camera. My subjects at first were flowers and bugs and slowly shifted to portaits. I loved taking photos of my friends and staging the looks and backdrops, so I naturally specialized in fashion and beauty later on.


What does photography mean to you?

It is hard to describe, but it is important enough that when I had drop photography for a couple of years to pursue other higher education, I felt like a part of me was missing.


Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I love color and natural light and I think that describes my style the best. I love colorful photos and I love creating a sense of romance and innocence in my shots.


Where do you get inspiration from?

In part from other artists' work, be it photographers, painters or film makers - I try to stay informed on what styles and themes are trending - and in part from the models I work with and the vibe they give off. 


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

Generally, yes. I try to know my locations and styling in advance.


Studio, on location or both?

I like location better. I feel clumsy with flash lights so I prefer places with natural light.


Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

Somewhere in between. I occasionally get paid comissions, but nowhere enough to make a living. So it's mostly a passion that comes as an extra after my day-to-day job.


What has been your most memorable session and why?

Shooting in Paris for Jan Taminiau. The outfits were craaazy and we ended up breaking a shoe by mistake (if you know haute couture, you know those cost several thousand euros). The campaign was sadly scrapped, but it was still an interesting learning experience.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Nikon, just because it was my first semi-pro camera and now I'm used to it. And I shoot a lot with a 24-85mm, I like the flexibility it offers.


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

Have a lot of patience, but also a lot of drive. No one will come knocking at your door at the begining so you need to go out and show what you're capable of.


What do you think of our new magazine?

Great initiative! Hope to see it grow in the future.




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