Interview: Photographer Philippe Claes (Belgium)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I am a retired factory worker and I enjoy my days with photography, art and music.
How and when did you get into photography?
I did make pencil drawings for over forty years and in 2010 I wanted to try something different.
What does photography mean to you?
It is an extension of my work as a pencil drawing artist, I try to highlight the female beauty.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers:
I prefer a natural style, not to much make up or high fashion, just the model and me.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Before I started I looked around on the web because I had no idea how to start. A huge inspiration were John Peri and Guenter Stoehr.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
Before the shoot I visualize in my head the things I want to accomplish, but during the process I improvise as well.
Studio, on location or both?
On location more specific the outdoors location.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a passionate hobbyist.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I made a trip to Seychelles islands, the beauty of it combined with the beauty of my model that accompanied me was absolutely memorable!
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon and my Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I am not in the position to answer that since I do this as a hobby myself.
Whatdo you think of our new magazine?
It is new to me and I like the design a lot. It is a great opportunity to have ones work presented.