Interview: Photographer Rafal Lapszanski (UK)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Hello! My name is Rafal and I am a professional portrait photographer, based in London.
How and when did you get into photography?
I bought my first camera when I was 16 years old and since then I was taking photos of my friends and family.
What does photography mean to you?
It’s a form of expression. An excuse to explore. Capturing the moments that I want myself and others to remember.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I would describe my style as something floating on the surface between the deep sea and real world - between reality and a dark dream, incorparating not obvious beauty which is usualy more interesting to me than regular beauty standards.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I'm getting inspired literally everywhere but i need to say that movies are something that always fascinates me. I'm trying to learn from the the best so in the movies I'm looking for captures, palets of colours or compositions,nature, but also i'm watching work of another collegues on instagram or 500px.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
Usually I do prepare for photoshoot, taking in consideration models look, I also prepare mood or vision to be clear and easy to communicate with my co-workers during the photoshoot but It happened a few times to create something great being totally spontanious.
Studio, on location or both?
99% Outdoor Photoshoots.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
What has been your most memorable session and why?
My most memorable session probably was the one for COSMOPOLITAN, when model at the time of shooting showed complitely different apirance and personality, I would say she got into new character, opened herself and glowed up - that was something what is always nice to see.
Nikon or Canon? Favourite lens?
Nikon, my favourite lens is 50mm Contax Planar.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
My piece of advice would be just to take your camera and go to shoot, the best techinque to learn photography is by practicing.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I Love the new magazine for it's freshness and many inspirations i'm always impatient to see what's new and to be honest i'm always nicely surprised.
In the Eye of the Beholder
21st Century Girl
Through the Glass
Be in the Moment