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Interview: Photographer Riccardo Scrocca (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I am Riccardo, a professional fashion&portrait photographer based in Rome, Italy.

I am deeply in love with the beauty of women, and I made of this love the base of my

photography. I mainly work for fashion and jewelry brands, even If I love taking portraits of people.

How and when did you get into photography?

I bought my first camera, a used Nikon D70 more or less in the 2012, but I am always been

interested in photography since my father is an amateur photographer so I’ve been raised with

photography as part of our lives.

What does photography mean to you?

It’s something that makes me feel well, I really love creating something beautiful, showing

the beauty hidden behind any people. Often I shoot not only with model but with normal people and I love to show their inner beauty.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I am fond of people and I try to create work of beauty, without “transform” my subject: I do

myself most of the retouch (I love spending time working at my desk enhancing my photos)

and I always try not to change too much the subject of my photo…a woman must be amazing

in my photos, just a little bit enhanced version of herself, not another person. I think that my photos are very delicate (even if I am shooting a glamour/nude editorial there

is always a soft touch), elegant, gentle.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Everywhere! I am always looking for inspiration, trends, new emotions.

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

I am used to plan my shooting, and when I approach my subject in the set I already have

something in my mind, but most of time I just follow the flow and everything comes to its


Studio, on location or both?

I love both, on studio I love having a neutral background, so all my attention and the attention

of the viewer of the photos are drawn to the subject, and I love to play with lights and color

with the endless possibilities given by flash and continuous light

Outiside i am deeply obsessed by the flare and shooting with the backlight since it really gives

an ethereal touch to the images, so I am always in search of the perfect light.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I am a professional photographer, that’s my life; I really do what I do not only for money, but

for my passion…when I am with my camera in hands I am happy and free.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I’ve shoot with some amazing women in incredible locations, most of the session are

memorable in my mind since I live every shooting as a gift, a bless, an opportunity to create

something that make the world a little more beautiful.

By the way once I was working as an assistant to another photographer (but I had the license

to shoot my own photos) and we were working with a couple o models and 4 enormous

trained wolf dog for a fashion designer. I was scared to death by this incredible animals but in the end it was really an incredibile experience and we created some amazing images.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Nikon since the beginning! I had a D70, D300s, D800, and now I switched to the mirrorless

Z7 and I will never come back. Favorite lens the Nifty Fifty 50mm 1.4 since it gives such a perfect length for portrait and I

love playing with focus

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

their own business?

When you are a professional you have to shoot for living, so sometimes you will find yourself

doing something you don’t like, like shooting maybe food o stuff, or something that will

really test your passion. So i think that being a professional photographer is something to recommend only to people that have the photography as a burning passion and are willing to face every day new challenges…in this case my suggestion is to go out and shoot, trying every thing, find what really make you happy and when you will work on something you don’t like think about the next time you will do the thing that you really love…what you are doing now will bring you closer to what you will do then.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It was an amazing discover, I really like the contents and love the idea of someone who helps

people to show their talents and story without asking for anything in change, apart from time

and nothing more. Definitely I will keep following this amazing magazine!

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