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10 Questions: Vittore Buzzi

Milan based photojournalist Vittore Buzzi's photography is fuelled by the search to understand and accept reality - which translates into an exceptional eye for capturing moments and stories.

10 Questions: Meg Umberger

When you view Salem based Meg Umberger’s work, you can’t help but to feel the warmth, and the tingling feeling of her passion for creativity.

10 Questions: Alex James

Alex James' work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

10 Questions: Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones' work is both honest and surreal to me; it evokes emotions that hit you deep down and leave an imprint.

10 Questions: Darina Stoda

Darina Stoda was born in Estonia - a place of forests and rivers straight out of folklore, and has since lived for many years in Norfolk (UK) surrounded by large wild spaces and ocean. Even though I’ve never been to Norfolk or most parts of the UK, when I see Darina’s work, I can almost smell and feel the crisp air - her dreamy approach to incorporating nature in her story telling is inviting.


10 Questions: Jakub Fabijański

What is very inspiring is Jakub Fabijanski’s work, which brings a kind of dreamy cinematic take to photojournalism that you can’t help but to fall in love, along with the people in his photographs.

10 Questions: Don & Helen Bringas

Based in Spain, Don & Helen document weddings all over the world. Don & Helen’s work speaks humour, spontaneity and most importantly, the emotional connection to a moment captured in their frame forever.

10 Questions: Jesus Caballero

Portugal based photographer Jesus Caballero, traded in a career as a biologist for photography. Trained professionally in photojournalism (even mentored by a Magnum photographer), Jesus skillfully combines lifestyle with photojournalism to give wedding a fine art visual voice.

10 Questions: Susann and Yannic

Berlin based photographers Susann and Yannic created a food blog “KrautKopf” 2 years ago to share their love on making good food during the off Wedding season (Winter months) and have not looked back since.

10 Questions: Danelle Bohane

Auckland based New Zealand photographer, Danelle Bohane, started photography when her grandfather bought her a camera when she was still young. From there it has been a journey of discovery inspired by her love of people, art and connections.

10 Questions: Jessica Tremp

Australian photographer Jessica Tremp shoots Weddings to pay her bills whilst also being an accomplished fine art photographer. With no formal training in photography, Haunting, poetic and mesmerising - with a strong narration and fluid energy - Jessica’s work draws you in, hungry for clues; wanting more.

10 Questions: Thierry Joubert

French photographer Thierry Jourbert blends childlike openness, and philosophical ideas of trace and sign, with a skill for telling other people’s stories. Unafraid of dreaming big - Thierry’s work showcases his mastery of light and the depth of human emotions.

10 Questions: Junebug

For those in the wedding industry, Junebug Weddings is a familiar name. Based in SeattleJunebug was formed in 2006 and is now one of the leading international wedding blogs. In this special interview with Junebug Weddings, we reveal what it takes to be the world’s leading wedding resource, and where Junebug predicts the Wedding industry will be in 10 years’ time.

10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco

Sasha Leahovcenco’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions. Come read our special 10+4 Questions interview.

10 Questions: Yoris Couegnoux

Yoris Couegnoux's work showcases great skill in capturing light, combined with sensitive narration. His work transports you to a cinema set, as if you were watching a modern interpretation of a classic film.

10 Questions: Lilli Waters

Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves you wanting more.

10 Questions: Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities). Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience, skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

10 Questions: Niki Boon

Niki Boon’s work marries fine art and photojournalism so delicately that the energy and spontaneity captured in her work transports you as if you had lived it yourself, viewing it now almost nostalgically. It’s a testament to what life should be when growing up.

10 Questions: Gary Lashmar

Gary Lashmar's work, commercial and personal, especially his street photography, is the proof of Gary’s passion in life, his unique point of view and approach to life - a style that he alone defines - and he shoots from his heart.

10 Questions: David Heidrich

David Heirdrich’s work reminds you of fairytale stories - art and emotion evoked by out-of-this world settings in ethereal light that David so perfectly and intricately captures.

10 Questions: Victor Hamke

When you look at Victor Hamke's work, you feel his sensitivity - his storytelling vision marries surrealism with documentary - a style so unique and poetic that it completely mesmerises you.

10 Questions: Clare Barker Wells

Clare Barker Wells' family and newborn work not only captures key moments but also the in-betweens artistically.

10 Questions: Cristina Venedict

Cristina Venedict's fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. 

10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz's artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again.

10 Questions: Lex Gordon

Lex Gordon photographs with a keen eye for art and creates his body of work almost as if it were paintings. 


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Artist of the Month - Twyla Jones

VSCO and Leica - A Beautiful Duo

There have been a lot of different key points in my 5 year career that have helped define my style and helped me grow into the photographer I am today. One of the biggest being when I introduced VSCO to my workflow. Being proficient in Lightroom and Photoshop, my workflow was tedious and slow, spending a lot of time playing with the HSL sliders and curve settings until I had things exactly the way I wanted them. Of course I had my own presets but I was constantly tweaking them never really happy with how they looked. Since I shot a lot of 35mm and Medium Format film early on when I was younger and as I started taking photography more serious, my editing always centered around getting my digital images to take on the look of film. VSCO came along and not only made that process much easier and quicker, but offered me new looks that I otherwise would have never reached on my own...or taken much MUCH longer.

Jay Cassario

Jay Cassario

The other key thing that helped me to not only define my style, but ultimately made me an overall better photographer, was when I started shooting with a Leica M9 rangefinder. Having only shot with DSLRs for my professional digital work, the name Leica had been pretty foreign to me up until a year and a half ago. I was given a Leica M9 to test and write up a review on for the rental company Lumoid and I unexpectedly fell in love. A month later, I was selling gear that had been collecting dust to fund a new M9 and a couple Leica lenses. Nothing has changed my style of shooting and the overall look to my images more than when I started shooting with the M9. The rangefinder is different from the moment you pick it up and put it to your eye, no longer seeing through the lens like you do with an SLR. There’s no DOF preview just a window leading to a view much more raw and natural, allowing you to see everything as it is in front of you. With its fully manual focusing system that is much different than that of an SLR or DSLR, you are forced to slow down. There aren’t any menu banks with tons of options to choose from, just one menu. Once set up, it’s a camera that you simply pick up and shoot. It does its job without getting in its own way. It lets the photographer do something that is often lost with all the newer technology, and that’s to use their vision, imagination, and ideas to create an image without the interference of technology.

It’s not just about the experience though, it’s also about the images that the M9 produces, especially when combined with VSCO. The images have a unique look to them that I personally have fallen in love with and so far, my clients have too. While it isn’t great at low-light and high ISO performance, when shot in good or decent lighting, the M9 shines like no other. The M9 has a full frame, 18 megapixel, CCD sensor made by Kodak, which also lacks an AA-filter like that of the Nikon D800 line-up. The images are crisp and have a lot of character along with pleasing and beautiful colors, providing a look that I find authentic and similar to film. Yes, the lenses have a lot to do with the images it kicks out, which is why I spent the extra money on what has become my overall favorite lens, the Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH.

Leica is an expensive choice, and I’m currently testing my Leica lenses on the newer and much cheaper Sony A7 bodies to see how they compare. So far all I can say is that I haven’t had the desire to leave my M9 at home to bring a Sony in its place. For those of you who are familiar with Leica know that the newer M 240 is quite popular as well which handles low light much better and has an excellent EVF. I have shot with the M 240 and prefer the images that the M9 produces. There is something very unique about the look of the M9 images produced by its CCD sensor that I simply love, and while some look at the poor low light performance as a hinderance, I don’t. I have other cameras for low light situations, the best in the business, the Nikon D750 and the Df. When I want low light performance I simply reach for one of them.

There will come times in your career when something will change the way you do things, think about things, or simply how you look at things. In the long run it helps us define who we are as photographers and creatives. Always be open to learning and not getting stuck in your ways, it will only slow you down. Technology is changing faster than ever in photography right now and I’m excited to see what the next few years brings us. 

Here are a handful of my Leica images taken over the past year, all processed with VSCO and tweaked to my liking. To see more, I have a full gallery on my page www.jaycassariophoto.com, or follow check out my FB page HERE. 


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