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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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Before & After | Mike Rodriguez


Yep! Christmas comes early this year with this week's Before & After! Our friend and colleague Mike Rodriguez really pulled out all the stops, giving us a play-by-play of his process and how this image came together. 

Seriously, guys. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Enjoy!

Oh, and, hey! Happy Holidays to you from all of us at LooksLikeFilm! Cheers!

Mike. You. Go!

My name is Mike Rodriguez and I was born in Monterrey, Mexico.

I have always worked in sales; from computers to cars, my last job before becoming a photographer was in a business coaching franchise, then I took the step to become an independent photographer . . . currently 3 years in the making.

Since that day I have always tried to do my best, doing what I love. I now have a studio named Vimedia Photographers, based in Monterrey, but we mostly do wedding photography around the globe.

By what artists/creatives are you influenced? What inspires you?

I’ve been inspired by a lot of people in my life, some are photographers while others are not. I’m the kind of person that prefers to follow someone because of their personality and humanity than just their work.

One of them being my friend and neighbor, Fer Juaristi. His work is amazing, but even more so his personality and passion for what he does!!

Sam Hurd, another amazing photographer and one of my greatest mentors.  I met him at Fer’s house during a workshop and his work changed my mind forever.  There’s definitely a noticeable change in me which I like to call the “before and after I met Sam.”

Erika and Lanny Mann have without a doubt influenced much of the work I do today, but I also admire them because they are very professional. They have everything I hope to be in this industry; technique, charisma, the business, the images. They are definitely one of my top inspirations and they also happened to be my wedding photographers :D !!

Gabe McClintock has some of the most romantic and nostalgic photos I’ve ever seen, and I love them. His posts are amazing, too.

But I must admit I am inspired by one special person . . .  my fiancé Monica. She has pushed me to do things that I probably couldn’t have done by myself, she has taken my fears and obstacles away. She has helped me believe in myself, she is just my perfect friend and partner.

Do you have a vision in mind before going out and shooting? Tell us about about your workflow and how the vision comes to life before shooting and in post.

I need to be honest with you guys, I never go out with something specific in my mind. I think that if you try to control things, you’ll only be disappointed. You can’t control the weather, the sunlight, or the moments, so I prefer to be surprised by what’s going on at that specific moment.

But I have to tell you that I am a symmetry freak. When I find a place that’s symmetrically perfect, I have to take a shot, even if that means getting on top of a roof, or down on the floor. I don’t mind getting dirty, so I guess I’d consider myself to be a risky photographer.

I shoot with minimum equipment; this allows me to be more creative and fast when I need to get a shot. I use a Nikon D750, a Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens, and a Nikon 85mm 1.8G. That’s all I carry in my bag.

I do culling in Photomechanic 5, and edit my Photos in Lightroom CC. My favorite presets are Fernwehs C1, C5 and B&W. I use them as a base to start, and then make some tweaks depending on what the image needs.

Now tell us how this amazing image came together, from conception to completion.

I was doing a photo shoot for Maria Fernanda in NYC and we were on her building’s rooftop. I wanted to do something where I could show the Empire State Building, but at the same time wanted a good portrait of her, so I tried this:

I was happy with it, but I knew that it wasn’t the best shot I could do in this amazing place, so I decided to sit her in a chair to have more sky and buildings, but pointing towards One World Trade Center like this:

That was the moment when I decided to take a double exposure, so I switched my camera to double exposure mode. I overexposed 1 step to blow up the sky and that was my first shot (the portrait of her). I shot it twice by mistake and this was the result:

At that moment I thought, this is good for a double exposure but I need something about NYC so I decided to look around to find some good spots, and I tried this:

When I looked at the back of my camera I saw the empire state and thought, “I need her to look like she is looking at the empire state to have more impact so the eyes and the empire state have to be in the same direction.” And, my next shot was this . . . . the SOOC Image.

Time to Edit in LR. I used the Fernweh C1 Preset.

The last step was to use Exposure 7 for sharpening, some color correction and grain.

And here are a slew of gorgeous images from this session. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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