I’ve been working in this business for 25 years. I started in Milan in the 90s and I’ve been lucky enough to know how to learn photography and what’s around that.
You don’t need a school, YOU MUST BE ON LOCATION assisting someone really good.
As I said I was lucky painting the floor for Herb Ritts in LA or bringing coffees for Newton in Montecarlo where I used to live. Getting zero money, just having the chance to learn something. And one day you realise that there’s no secret at all.
But I know that some of the fashion photographers out there are just stupid perverts with nothing about skills or talent. And some of them work to make it a living because of unprofessional and totally untalented art directors working for some of the major fashion magazines in the world.
People who wants to come on location and tell you how to shoot… how to turn the light or the camera, how to zoom.
They ask you to shoot tethered because they wanna have control. They tell the models how to pose and how to move….
But someone has to tell these people that they don’t really know a fuc… shi… about photography or fashion and even less how to be in front of a camera.
And they are the ones writing articles in these days talking about girls taking pictures because that’s what they love to do.
So, if today you ask me like in many messages we had, what I think if a model, someone who used to be in front of the camera is going behind it, I think that is a great opportunity to have something new, finally.
Models, mostly the ones working a lot have the best experience about make up, styling, hair style and even posing if needed. So if you are asking me about that matter, I love the idea to see what they can create.
To be clear, much better to see a model going behind the camera than seeing a photographer going in front of the camera…
Stop thinking about a pre-planned life guys. start thinking with an open mind if you really wanna get inspired.