Can you tell me a little about you?
Hello, I am a passionate photographer, based in Florence, Italy. I took my first camera in my hands when I was a child, and really never stopped to use it. Photography is my passion, and currently I especially love women photography.
How and when did you get into your profession?
I am actually a “lover” of photography, I am not a professional photographer. I just shoot for my hobby and personal pleasure.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is a way of researching and experiencing the world, and through this art, express myself. It’s a neverending trip across the world and in your inner soul.
I approached the photography of women through the portrait, fashion and nude genres. First by taking courses and workshops, then experimenting directly in personal projects. I find the boudoir genre to be the most seductive. The boudoir genre has a language made of seduction and mystery, explicit and implicit sensuality and imagination. Representing the beauty of women by mixing those ingredients is very stimulating, and it is a way of celebrating and paying homage to beauty.
Could you describe your style in three words?
I think it is a mix of elegance, sensuality, and storytelling.
Where do you get inspiration from?
From other photographers, music and literature. From my life experience. From women I have known. And mainly all these inspirations from the “out world” are elaborated inside my mind and heart.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?
Very interesting question. I believe that basically the pictures you create have to communicate and raise emotions and curiosity. My creative approach is based on this. I try to think in advance about the mood, about the project, and about the final pictures. All this activity before the shooting help to prepare yourself to keep in mind and in the heart the right way. The more you make before, the more you are ready on the set to manage all that happens. When you are shooting you need to keep a rational approach, but mainly to let your emotion and inspiration flow. So, the more you are ready before, the more you will create intense, original and beautiful pictures on the set.
Photography mix rational and emotional, planned and impredictable, technology and human, implicit and explicit.
Studio, on location or both?
Well absolutely both, I have no limits. It depends on the projects, opportunities and basically what I like to reach with the pictures.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
So difficult and intriguing question, let me say. I could easily answer that the most memorable have still to come, but let’s give even an eye on the past. I can remember always with great pleasure and satisfaction, one big project that I worked on years ago, that could be considered as a milestone for my approach to photography, and for everything connected to my feelings and desires in photography. A project of several stories, inspired from some Beatles’s songs that talk about women. I choose some of them, and imagine a story that I can represent in photography. One shooting for each song, for each woman, for each story. It took me months to finish, and it was a real big big project and the “starting point” for many things happened after.
Nikon, Canon or something else? Favorite lens?
I have always used Nikon reflex. I am currently using a D850 full frame reflex, and I use almost always prime lenses. My perfect kit is 20mm 35mm 50mm 85mm 135mm. Zoom only if necessary. I prefer prime lenses because do not distract me, and because every lens has a “soul”. The more you use them the more you will know how they “write”.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Well, as I said I cannot give advice for a business, but I like to say what I can consider important in approaching photography. Try to think, and have in mind what you like to communicate with your pictures and work. I consider photography a way of expression. A process of neverending growth. So be passionate, and be open to receive inspirations from the world you live in.
If I have to list some suggestions for the beginners, I would point out those:
- OBSERVE: observe the photographs and works of others, and understand what attracts and pleases you in the work of other photographers and masters. And why not, also in the art of painting.
- THINK: try to think and understand what you want to communicate with photography.
- DISCARD: be critical about your work, and learn to be selective in the results obtained.
- PRACTICE: the best recipe is to practice and practice … only in this way can you improve quickly.
“Photography mix rational and emotional, planned and impredictable, technology and human, implicit and explicit. ”