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10 Questions: Bob Sala

Meet Bob Sala. You might have come across his work - cinematic 60s-70s ambient stills that remind you of your mother’s childhood (or for some, your own). His (portrait) images go beyond making a fashion statement on a particular era; they tell a story of society and culture.

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.


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Before & After with Justin Lee

Most of us, when scrolling past this image in our news feed, did a serious double-take. Then it drew us in with its surrealistic, almost-embryonic qualities - the very definition of compelling. So, yeah, we reached out to Justin to get all the behind-the-scenes goodness on this überclever stitch. 

Justin. You. Go!


I live in Portland with my beautiful wife and 2 cats.  I am a medical sales rep by day and photographer by night.  I love both of my jobs and if I were independently wealthy I would do them both without pay!  I met my wife when I sold her a cell phone when I was in between jobs several years ago and consider it to be my biggest sales achievement to date.  I could probably write a book that people would actually read about how this unlucky and undeserving pauper got the girl of his dreams.  I am a hopeless romantic.  I feel ridiculously blessed to have found my passion in photography.  While I have been a passionate person for most of my life, I was never a perfectionist until I discovered my love for photography.  Before my career began, I learned by forcing myself to shoot in manual with an old Rebel DSLR just 4 years ago.  I started to practice shooting any opportunity I had as if it were as important as someone's wedding.  After lots of coaxing and convincing 3 years ago, my wife bought me my first full frame camera which I had dreamed about for almost a year.  Similarly, I recently acquired a real tilt shift lens that I've been dreaming about for at least the past year and it's easily my favorite lens now.


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


I was first inspired by my own wedding photographer, Ely Roberts.  To this day, I can't be more grateful for the beautiful photos he took.  I was then inspired further by Dennis Berti, who shot my best friend's wedding in Cabo, Mexico.  I found out he was considered to be one of the world's top 50 wedding photographers.  I then discovered Junebug Weddings as well as Jeff Newsom, who I consider to be the most creative person in the universe!  Around this same time I discovered Sam Hurd, who of course needs no introduction and is a huge inspiration to me.  I am inspired by the love that two individuals find for each other and vow to have and hold for the rest of their lives.  Weddings are such awesome events in which family and friends gather to witness and support this commitment.  The thought that my photos will be shared to kids, grandkids, and future generations is quite humbling and inspiring to me.  I thank God for this ability and privilege.


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 always have a vision in mind before any shoot.  There are only 3 settings that you can give to the camera, but what really makes the difference is the direction you give to your subjects and perspectives you choose.  I typically choose the aperture first to get the depth of field I want to achieve.  I then choose the ISO that's as low as possible that will allow me to shoot with a high enough shutter speed to get a sharp shot even if my subject moves.  One other important factor of course is the lens and focal length.  I tend to use mostly primes since I am forced to compose a shot before I put the camera up to my eye.  In fact, I currently own these prime lenses and each has its own useful perspective:  20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 45mm, 50mm, 55mm, and 85mm.  I plan on purchasing a 14mm and 135mm lens in the near future.  In the distant future, I will shoot for the 200mm!  For convenience and maximum compression, I like to use a 70-200mm and zoom in as close to 200mm as often as possible.  My editing workflow consists of individual editing of RAW files in Lightroom from white balance, contrast, tone curve, individual color, sharpening, noise reduction, and both auto and manual lens profile corrections.  I sometimes use Alien Skin Exposure and Photoshop in addition to LR.  When shooting in manual mode and manual white balance, I have found it easier to batch process photos since a given scene should not change much in regards to exposure or white balance.  


Now walk us through, step-by-step, how you created this killer image.

There is a story behind this image that demonstrates the importance of networking and always being prepared for the unexpected!  It all started when I befriended Nikk Wong, inventor of the successful Kickstarter product, Fractal Filters (http://fractalfilters.io).  His product has been endorsed by famous photographer Benjamin Von Wong (no relation) and he's working on a collaboration with probably the most well-known vodka company which I probably should absolutely not name.  It turned out that Nikk was also a wedding photographer while he had lived in Seattle, so we hit it right off from the start.  He is now an app developer and entrepreneur in San Francisco and I have had the chance to hang out with him on my many trips to SF.  This particular night we were just hanging out on the rooftop of his office building where there was a gym and jacuzzi.  We thought it'd be fun to take pictures of his break dancer friend doing a handstand on the rails of the jacuzzi.  Nikk wanted to try it for himself and after a couple attempts his hands slipped and he crashed into the jacuzzi!!!  It was LIT-ER-ALLY the funniest thing I've ever witnessed.  Since he was completely wet, he decided to be a sport and posed for me at the bottom of the jacuzzi.  I used a 20mm lens to take the shot and stood at the edge.  As you can see, the original image has a lot of distortion as one would expect with a wide lens at an angle.  The corrections were made manually in Lightroom to straighten out the edges of the pool.  The image that has 4 photos flipped and rotated was made in Photoshop.  

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Blogged by LOOKSLIKEFILM Contributing Editor, Seth Langner · Jacksonville, FL and Seattle, WA wedding and portrait photographer --> www.karmathartic.com