What is your name and where are you from? My name is Florian, I am 31 years old and I come from Thuringia in Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures? I started to take pictures and portraits of people in Autumn 2016. I had a camera before, but just for landscape, trees and cats.
When did you get into photography and why? Out of a little depression my doctor told me to do something I like and what makes me happy - so I started to take pictures and the people liked them - this made me very happy and I continued.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? In social media there are many hypes and styles - in the beginning I tried to do and edit my pictures like idols and other popular photographers. But in the last year my mindset changed - I am more into feelings, emotions and moments now then the perfect picture. For me it is best thing to capture small moments you cannot copy or duplicate. The biggest change is the interaction between the person in front of the cam and me. This factor can make a good picture to an outstanding one.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? Usually I plan the location and the time, sometimes I have an idea of an specific outfit - but on location I try to improvise and find possibilities to get a good shot. Of course there are editorials or shoots which were planned - like “Time Trial Trixie” and “tragedy of white roses”. I also have plans for future themes - but I haven’t found the right models yet to get the results I want.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Mainly I take pictures of woman - because I know how I want to show a woman to the world. Her beauty, her strength and independence and sometimes her uncertainties and fears. Of course my goal is to tell a story - this might be a short second in life or sometimes a complete story but every time with respect and an aesthetic component.
Do you have an influences you can share? I read books, I listen to music of different styles and I love movies. I own a few photo books I often look at - my favourite is “100 great danes”. It is a homage to the natural beauty of women.
What inspires you? As I said, I am a big movie fan. I like movies with characters and a crazy story. I like the details, flaws and the peculiaritiessome directors add to the main characters - for example Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino. They show not the perfect people in their movies - but they could be real because of their dialogues and their behaviour.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? I think a bad thing can be the way how you treat people in real life and photography. Not every picture can be perfect and sometimes the shooting doesn’t work very well - but you have to handle it go on. The best thing is to learn from mistakes and try do use this for future works.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
At the moment I have a full-time job in Process Management, I cannot image just to take pictures to earn my money for daily life, because you have to do everything people pay for. I like the freedom to decide on my own what I want to do / shoot / or work with. But who knows what the future brings, maybe someday I have the opportunity to start a career as famous story-teller:)
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I started with Facebook and later I switched to Instagram. I also use a normal website for my works. Sometimes I am really sad about the limitation of reach through the algorithms but now I don’t care so much about a picture with 10 likes or 1000 likes. When I decide to publish a picture - it is a good one for the model an me and that should be everything important. But to be honest, of course it makes me proud to be featured or to get a publication in a print magazine.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Tough question - I follow artists I like, their style and, of course, the point of view that they give. But I have also noticed that I no longer follow some of the past idols or hypes, as they personally would not take me further.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I use my mobile to take snapshots and capture little moments, because I don’t have my DSLR in my pocket every time. But a captured moment with a mobile phone is always a better picture than no picture.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I started with a Nikon APS-C 3 years ago, meanwhile I switched to a Nikon Fullframe. This decision was made because I like to get the best quality for my works. Because I work 95% with available/natural light a good lens with open aperature is useful. I collected different Nikon lenses over the years and I use them depending on the setting and location. I have noticed that it is better to spend money in good gear and quality one time than to switch every year. I like the mirrorless cameras of Fuji and Leica but at the moment there is no budget and need for that.. it is a nice to have, but the camera and gear never makes a picture good. It is just a good basis for your work.
What is your dream location to shoot at? I love London and the people there, I was there eight times and try to travel as often as I can. I think indoor a shooting at the Shard Hotel with the beautiful city in the background would be awesome. Outdoor I prefer nature and landscapes - maybe at the top of a mountain with the sea, the beach and the sky in the background.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? I had a girlfriend in the past and she was not a model, she was beautiful and innocent. She did not like being photographed so much. We spent a nice day together in the summer and I photographed her carefree and honest laugh without her realizing it. It was a moment of pure happiness and lightness and love. Although this chapter is now completed, this photo is still one of my favourites.
In three words how would you describe your photography? reflective, emotional and adoring
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? It is a good thing and I like the evolution - you can take pretty pictures every time.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?. As mentioned in the answer above, I think it does not depend on the camera but on the people in front and behind and how they harmonize.