1. Hello Haze, tell us about yourself.
Hi my name is Haze and I’m a french photographer based in Strasbourg (eastern side of France). I’m a classical and jazz trained piano player and I discovered photography only a few years ago.
2. What would you like to call your style/genre of photography?
I would like to call myself a performing arts photographer. Capturing the beauty and the soul of performing artists.
3. This style of photography is very rare and unique, what made you to come up with this beautiful genre of photography?
I started with hip hop. Going to dance battles and events was a big part of my activity at first. But inside of me, I wanted to do much more. I was just afraid of taking the step. I had these scenes in mind I wanted to create with all these talented dancers that I just couldn’t make within an event. So after a few years, once I felt I had enough confidence, I decided to make my first photo shoot. Rapidly I began to explore and work with different artists. Gymnasts, Dancers, Martial artists & Trickers were the first artists I’ve worked with.
4. What does your camera kit consist of ?
I always have in my bag my Canon 5D mark III. I often use my 85mm 1.8, and my 24 – 70 mm 2.8 mark II. I sometimes use a canon speedlite and a silver reflective umbrella. But whenever I can, I play and work with the light available.
5. Behind every action there is an expression to show and behind every photo there is a story to tell . Do you decide any specific emotion or story in your mind that you want to portray before clicking a pic ?
Yes, and it all depends on the artist I’m working with. His or her personality, the location, the outfits altogether will play a role on the overall mood of the picture. These things are thought beforehand. Generally I want my artists to look confident and strong in my pictures. I want to show lightness and ease no matter how difficult the move is. I want my models to show and tell a little bit of themselves in every picture we make.
6. Performing arts photography being a difficult genre that includes capturing the emotions and actions of the subject, can you give some suggestions to the beginners who would want to explore this style of photography ?
Communication is the key! You have to accompany and explain the whole process to the artist you’re working with during the shoot. It’s a collaboration after all and you’re making the pictures with them. Even with experience, the artist in front of your lens is the only one who will see the critical details of imperfection in his movement, and you surely don’t want to miss that. Besides that, you technically have to know how to use your tools. You have to be efficient on set. I’m not a fan of motion blur, and I tend to freeze the action as much as possible. If I had to give a last advice, never stop learning, love what you do, you’re responsible of the mood on set so if you’re not totally in it your model won’t either.
7. What other style / genre of photography would you like to explore in the near future and why ?
I sometimes do portrait works, and I would love to make action sports photography in a near future. Later on I will probably try composite photography to make surreal images and break all my boundaries.
8. Which softwares do you use for post processing these beautiful images?
I only use photoshop CC and Lightroom for processing my images.
9. Tell us about some funny incidents that happened during the shoot.
My first shoot with a ballerina in New York! Thought it would never happen. The model got scared 1 hour before the beginning of the shoot. I had to reassure her and convince her she could trust me, by phone. She came 1 hour late on location, because I had to guide her in the city she lives in! I really thought at a certain point it would not happen. When she finally arrived and when the shoot started and it only took us a few minutes to get along and to make beautiful pictures. These were my first pictures in tutu outside France.
10. Finally, can you suggest the Dos and Don’ts for the beginners while shooting such pictures in different light conditions ?
– Do respect and communicate with your model, it sounds obvious but I’ve heard so many dancers tell me how bad there past experience were with other photographers. A lot of crazy ideas you never thought of can pop out just by exchanging with your model.
– Do prepare as much as you can your shoot.
– Do educate yourself, it’s always good to know what you’re shooting.
– Don’t rush things, privilege quality over quantity.
– Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the performance of the artist you’re working with. This will prevent you from overlooking important details.
– Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun!
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