Interview with photographer #6: Marcus Ribeiro (Brazil, Fashion&Wedding photography)84LENS
When did you first become interested in photography? What sparked it and when did you decide that it was what you were going to do? Tell us your story 😉
I always loved photography but I had no money to buy equipment. So I was raising money and bought used equipment canon t3 is an 18-55 lens and then I invited friends to shoot and did that is always like that came up invitations to work where I made money and today I do weddings and rehearsals and also give photography classes.
Were you formally educated in photography, or are you self taught?
I took classes with a private teacher.
What is your ways of income from photography? Do you sell your photos on microstock sites? What else?
I started advertising on sales sites shortly but my income comes from rehearsals, weddings and classes that I give.
What else do you do besides photography? 😉
As I work I teach and for fun, I really like to travel, even without ever leaving Brazil.
What mistakes did you make when you started taking pictures?
Wrong composition where I went wrong and posing direction.
Which photo are you currently most proud of? Tell us a story about this photo please.
I will have to send two photos 🙂
This photo # 1 of a wedding where one of the main sights of Rio de Janeiro appears and the fact that it is a wedding, joined my two passions, the wedding and the city of Rio de Janeiro.
And the photo 2 this because for a while now I always worried about lines and composition and this photo I decided to vary the plan I usually use and to my surprise I liked it a lot and the audience also.
Who have you learned the most from?
If I understand the question I should pass photographers with whom I learned, right here in Brazil a photographer named Rafael Fontana is an amazing guy, and I see other photographers from outside like Brandon Woelfel and many others.
When did you start sharing your photos on Pexels and Unsplash? Many photographers prefer not to share their photos for free, but sell them on photo banks. What is your reason to do that? Does it helps you to attract new customers or you have some any other reasons?
I did spontaneously and increase the dissemination of my name too.
How did you find your photography style, and what can you recommend to other photographers trying to find their niche?
I recommend, look inside yourself, see what your memories are and the way you like to broadcast, don’t follow what most are doing as you will just be one more in the crowd, watch movies, see series and seek to identify with something.
Your favourite accessory?
Top tip for any aspiring in your niche photographers out there?
Every click you give is more experience you are getting so click a lot.
To what degree do you retouch your photos, Photoshop? Lightroom? Aperture? Anything that you like to do in your photos in particular, such as add certain curves?
I don’t have much patience to touch up skin so I do 95% of the work on Lightroom.
Do you use some photographer’s facebook groups/forums/subreddits/medium to share your experience or discuss something?
Some groups from Brazil on Facebook.
Recommend some blogs or instagram profiles about photography you love to read.
I confess I don’t have this habit hahaha.
What promotion methods do you use? How do you find customers for your photo shoots?
I use my website and my Instagram but the best way to get clients and treat them well so that their work is indicated, I try to be the best for each one of them.
What apps do you use to organize your work? Maybe there are some interesting services that our readers would be interested to know about?
I don’t do anything very different but I use an online platform to store and upload files called Smugmug.
Final words of wisdom you would like to share?
Each click is a learning, do not leave your camera in the closet, take it everywhere and practice with everything you can, in the absence of clients call friends to photograph and promote your work, have no enemies, seek friendships that can add in your knowledge because alone is always more complicated. Seek to be great and no longer a copier if photos.
Thanks a lot Marcus! I wish you the most juicy shots!