We at had the pleasure of interviewing . Our aim with this interview series is to provide insight in how other people approach their work but also allowing us in getting to know our fellow group members. Below is interview.
Nude-Form Question 1: Let's start by telling us something about yourself?
JosefinaPhotography answer: Well, I suppose I should start off with my name. You may call me Josefina...or Josi, whichever one you can remember.
I'm 20. I've been photographing (seriously) for almost 3 years, but I've been an artist all of my life. I enjoy those that pay attention to detail and beauty, and that can truly appreciate a piece of art. I love tattoos, and have a slight coffee addiction...and I'm almost positive that light and music runs through my veins. I also think one could say I have a social networking addiction too.
But in all seriousness, art is a true passion, that I've been pursuing since I was a small child.
Q2: What attracted you to the photographic medium?
Answer: I think you could say that I "feel in love with photography" when I was in Texas. I was doing some community service work at a refugee camp and I remember watching the sunset, and thinking of the moment and simply wishing that I photograph everything and have that keepsake with me forever. That was about 7 years ago, I think.
Q3: What do you like to during your free time?
Answer: Design tattoos, write, edit images (my work or others) and get lost in the world of music.
Q4: Do you partake in any other creative endeavors?
Answer: I paint, I wood burn, I make jewelry - my creative list really could go on, so yes. I like to keep my hands busy & my mind occupied.
Q5: Work long enough in this business, you're bound to experience some comedic episodes even if its only funny in hindsight. Would you be willing to share one of yours?
Answer: I think the funniest moment was when I was on my first shoot with Little Rey.
One of my assistants, Samantha, had been kind enough to come along. And it was sometime after the third or fourth wardrobe change. The sun was shining, and there were leaves on the ground, everything was that pretty autumn golden color. And as I finished fixing Little Rey's hair, we looked over to ask Sam's opinion. Only to find that Sam was curled up in a pile of leaves, the sun shining on her like a blanket and she was out cold. Little Rey and I had a good laugh over that. Because Sam really reminded of us of Goldilocks at the time. She's got such bouncy curls.
But we still laugh over it - I'm sure I have a picture of it somewhere, I don't think it's uploaded to dA, but it's quite comical.
Q6: For the sake of this question, we'll take for granted that "respecting the model as a human being" is the unspoken first piece of advice. What other advice would you give another photographer, perhaps working w/ their first nude model?
Answer: Be yourself. You want to create an easy going atmosphere, where the model is going to feel comfortable with you. If you become ridged, your model is going to model ridged. You need the ease and the chemistry to match to a certain extent - if you really want to find the magic that will create a beautiful shoot.
Q7: What do you are feel your strengths?
Answer: Personality wise? My ability to get along with nearly everybody. It comes in handy being a photographer, because I am always meeting someone new. I don't need to "like" them, but being able to get along with them, helps in creating a creative atmosphere - where magic can still be created.
As a photographer? I think I would say my attraction to beauty. And I don't necessarily mean people. I mean the literal meaning of beauty. I feel that it adds to the overall image. And that beauty may not always be seen through the lens (although it is a pleasant surprise to see some extra beauty that way), but sometimes in the after effect, during my editing. I'm always playing around with colors, contrasts, and tones - even if it's just the slightest change, I do believe it adds all the difference.
Q8: We each have a defining moment in our life, sometimes we have more than one. It changes us from who we were to who we became afterwards. Please tell us yours & how it changed you.
Answer: Oh wow! There are many defining moments in my life. My mothers death certainly played a large role in changing who I am - surviving an all girls boarding school would be another. And I think all the community work that I have done for homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and even small towns - have really helped keep me grounded and keep my eyes open to everything around me. And made me much more aware of how one should not take things for granted.
Q9: If given a choice between listening to Beatles music OR Elvis, which would you choose?
Answer: I think that would depend on the situation. If I'm shooting? Elvis. There's more of an energetic dancing feel to his music - and lively music also helps in a shoot. And if I'm editing? The Beatles.
Q10: Any nuggets of wisdom you'd like to share w/ models working w/ you?
Answer: Be prepared for the unexpected. And come with ideas. LOTS of them.
There is always something unexpected happening in one of my shoots, and often times those produce the best images. They are also the product of a last minute idea or sudden change. And I appreciate models that come with extra creative ideas. I'm usually up to try anything.
Q11: Pretend personnel & budget were not an issue. Describe us your dream shoot or concept?
Answer: If I told you my TRUE dream shoot, I guarantee someone might just steal it from me! But I know that one of the things I've always wanted to do was create a bridal shoot - with all the top designers, including Vera Wang - like the images of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex & The City. In some big mansion, with spiraling staircases, floor to ceilings windows that let in so much of the beautiful natural lighting - and with big sparkling chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. So pretty much the ultimate fairy tale/fantasy shoot - but with a twist. Because half of it would be high fashion, and the other half would be fine art nude. It's such a brilliant picture in my mind. I only wish I could print out the image that is there, and share it with all of you.
Q12: What are the most common set of difficulties you've experienced as a photographer?
Answer: Being respected. One, because I'm a female photographer. Two, because I'm a young female photographer. And three, because I'm a young female photographer who shoots a lot of boudoir, sensual and fine art nudes.
I understand that photography is a male dominated industry. I do. But some of these men need to move over and make a little space for female photographers! I don't ask for much, but to not be judged by my age or my sex would be fantastic. Let me work, see the work that I do, don't try and correct me with what is supposedly "technically right" because you went to school - and watch me create my magic. I wish, that wasn't so hard to ask sometimes.
Q13: What is the proudest moment you've experienced as a photographer?
Answer: The first would be, getting published, and featured on a website, -both those came as a total surprise to me, and the second was being able to work with one of the models, that I wanted to work with for a long while, `Unbearable-Lightness, and creating magic.
Q14: Tell us the story behind your user name?
Answer: Once upon a time, I had an account before this one. And it had a rather childish name. But it was what I refer to as my "growing" account, because if you could see the work between then, and now....well one had to start somewhere, I suppose. This one is just simple, my name and "photography" - although you will note that I don't associate any last name with my photography, and I'm not 100% sure as to my reasoning. Except that my last name really doesn't "flow" with "Josefina". Much past that, I don't think I had a real thought as to why it's just "Josefina." But I'm not complaining.
Q15: Aside from a person's look meeting a particular project, what else goes into your decision making whether to work w/ a particular model or not?
Answer: I suppose if they have an "attitude" within their previous images, that helps, because it really enforces the idea that they will help meet that particular project. In person, I look for the willingness to participate in a shoot. If there is one thing I truly can't stand, it's a "boring model" - I love images that are storytelling, dreamlike, and that can make a person turn around to look. Looking blankly at the camera with an "I-could-care-less" attitude, is not going to work with the photographs that I'm looking to create.
Q16: If you were dictator-queen, what you would change about either photography, modeling, or the industry itself?
Answer: The level of respect. And not just for female photographers. But for the models that do fine art modeling who do nothing wrong.
Those that are well-educated, and truly do this for the art. THEN, I would have words with those photographers who disrespect their models - say that "the only way to create art, is to sleep with my muse." -Those, sadly give the whole community a bad rep, and I don't see why such a beautiful genre of art needs to be ruined by selfish and thoughtless people. I would also have words with the models that do agree to such things - using a genre of art is not an excuse to get away with "sexual acts" just because a "photographer" tells them that it's "right." It's disrespectful to the whole community, regardless if that was the intention or not. You can create art without the unnecessary acts. That for sure would is the biggest thing that I would change.
Q17: Who are some visual artists you admire, whether they be here on or elsewhere? The answer need not be limited to the photographic medium either.
Photographers include: Lara Jade, Annie Leibovitz, Charles Hildreth, AJ Kahn & Mike Shaw (I could go on for a page - and I'm aware that Lara and Charles have dA accounts, but I feel that you need to see their actual websites to appreciate everything about their work)
Designers include: Vera Wang, Alexander McQueen.....
Others include: Anna Wintour, Lady Gaga.....
Q18: Favorite cartoon character?
Tom & Jerry.
Q19: Who would win in a 3-way fight: pirates, ninjas, or robots? Most importantly, HOW do they win?
They win because they are epic, and when they move, you don't see them. Pirates would be disarmed and shot before they really could see what was going on. They most likely would end up shooting one another in all the damn confusion. And Robots would be disabled - because they are run on an internal circuit board. A little bit of unwiring, and they either turn on one another, or they just fall over dead.
And therefore, Ninjas win.
Q20: Favorite movie?
Can I list a few?
- Gone With The Wind
- The Devil Wears Prada
- Men In Black
- Independence Day
- The Wizard of Oz
- Alice In Wonderland
- The Tourist
- Pirates of the Caribbean
*And most everything with Audrey Hepburn.
Q21: What's your favorite book & tell us about it?
Orwell's "1984" www.amazon.com/Nineteen-Eighty… .
It's really one that should be read by every individual. Sometimes I wonder if the world is one day going to be just as described in the book. I read it during my junior year of high school and it sparked such a creative writing streak - I didn't know what to do with myself. But I got A's on the following few papers! Haha If you REALLY want to know the technicalities of it, you can go to Wikipedia and read it here: [link]
Q22: Anything else that you'd like to add or ask us here at the Nude-Form group?
One: My website, josefinaphoto.com/splash , has been redesigned and should be launched by the beginning of next week. It is beautiful and I'm in love with it, and I'm sure all will enjoy it too.
Two: I am open for retouching. As a dA special, all images are edited for $10 - price goes down as the amount of images go up. Full package deals are cut in half if there are 30 or more images.
Three: I am open for general retouching lessons via Photoshop.
I can teach you how to play with colors, gradients, and other things, and let you into my mind a bit with how I think when it comes to editing an image. We can use one of yours (so that you may best understand), but if you don't have an image you'd like to work on, we can work on one of mine. All lessons are done via Skype. One can note me for details or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Four: I like fans.
My Facebook www.facebook.com/josefina.phot… likes fans. Lots and lots of them, and if you like me, or care to follow me in pointless updates, my crazy last minute ideas/travels, then if you'd like to hook up with my Facebook Fan Page, it would be ever so much appreciated.
Five: I also like followers.
My Instagram, and Twitter enjoy followers dearly. I'm josefina_photo on Instagram and @akajosielou on Twitter.
Six: I am open to all ideas and interest, and can travel quite frequently on weekends, and most anywhere on the East Coast (though I prefer to stay in between New York and North Carolina), but if there is enough interest, I have no issue traveling down to Miami, or further up North - chances are, I know someone in whichever city and it's a win-win situation for all of us.
Other sites I'm on...
Google+ : plus.google.com/10656446777793…
Art Limited: josefina.photography.artlimite…
I think that's about it. We appreciate you allowing us to pick your brain. Keep up the great work & best of luck to you in the future.
For those who are interested (or are new & have not had an opportunity to read them all), here is a list of our past interviews. Feel free to comment away if you so desire because we here at the Nude-Form group LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE feedback. We hope they're illuminating.
Beyond that if anyone wishes to have something asked on a regular basis (it can be photo/art related or just irreverant), you are encouraged to privately message the group. The same applies if you wish to be interviewed (it saves me the energy in thinking who I should pitch the offer to & whatnot). It doesn't matter if you're mainly a model or a photographer, we're interested in a variety of perspectives for this series.