ANTHONY D'ELIA

I constantly go through cycles of being very happy with my work, to being unhappy. These cycles are a good thing though because they give me a period of confidence, but also a period of feeling like I'm not good enough. Those low periods are what push me to learn something new or try something different.

Also, like most artists, I'm pretty critical about my work. I see photos from other photographers and I get envious of their talent but it inspires me to keep going. I look back at their work from only a couple of years ago and seeing how much they've improved gives me confidence. I know that with every new image I work on, I'm learning new things and improving my craft.

 

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First and foremost, I'd be lying if I didn't say it's because I generally find women more beautiful and interesting than men to capture in a photo. I also find it a lot easier to capture their emotions and create artistic images with them.

Initially, I began photography as a hobbyist landscape photographer and I happened to stumble on Jesse Herzog's photos which mainly featured women. His portraits opened my eyes to a whole new world of artistic photography I never saw before. They were so stunning and inspiring. He captured their faces, bodies, and emotions so beautifully. I wanted to create images that would give people the same feeling I had when seeing his photos.

 

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When I first started taking portrait photos I really had no idea what I wanted the models to wear. I always told them they could wear whatever they think would look good for the location we were shooting at. As time went on, because I gave no direction on outfits, I realized a lot of models went with the safe option of wearing a black shirt. Although I liked the outfits, my Instagram feed had a bit too many black outfits. At that point I started asking models to wear anything but black and it definitely helped to get a better variety of colours in my photos and kept it interesting.

Most recently I've been gravitating towards swimwear and summer oufits which were inspired by photographers like Cody McGibbon and Mikel Rob. I'm not sure where my inspiration will lead as winter comes back around, but I always find something new to inspire me.

 

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I think the most important thing is being open with the model about what the vision is. Having some examples and inspiration photos to show the model is the easiest way to communicate the vision properly. Right away they know what to expect and I've found that the images turn out much better when the model and I know exactly what we're going for.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: Being social. I'm a bit of an introvert and I'm normally a very quiet person. However, doing photography that involves taking pictures of people forces me to be more social than I normally am and I'm very grateful for that. Because of it, I've met a bunch of awesome people, made connections, and became friends with many models and photographers. I've definitely improved my social skills along the way and it becomes easier and easier as I meet and work with more people.

 

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I'm striving to do photography as a full time career and I'm very optimistic that I can make that happen. I'm seeing growth everyday with my photography skills as well as the business side of things. Eventually, I'd like to be shooting ad campaigns for big brands. I walk by clothing stores at the mall and my attention is fixed to their photos in the display windows. From a photography point of view they are such great photos. I'm also looking to venture more into studio photography as most of my work is done with natural light. I feel that knowing how to work in both settings is essential to my growth as a photographer.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: If evil aliens don't get to us first, it will probably be caused by humans' inability to keep the environment healthy.

 
















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Anthony D'Elia // anthonyd.elia // deliaphotography.com

 

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