LORENZO BOTERO

Confidence is one of the most important qualities a person can have because it will define your success in the future. Confidence gets you what you want, when you want. It allows you to call the shots but it shouldn't be mistaken for arrogance. You must be confident yet respectful, strong yet empathetic. I think my confidence comes from my gut and those that surround me also tend to not let me forget that I'm onto something great. I'm very selective about those I surround myself [with] and they're usually like minded creative individuals who are either already successful or well on their way. You need to have creative and logical thinkers on your team which will help you when you're hungry for inspiration or drive to create. Music helps me find new ideas and makes brainstorming much more pleasant whether I'm by myself or with friends.

 

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I definitely believe that one of the keys to success in any art is stepping out of your comfort zone. I'm versatile in the sense that I can't do only one thing for the rest of my life. I always have to be moving, evolving, and innovating to be at peace with myself. I need to stand out and be unique from the rest because there's too many people doing the same shit as everyone else; living for the paycheque and working a job they dread showing up to. I'm passionate about everything that I do and I'll start certain projects just to prove to myself that I can accomplish them. The thought of not attempting something drives me insane and I think the reason most people never hit their goals or build the life they want is because they never free their mind to think big enough. I'm very forward thinking and always looking for personal projects that really interest me. The money will always come and go so I'm fortunate to have the freedom to work on whatever it is I truly enjoy whether it's starting a magazine, directing a movie, running a clothing line, or making more than most artists ever dream of making. I'm versatile in my work because I'm never shooting just one style. Whether I'm shooting lookbooks for major fashion brands, auto campaigns for BMW and Jaguar, or climbing rooftops in different cities, I'm never stagnant. I'm always re-inventing myself and finding the next crazy idea you should've thought of but you didn't. As corny as it sounds, you should never be afraid to follow your instinct and just try something new.

 

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I believe that all great portraits are based on mutual trust between photographer and model. If the model is uncomfortable, you'll be able to tell in the photograph whether it's through facial expression or body language. Being naturally extroverted and exposed to a lot of culture at a young age, I learned how to click with people in a way that makes them feel at ease. I think humour is very important when shooting models because it makes your communication significantly easier and allows both people to laugh and have fun while making the experience more pleasant and enjoyable. I seem to gravitate mostly towards mysterious girls who have a certain originality in their thoughts. Girls who have an optimistic and positive outlook on life are very attractive. I've never pressured a model to do anything she wasn't comfortable with and that - among other qualities - creates a trust in her for me as a friend and a photographer to the point where I can succesfully direct her to do something more risqué in a future shoot that she wouldn't usually do. I believe that your energy introduces you before you even speak. 

 

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Lately, I've been working a lot towards more high fashion looks but my personal style reflects more laid back and casual looks. I like island and jungle vibes a lot as well as looks that don't really fit in with the environment they're present in. I hate normal. I refrain from shooting the same shit everyone else shoots at the same played out spots. I'm here to create and explore my personal style so I don't have time to be capturing anything other than a fresh and new concept. I might steal certain props here and there but I will twist it and create something no one has ever done before. I do things my way and so far, it's worked out. The only thing I find more challenging and honestly boring to shoot is studio work in general. It pays very well and I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had but it's just not fun; it's very boring and robotic. I need to be outside.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: The ability to shoot very fast; being able to move on quickly to the next concept or location. A lot of photographers spend hours on end getting the same exact shot. The models and clients I work with can both agree that I shoot very fast but I always get my money shot. I'm also grateful that I can connect and relate to people easily which in turn results in great photographs. If your subject is uncomfortable, it will show in the photo.

 

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I'm definitely extremely optimistic for the future. New opportunities that genuinely interest me arise every day. If I have my hands full with a set number of projects and they all consist of things that I enjoy (auto advertisements, fashion editorials, lookbooks) then it's seen more as fun than work to me. My personality type would never allow me to work a desk job. I will chase every idea and dream until the day I'm gone and I will not conform to society's rules in exchange for some base salary and "financial security." I know I'm onto something great and I'm only getting started. I'm willing to work harder, faster, and smarter than the next guy all while providing a service and product that is flawless. I also can't be focused on just one creative project, I like to work on several different ideas at once in order to stay ahead and move at a faster pace. I'm never afraid of failure. I've failed before and it's not that bad so I know what to expect. You'll never be successful if you come up with great ideas yet fail to carry them out. Opportunity is what you make it and it favours the prepared mind. So yes I'm more than optimistic about my future and what it holds.

 

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Ending on a positive, the end of civilzation will be caused by: Global warming, rising sea levels, rapid population growth and depletion of natural resources. From there, it's survival of the fittest; fittest being the wealthiest in this case.

 
























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