VICENTE TABORA

I draw confidence from inspiration. When I think of a concept to shoot, I like to create it all in my head first then actually plan it. Mood boards help of course with visuals. Then I just go out and create. It's never easy, otherwise things would always be great. It's not just having the vision, because you can have ideas that just stay in your head. Being inspired to do what's in your head is what motivates and that in itself creates confidence. It's better this way because as the photographer you have to direct and guide the whole team. That also brings out the best in the models so you get great images. When things don't quite go well or if I'm in a rut, I just stop for a moment to gather up my energy again. It helps to take your mind off things and just relax and make use of the moment. A quick break to regain focus brings it all back to the flow of things.

 

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I don't really have an artistic background, so for me it was more about capturing women's beauty in their natural form. I got into photography originally to shoot surfing events. As I got more into it, I started reading art photography books like those in old bookstores which were really fascinating. Originally I ignored all those nice Helmut Newton shots, but then when I learned more about photography, I realized just how amazing the composition and creativity was behind it. At that point I got inspired to try and emulate what I saw. I found that in shooting beauty and fashion themes with a more authentic look, not in studio. It was more by chance that women would be the focus of my shoots after I met some people in the modeling industry. From there it started as simple test shoots. Then as I got more experience, I began to collaborate with more people for creative shoots. Women will always play an important role with capturing the essence of beauty, femininity, and style. I realized this is creating art in the process.

 

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I tend to go for a more minimalist style, but when it comes to fashion I have shot a bunch of different styles. You name it, from Bohemian to custom club wear. I started out shooting for designers who needed to get a lookbook started. I was not selective at first because I needed the experience. Then, I got casted as a photographer to shoot for a swimsuit designer. Eventually I gravitated toward swimsuit and intimate photography, working with local designers. Setting up shoots started out easy. It was like, "Okay let's do four looks" and call it a wrap. However, when the concept is for a designer or makeup artist, things are much harder because it is their vision you need to create. I found the greatest challenge was shooting for lookbooks or print because you need to be fast and learn quickly. This was about their brand for their website or magazine, and they trusted me to shoot something that would bring out the images. Challenges have always shown where there is room for improvement. 

 

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I do what comes naturally. There is very little time to really get to know someone you are shooting with for the first time, but I keep things cool and make sure everyone is comfortable with what they are doing. Having a clear conversation about that is then the best way to convey ideas.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: photoshoots. It has become a passion to be able to do what you enjoy.

 

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Yes, of course [I am optimistic about the future]. Electric cars that can self-drive and advanced artificial intelligence is making the world better. We are living in interesting times.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: natural stupidity.

 
















01 // Andrea Litke // andiie1123
02 // Jesse Emerson // jesse.emerson
03 // Jourdan
04 // Andrea Litke // andiie1123
05 // Piper Kennedy // peterpiperrr
06 // Jourdan
07 // Jesse Emerson // jesse.emerson
08 // Jourdan
09 // Piper Kennedy // peterpiperrr
10 // Jesse Emerson // jesse.emerson
11 // Stephanie Scull // scullysculls
12 // Piper Kennedy // peterpiperrr
13 // June St Paul // junestpaulphoto
14 // Andrea Litke // andiie1123
15 // June St Paul // junestpaulphotop
16 // Stephanie Scull // scullysculls

 

Vicente Tabora // vicentetabora // vicentetabora.tumblr.com

 

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