Spotlight Interview … Fashion Photographer Iwona Paczek

JRP: Welcome Fashion Photographer Iwona Paczek as she shares her photographic insight with the readers of James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Iwona for sharing time with us.

Iwona Paczek: Thank you James for this opportunity.

JRP: Where do you call home Iwona? Does this environment play a role in your creative process?

Iwona Paczek: I need some green/red/yellow/orange landscapes to be fully inspired. I prefer small towns to big cities and I am very close to the nature.

JRP: What led to your interest in photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting in your background?

Iwona Paczek: It all started with self-portraits a few years ago and turned into my job. I did not study photography in a school, neither was I a photographer’s assistant. I learned a lot from the internet, and still do. I consider myself a self-taught photographer.

JRP: Name two photographers that have inspired and influenced your approach to your craft.

Iwona Paczek: Well, a lot of photographers inspire me but at the very beginning it was Luis Royo, a painter, who really convinced me to start my photographic adventure. Indeed his universe is spectacular and very poetic. I once saw a David Lachapelle’s exhibition and it was very inspiring also.

JRP: Do personal projects figure in the development of your vision and technique?

Iwona Paczek: My personal projects allow me to test new techniques, treatments, lenses, etc. They bring me new inspirations.

JRP: Do you have a team that assists you with your projects and if so what roles do they play?

Iwona Paczek: Yes, I often work with make-up/hair artists, and wardrobe stylists. They are very important and to be honest, most of the time essential in the fashion/beauty/advertising industry. I often work with Laura Djulizibaric, a really talented MUA and Pierre Ginsburg, a young hair stylist. If you are looking for a creative wardrobe stylist I suggest Tara Ziegfeld based in Paris.

JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical assignment shoot?

Iwona Paczek: I always bring all my lenses (from 24 to 105) and my lighting equipment even if I decided to work with the ambient light – we never know what is going to happen.

JRP: Do you prefer working with artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?

Iwona Paczek: In the beginning I was only working with the ambient light. With time I changed my approach to include artificial light as well. I’m a big softbox user.

JRP: When looking through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?

Iwona Paczek: The emotion a model can give through her look or attitude AND the ability to capture it. That’s most important to me. At least as much as the technical aspects of the picture.

JRP: If not photography what would Iwona Paczek be doing with her time?

Iwona Paczek: Something in the artistic area that’s for sure. Maybe a dress designer.

JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Iwona Paczek: I don’t remember if I read it somewhere or heard from somebody but the best advice for me was “Create things that belong to you and suit you.”

JRP: Thank you Iwona for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you, and we wish you continued success.

Iwona Paczek: Thank YOU for this interview. It was a pleasure to share my work with you.

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