I had the privilege of speaking to an amazing photographer, some people (and I’m one of them) say that he has brought in a breath of fresh air to the world of photography.
His name is Lars Kommienezuspadt, he’s a man with one camera a Nikon D7000 – yes, D7000 and one lens, ok he has two lenses, and a passion for creative images. I myself have been a photographer since 1986 and wasn’t really a fan of the digital cameras. Why? Well, I felt that the art was taken out of the medium.
My reasoning was that it was too easy to capture an image and if you couldn’t, you could put it in with Photoshop. Here’s my interview with Lars about photography and more.
What Camera Do You Use and Why?
Lars – I use a Nikon D7000 and a 35mm (1.4) Nikkor lens. For the first ten years I used the Nikkor 50mm.
Why are you using a Nikon as opposed to a Cannon?
Lars – I found that Nikon does much better in low light then the other cameras.
I have a very good friend named Jim Gavenus he’s a documentary film maker and photographer. He uses Nikon and I worked with him and I’ve adopted his way of shooting with minimal lights. I never used flash or studio lights only natural light.
I found shooting this way was a challenge I shoot like a sniper with a steady hand.
Photoshop – how much of it do you use?
Lars – I live in each world equally, I learned it on my own my presets or tutorials. I want my client to look real not plastic or fake.
Do you work for a company?
Lars – Well, yes and no, I’m more freelance but a company named Pin Up Girl Clothing hired me to work for them. I’m one of the only male photographers that they have. I’ve done a few Look Books for them one is “Sisters of Fate”. Laura Byrnes is the owner and fellow photographer, she trust my style and direction.
Being a freelance photographer must be great.
Lars – yes, I’m my own boss but, everything is on me from booking my own trip to the makeup artists and at the end its all on my shoulders. I’ll be in NYC soon and I’ll be shooting a few models. One is Miss Victory Violet as well as a follow up shoot with Gia Genevieve.
The first time I shot Gia was after her Playboy cover shoot with the one and only Ellen von Unwerth. Once a year I set up a photo shoot with someone that is out of my league or a situation that seems a little over my head. I do this to push myself and to see if I can pull it off.
My very first – “Can I pull This Off” was a trip that fell through. I was supposed to go to japan and it fell through so, I was bummed and was like…. “ummm, now what”?. I reached out to Doris Mayday, she lives out in LA and I took the money I saved for Japan and used it to go out to see Doris. The timing was right for her and for me, I was scheduled to shoot with her about two years prior but, it didn’t happen.
It at first was another big disappointment but, it worked out because at that time I was still shooting in a different style so it wouldn’t have had the same impacted. This time around she and I were in the right place at the right time. Doris wanted to reinvent herself and I was ready for a change. I shot her in a white wig, a whole Vogue look.
That shoot and the way I shot it would change my life forever!
I shoot a lot of Pin Up / Rockabilly and many people like to shoot with the seamless colored paper background and over dramatic facial expressions etc. That has it place and I do like it but, it wasn’t for me I wanted to go in a different direction. So, I did and it blew up for me and I was on my way.
I met Gia because of my photo shoot with Doris, they are friends and once Gia saw my picture she wanted to know who took it. I then reached out to her (Gia) and schedule our first shoot. It was my second “Can I pull it off” and I did.
Taking a great picture is what I like to do!
A few years back, I was at a photo shoot for this woman that seamed sad, she had sunken cheeks and was not in a good place. She had great strong hair and I asked her to pull it a little forward and then I took a shot. I normally don’t do what I did, which was to show her the image from the back of the camera. She was so happy, she cried and her happiness is worth millions.
Do you teach any workshops?
Yes, we teach everything from modeling and posing to proper etiquette. The workshops are very affordable from $150 to $250. They are four hours long and we speak about the realty of the business and all that it involves.
Tri-State Review is a big fan of Lars Kommienezuspadt and wishes him many years of success.
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