Passion, Provocativeness, & Photography | Stefan Imielski
From working in front of the lense to capturing those intimate fashion moments behind the lense, FashionTV talks passion, inspirations, and dreams with model-come-photographer Stefan Imielski.
Stefan Imielski is a fashion photographer from Munich, Germany. He received his first camera as a gift from his father at the age of 12 and went on to work as a model for 10 years where he discovered his true passion for photography.
Today, he divides his time between London, Milan, Paris, Athens, Istanbul, and New York: snapping up some of the hottest fashion pictures in the industry that have come to life in magazines such as FHM, Playboy, Velvet magazine, and more. His ethos is all about mixing passion with fashion.
How did you start out?
I went to a shop, rented a camera, and asked a girl if she wanted to take some pictures with me? She agreed. I told her, OK but you have to give me the money for the rent of the camera. It was like €50. Now we do productions for €150,000.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I would call it a mix of passion, fashion, nudity, and provocativeness.
What do you consider as your “breakthrough” moment in the industry?
I can’t pinpoint ONE moment. I worked for 12 years as an international model and knew a lot of people in this business. I knew the best agencies personally, which helped me to build my portfolio with test shootings. Then, step-by-step I worked with more famous personalities and clients began contacting me for their campaigns or shoots.
Who inspires you & how do you find inspiration for your photoshoots?
I go through my life with open eyes. Meaning, I don't see the world like "normal" people: I look at the world through the eyes of a photographer -- how to use the location, how to set the light, how to create a interesting picture. It’s also very important to read a lot of fashion magazines and keep updated on the net, and be inspired by other photographers works.
Which countries have you enjoyed working in the most?
For the models, Milan and Paris. For the location, Athens and Barcelona. And, of course New York, which has both!
Name the celebrity or model that you would most like to work with?
Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Edita Vilkeviciute, Erin Heatherton, Lindsay Ellingson, Lily Aldridge, Marloes Horst, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
What are you working on next?
Russian Vogue and Madame Magazine.
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