Photographer: Anna Daki
fb: Anna Daki Photography
Make-up and hair: Michael Mayer
Model: Zlata @Core Artist Management Hamburg
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER INTERVIEW
1. How does this collection speak to you? How did it come about? What did you want this to say to your audience?
The shoot is about unconventional beauty, so that's why I tried to
go for effortless clothes , just black and simple. I wanted to show
uncovered beauty, natural, like the one you can spot on the streets
in everyday life.
2. What do you find to be the most difficult when bringing a team of artists together to create a cohesive look? How do you pick the right team?
Team it's a complicated process, it takes some time to find right
professional people who can understand your idea. Its not hard to
find them, you just need to search and network all the time.
Personally I have great people to work with in different countries
like Germany, England , Italy , Ukraine . Like absolutely the best
model agents , stylists, makeup artists. And I think that's very
important in fashion photography . But also sometimes I love to do
shoots completely alone with a model,it's also quite special, for
example when the person is shy and wants to be alone in the studio.
3. As an editorial artist, what do you feel is one of the biggest mistakes beginners tend to make?
Most of the photographers that come to me have almost always the
First: they think they are fabulous and ask how can they get in to
vogue with the portfolio that consists of 4 images.
The only response to this is always: hard work and hard work
again. Then you might get to your first magazine, and work your
way up to Vogue. Lack of responsibility and speed. Our crazy world is all about getting the job done and getting it done efficiently whilst
maintaining the quality and your deadlines.
And the last but not the least: So many talented people don't have
any belief in themselves. They don't have a goal or a plan how to
become successful, they just expect it to happen as if by magic.
Personally I think that in any career, not just fashion, this is the
key. If you fail to plan, plan to fail.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
It's always very hard to say something about yourself , but I would
say that my style is classic. I'm not a fan of ugly photo style, I'm
always trying capture beauty. Of course there is a place to admire Juergen Teller, but my heart belongs to Helmut Newton.
I am still searching for my style, but I believe that you will never be
complete as an artist. You always wonder for new sources of
inspiration, strive to achieve new horizons and just simple never
5. Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
I personally as a photographer of course prefer to be behind the
camera, I think that's suits me the most.
6. What is your greatest weakness; your greatest
I have one big weakness... It's chocolate ice cream. My greatest strength is that I don't afraid to take big risks and make a big decisions. Life starts outside of your comport zone. That is definitely about me.
7. What misconceptions do you think outsiders have
about fashion and beauty editorials?
The biggest misconception is that people think that all models are
perfect and have a perfect bodies and skin but behind this photos
there's a lot of work of make up artist and photographer and
model of course. The editorial shoot it's like a machine which can't work without lots of components.
8. What is your secret to keeping a happy balanced life
while following your passion?
For me the balance is to do something for my soul every week, like
I'm doing horse riding and drawing, also of course sports yoga etc.
You need those like food for your soul, otherwise stress and crazy
work load can easily drive you into depressed state or an
9. Music feeds the soul and often motivates. What music are you playing while you are shooting?
Usually the stylist thinks about the music on the photo stage or
the model if she wants something specific, my music styles not
everyone loves and understands. For example I love sometimes very
classic philharmonic orchestra or very epic music style , rarely
something mainstream. In the process of the shoot I'm so much
focused on it so sometimes I don't even realize if there is music or
not. So it always better that someone else is responsible for the
10. Words to live by?
Find your passion and conquer the world!