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Interview with Ankit Kumar, Portrait & Fashion Photographer from Delhi : Retro Kolkata Exclusive

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Conceptualizing a shoot is the most important part of a shoot. That gives us an objective of exactly what we want to achieve through the photos. Before the shoot, we make sure that the outfit, location and timing of shoot are in sync with each other. Post processing is also done according to the concept.

RK :First of all, thank you for accepting our invitation for an interview as our Guest Photographer. Let's jump into the past. What first attracted you to photography? At what point did you realize that photography is what you wanted to do as a career?

Ankit : Even before I started photography, I always was a keen observer of things around me. I used to observe different expressions and style around me and then when I started photography, I gradually developed a liking for capturing portraits and fashion. It gives me a way to express myself.

RK : What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?

Ankit : Rather than specific photographers, I was more influenced by the moody style of portraits. Thanks to social media, I could get inspired by a variety of work across the globe.

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RK : Your projects are a collaborative process. Tell us what is like to always be working with new stylists, models, and designers.

Ankit : It’s always great to have an exchange of ideas. When different creative people come together and pitch in with their ideas, we are bound to have some great work. Everyone has their own unique way of looking at things and the photographer plays an important role in binding the ideas together and coming up with the final work that depicts those ideas.

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RK : You’ve clearly worked with a wide range of models, what tips can you recommend to people looking to expand their portfolio?

Ankit : There are different dimensions of expanding your portfolio. First, when you work with different models and brands. Second, when you shoot different concepts. I would say shoot as much as possible, with different models. Try doing different concepts with them. The more the variety of concepts are in your portfolio, the better you grow as a photographer and land more shoots.

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RK : Tell us what you do to elicit the moods from your subjects that are communicated in your photographs?

Ankit : Mood is really important in photography. The best way to extract the exact mood from your subjects is to make them feel really comfortable. Strike a conversation. Try talking to them about things other than posing and about general things in life. The more at ease the subjects are, the better the expressions turn out.