To celebrate World Photo Day, veteran fashion photographer and author of The Good Photographer, Raymund Isaac, shares few quick tips and lessons he has learned from his more than 30 years of experience in the photography industry.
ANVIL: How did you become interested in photography?
RAYMUND: I wanted to become a film maker [in the first place], so that is eventually the direction I would take. After all, films are moving pictures.
ANVIL: What inspired you to become a photographer?
RAYMUND: I love daydreaming a lot. I love creating stories in my head. Because of this, I basically wanted to see my vision come to life.
ANVIL: How did you decide to pursue photography as a career?
RAYMUND: Presumably, like all of us, I wanted to earn a living doing something I like for the rest of my days and earn from it.
ANVIL: What were the challenges you faced in photography?
RAYMUND: When I was just starting, no one wanted to hire me because I had no experience. How can I have a valuable experience when no one wants to hire me?
ANVIL: Was there ever a time when you thought of quitting?
ANVIL: What makes a good photographer?
RAYMUND: 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.
ANVIL: Who is your role model or mentor? How did he/she influence your style?
RAYMUND: A lot. You might not know them. They overcame their ego, pride, and hardship.
ANVIL: What are the things you have sacrificed in order to get to where you are now?
RAYMUND: Truth? None. I don’t think it’s a sacrifice when you work for something you love. It’s called an investment.
ANVIL: How do you approach your subjects in terms of technique/treatment?
RAYMUND: I approach it as Raymund Isaac, not as someone else. What would Raymund do?
ANVIL: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from your 35 years of working in the industry?
RAYMUND: You are only as good as your last image and always learn to adapt.
ANVIL: In your 35 years of experience in photography, is there anything in the field that you have yet to explore?
RAYMUND: Yes. A lot. Gynocological images for one.
ANVIL: What’s your favorite subject? Do you prefer shooting people, food, or landscape?
RAYMUND: I love shooting people, fashion, and nudes.
ANVIL: If you can give one advice to aspiring photographers, what would it be?
RAYMUND: Work. Be humble. And for God’s sake, study—no, really study. The Internet and Google do not make you intelligent.