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Fashion and Live Show Photography by Inês Machado – Inspiration of the day

December 29, 2017

Today’s inspiration
Hey there! Today I’ll showcase the work of a dear friend, that also follows my work for a long time.

How should we call you? Do you have any nickname?
Inês, but my nickname online usually is Insmachado.

Name one thing that you can’t exit home without
Definitely my phone. If I’m getting out of the house there’s 90% chance I’m going to meet someone, we are in 2017 and people are always late and never on the correct place we agreed previously. Millennials get lost a lot, so the phone is a must, also it takes pictures as a bonus, which is cool.

When did you realize that photography was your passion?
I really can’t remember how old I was at the time, but I was pretty young. My first machine was a 1 July gift from my aunt, it was a KB-10 35mm camera from Kodak, I remember being in pre-school and shooting my friends on the playground. On High School I was known as the Paparazzi, as I always had a compact camera with me and would shoot everyone, even on class (don’t tell my teachers ahaha). Despite all this background I only realized it could be serious and that I could make a career out of it later when I was 16 and I started helping a friend of mine creating content for his fashion blog.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I wish I knew how to not listen to people telling me it had no future. I still struggle alot because I lost 3 important years that I could have used to meet more people and develop my skill. I don’t regret anything, because those 3 years made me grow as a person, but I acknowledge that I could be much better today professionally.

What’s your style in photography? I heard that you are more into Concerts, is that true?
It is… in a way. Honestly I’m torn between two styles, I love Fashion and I love Live Show photography, but I love taking portraits, and in live show, that’s not always easy. I also love all the glamour and weirdness we see in fashion. So I can say I have a love affair with these cool styles.

Can you tell us why concerts?
With concerts I get to do two things I love, listening to live music and photograph, and sometimes I get the chance to meet people I admire to shoot portraits of them. Also, I feel everything about live show is much more raw, we capture the emotions that are happening in that moment, and that is very meaningful for me. When I see old concert pics I took, I feel nostalgia about that moment, and that doesn’t happen with Fashion for example.

 

Among your shots, which one is your favorite?
Can you tell us more about it?
I can’t believe you are making me choose one. They are all my children, how are you supposed to choose your favourite child? Well… I’m going to choose a favourite from this year, my favourite summer festival is NOS Primavera Sound, that happens every June at Oporto, so I will choose a picture I made while I was in the crowd watching Miguel’s performance in 2017. I love all the energy in this picture.

What do you feel when you are behind the camera?
I feel safe. Which is silly since there is nothing protecting me in any way, but I’ve always been a shy girl, in a way, so being behind the camera makes me feel confortable, and makes me have a purpose, also taking a picture is a great way to unlock new conversations and be more social.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?
This is a though one. I love all my lenses and I have a favourite for different kinds of jobs, but the one I use more is a vintage 50mm 1.4 lens. It’s my sharpest one and smallest too, so when I want to go somewhere and not have a heavy weight on my bag, that is the lens I take

If you had to possibility to choose one new camera and it was free, which one would be and why?
I already have my dream camera, but if I had to choose a different one, I would pick a fullframe mirrorless Leica, or either a mirrorless Fuji or Sony because less weight on my shoulders always seem great.

Is there something that upsets or bothers you in this area of work?
Well… yeah, obviously. Mostly the unwillingness of people to pay for this kind of work, nowadays we have cameras in our phones and professional cameras are getting cheaper and cheaper, so people think they can do it themselves, and why pay if you have a friend with a camera who does it for free? It gets me mad obviously, because you don’t buy a 1$ piece of cloth and expect it to be good and durable, but in photography (and artistic jobs in general) people have such a lack of visual education that they think cheap is the same as having a professional doing it, most of the times simply because they have never seen what a professional can do, or refuse to see at all. Also there’s the people who call themselves professionals and can’t understand that if they do jobs for free, they are telling their client it is ok to not pay at all, therefore taking away a chance of a professional to profit, and ruining the job of future professionals who want to live doing photography without having the need to have a shitty part-time job that allows them to eat.

What do you feel when you are behind the camera?
I feel safe. Which is silly since there is nothing protecting me in any way, but I’ve always been a shy girl, in a way, so being behind the camera makes me feel confortable, and makes me have a purpose, also taking a picture is a great way to unlock new conversations and be more social.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?
This is a though one. I love all my lenses and I have a favourite for different kinds of jobs, but the one I use more is a vintage 50mm 1.4 lens. It’s my sharpest one and smallest too, so when I want to go somewhere and not have a heavy weight on my bag, that is the lens I take

If you had to possibility to choose one new camera and it was free, which one would be and why?
I already have my dream camera, but if I had to choose a different one, I would pick a fullframe mirrorless Leica, or either a mirrorless Fuji or Sony because less weight on my shoulders always seem great.

Is there something that upsets or bothers you in this area of work?
Well… yeah, obviously. Mostly the unwillingness of people to pay for this kind of work, nowadays we have cameras in our phones and professional cameras are getting cheaper and cheaper, so people think they can do it themselves, and why pay if you have a friend with a camera who does it for free? It gets me mad obviously, because you don’t buy a 1$ piece of cloth and expect it to be good and durable, but in photography (and artistic jobs in general) people have such a lack of visual education that they think cheap is the same as having a professional doing it, most of the times simply because they have never seen what a professional can do, or refuse to see at all. Also there’s the people who call themselves professionals and can’t understand that if they do jobs for free, they are telling their client it is ok to not pay at all, therefore taking away a chance of a professional to profit, and ruining the job of future professionals who want to live doing photography without having the need to have a shitty part-time job that allows them to eat.

Where can we find more information about your work?

You can find more of my work in my website www.insmachado.com you can also follow me on instagram @insmachado and like my facebook page @Insmachadophoto

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