Melbourne based photographer Mark Stanjo first came to our attention via Instagram. Since then, Mark’s become our photographer for Melbourne fashion shoots. He recently worked with Erik Yvon and Demitra Tsioumanis (March top-voted) on an amazing photo shoot preview of Erik’s exciting new SS17 range. More of that in a later post! We thought like us, you might like to find out more a little more about this creative shutterbug. So we asked Mark a few questions and, along with some great shots from his portfolio, here’s what we got…
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY?
I like bringing a vision that only I can see, to life. I also like to see people’s reactions to my vision, as in they may see something different to what somebody else sees.
WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVE DRIVE COME FROM?
It comes from my never settling in one place. On top of that I strive for constant improvement as I think perfection in any art should never be reached.
It’s a love affair. Photography allows me to show the world what I see. It’s the perfect outlet for my creativity.
I love to learn almost as much as I love the craft and art of photography. I’m a huge movie and TV nerd. I’m Christian. I’m married and have been with my partner for 13 years. I’m 30. I love to collab with people and other creatives. I LOVE creative meetings and brainstorming ideas and visions. I’m a huge fan of Arsenal FC. I like making people laugh and comfortable when I shoot. I enjoy making friends with my models/subjects/clients/designers.
WHAT I’M TRYING TO ACHIEVE WITH MY PHOTOS:
Other than world peace, just to have an amazing time meeting people, capturing their looks, celebrate individuality. Or something like that, I can’t really answer this too well ?
Actually, I don’t have a single favourite, as I give every shoot my full attention and creativity. I enjoy myself thoroughly, every single time!
HOW I WORK:
I don’t need to work with a full blown kit every time, so I travel light. I tend to use natural light as much as possible. My amazing team includes my make-up artist and stylist wife who also works as my photographic assistant. By putting my clients and models first, and working with them I can create fresh looks according to what will work best for them. Because I have a strong sense of fun, I literally have the best time on each shoot.
Look out for Mark’s next photo shoot for Cocktail Revolution, coming soon!