Interview with Photographer Maria Luisa Restrepo
Jewelry Designer: VERBENA MADRID @verbenamadrid
Female Model: Ana Villar @anaavillar , Paula Gonzalez @pauchene , Isabel Menks @isabelmenks Photographer: Maria Luisa Restrepo @marialuisarestrepo.fotografia
Product: Mac Cosmetics @maccosmeticsafrica @maccosmetics
Makeup Artist: Jennifer López @jenniferlopez.makeup
Makeup Artist: Camila Silveira @makeup_camilasilveira
My name is Maria Luisa Restrepo, I am 24 years old and I was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia. I graduated high school in 2014 and had no idea what path to choose after that. I applied for medicine and did not pass (thank god), so I ended up getting a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. During university I realized I didn’t enjoy the mayor I had chosen so I used my free time to teach myself photography and film YouTube videos. Once I graduated I knew for a fact I wanted to pursue photography instead of business so I moved to Spain and did a one year course which included a professional photography degree and an advanced photography one. Now im back in Colombia expanding my contacts in the hopes of making photography my full time job.
What sparked your interest in beauty Photography?
I have always liked taking portraits of my friends and this I how my interest in photography began. However, trying to recreate pictures I see online and learning new retouching skills has turned into a true passion for me.
Your aesthetic is very constant and very beautiful, how do you think you found your style?
I would say my style is still evolving. I know I like specific things in my photos like high key lighting and complementary colors, and the way I found this out is by experimenting in Lightroom watching how the sliders affect my images.
What would you say is the most challenging part of being a beauty Photographer?
One of the most challenging part of being a beauty photographer or any photographer for that matter is not being taken seriously. Some people don’t understand the amount of time, knowledge and energy that goes into one image and they think the true tool is the camera, when in reality it’s the photographers knowledge and experience.
What has been your favourite campaign to date?
I don’t have a specific favorite campaign. I do however have a favorite team to work with. I had very good chemistry with Ana Villar and Camila Silveira back in Madrid and we managed to take some awesome pictures. I think the key was to have creative and collaborative people on set.
What do you think are the biggest challenges in photography?
I think one of the biggest challenges is remembering everything you know at once. But this is something that comes naturally with time. It becomes instinct.
Is there any favourite equipment you always have on hand?
A silver reflector is something I always have on hand. I can use it in studio to create catchlights in the models eyes, bounce light back to the models face and remove some of the shadows and even outdoors, in golden hour when im shooting backlit and I need a little extra help lighting my subjects face.
What is the best advice someone has told you?
One of my classmates from my photography course once told me to pick a white balance setting and stick with it. Never use auto white balance. This was a life changer because once the photos were imported into Lightroom I could correct the white balance in one photo and then copy this to all the others, instead of having to color correct each individual photo.
And what’s the best advice you have given / would give to someone?
The best advice I would give is to not be afraid of using your camera. If you are stopping yourself from getting the shot because you don’t want a scratch on your camera body, you’re doing it wrong.
For an up coming beauty photographer, what lighting advice would you give?
The best lighting is the lighting you can handle and the lighting you have. If you get new gear or you want to try something new out, get a friend or look for a non paid collaboration where you can be calm and figure things out without the pressure of a client or a paid job. That way you can learn the easiest way: making mistakes.
Tell us about your editing process?
The first thing I do is transfer all the images I have from a shoot into a steady state external drive. This way I can put my SD card back in my camera and protect it. I will have a folder with the name or location and date of the shoot to be able to easily identify it. Then inside the folder will be three additional folders. One with the photos, one with the Lightroom catalog (I create a new one for each shoot) and a third one with the processed, final photos. Once I am in Lightroom I will color correct every picture and select the ones I want to retouch in photoshop. I usually retouch around 20 pictures per photoshoot but I save every raw file and catalog in case I want to go back and re edit or re send any images.
Where do you see yourself in 2-3 years?
In 2-3 years I see myself having my own sustainable photography business in either beauty, which would mean I would have my own home studio; or in weddings, which would mean I would have my own car in order to move all of my equipment to different locations.
What are some plans of yours for 2021?
I plan on applying for a job in a local fashion business as a photographer while working on my freelance on the side.
Thanks for being a part of intra where could our readers find our more about you?
Thank you for this opportunity. My website marialuisarestrepo.com or my instagram account @marialuisarestrepo.fotografia are great ways to know what I am currently up to and see some recent work.