Norbert Zsolyomi is a photographer who worked with ELLE, Marie Claire, Glamour and more! His work is perfection and you can tell he’s a talented man. Norbert will tell you all about his interesting job.
Current Location: Budapest/London
Can you give us a little intro as to who you are and how you got started?
I was always interested in fashion since I was a kid. I think it came from my mother she’s a fan of fashion and photography too. In high school, I started to take pictures of my classmates and after I graduated my mother told me I should go to a photography school.
Did you go to college for photography?
Yeah! As soon as I graduated I started a photography school in Budapest and after that I started another one about picture editing and media study. I hated both school!
Why did you decide to become a fashion photographer?
I was lucky because many of my friends and classmates didn’t have a clue what they want to do. But I had a clear vision about my future. I always wanted to shoot fashion. Photography has many different directions like reportage, nature, commercial etc… I was only interested in fashion photography and still I am. But frankly as time goes by I am more and more interested in portraiture also.
Are there any memorable images or shoots you could share with us? What made that image or shoot special?
I do this for twelve years now, so it’s a hard question. But sure, I have many like my first cover shooting for a fashion magazine or when I first had a chance to work with a celebrity.
What are the biggest challenges of working in fashion photography?
You know this is a business what always change. Always something new coming up and you have to go with the flow. You need to constantly evolve yourself to getting better and better. You can’t stop for a minute. People often think it’s an easy and funny job. Sure, it is but it’s also a very hard business.
How do you get yourself inspired for a photo shoot?
I love to travel. It always inspires me to get to know new places and new interesting people.
And music of course it’s very important me on a shooting or while I’m editing the pictures.
If you could shoot anything/anyone/anywhere in the world – what/who/where would that be?
Probably it would be a fashion editorial shooting at a very unique location with top models for Vogue! hahaha
Which photo are you currently most proud of?
My new Elle magazine covers just came out this week. It’s a body issue, we shot three different covers. I’m proud of it because it’s about to accepting your body no matter how you look or what happened with you before.
Who are your favorite photographers?
Oooh, I have so many… Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh and Mariano Vivanco, he’s work is amazing and he’s a very kind person!
You’ve clearly worked with a wide range of models, what tips can you recommend to people looking to expand their portfolio?
I think the most important thing is that you should work with the best crew what you can get.
It’s not about that you need to have a thousand good photo in your book! It’s about to have the best pictures of yourself and if it’s only few it’s still okay. People can skip you because of only one bad photo in your book.
Which posing tips you have for (aspiring) models?
Always be natural don’t be too much!
You could have anyone take your portrait, who is it and why?
Avedon was so amazing! People who had a portrait made by him are very lucky!
What’s the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?They say I’m very easy to work with and I’m fast haha
What does 2017 look like for you?
So far very good. I had many shootings. I hope it will continue and hopefully my shootings in London gets more and more…