MOST Magazine Fitness APR-MAY'15 ISSUE NO.1 - Page 161

FFM: Would you say venturing into modeling first helped get your foot in the door with photography? When did you know that photography would be your future? ES: Actually, I can say that I started taking photos first. I photographed a wedding when I was 16 years old and I asked my girlfriend to pose for me when I was 17 years old. I started modeling when I was 20 years old. FFM: Were your parents supportive in your decision to pursue a career as a photographer? ES: My mother was great about it, she actually bought me my first professional camera. My father unfortunately passed away when I was five years old, but I’m certain that he would be proud of me and like what I do. He loved photography and worked as a camera operator in the 1980s. His job was filming commercials. He also worked as a lighting technician for fashion shows at high-end events in Budapest. I actually think that I inherited my interest in photography from him. FFM: Why did you ultimately switch from modeling to photography? Were you driven by your passion, or was it more of a financial reason? ES: It was passion. I like being creative just as much, or maybe a little bit more than posing in front of the camera, even though I was very good at posing. Now I help models pose. FFM: What was the first camera you owned, and what camera do you use today? ES: My first camera was a Canon 30 D, and now I have a Canon 5D Mark III. FFM: Being that you are self-taught, if you could go back would you prefer to have taken professional classes? ES: No! Unless they were free! I am mostly self-taught. I did take some private lessons and coaching here and there from other photographers. Thankfully I became good friends with a lot of the photographers who shot me and they gladly traded time with me and gave me lessons in return for me modeling for them. Also, I was lucky enough to be the model in some photography classes and I made sure I was paying attention. I learned a lot! Every photo shoot I have done modeling I was watching how the lighting was set up and what gear the photographers were using. I also learned a lot from YouTube, and I worked as a photographer’s assistant for three years. FFM: Do you have a preference on shooting indoors or outdoors, and if so, why? ES: I am both but I’m definitely a “Flash Photography” photographer. Even outdoors, I like to use my lighting but I am slowly transitioning into shooting natural/available lighting. FFM: You have a good bit of experience in retouching, having worked for different photographers in the past; how long did that last and what did you enjoy most about the experience? ES: Yes I did do processing and retouching for other photographers and I liked that because I am a creative person and I was able to make an image better and make a woman more beautiful. Actually, before I became a photographer I did make-up and hair for a year. I love doing makeup and hair too. Since I was a teen! I used to beautify my girlfriends all the time. But returning to the question, I did retouching altogether for probably about four years on and off. FFM: How much time would you say you spend doing post production versus time spent actually shooting? ES: This is a good question. It’s really depends on the shoot. I shoot everything in RAW so after I download my images I put them through Adobe >>> www.MOST mag.com || FITNESS M A G A Z I N E || 161