Featured Photographer: Federico Fernandez Calleros



"Every time I have to make productions for my own try to be as creative as possible."

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Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?

I'm a 20 year old Fashion photographer. Also I am a student of photography, to one year of. I hope in a future than this will be my full time job, where i can travel to others countries to create new productions or maybe work for a magazine. I know it's hard to live from art but even if it takes me 2 or 10 years to make it real, i'll still will be working on this. I think than people need to live of what they love the most, and try to make a little space on their life to do what they like.

Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?

My mom and my brother are two persons who inspire me to continuing with what I like. I come from a family where it is necessary to work hard to obtain what one wants. The music is something that always inspires me to do new photos or the personality of the persons. I see people who have this unique personality and they give me desire of portraying them with their personal style, which is at what i'm employed in my new portfolio call "Genéricas".

What is your aspiration in life?

To live from Photography and share my work with the World haha. What i really want is to know more of the fashion world and also meet people from other places, know about they culture, they life experiences and share fashion together.

We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

The truth is that I never had a bad experience with some colleague for the present moment. I worked with models who had a bad attitude, but there's no more than it.

When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?

Always i work with 3 clients per week, this way I have days to be able to deliver them the published material. If it is necessary I do 4 per week but already it is a lot of work. If they are more I give other dates of work.

Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities.

Luckily I always knew how to do my time and be punctual with the necessary things. I never had problems prioritizing one thing before the other.

Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.

Every time I work with clothing brands and they ask me for advice on the style or type of lighting they saw and want to do it, I try to create what's in their head and combine it with what's in my head. In that way the clothes brand end satisfied with the production, because they allow to me to give an opinion on their brand and work in something more artistic. When they end happy it gives to me the feeling that the shooting came out good and is a successful job.

Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.

I have two productions that I liked a lot. One of them was in a tapeworm court for a brand of shirts, it was fashionable but at the same time more bohemian and simple, but the idea, the model and the styling was very well done. The other was in a studio for a brand of women too, but it was 100% Fashion and some photos were left as for editorial and that was what i liked most about that job. It was just a job for catalog but the photos gave for something more than catalog.

Give me an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

Every time I have to make productions for my own try to be as creative as possible. But one of the works that I liked the most was last year for my photography institute. I had to find a reference photographer and reverse his style with something of mine own. I chose Guy Bourdin for his handling of color more than anything. It was a hard job because I had to respect Guy's particularity by being creative and showing something personal. The work was good so I ended up happy with the final result.

What was your most challenging encounter? How did you deal with it?

All my institute jobs are quite difficult because they make you work creativity all the time. One of the hardest was this year, I had to do fashion portrait using only a light, which is hard, punctual, with lots of contrast and paramount. It was a work of 3 moths looking for references and find something that pleases me with a single lighting, all this job just for one photo. But it was a nice work for the mind and try to exploit creativity to do something new.

What advice could you give to the people who are reading this?

We live in a world where money and fame is the most important thing. And we look for careers that leave us a good salary to live, many leave aside dreams because they see impossible or are very realistic. I know it sounds cliché but if one sets a target and works to fulfil it, it arrives. As I said before no matter if there are people who take 1 year and you 5 more, the important thing is that you are going to arrive. I still work to make photography my full time job and I dream about being able to travel and meet people from other countries to work with them. Life can be cruel if you're a dreamer, but that doesn't mean that you will never make it. I tell you to dream big and dare to leave the comfort zone to live what you like most.

Photo Credits:

Instagram: @Fefecalleros

E-mail: fefecalleros@gmail.com


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