Interview: Fenia Labropoulou

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What is your full name and where exactly do you live?

I’m Fenia Labropoulou and I live in Greece, in a little town near the centre of Athens by the sea.

How would you describe your style?

I’m more fashion oriented with romantic elements. I avoid being hard and/or harsh, I love to be experimental and always try different things because I’m easily bored.

What are your favorite subjects to shoot?

Emotions! Feelings! I don’t like shooting flesh. I love shooting souls.
Fashion, as it drives my imagination and creativity to higher levels.

What do you love the most about your job?

Creativity. Freedom to express myself. Lack of routine. The fulfilment I feel when a project is finished and at the same moment the need to start something new.

Describe your typical day at work.

I always arrive first at the place of the shooting, either it’s the studio or the location. Then they all start to appear: the makeup artist, the models, the hair stylist, the stylist with the bags of goodies (wardrobe, etc…).
While I drink my coffee (I drink a lot of coffee – can’t work without), the team prepares the models and we discuss the final details on the concept (the concept in general has being already discussed the previous days).
Then I start ‘playing’ with my lights. I don’t ever have a fixed setup, I always play around until I find the one I want for the day.
When the models are ready my ‘playtime’ begins. I’m never tensed, I hate anxiety at work, I hate negative energy.
I tend to shout not of anger but out of excitement. I try to make my models feel gorgeous, unique, beautiful, relaxed. I totally love them at the moment. I push them until they give me the shot I want.
While I work I’m never hungry, thirsty or tired. But when I shoot the last photo of the day I feel my stomach, my legs and whole body ache. Usually at the end of the workday we all go together and grab a bite.

What’s the best piece of advice someone has ever given you?

My friend Dimitris Strepkos, Celebrity Skin’s designer, told me and keeps telling me all the time, never stop experimenting, finding new perspectives, new angles, searching for fresh ideas, never stop believing in me and I trust his point of view!

Are you working on any projects at the moment?

If you mean work projects, there are some catalogues, editorials and campaigns that I’m discussing with clients at the moment, but if you mean personal ones there are always new projects in my mind. I “see” them while sleeping, or just by walking at the street, while watching a movie, or listening to music, something triggers my “project” imagination brain section and I can’t stop thinking of it until I see it in pictures. I finished my latest yesterday, the “DreamCatcher”.

What advice would you give someone who is interested in photography and wants to improve their photography skills?

Be yourself! Get inspired by other artists but DO NOT copy! There is a huge difference. Learn, study, experiment, never stop chasing the light and the shadow. Don’t let a day pass without your camera in your hand! Shoot! Shoot! And then shoot again. The eye will start seeing things that couldn’t see before. The mind will start thinking differently. Your imagination will grow. Be creative, try not to be dull. Shoot outside the rules, but study them first so you can break them later.

How do you feel about missed shots which cannot be recreated?

It used to be my worst nightmare. Now I feel awful at first, but after a while I just move on. There is always something new waiting around the corner.

Tell your funniest, scariest, most bizarre, most touching story from a photo shoot.

Hmmm… I have many of those, most of them funny; I tend to forget the bad ones. They are more like funny, scary, bizarre, or touching moments that cannot be easily expressed in words or as a story.
But now that I think of it there was a shooting with a male model that I liked soooo much. We had decided to do it in the woods, half naked, raw and wild. The sky was clear as most days in Athens. When we got ready and I took my camera in hand, the sky went black all of the sudden and a very fierce storm begun. We didn’t know where to run to. I was trying to cover Beba (that’s the name of my camera-I always tend to name by fav belongings), run under a shelter, I fell on the mud and got all filthy. At the same time we were laughing so much. We found a ready to collapse, abandoned house and we had the shooting in there. It was so dangerous because at the floor were hidden holes and broken glasses. We were all dirty and wet but we had fun, we didn’t care. The shooting went great! The result was amazing. When I took the last picture, the sky went clear and blue again.


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  • Amazing!~

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