Interview – Featured Photographer : David Falk

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How long have you been a photographer? How long have you worked with models?
12 years. I almost exclusively shoot models.

What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?
I enjoy the creative side of photography. I am pretty much self-taught and have used what I call the “what if” factor. In other words, I keep saying to myself, “What if I did this, what would the result be?”.

At what point did you realize that you wanted to pursue photography as more than a hobby?
I actually got into photography in the opposite direction. I was importing a line of Brazilian bikinis and my rep told me we needed a catalog. So I bought a camera and lights on eBay, found a pretty girl and figured out how the lights worked about 30 minutes before she knocked on my door. From there I found shooting catalogs was quite boring so I started venturing into the creative side of photography.

What kind of personality do you have? How would your friends describe you?
I am quite easy going and adventurous. If models cancel on me I don’t get bent out of shape.

What are some of your other interests or hobbies?
I play tennis 4 times a week.

What surprises people about you, after they get to know you?
Since I shoot glamour, most people are surprised I have 2 Master’s degrees in theology.

Tell us about your first muse. How did she inspire you?
When I started shooting I stumbled across this lovely young lady, Mya. We hit it off very well to the point she became a friend of our family. She trusted me, so we did a lot of “what if” looks. Some were ridiculous and others pleasantly surprised me.    

If you could photograph any model (living or dead), who would it be? Why?
Emily Ratajkowski. I’ve been following her even before her recent exposure. She has this incredible natural curvaceous figure. To me, she comes across as very elegant.

Tell us about your most memorable photo shoot.
About 4 years I did a shoot with Lauren Vickers. She planned the whole shoot (It ended up being 8 hrs) with a look book and about a dozen different looks. In the middle of the shoot my wireless triggers broke so I had run out buy a new set in the middle of the shoot. She went on to become Italian Playmate of the Year.

Besides your camera body, what piece of equipment that you own do you find indispensable?
Ever since I bought my Canon 70-200 II, it rarely comes off my body. I just love the results it gives me in natural light at f2.8.

What photographers do you find inspirational?
I am not going to mention any historically famous photographer. The photographer I want to be when I grow up (I am 60 yrs old) is Barry Druxman. I love the simplicity and beauty of his style.

What qualities do you look for in a model?
I sell lingerie, so when I look for a model I generally look for qualities that will work well with my product. Therefore, one of the first things I look for is a nice waist and a nicely shaped bum (I sell lots of panties). Other than physical qualities, the model has to be uncomplicated and have that elusive camera connection.

What styles of photography do you find most personally rewarding?
I really enjoy stuff in the glamour/art genre. What I mean is that I really don’t like that cheesy glamour with lots of light (unless it’s natural light). I like to see shapes and curves.

Tell us something funny that has happened during one of your shoots.
To be honest I can’t think of any funny that happened during a shoot. Maybe that is good or maybe I am just too boring.

What advice can you offer to novice or aspiring photographers?
Keep it professional. Your integrity is sort like your virginity. Once you lose it, you can’t get it back.


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