Well for starters I am completely self-taught, so I have developed my style. My camera is also not the greatest which means that I am constantly running into problems which need to be solved on the spot. I do my best to keep shoots feeling organic and getting candid pictures. I find that those always turn out the best and capture the person I'm shooting in their truest form. Enough about the photography side. I'm a pretty normal guy (or at least I feel that I am), did well in school, hockey goaltender, did some track and field, play video games (mostly league of legends) and spend much time watching movies. I love to go for car rides with my friends singing terribly at the top of our lungs. My parents are Italian; they moved here many moons ago leaving everything so that they could start up here in Canada. We do our best to visit our family that all live in Italy as often as we can, plus Italy is beautiful, and I love my family, so any excuse to go is a good one. In a nutshell that's me.
Leo, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is to create, whether it be stitching a bunch of pictures in Photoshop, creating some design or artwork in Illustrator, a short video or montage, sketching something up on a napkin or of course doing photography. My aspiration in life is to be able to provide for my family completely; whether it be my current family or the one, I hope to have in the future.I started off as a photographer when I got my first camera for my 8th birthday, I would take pictures of anything and everything, unfortunately, that didn't last long. In High school I took a media arts class where I learned the pure basics of Photography, I would take pictures here and there but would find the time for it. Eventually, when I started college, I got back into it and even bought a DSLR. Then things started to pile up and didn't get back into photography until April of 2017; something happened in my life and photography was a way of escape. Then on August 30th 2017, I decided I would post one picture every day and see what would happen. Now I'm here typing up my story on this website.
Who is your inspiration in life Leo? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is my dad; I look up to him and everything he's done. All the risks he took in order to be in the position he is in today. He also works day and night, and that is something I admire. I stayed inspired in two ways, by looking at other photographers work and wanting to get to their level. The second way is by trying to do better than my last shoot. I compete against myself and find its a great way to see how far I've come and also looking back and seeing what I could do better.
We all make mistakes Leo; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I don't know what you're expecting from this question but I've never really had any major problems with a colleague, there have been instances where I haven't seen eye to eye with people. Whenever I find myself in those situations I keep my voice calm I find that doing this stop from having a situation get out of control. If that doesn't seem to work, then I do my best to elaborate on my idea or point so that the other individual or group can understand what I'm trying to say or I'll ask them to elaborate in the hope of understanding their point.
Leo, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I have never been in a situation like this, so I have no idea to be completely honest.
Please tell us, Leo, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
With work and school as well as the promise I made to myself to post a picture a day, every day is planned so that I can manage all my work and then still have time for photo-shoots as well as spending some time with my friends. Even when I'm out taking pictures, I plan out when golden hour is, blue hour and then night time. I think about the locations I want to be in as well as what time of day would be best for the location.
Leo, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
This happened quite recently, my friend Max helps me out a bit with my photography business which I'm trying to start-up. He said that I should stop adding all these extra reflections and rainbows in my pictures but I told him that that was the style I like and in the settings, I was in found that it added to the composition of the picture. A couple of days ago I ran into someone at the mall and took a couple of pictures of her. I used my prism to get that stylized look, and the lady liked the pictures so much as well as my profile that she hired me to do her wedding.
Leo, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment had to be when I got my first paid shoot, that was when I realised that people liked my work and willing to pay me for it. I want to do this for a living, and at that moment I could see this being my career. I'll never forget how happy I was when I heard the couple say they wanted me to do their event.
Leo, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I always try to be creative with my work, I always have my bag of tricks with me and do my best to use what I have in order to add to a picture. It's always exciting when being creative with photography plus the people I do shoots with are mind blown by it, and that makes the whole shoot go smoother.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Oh, there's a list, a very long list. Watch tutorials every day, find a random area and think about how you could take a picture of the space, always carry your camera with you and upload something every day. Those would be my main pointers.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Absolutely! I couldn't tell you what type of collaboration I'd be looking at, but if there is something I'd be more than interested in doing it. I would absolutely love to be a photographer for a brand!
Leo Cardelli (myself) @cardellimedia