Anne Hoffmann is a successful photographer from Regensburg, Germany. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with photography?
A friend of mine told me that I have a photographic eye after I showed a weddingvideo I made for my colleague just for fun. He gave me a crash course in photography and then I fell completely in love with photography.
How important is having a unique style as a photographer? How would you describe your style?
Having a unique style is absolutey neccessary for a photographer. In the beginning everyone is searching for the kind of style he or she likes most, but it is not always that you get your prefered style. But once you’ve understood, that there is no need of being a copy of someone, you begin to accept, that only your own style fits with your psychological desires for expression. The style you own reflects your inner feelings most and that point is, when you begin to like what you do.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in a small village and as I remembered, I was always a creative type. I wrote diary every day and had a great imagination. My parents always supported me with being creative and gave me room for all that I wished for.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?
Don’t try to copy anyone else. The success lies in you and not in being like another person. If there are two same styles, one of them can be deleted. And another big thing is: Try to reflect, what you do and why you are doing it. Being your own phsychologist is maybe the easiest way to get comfort with your own art.
Have you ever run out of ideas?
It’s always hard to have a white sheet in front of you. But no, I don’t stress myself to much in being creative. I know, that it always comes and goes and therefore I don’t have the feeling to run out of ideas, if I don’t expect them.
How do you find places and models for your shootings?
I am very attentive during my walks, but internet helps a lot as well. For example, if I see a libary during a film, I note this as an idea and look it up in the internet afterwards.
What’s the one piece of photo gear you couldn’t live without?
My Canon 50mm lense 1.4.
Do you edit your photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
Oh yes, I don’t show any photo without editing. I always compare the raw picture to a book. The author would not let the readers read the script. I edit it with Adobe Lightroom first and then switch to Photoshop.
We would like to express our gratitude to Anne Hoffmann for this great interview.
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