VALANTENA SLEMAN - CANADA
How did you end up being a photographer?
I started taking photography and fine arts classes in high school. This gave me a push and grew my passion, excitement, motivation, and inspiration for photography at such a young age. After graduating high school, I was determined to work and freelance in portrait and wedding photography, which led me to where I am today.
What inspires your creativity as a photographer or graphic designer?
When it comes to inspiring my creativity, many actions motivate me: listening to music, watching classical films, analyzing fashion magazine covers, and reading about photography. Moreover, traveling to different cities and looking at their architectural designs and art also gets me inspired. Various interior design analyses motivate me to incorporate those elements and shapes into my graphic design work.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as leaning towards elegance, classical, editorial, and high quality.
Tell us something about your latest leather shoot (your model, brand, strategy)?
The latest photo shoot was shot with the model Paula, on her motorcycle to make it more personalized. Our main theme for the photoshoot was giving the impression of boldness and bravery. Before the photoshoot, I gathered information about Paula to learn about her style, look, and personality. Based on that, I created a mood board that suited our photoshoot style. Afterward, Paula and I decided on fashion outfits, makeup looks, and a location that would fit the photoshoot's theme. After the photoshoot, I shared all the unedited photographs to allow Paula to select her favorites. Collaborating helped us choose the best photos, which allowed us to add them to our portfolios.
What type of brief or project do you enjoy working on the most?
I enjoyed working on projects related to fashion photography with the actor Maddison Smith.
What is one question that no one has ever asked you that you wish they had?
I was never asked, "Why did you choose fashion photography from all the other types?"
What are your superpowers?
I believe some of the traits which make me unique are my editing skills, paying attention to details, creativity, determination, commitment, good planning, and a visionary approach.
Walk us through your portfolio:
Regarding my portfolio, I have a vision of making my photographs more highly editorial, which leads me to publish them. Therefore, I pay close attention to the outfits and styles that direct me to that field. Overall, my style in fashion photography is professional, elegant, and classic.