“Under The Sun”
Join us as we take a look into the life of Belgium’s creative photographer Gunther Frans as he graces the cover of our 2016 swimsuit issue.
Make-up and hairstyling by Sharon Grobben
Model: Jaquemijn @ Esthetic Model Management
Photographed by Gunther Frans
7H: Hi Gunther Frans, nice of you to join us…How’s life
GF: Fine, counting down till my holiday to the states!
7H: Tell me a little about you. Where is home?
GF: Home will be in Belgium, Langdorp
7H: If you could live anywhere on this awesome planet, where would you build your dream home?
GF: Probably somewhere where the weather is a lot nicer then in Belgium, and where the scenery would be awesome to create stunning images.
7H: What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
GF: Counting down till my holidays, so happy
7H: What sort of photography do you specialize in?
GF: My photography varies from fashion & beauty up to artistic nudes.
7H: What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing what you do for a living? Or is it something you do on the side?
GF: I started out as an event photographer, so nightlife ,concerts and stuff. Took a workshop with a fellow photographer based on Strobism and immediately was sold to the idea of working and shooting with models. After a while I started shooting from my living room and because the first clients were arriving, I’ve decided to build myself my own studio. Then after 2 years people really liked my style and were wondering if I would be interesting in teaching workshops about photography and retouching, so yes, I did it!
7H: How long have you been a photographer?
GF: That will be 6 years model-photography + 2 years event photography
7H: How would you describe your style?
GF: Contrasty, colorful and moody
7H: What’s in your camera bag? What type of camera do you shoot with?
GF: Nikon D800 – 85mm F1.4 – 50mm f1.8 – 24-70mm f2.8 – 70-200mm f2.8 Fujifilm X-T1 – 35mm f1.4 – 18-55mm – 55-200mm – 12mm f2.0
7H: What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
GF: Hoodman Hoodloop
7H: If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
GF: 85mm f1.4 because of the bokeh generation
7H: What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?
GF: Elinchrom Quadra’s 400W
7H: Can you describe how and when you use flash, video light, or reflectors and natural light during a shoot?
GF: I prefer to use flash when I’m in the studio, but when we go outside it depends on the mood or vibe I want to create in an image! If I want it more natural I prefer to use the ambient light, otherwise I’m opting for the strobes.
7H: What editing software do you prefer to use?
GF: Capture One in combination with Adobe’s Photoshop
7H: What is your favorite computer/editing
accessory, other than your computer?
GF: Wacom Tablet
7H: How important is Photoshopin your final images?
GF: My images get created for 80% in post, so very important to me.
7H: Are you a Mac or Pc lover?
7H: Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so what do you have your eyes set on?
GF: Another Elinchrom ELC 500W
7H: Can you briefly describe for the readers your photographic work-flow?
GF: First a pre-selection in Capture one, then an export to photoshop where I start with the retouching of it.
7H: How do you feel about cropping an image?
GF: If it makes the image better I got no problem at all with it. But I try to get it right in camera.
7H: What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such great imagery?
GF: Well, just looking around online to other photographers and in your life
7H: Do you choose Fashion and Beauty Photography over anything else? What do you love shooting the most?
GF: I love to shoot fashion & beauty! And models to be honest, and fashion if it’s a big concept with some sort of fantasy twist to it, I’m all in for it.
7H: How do you get paid to do what you want to do with your photography? Is fashion photography a profitable gig, or is it something you love doing?
GF: I get paid by teaching other people how to create stunning images.
7H: What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?
GF: Well, i like to idea of creating a moment in time, that i can freeze and look back to with all the memories attached to it.
7H: Every Photographer develops their own shooting strategy in their own unique way, be that interning, apprenticing, assisting, graduate school, on the job training, etc. How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of your lens onto your memory card in just the way you want it?
GF: Well it all starts with communication and good, open communication. Tell the model upfront what you expect from her, so all parties now what you are trying to create. And it does not always work, but if you can communicate what’s in your head, that’s a beginning of some strong images.
7H: Photography has a long and fascinating history. Most photographers happily admit which of their predecessors influenced them and their work. How about you…Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photography, and career path?
GF: Well for me to be honest, I just picked up the camera and looked at a lot of different photographers, so not really somebody specifically
7H: Different photographers have different end goals for their work. The most successful ones are those who can consistently get their work to say what it is they want, even if they cannot articulate what that is or how that happens. What is it exactly you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
GF: I want to create some sort of story and have people think about why I’ve created that certain image.
7H: What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
GF: Shooting with some DJ’s is always awesome and on locations! They inspire you
7H: Do you have an assistant? If so why?
GF: I do not
7H: Where would be your dream destination assignment?
GF: Shooting on a very exotic location with an awesome team
7H: What do you thing of the photography industry at the moment and where do you see it in 5 years from now?
GF: In 5 years’ time I think we will be more going towards 3D and visualizing things, what is something to look forward to.
7H:Any websites or blogs you visit often?
GF:www.modelmayhem.com, www.pinterest.com, www.500px.com
7H: The first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
7H: Name one way you market your photography?
7H: How important is an awesome website for your business?
GF: The most important because it’s your business card to the world
7H: Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph?
GF: I love to photograph models that is my passion. Off-course when there is something special to photograph I capture it. But I stay with my passion
7H: What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
GF: Don’t just read and learn, but practice because practice makes art!
7H: Is there anything you would have done differently during your photographic career?
GF: Not really, I love how I am at the place where I’m at now and how I got there.
7H: If you could be invisible for one day with your camera, what or who would you shoot?
GF: Celebrities super-models and famous playboy bunnies.
7H: What talent would you love to have most?
7H: Anything you’re still learning?
GF: Video’s and everything to do with it.
7H: Something that is overrated?
GF: Sometimes you expect models to be very good and it is hard to watch them fail.
7H: Something you’re saving up for?
GF: Not really since my holiday is already expensive enough
7H: If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
GF: A fellow photographer
7H: The readers can find out more about you where?