FEATURED ARTIST: Hansel and Sonia - Lovestories

FEATURED ARTIST: Hansel and Sonia - Lovestories

Our featured artists of the day are Sonia and Hansel from HS Lovestories, two wedding photographers based in Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. 

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TC: Tell us more about the gear you used for most of your sessions or weddings:

HS Lovestories: I use my two cameras, Canon 5Diii and 6D, with 35mm 1.4 and 50mm 1.4 art of Sigma.

TC: What was the inspiration for the photo above?

HS: My idea from the very beginning was to carry out a photoshoot with a different theme than what we usually see here, using props in order to get a kind of look that I have seen in other photographers such as Joel Alston, India Earl or Charissa Cooper. I wanted to recreate the light that I usually see in pictures that have been taken in desert areas in the US, so we went to the southern part of Gran Canaria and we chose the sunset in order to get golden tones followed by a cooler light. At the start it was quite complicated, as the sun was very high in the sky, this is why the first pictures have a higher contrast.

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TC: What does your post-production process look like?

HS: Normally when I am at a session, I am already picturing the final result in my mind, the colours that I want to achieve, the light, I tend to shoot quite dark because I know it will be easier later to achieve the colours I want in post-production.

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TC:How has your photography style evolved over time?

HS: I used to want to take pictures like other photographers, which were my ideal goal, and now I feel I want to get to the point in which I’m really happy and get my clients to love the pictures.

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TC:What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?

HS: The tools I use after a session in order to reach my style are Lightroom and Alien Skin (ASE). I sometimes use Photoshop if needed, but I don’t usually use it, I don’t like it.

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TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?

HS: What has helped me the most is practising and going out with my camera, meeting other photographers and seeing other points of view, and shoot and shoot. Meeting other photographers and seeing their work allows you to find inspiration and set goals that force you to improve your way of seeing things and understanding photography. Take your camera and go out on the streets, I’ll keep doing the same.

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All images courtesy of Hansel and Sonia - Lovestories. Images edited with Flint & Steel presets by Tribe Red Leaf.