Rainer Suck is a 40 year old, German fashion and beauty photographer, working as a professional since 2011.
He started photography in Switzerland and was working over 1 year in Paris and 3 month in Capetown.
Which place do you call home?
In the moment I live in Hamburg but for me home is where the heart is and that would be Paris.
Are you self taught or schooled?
I’ve learned photography and retouching all by myself.
How did you get into photography?
First I took photos in holidays, later I started with people photography as a hobby.
How long have you been a photographer?
Fulltime since 2011
As you look through the viewfinder, what is the most critical moment in capturing your image?
Think the critical things are before the shoot. Find the perfect loction, choose the right model and get the perfect styling.
How would you describe your style?
Natural, pure, simple
What do you think makes a truly memorable photo?
Depends for whom. For a many people it is the most important thing that they have a special experience while taking pictures, then it is a truly memorable photo for them.
We know each of us has someone or something that inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?
I love to present people in a totally different way. I love when they get to see themselves in a totally different way.
What does fashion mean to you?
To me fashion can’t be found in Germany. True fashion capitals would be Paris, Milan London and New York
What’s the craziest/funniest thing that ever happened in one of your shoots?
The police came 😀
What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?
I am a fan of Khoa Bui and Lionel Mondesir
What has been your favorite photo location or session?
Cape Town Taal Monument
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
Nikon D800 with Nikon 85 1:1,4 Sigma Art 50 1:1,4 Sigma Art 35 1:1,4
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
On a small location 35mm
Studio Fashion/Beauty 85mm
Do you prefer flash or daylight?
I love daylight
What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
My California Sunbounce
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
Photoshop is very important for me, I have many clients who prefer clean retouched pictures
How important is a website and social media for your business?
I have two websites and to me it is important to present my pictures online.
Social media isn’t that important for me but I like to use instagram but I hate facebook
Do you listen to music while doing your shooting? If so, what are you playing right now?
Yes I like to play music, most of the time the current top 50 hits.
What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
It is not a really good time to start off as a photographer. To build your portfolio you need quite a large budget and good contacts are getting increasingly important. Sad but true, it is in fact the most important thing is to have good contacts, even more important than being a good photographer, at least in my opinion.
What lies ahead for you?
Would love to live and work again in Paris with my own studio there
Rainer Suck fashion photographer