George Ganio: “I’m a 37 year old self-taught photographer who has been “in the biz” for about 2.5 years. I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, but have been operating out of Melbourne, Australia for the last 5 years.
I do photography as a form of stress relief and actually work as an analytical chemist for my “day job”. I used to shoot full time (for some agencies) while working full time, but have recently taken a major step back for the next 12-months in order to concentrate on concepts, a little R&R and drive my work towards a bit more fashion so I’m finding that I’m only shooting once or twice a month now.
Given my style of photography (lingerie/implied nudes/nudes) I tend to shoot in doors for a lot of my shoots, mainly for the model’s comfort levels and the fact that I highly prefer natural light over strobes. I initially shot lingerie just as a test and was planning to move forward after that, however it caught on like a forest fire and have been known for it since so I just ran with it.
I’ve shot the majority of my work with a Canon 5D MKII and Sigma 50mm prime, but have recently been testing out new gear for next year. I try not to let a lot of other people’s work influence my own, but as a well-known photographer once said, “…in this industry, we all walk on others’ shoulders…”. I think there’s a lot of truth to this.
I truly believe nothing in this industry is innovative, it’s all built upon previous work, which may just happen to have a person’s unique twist. With that said, I’m continuously running across models and/or photographers that truly inspire me in the sense that they make me want to push my own bounds and skills, to continually improve. Some of these people are: Kesler Tran, Cameron Mackie, Meiji Nguyen, Cameron Hammond, Khoa Bui, David Bellemere, Margaret Zhang, Emily Abay, Ed Purnomo, Eva Gii, Sydney Ladd, Rachel Cook, Stephen James, Ashlee Anne and Tiffany Winteler just to name a few.”
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