MAX DI BIAGGIO - ADVICE: MODELING
Max Di Biaggio Interview Questions:
Q. How did you get your start as a photographer?
At the time, my brother Maurice and I were working as Master Jewelers for Tiffany & Co. Maurice bought himself a very nice camera and showed me how to use it.
I immediately fell in love with photography and began to take classes at FIT in NYC. Maurice continued making jewelry and opened his own business in NYC and I took off with photography.
Q. Who are your favorite photographers?
Francesco Scavullo, Herb Ritts, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino and Steven Meisel.
Q. What inspires you?
The challenge of showing people the beauty they have inside by capturing it in an image.
Q. What is your most memorable photo shoot?
Almost every shoot I do is memorable to me as every person and shoot is unique to me, but the ones that do stand out the most are my shoots with Hilary Rowland, Nik Pace (from America's Next Top Model) and Joumana Kidd.
I believe they naturally know how to get to that next level in a shoot faster than other people.
Q. What do you look for when booking models? strong portfolio? certain look?
I look for someone whom I feel has a great spirit, which I can then use to create strong emotion in the frame.
Q. You focus on beauty, editorial, lifestyle and fashion photography. What type of models do you look for each category?
Well, there are some standards that cannot be overlooked when casting for these categories. After those requirements have been fulfilled, I look for uniqueness and spirit.
Q. How do you find your models? Through an agency(s)? Casting calls? Online?
All of the above - you never know where the next Tyra, Adriana Lima, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell will come from.
Q. When working with a model on set, what are some of the best things she or he can do?
Be them selves and let their natural ability to pose come out.
Q. What are the worst things?
Over-pose and not listen to the photographer or director. Photographers have a vision that they need to achieve and the only way to do so is by working with the model.
Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring and upcoming models?
Gain as much experience as possible by shooting all the time, doing shows, meeting people, and learning about the business. Not only will this help their portfolio but it will teach them a lot of other things about the industry. You never know who will give you your big break, so be nice and learn how to communicate respectfully.
Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring and upcoming photographers?
Learn as much as you can from books, classes, other photographers, and models, shoot all the time and don't be afraid to experiment out of the box.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO)?
ALTSO is a non-profit organization based in New York that provides free orthopedic care to children with limb disabilities in the developing world. ALTSO and I are in the process of working on a project called Photo Quest 09/10 (PQ09/10) which aims to capture captivating images of the children they help. I am doing a series of photo shoots with female fashion models and personalities to generate prints to be sold at art galleries or the internet. This is an on-going project and I am always looking for people that want to help. If any models or celebrities want to help, just contact me. It is important that people understand that you can always help charities in a lot of different ways; if you don't have money to donate you can donate your time. I have not only donated my services for ALTSO, but also for the Opus Fund and Project Migration. I like charities that make almost an immediate impact on the lives they help.