Manuel Flores lives for capturing beautiful moments when his subjects least expect it. Most of his portrait photography takes place on location with natural lighting because mother nature comes equipped with the best flash. He's highly trained in studio work too and this is where the shoots product photography for his clients.
His radiant and artful style caught our eye when Manuel came to us for the build of his custom portfolio book and we were curious to find out more.
How did your passion for photography come about?
For the most part, I’ve always been attached to a camera, back then when it was Polaroids and disposable cameras, you would always find one in my hand. I love being able to capture a moment and having that forever in a form of a picture.
I think it's so special to be able to look back at pictures and relive all those awesome moments you capture with a camera. I remember the day I wanted to become a photographer, me and my younger sister would never miss an episode of America’s Next Top Model, on this show I was always mesmerized with the photographer Nigel Barker, I loved everything he would do when it came to putting together photo shoots and the way he made magic with his camera. To this day I would say he is the reason for my passion for photography.
Whose inspiring you as an artist right now?
Nigel Barker will always be my inspiration. I’ve also been obsessed with Kyle Murphy. His work is so amazing and I look up to him in so many ways. My dream is to take a road trip with him and learn everything he has to offer and create some amazing art together. I also get very inspired by my close photographer friends, I’m always amazed by them and their work, seeing them work hard and produce cool projects, makes me work harder and push myself to become better.
Has having a physical portfolio book to showcase your work helped you?
Yes! Social media and online portfolios are huge now and days, but I also believe in a physical portfolio book, I think people rely on touching, holding, flipping through pages. When you have a physical book, the client connects with you the artist/photographer.
I think having a physical portfolio book is way better than just having a URL. For me, it was also a closing chapter in my life. My first portfolio means something special to me and having a physical body of work that shows all my hard work, sleepless nights, and stressful days of school means that I did it, and I kicked butt!
Now I have something physical to show employers, and other artist which I'm so proud of. I want to thank Klo Portfolios for helping me create something that represents me in every way, my portfolio is something I’m very proud of and I could not have done it without you guys at Klo thank you for making it happen for me.
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