March 12, 2015 by Anna Kalyalina
We are happy to announce the winner of our Instagram Contest : #mybeautyphotography! Congratulations to Kourosh Sotoodeh! We also would like to thank all the participants, we were impressed with the high quality of the entries.
Fashion and Commercial photographer – Kourosh Sotoodeh has displayed his talent through with many advertising campaigns and captures and portrays stunning imagery through his lens. Kourosh’s artwork has been published in Grazia, L’offical, Velvet, iFathom Magazine, and more. He’s partnered with many well known studios and production companies to better serve commercial and advertising clients and he regularly travels to different countries for assignments.
THE WINNING PHOTO of the #mybeautyphotography INSTAGRAM CONTEST
Production Paradise: You are the winner of our Hair & Beauty photography Instagram contest, congrats! How did you find out about the contest and why did you decide to be part of it?
Kourosh: Well, first of all thanks to Production Paradise for giving me this opportunity and for choosing my photo for this contest. I’m really active in social media specially in Instagram. Also, I follow the Production Paradise feed. From Production Paradise’s Instagram I found out about the contest and I decided to participate.
Production Paradise: When and how did you start as a fashion and commercial photographer?
Kourosh: I’m from Iran and I graduated in Art and started taking photographs in 1998. In 2009 I moved to Dubai and there I shot for my international clients.
Photographer: Kourosh Sotoodeh / Model: Svetlana Levanova
Hair & Make up: Shindesu
Production Paradise: You have clients such as Dior, L’Oreal and MAC amongst many others. What projects are you currently working on and what’s in the pipeline for the future?
Kourosh: At the moment I moved from Dubai to New York and my goal is to be one of the top photographer in New York in near future. and also I’m working on my new website.
Production Paradise: You are very active in social media, with almost 10K followers on Instagram and 50k likes on Facebook. Is social media an essential tool for nowadays photographers? Do you use social media to find new industry contacts?
Kourosh: Yes, nowadays social networks like Instagram and Facebook are the most powerful media and of course it is a great place for artists to promote their work.
Production Paradise: Your portfolio includes advertising, beauty, fashion, portrait shoots and many others; do you have one which you like the most?
Kourosh: Yes I’ve shot many styles of photography, like Food and Architecture. But my favorite shoots are for beauty and fashion.
Production Paradise: How has Production Paradise helped you in your daily work as a Photographer?
Kourosh: I think right now Production Paradise is the main directory for Photographers and Production Directories.On the website you can find your real clients and I’m happy to be part of it. I’m really proud to be the winner of the contest!
Photographer: Kourosh Sotoodeh / Client: Native
Model: Anna Louise Cresswell / Hair & Make up: Dennie Pasion / Stylist: Mandi Kingsbury
Production Paradise: Who have influenced and inspired you, and how did they change your thinking?
Kourosh: It’s really hard to answer this question; the thing is that I have always been in love with visual arts, especially photography and cinema. I think my photography is mostly influenced by great directors in cinema like Francis Ford Coppola and Stanley Kubrick. I started my photography when I was very young (16yrs old) and I really liked to take portraits of my family and friends for which I used a Mamiya ZE-X 35mm Camera with a 135mm lens. I had my first client in March 1999.
Production Paradise: What it is that you want to say with your photographs, and how do you get your photographs to do that?
Kourosh: I like to show beauty and story together in my photographs, and I always try to find the best angle to show these.
Production Paradise: What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?
Kourosh: As you know, I graduated from Azad Art University of Tehran in Industrial Design. I learned photography by myself and I have never been taught when it comes to how to photograph. My experience was always my master in this field. I also had always many photographer friends from whom I try to learn as well.
Photographer: Kourosh Sotoodeh / Designer: Shadras Handmade Jewellery
Model: Lenka / Hair & Make up: Shindesu
Production Paradise: What is your best photograph or best shoot? Can you describe it and tell me why you like it the most?
Kourosh: It’s really hard to say which one is the best, but I think I still like some of my earlier shots, which are the best ones, of course the bad shots will show themselves after a while, but good photographs will always be good.
Production Paradise: What motivates you to take pictures?
Kourosh: I think each person in this world can do at least one thing well; I believe that thing for me is photography, which I can do better than any other job. I was born to do this and I want to do this the best way that I can.
Production Paradise: Why do you love taking pictures? What is it about photography that has become your passion?
Kourosh: I take pictures, because this is the only thing in this world that I really like to do and I love to make it better and better every day. Photography is my life passion and I can express myself and my feelings and my perception of the world through my photographs.
Photographer : Kourosh Sotoodeh, Designer : MARIO UBOLDI jewellery art
Model : Tiana Martin, Hair & Make up / Stylist : Shindesu
Production Paradise: Which photographers do you look to for inspiration?
Kourosh: I always try to follow famous photographers’ shots like: Annie Leibovits, David Lachapelle, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Cecil Beaton, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut newton and Richard Avedon.
Production Paradise: If you could photograph any celebrity in the world, who would it be and why?
Kourosh: Marion Cotillard, because I think she is one of the best actresses working today and as a model she has a natural look and interesting features. Her recent shots from Dior clearly show it.
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