Small Talk with Sagar Manjarres

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I really try to create that connection with the model that allows you to capture how she is, not only how she looks like. I always finish working with the impression that I was shooting a best friend.

When did you start taking pictures?
Around the year 2000 I discovered that photography was the best way I had to tell stories and create mood. I explored and practiced for a while until 2012 when I realized there is a lot of study and preparation needed if you want to make a difference. Started going to workshops, understanding the magic behind beautiful images, meeting some of the photographers that I had been admiring since the beginning and I discovered a new light. 2013 was the year that made it for me when I really started combining my work in Europe with shootings in California.

How would you describe your work?
Simple, unretouched, emotional and moody. I really try to create that connection with the model that allows you to capture how she is, not only how she looks like. I always finish working with the impression that I was shooting a best friend. We probably talk 80% of the time we have together.

When you are not photographing amazing models, what do you enjoy doing?
I travel around 180 days a year. Discovering new places is a big part of my life and I still enjoy it a lot! As a more “standard” answer… Music. I play several instruments whenever I have a chance.

What’s the one word that describes you?
Detail-oriented.

Your happiest moment in life?
Professionally speaking: when I saw my images on a printed magazine for the first time. On a personal level really difficult to say, I have plenty of happy moments.

Your favorite place to shoot?
Anywhere in California, really. Beach, desert, rocks, forest, city… absolutely everything is there.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Still working as a photographer, hopefully as a residential contributor for some magazines. Still teaching photography workshops and with a couple of coffee table books published. And maybe… since the idea of starting a model agency run in my mind day on day off… why not? Let’s add it to the package.

And finally… Wine or beer?
As boring as it sounds I do not really drink alcohol. I can socially do it without problems but then no beer, please! I really don’t like beer.

Thank you!

http://sagarmanjarres.com/