Small Talk with Sophie Hemels

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I never really like to label myself as only a photographer, cause, of course, I do take photo and I do it for a living, but it is not my intention to only be a photographer and to die taking photos. This is more the stepping-stone to a bigger thing, dunno yet what, maybe movies, maybe artist management, maybe my own label, we’ll see.

Hello Sophie, how would you describe your work?
My work could be be described as doing what I love, I guess. It’s that simple. I take photo for a living, working with great artists or cool brands and people. I always style my own shoots so it is always fully my project.

When did you decide to become a photographer?
I never deliberatly took the decision, it just sort of happened. I took photos out of boredom when I grew up, then noticed that I liked it and continued doing that. It’s what I’m still doing. There is no pressure and I work without rules, so photography is one big playground for me. Luckily I never did a photo study to tell me what and how, so all I do comes literally from my heart.

Your most happy moment in life ?
Somewhere in Australia, I think. Just that whole time, the vibe, the people, the people and places I shot. It was magnificent.

What is the most challenging part about being a photographer for you?
I never really like to label myself as only a photographer, cause, of course, I do take photo and I do it for a living, but it is not my intention to only be a photographer and to die taking photos. This is more the stepping-stone to a bigger thing, dunno yet what, maybe movies, maybe artist management, maybe my own label, we’ll see. But to answer the question, it can be challenging to make a living out of this profession and in the mean time work on different project in other fields of work. The struggle makes it exciting though haha!

Your favorite movie?
Everything Xavier Dolan touches (except for Tom a la ferme), Dogpound, Whiplash for sure. It reminded me of the time I was still in the Dutch National Ballet Academy, it’s the same terrible vibe. Other movies; just a lot of arthouse, a lot of movies that leave me unsettled.

And your favorite place to shoot ?
Outside, always. Preferably bright sunlight, in or near nature or beaches. Skateparks.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I have no idea. Hopefully in another place from where I am now, or I’ll find myself terribly boring. Maybe studying somewhere, opening a shop, maybe living in NYC with my friend Ina, maybe living in Sydney, Australie or with my babe on a tiny mountain, he making music, me writing something. We’ll see.

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