Nico Villanueva is a fashion and portrait photographer based in Bellevue, Washington. His style is simple and he utilizes harsh light to his advantage. He adapts well and shoots beautiful portraits.
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Interview with Nico Villanueva
Nico Villanueva is known for his portraiture and fashion photography. I had the opportunity to talk to Nico about how he got started in photography and he gives his best advice to aspiring photographers.
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Question: Where are you from? What camera do you shoot with?
Villanueva: I am from San Diego but currently reside in Bellevue, Washington. I shoot with a Canon 6D Mark I.
Question: Favorite type of photography?
Villanueva: Fashion photography is my favorite type because of the styling and retouching aspects of it.
Question: Do you have a formal education in photography, or are you self taught?
Villanueva: I have only taken two basic photography classes. Most of everything I know now came from watching tutorial videos online. I’ve also learned quite a bit from assisting and second shooting for other photographers.
Question: If you only had one lens, what would it be and why?
Villanueva: 50mm. It’s a good in-between my usual kit, the 35, 50, and 85mm.
Question: Who are your inspirations?
Villanueva: Lara Jade. I simply love her aesthetic, work ethic, and ability to teach.
Question: What’s the best piece of photography advice you’ve been given?
Villanueva: “Shoot what you want to see.” Very simple and it’s what sparked my love for harsh light.
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Featured photo by Nico Villanueva/Portraits Refined.
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