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Interview with photographer Nico Villanueva

by David Em
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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.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

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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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About David Em

David Em.

David Em is the founder of Portraits Refined. He’s a published portrait photographer dedicated to helping photographers develop skills, capture incredible photos, and build successful businesses.

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