MOLL Magazine gets up close and personal with contributing photographer from Israel Mike Mor.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m 36, and photography is my passion, I love looking at life through the lens. It’s a big part of who I am. I have been taking pictures a long time, but professionally I have been doing this only for several years.
Where are you from and what type of photography do you specialize in?
I’m from Israel, and I specialize in Fashion & beauty photography.
How would you describe your style?
I try to bring a different view, and combine old and new visuals with a twist.
Is this what you enjoy shooting most?
It is 🙂
Where have we seen your work?
Fashion and glamour magazines around the world.
How long have you been a photographer?
Did you go to school to study photography?
Yes, several professional courses, but I learned the most with experimenting, and just shooting.
Your go to equipment list (If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?)
Nikon D600, 70mm-200mm 2.8, 85mm 1.4
What inspires you to shoot and come up with your concepts?
Everything around me, movies, TV shows, politics, recycling, and everything!
Any artists whose work has influenced you most?
Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Mert & Marcus, Bruce Weber
Do you natural crop your images the way you want or crop more in post production?
I try to leave as less as possible to post production
Do you use tools for post processing? Explain your work flow.
Catalog via lightroom, and photoshop for postproduction.
How long does it take you to finish one final retouch or photo on average from start to finish?
Between 30 – 120 minutes. depending on the image
What makes a picture good, and then another one so great it stand’s out from the average?
I think the connection between the photographer and the rest of the team.
What is most challenging to you about being a photographer? Do you personally deal with any hurdles or are you trying to overcome any?
I think there are 2 significant challenges, one is when you do your own creative work, which is to export your vision in the way you see it in your head. The other is commercial, when you get a challenge to show something that you haven’t done before, in your own style.
Best ways a photographer can promote their self?
I use social media, try to upload photos that best reflect my work.
How important is it for you to make a connection with your subject(s) to bring out their true self?
I think it’s the most important thing in a photo…. Something you can’t retouch, or fake.
A true connection is the difference between a good photo, and a great one !
Why do you take photos?
Usually, a frame just pops in my head, and I just have to shoot it. It’s a way for me to express myself.
Model Credit: Maya, Israeli Beauty