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This week I interview Milos Horvat. I was introduced to Milos by my buddy David Beckstead. Well, all I can say is AWESOME! Milos is from Slovenia and shoots weddings with his wife Nataša. They make a perfect wedding photography team. They are unique and their style is highly distinctive. His use of natural light, composition and passion for his craft is awesome. His work is definitely taking wedding photography to the next level. Milos Horvat is definitely what these interviews are all about, creativity, vision and passion. I will definitely take you up on your offer for a Taylor family portrait next time were in Slovenia. Enjoy the interview and as always leave a comment.
Tell us a little bit about Miloš Horvat?
A simple version …... I am 36 years old, married for 9 years with the woman of my life, having a lovely 7-year-old daughter Klara, living a happy family life in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe.
A more complicated one…amazed every single day, with the complexity (or simplicity) of life and being a human.
A photographical one…a lot of people call me the wedding photography God here in Slovenia, but that is what they just call me. I think, I just used a chance that life offered me or even better, I followed my feelings even if I had to work hard to accomplish it.
And the most important one …actually the best thing was to teach my wife Nataša to also become a photographer. So, actually, we are a husband and wife team.
Where is home?
At the moment we live in a house that Nataša and I built by ourselves on a hill above Ljubljana – the capital city of Slovenia. It’s still not completely finished but I can see the whole city from my bed. It is really cool at night when all the lights are on. That was our dream from the beginning. Now, new dreams are already being created in our minds.
If you could live anywhere on this awesome planet where would you build your dream home?
As stated in my previous answer, more and more I am convienced that I would like to live somewhere near the sea, maybe even on a boat. Who knows, let’s just see what life brings us.
What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
That is hard. I have zillion things in my head all the time. But I am pretty relaxed and calm at the moment.
Did you go to school to study photography?
How long have you been a photographer?
Got my first camera in 1999. Amateur till 2004, half pro till 2006 and a full pro since then.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
This is my 6-th season.
What or who got you started in wedding photography?
I learnt all kinds of photography, landscapes, nature, documentary, sports, portraits, nude etc., but after I shot my first wedding everybody was telling me that I am perfect for weddings.
How would you describe your style?
Journalistic photography with environmental portraits, trying to master the ambience, with a goal to show the couples’ personality.
How many weddings do you do average per year?
Do you have some recent images you can share with us?
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I shoot with Canon 5dII, Natasa with 5d (that camera just doesn’t want do die, so it could be replaced ha-ha).
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
Lenses. I’m crazy about lenses.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
That is hard; I told you I’m crazy about lenses. Can’t decide between 35 1.4 or 50mm prime. But for a long time I only worked with 24 and 85 prime.
What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?
Two 580 flashes, one small soft box (which I never have time to use) and a video light that I always forget in my car.
Can you describe how and when you use flash, video light, reflectors and natural light during a wedding?
I always search for natural light, when there is no light or the light is very bad I use flash or video light.
What is your favourite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?
I can’t remember any of it.
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
What is your most used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc.?
My basic batch action that runs over every single image. It’s created from several different actions.
Are you a MAC or PC lover?
Switching to MAC for years but still didn’t get there and the chances are smaller since new Win 7 is out.
Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so what do you have your eyes on?
I still use 85 1.8 and can’t decide if it’s worth getting 1.2 and it’s also time for a faster computer.
I finally feel I have mastered my Crash-Art workflow; can you briefly describe for the readers your photographic workflow after a wedding?
Edit with Photomechanic, than rename, develop RAW with C1 to get as »opened« files as possible, than batch a general action to get a punch and finalize best selected with PS.
I use Queensberry albums, what wedding albums do you supply your clients with and do you design them yourself or outsource the design?
I work with Graphistudio from the beginning, but also have a local bookbinder for special projects.
How do you feel about cropping an image?
It’s very important for every photographer to learn how to crop an image. Today I almost don’t crop anymore.
I choose photographers for these interviews because their work inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing, hence the interview. What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing imagery?
Life, people and weddings themselves.
What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
There were so many beautiful ones that I can’t choose one.
If you could shoot a wedding with someone who would it be and why?
Poser!!!. For me at the moment he is from another planet.
Do you have an assistant/2nd shooter that accompanies you on wedding assignments?
As told...we always work together with my wife. In 6 years only once I did a wedding by myself beccause Nataša had burns on her hands.
How many images do you average per wedding and how many do you usually present to your clients?
Together between 1000-4000. In percentages, 70% mine, 30% Nataša’s. We deliver between 300-800 images and approximately 150-250 final retouched in slideshow. Wedding book contains on average about 60 pages.
Where would be your dream destination wedding?
There are so many cool places on this planet. If I had a chance I would shoot weddings from all different cultures and places in the world.
How do you make the bride and groom, bridal party etc… feel relaxed in front of your Canon 5D?
During the formals sometimes I need to be loud (but try to be fun at the same time), cause people never listen since their minds are all over the place and I don’t want to spend much time there.
While making the portraits of the couple I just talk about everyday things with them. During the day stay as unobtrusive as possible.
Have you ever had anything go wrong at a wedding and if so, how did you handle it?
I did have 3 card failures at the beginning when cards were not as reliable as today. Since then, no other problems.
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently? Can you describe their creation in regards to location, lighting, composition, camera settings etc, also your thoughts when creating the images and what they mean to you?
I will rather show here three of mine editorial images.
1. This one was taken during the SWB in Slovenia at the abandon industrial complex. I starded playing with 45mm TS lens and I simply love it. Light here was totaly natural...I just used all kinds of diagonals (wood, windows) and put a model in the middle.
2. This one is from editorial that we have done in Italy for wedding magazine. Very simple shot with 50mm and natural light.
3. Another one from editorial for the magazine. Again very simple 85mm and window light.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?
Creating a story that will evoke emotions when people watch it. Showing the mood, the energy and the personality of the people and of course always trying to figure out something new.
What do you think of the wedding photography industry at the moment and where do you see it in 5 years from now?
Probably »the fusion« of photo and video will get stronger and stronger.
A wedding photographer who inspires you?
Too many to enumerate them all in this interview.
A website and/or blog you visit often?
My bookmarks holds about 100+blogs and photography related sites. I am an info junkie.
The first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Grega Sajn – www.zarocena.si because he is my close friend and also an excellent wedding photographer.
The last workshop or seminar you attended and why?
David Beckstead was here from 24th June – 5th August and we had SWB here in Slovenia. He is a great guy, great photographer and teacher - and during the years we become really good friends.
Do you have any workshops or seminars planned for the future?
A friend who is some kind of »clairvoyant« told me that I will be a world known teacher. Ha- ha. Who knows, maybe someday. I did one last year for free for a local photography organization and the place was almost too small for all the attendants 120+. People ask me all the time here in Slovenia if I do workshops, but I did rather give my knowledge for free to a few people who in my opinion have talent and do things how they should be done.
What photographic organizations do you belong to?
One way you market Milos Horvat Photographers?
Create happy and thankful clients who carry my name around.
Do you advertise? If so where?
I do a full spread in the best Slovenian wedding magazine once a year. I have wedding organizers here in Slovenia and also in Italy and Austria who send me couples.
How important is an awesome website for your business?
It’s probably very important. I am working on a new one all the time, but most of the time only in my head. Ha-ha.
If not a photographer, I would have liked to be a marine biologist studying the great white shark. What would you have been?
I would do different things but only for one month each, or until I would start to get bored or even better till I would learn the lesson.
I realize that each great photographer has a particular penchant or love for photographing a particular subject whether it be nature, portraits, sea or landscapes, shadow and light, etc. as a result I would love to have you talk about and share whatever images you feel appropriate of your own private obsession in the magical world of photography.
I have lots of great personal images from years before I started with my professional career, but very little recent ones. Now my hard disks are full of weddings, portraits, editorials, fashion and a few other commercial stuff. The reason for this is that sometimes I am so sick of camera that I don’t even want to see it. I really push myself to do a portrait of my little girl from time to time. But here are few from this year that I like...
1. I really loved to shoot landscape years ago. This one was shot this summer when we were sailing with friends along the Croatian coast.
2. Another one from this trip. Street life on one of the Croatian islands. Life goes on really slowly there.
3. Another one from sailing. This one was shot when we were returning back to the marina. Nataša said that those moments sitting on the bow of the ship were one of the most magical in her life.
4. I always liked watching people on the public transport. This one was shot few days ago on Vaporeto boat in Venice, going to a wedding. This old guy had such a special expression looking around; I really felt the power of life in his eyes at that moment.
5. No comment ha-ha.
6. This was actually a test shot of a new 24 1.4 lens when we were having a SWB up in the Slovenian mountains. The model is my good friend Olaf Siebert a wedding photographer from Croatia who also attended the workshop. He was all crazy about this shot, so when I had a second look I said well that’s not bad at all.
7. The master of light...David Beckstead searching for light during the workshop.
8. And a portrait of my beautiful wife, who many times needs to carry all kinds of stuff when we’re working. In this case these were the Bride and Groom’s hats.
Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph?
Again the answer is too many people and too many things to choose only one.
When I was 2nd shooting I was picking everybody’s brain, I still am actually. That’s why I love these interviews so much. Every interview I learn something that makes me a better photographer. What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue wedding photography?
Think twice before you jump in this train called wedding photography, because probably you only see one side of the coin.
We know that each of us has someone or something, which inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?
The answer is probably God. Now I used word »GOD« already twice in this interview, but the funny thing is that I am not religious at all.
Is there anything you would have done differently during your photographic career?
If I would only finish 10% of the marketing ideas that I had, I would probably be... but you know I believe things in life always happen, as they need to happen.
Name one photographer you would like to take a portrait of?
Name one sports player you would like to take a portrait of?
Blanka Vlašič (Croatian high jump athlete) for playboy edition.
If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…
I would capture portraits of kids at school.
I’ve learned the most from…
My grandfather who passed away back in 1997.
What talent would you most like to have?
Huh...I have lots of talents, but let me think. I could be a better dancer.
Something you’re still learning?
Patience and controlling the stress.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife, my daughter and my family.
What is your greatest fear?
Did you know that death is the mother of all fears?
Something that is overrated?
Something you’re saving up for?
A simple house on a beach somewhere where it’s warm and peaceful and a small wooden boat. And of course for my daughters wedding ha-ha.
What item do you wish you had designed?
If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be?
Bill Clinton. Of course I would ask him what was all that thing about Monica, ha-ha.
Where you’ll find me on a Friday night at 9 p.m.?
Probably surfing the web.
Your favourite film (movie) of all time?
Again only one? That’s hard for me, so I will tell you two: »Life is beautiful« and »The Shawshank Redemption«
Who would play you in a film (movie) of your life?
First thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Travel around the world indefinitely.
Which five words would your friends use to describe you?
Very analytic, open minded and full of ideas. Helpful, intelligent, sometimes lazy.
What ambition have you not yet achieved?
Too many ambitions to achieve in my lifetime?
What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
Not very different from what I do today, but with less stress and more money.
And the last question, if you had one wish…
More peace and love on earth. I really wish life generally would go slower and simpler...we are all becoming the prisoners of the system.
Oh one more, if someone said ‘how can I be the next Miloš Horvat?’ What would you say?
Ha, that would be hard, but you can find your own way!
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