The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Amber Mozo

Author: Angela Fernandez / Photos: Amber Mozo
08.29 / MB Series

Photographer: Amber Mozo

Instagram: @ambermozo

Where are you currently based? What makes home a good base for you?
I am based on the north shore of Oahu. The best part about being based at home is that I get to work and live in my favorite place in the world with my husband and my pup. Work doesn’t need to rip me apart from who I want to spend all my time with.

How did you get into photography? Tell us about your first experience (and your first camera!).
My first camera was a Canon 20D. It was the camera my dad drowned with. He was a water/wave photographer A few months after he died I picked it up and asked my mom if I could try it out and she said yes. I was 10 years old.

Tell us about your style of photography. How did you develop this style and what do you enjoy shooting the most?
I like to document and share moments with people who can't be where I am. I like my photos to stay true to way the moment unfolded in front of me. I don’t like messing or changing colors by over editing. I want my photos to always be as honest as possible.

Tell us about your current gear, what camera do you use? What lenses do you prefer? Post-editing?
I have a Canon 5D mark IV and I LOVE IT. My favorite lens is my 50mm, the 24-70mm and my 100-400. I'm all about the details when I shoot.

What are your thoughts on iPhone-ography?
I believe that photography is storytelling, and everyone deserves to share/show their story however they want. DSLR camera, film, iPhone, whatever camera helps you document and share is the best camera you could have ;)

Do you shoot things differently/look for different types of shots when you're shooting for Instagram as opposed to say a larger editorial? If so, can you give us an example?
I don’t really shoot for ‘’Instagram.’’ I take a lot of photos always, and sometimes hide them away in my computer or camera roll for months, then when I get in my ‘’moods’’ I'll edit and post on Instagram if I feel like it. I don’t do much paid work on Instagram. If I'm shooting an editorial I try to study the company I'm working for and cater to the style and shots they like while adding in my creativity and style as well. That way everyone can feel fulfilled working together.

Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable photos you’ve shot…
This is one of the hardest questions ever. I do have a story coming out with Red Bull this month that's a secret right now, so if you tune into that on the August 28, you’ll see ;)

What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
Where I live makes me motivated to shoot through all the seasons. The ocean is changing and inspiring me always.

Who has been a great influence or mentor to you and what did you learn from them that you still carry with you today?
My dad who died doing what he loved, water photography.

Three of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow and why...
I don’t have a top 3 but I enjoy seeing people online being 100% raw and real and themselves. People who are online to share and inspire, not to get paid and be ‘’popular’’.

Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
The secret to taking good photos is to have good times, all the time ;)

Can you give us three photography tips and explain each?
#1 Just shoot it. Don’t try to frame and perfect everything in your shot, let it unfold in front of you, because natural energy is always the most beautiful.

#2 Dont compare. Nowadays people compare their success to a number of followers on social media channels and it can be slow suicide to your creative side. Take tons of photos, share them, be proud of them, don’t worry about if it means something to other people or not. Just make sure it means something to you.

#3 Shoot what you LOVE. Don’t just shoot whats trendy, because that's just passionless and it will drain you. Your passions should lift you up, not exhaust you. Always shoot what you are in love with.

If you could shoot anyone, who would it be, where, and why?
If it were up to me, I would take photos of small children in villages in foreign lands I’ve never been to. In 2013 I traveled to 13 countries circling the globe and shot a lot of children in their small villages. It made me fall in love with photography. If I could shoot portraits of new faces everyday in new places, that would be me living my ultimate dream!

Finish the sentence...
If I weren’t afraid I would… Surf HUGE waves

I wouldn't be where I am today if… I wasn’t raised by Hawaii. This island has shaped and created me.

I've been listening to… Sylvan Esso

Kids these days… Are so driven and creative - it inspires me!

I look and feel my best when… I am the perfect amount of ‘sunburnt' and I just spend all day in the ocean

When no one is looking I… Try to take little naps everywhere I go, haha!

Traveling… Is the greatest way to learn about yourself

I respect… People who respect themselves.

I would recommend interviewing... @blueisabell

If I were to ask him/her a photography related question, I would want to know... What inspires your artwork and photo scenes/ stories?

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