The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Angelo Vazquez
Photographer: Angelo Vazquez
Location: I’m from Eagle Rock, Califonia, which is 15 minutes away from DTLA. It’s an advantage living close to LA, because it breeds a lot of opportunity.
Style: Landscape. You have to pay attention to everything like all the angles and everything in the shot. My favorite thing to shoot would be streetwear. I love streetwear and shooting lookbooks. I love taking photos of different styles and art, it’s really dope to me! Shooting fashion is my passion and my goal is to shoot for Vogue so I’m constantly trying to evolve and get my pictures up to par.
Equipment: Right now, I have a Canon 5D Mark 3 with a Canon 35mm 1.4. I like using the 35mm because it’s not too wide and not too tight. It’s totally perfect for my style. As for editing, I like to use Lightroom and Photoshop.
How did you get into photography? Tell us about your first experience.
I started off with landscape shooting. There was this event a couple of years ago called Underground Meet Up by Rude Dogg 93, who was one of the hosts. When that happened, I started shooting landscape and then started Conquer LA. It’s a community for photographers where we'd host a meet every month. After that though, I got really really tired since you can’t make money with landscape photos. That led me to meet a girl named @emilythemermaid, she’s a cosplayer and I did portraits for the first time, and it just started from there. I just went for it and I figured I better do it and learn from a bit of trial and error. I really enjoy shooting fashion and lifestyle now.
“My homies push me to be better. They’re straight up with me."
Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable photos you’ve shot…
I don’t have a best photo. But there was this one time we trespassed into a building in front of the Ritz Carlton. We ended up burning the spot because we stayed there so long that someone called the cops. They took our information down and kept it in their records. That’s the other reason why I stopped doing landscape, because I got caught up. They let us go but I was like 17 years old, so that was it for me.
Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
There’s no secret. You just keep going until you get it. If there is something, the magic is definitely in the details of the clothes and the location.
What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
My homies push me to be better. They’re straight up with me. One of my friends, Gabe, is super blunt when I ask for feedback and he’ll tell me when something’s wack and that pushes me to step my game up. Gabe is a photographer too, so we just go out and shoot on the daily.
Who has been a great influence or mentor to you and what did you learn from them that you still carry with you today?
Dennis and Gabe are both of my close friends who are photographers. With Dennis, it's more about helping me to be more humble and nice because sometimes I talk sh*t, so he taught me not to burn bridges. He’s like the homie that cleaned up my act because I had a bad attitude back then. Gabe is more about the creative, he’s the one who critiques my photos. I’ve known Gabe and Dennis for like 2-3 years and they’ve helped me evolve as an individual and to put out better work.
Tell us three photography tips.
1. Scout the location first; know the angles that you want to take so you don’t waste the model's time.
2. Match the outfit with the location.
3. Don’t look at the photos until the end of the night so you don’t waste time. You don’t need to review your photos after every shot. You want to maximize natural movements.
Finish the sentence.
If I weren’t afraid I would… just walk into Vogue and shoot. I would take everyone’s clients because I know I could do it.
I wouldn't be where I am today if... God didn’t give me another talent to open my eyes in a creative way. I used to dance, and my friend happened to have a Canon 30D. I played around with it and immediately got hooked.
I've been listening to... Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.
Kids these days... are creative. I was born in '91. Kids these days are super advanced with technology and they're fast learners.
I look and feel my best when… I have music on.
When no one is looking I… still dance... low key.
Traveling... to Paris would give me a lot of inspiration because of the architecture. I also want to go to Tokyo because the fashion and culture there is top notch.
I respect... people who came from nothing. Who came from the ground up with no handouts - just hard work.