The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Vanessa Granda
Photographer: Vanessa Granda
Location: New York Citayyyy. Idk why, but that's the only way I can say it, haha. NYC is just a hub for people doing cool shit. Surrounded by all this creativity helps me really get into an artistic zone, just keeps me working hard.
Style: I'lI describe my photos as feminine, colorful and kinda awkward. I used to experiment with different photography techniques until I found a style I could really call my own and feel the most myself with. I like taking still life and fashion images but all in a fun, colorful setting.
Equipment: I'm currently attached to my Canon Mark III. It's seriously a phenomenal camera. I used to be partial to the 85mm, but I've been digging the 24-70mm lately, it allows me to shoot anything from close-ups to wide, I like the versatility. As for post-editing, it's all about Photoshop. I like my photos quite saturated and Photoshop allows me to manipulate the photo in a way that I like.
Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
Stalking ~ no seriously, I've walked behind people that have caught my eye and have taken a photo as soon as their in the perfect frame.
How did you get into photography? Tell us about your first experience.
When I was younger, I really enjoyed creating things, whether that was drawing, making collages or throwing paint at my brother. I had a chance to take pictures for the school newspaper and it’s something that I’ve really stuck with since then. I’m not good at sticking to things I don’t love and photography I love.
Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable photos you’ve shot...
I was shooting Georgian actress Tina Makharadze and we were around Central park. We were trying to capture a real 'Uptown New York' vibe. While I was shooting, a dog walker passed by and we jokingly asked to borrow one of the dogs for the shoot. He surprisingly handed us the leash and we got some seriously cute shots with the pup.
“Do whatever the F you want. If you want a model riding a unicorn in a onesie, do it. If you want to stick a sneaker in cheesecake, do it. Don't be afraid to get as weird as you want with it.”
What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
I'm originally from Miami, so the whole art deco scene serves as a huge inspiration. I'm also really into collecting vintage Vinyl cover art on the internet as of late, for interesting color schemes that I'll use in a shoot.
Who has been a great influence or mentor to you and what did you learn from them that you still carry with you today?
Ugh, I love the work of Mert + Marcus, their aesthetic is highly color-saturated and polished. There's almost a sense of hyperrealism and I'm a big fan. Also, Mika Ninagawa, she's an incredible photographer with a knack for extremely busy and colorful sets. I learned that you can seriously do whatever you want, there are no rules, you can get as crazy as your imagination takes you.
Tell us three photography tips.
1) Do whatever the F you want. If you want a model riding a unicorn in a onesie, do it. If you want to stick a sneaker in cheesecake, do it. Don't be afraid to get as weird as you want with it.
2) Study. Look up video tutorials, read interviews, shadow other photographers. Study your craft, it will help you out in the long run.
3) Back up your photos. The worst thing that can happen is that you lose all your work. Get a hard drive, be responsible.
Finish the sentence...
If I weren’t afraid I would... Igo blonde.
I wouldn't be where I am today if... I hadn't moved to New York.
I've been listening to... Majid Jordan 'shake,shake,shake.'
Kids these days... need better role models.
I look and feel my best when... my eyebrows are done.
When no one is looking I... think out loud.
Traveling... gives me a high.
I respect... people who do whatever they want.
Tag a friend to feature and ask them a question.
Daniela Spector, @dirtyyydan. In your opinion, what makes a successful shoot?
Daniela Spector answered: My most successful shoots have been when I've really connected with my subject, whether it's a person, place or object. Even if the photos don't turn out as well as I had hoped, the connection I had still resonates and helps maintain my excitement for photography. Also, doughnuts. Doughnuts definitely help with a successful shoot.