I love photo manipulation and I hope you do too. Today we showcase the lovely photography of Raquel Jaramago, a photo manipulation specialist based out of Madrid, Spain who is doing some amazing things in the world of fashion photography.
However, photography wasn’t her first career choice. Prior to doing fashion photography, Jaramago was a 2D artist, helping to develop games for mobile, iPhone and PC, specializing in the pixel art technique. However, as she developed her personal skills in both graphic design and photography, she realized the best way to express her creativity was with pictures. Now armed with a masters in Fashion and Advertising Photography, she’s ready to take the fashion world by storm.
We recently had the opportunity to ask her a few question. Besides a few edits to make her answers more “reader” friendly, her answers have not been modified. Please enjoy the short Q&A below followed by her amazing photography. And if you have any questions or would like to connect with her, please e-mail us: info [at] ruggedDiAMOND [dot] com
Q&A with Raquel Jaramago
For Photography Fans
rD:As a photographer, what is your favorite memory to date?
RJ: I remember my early days in digital photography. An international magazine asked me to make some conceptual photos about general concepts [like] love, hate, beauty, sadness, loneliness…
I prepared these photos with great enthusiasm but [didn't] have [a lot of] resources, especially in lighting. At that time I [didn't have] spotlights or flashes, so I used 2 small lamps of continuous light for indoor shots, and the truth is that I was pleasantly surprised by the result.
I remember those photos with special love.
rD: What got you into photography?
RJ: [Photography] brings me the way to express my feelings and how I see the life around me, creating images that travel between the real world and a parallel reality full of fantasy and mystery.
rD: Favorite photograph by another photographer?
RJ: I like a lot of photographers, but I really love the pics of Tales Series by Eugenio Recuenco, he’s a nice Spanish photographer with a singular style and a awesome look of the world, and also I love the photographs of Natalie Shau (Lithuania) and her oniric and surrealistic images.
rD: Best experience as a photographer?
RJ: [My] favorite memory as photographer [is] when I published my first photos. These pics were from the “Lady Mechanika” Series (below). Suddenly, I wasn’t an anonymous artist and people [we're] sending me a lot of congratulations. That was a really amazing sensation.
rD: Worst experience as a photographer?
RJ: I think my worst experience was the day of my first photo shoot with models in the studio. I remember I was very nervious, not sure how to manage the model and how to explain [to] her my idea and the expressions and attitudes that I wanted. While my Master’s teacher looked at me and gave me [guidance], [there] was a great mountain of things in my head and I was oppressed, but [in] the end, the photos turned out much better than I expected.
For Other Professionals
rD: Camera/Lens of choice?
RJ: I actually have one Camara: Digital Reflex Nikon D90 12.3mp Afs Dx18-105g, with 3 lenses:
-Sigma DG macro 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
-Tamron SP 10-24mm 1:3.5-4.5
-Nikkor 18-105 mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED
rD: First ever camera?
RJ: My first reflex camera was a Nikon f65 35mm film SLR camera, [purchased] in 2001. I still [hold] it in a [special] place in my life.
rD: Favorite photoshop plugin/brush/pattern?
RJ: I really love the foggies and smoke brushes and all the effects of lighting, [they] give special atmospheres to the images and to [provide] surrealistic and more mysterious effects.
Advice about dealing with models (in front of the lens talent)?
RJ: I can say from my experience as a photographer that the best way to deal with the models is to hear what they have to say about their ideas, feelings and life, so [that] you can get to know that person [and then] reflect their attitude and personality in each photograph.
rD: Do you have a signature technique or are you working on one? If so, explain?
RJ: I would love to learn more skills and techniques [for] 3D images. That way I could to get more fantastic atmospheres incorporating 3D items [with] my images. I think that is not [tough] to mix photography with other art techniques to achieve certain effects, settings or ideas.
“Beauty” – Photo&Edition: Raquel Jaramago. Models: SaraStudio. Make-Up: Chelo Escobar
Photo&Edition: Raquel Jaramago. Model: Rebeca Rifka. Make-Up: Natalia Carballo. Hair Styling: Marian Asensio
Photo&Edition: Raquel Jaramago. Model: Red Mary. Clothes Styling: Felicias Shop. Make-Up: Maria M.Bravo. Hair Styling: Marian Asensio
Photo&Edition: Raquel Jaramago. Models: Felicia Dark Tenebresse / Eva Diaz. Make-Up: Roux Makeup. Clothes Styling: Felicias Shop. Hair Styling: Marian Asensio. Special Thanks: Baccara Floristas
Photo&Edition: Raquel Jaramago; Model: Red Mary; Make up & Hair Styling: Tamara Ventas Escobar; Special Thanks: Bar “El Milord”/bar-cafe “Continental”
Photo&Edition: Raquel Jaramago; Models: Felicia Dark Tenebresse, Red Mary, Alvaro Zosk; Clothes Style: Felicias Shop; Make up: Kris Maquilladora
Photo&Edition: Raquel Jaramago. Model: Red Mary. Makeup & Hair Styling: Silvia Cifuentes. Clothes Styling: Felicias Shop, Red Mary, Raquel Jaramago
For more information on Raquel Jaramago please visit her website: jaramatography.com
If you’d like to contact Raquel for inquiries, please e-mail here: firstname.lastname@example.org