We talk to Michael Ostuni is a New York City based photographer with over 15 years experience in the field. He offers inventive concepts, top notch image quality and excellent client service. Versatile and creative, Michael will shoot portraits, events, fashion, weddings, red carpet and fine art.
How did it all start?
About 15 years ago I started by taking pictures of things that I found beautiful, people, landscapes, abstractions… I moved on to photographing bands and small weddings. I always knew the typical 9-5 wasn’t for me, so I decided to move to NYC with the intent of making a career out of taking photos. After about 5 years of shooting freelance, I started working for Patrick McMullan and Getty Images. That opened up a lot of doors for me, as well as sharpened my skills. From there I’ve been able to make a living with my camera, which I am grateful for.
What do you see when you’re behind a lens?
I try to go into each shoot with fresh eyes and an open mind. Most of the time, I know what I’m trying to capture, so I’m chasing that image. Other times, I am sketching and searching for an opportunity. The subject and environment are constantly changing, so I’m always adapting and recomposing.
How does it make you feel?
Alive. I find it relaxing and stimulating at the same time. Photographing events in NYC can be quite intense, but I seem to find calmness in the madness.
What was your pinch me moment when you knew you had made it as a photographer?
Shaking Robert Deniro’s hand.
What’s the most interesting or incredible life changing image you have taken that you’re most proud of?
Do you have tips or guidance for us mere amateurs ?
If you are looking to take your photography to the next level, you have to be an opportunist. Make that step into each open door along the way and take advantage of every opportunity no matter how big or small. Put in the work, and refine it. Learn your worth, and through your perseverance, you can claim your place.
If someone wanted to get to be one of the best photographers in the world like yourself, what advice would you give them?
That is a tough title to live up to, but I would say, stay focused, have clear goals, and be open-minded to new techniques and approaches to the craft. Stay on top of technology and follow other photographers that inspire you