Born in Bursa (Turkey) in 1987, Eylül Ezik is a fashion photographer based in Istanbul (Turkey). She graduated from Istanbul University in English Literature, and then, having a passion for photography, she studied at the Istanbul Fashion Academy in fashion photography. From literature to photography, she creates a visual language in the fashion area, specifically editorial photography. Story-telling is the main thing in her works, and her sources of inspiration are movies, narrations, cultures, and daily life itself.
Finding beauty in the everyday: a chat with photographer Eylül Ezik
You can find Eylül Ezik here:
- Website: www.eylulezik.com
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @eylulezik
- Twitter: @eylulezik
- Facebook: @EylülEzik
- LinkedIn: @eylulezik
Hi Eylül, how long have you been working as a photographer now?
I have been working as a fashion photographer since 2016.
What inspired you to become a photographer? What were your first steps?
It was a long process to find out what the real me was. From the beginning, my only idea was to do something related to literature, but after that, I realized I wanted to tell stories visually.
When I was a student at the university, I was a member of the photography club. This was my first step to learning photography. It was just an exciting hobby for me at first. I did not think I could do it as a job during those years. After I graduated, my main concern was to earn money. I got a job as an English teacher, but it was not exactly my dream. The only thing I knew was that I had to do something different to express myself. After a couple of years, I took a short course in fashion photography. Then I said yes; this was really what I wanted to do. But the course was not enough by itself, clearly. I quit my job and concentrated on fashion photography. I did many test shoots with models and made collaborations with some designers both in Turkey and Europe, and then it went on. Moreover, I worked too hard, learned and experienced a lot, and imagined and believed in myself. So I am here.
Are you a professional or an amateur photographer?
I am a professional with an amateur soul.
What is your favorite subject to photograph?
I do like mainly editorial photography as a fashion photographer. I enjoy telling a story in a specific mood with models. I create the story in my mind and make the models pose accordingly.
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What kit do you shoot with?
I use a Canon 5D MarkIV with a 24-70mm Canon lens, but in most of my shootings I also use analog cameras, especially Rolleiflex, which is my favorite.
How would you define your photographic style?
Actually, it is difficult for me as a photographer to define my style, but I can say it is dramatic, instinctual, and makes you feel like you are in a movie in carefully selected locations.
Which editing software do you usually use?
I generally use Capture One Pro and Adobe Photoshop.
John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?
Most photographers can gain clients thanks to social media; I am one of those. When I post my work, especially on Instagram, this makes me visible to my potential clients. Sometimes I pay for sponsored ads on Instagram. This is also really effective.
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How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?
As a fashion photographer, I have to work with a team that basically consists of a stylist, a make-up artist, a hair stylist, assistants, and models. So, we are doing collective work. The set dates are generally programmed at least a week ago, and I only work on those days. We usually work all day long, for example, 8–10 hours a day. My busiest working periods are at the beginning of the fall/winter or spring/summer collections in the fashion industry.
In my free time, I mostly watch movies, travel, read to feed myself, and do sports at least three days a week.
What would you do differently if you would start again?
I wish I could do it a little bit earlier.
A professional photographer is also an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?
I have many favorites, but these are the first ones that come to mind:
- Brave New World/Aldous Huxley
- The Time Regulation Institute/Ahmet Hamdi Tanpnar
- The Trial of Franz Kafka
- The Waves/Virgina Woolf
- Notes From Underground: Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Talented Mr. Ripley and Patricia Highsmith
- Las Babas Del Diablo (The Devil’s Drool)/Julian Cortazar
What was the best advice you have ever received as a photographer? Do you have any advice for other photographers?
Take your steps according to how you want to see yourself after ten years. This was the best advice I have ever received. I totally agree with this advice. Besides, I can say to the other photographers that they should fully believe themselves and never give up.
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Top 3 mobile apps on your smartphone?
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Your last vacation?
A short trip to London
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