Gracing our first ever vendor profile section, A CHAT WITH A VENDOR, is photographer KAINDO STEFANO.
- Who exactly is Kaindo Stefano?
Kaindo Stefano is a Child of God, who loves art … a JOURNALIST by profession and a radio broadcaster. MEDIA is my life and photography is my no. 1 hobby.
- How did you develop an interest in photography?
My interest in photography came about when I was just a young lad. I remember when I was in class 6, nagging my dad to buy me a camera albeit a small one because I loved the light produced by the flash and the shutter release sound.
My dad made me wait for 2 more years and I got my first camera while in class 8. My first major shoot was on a trip to the Nairobi National Park and the Bomas of Kenya while still in primary school. I took 32 photos with my small black low budget analogue camera but sadly only a handful were usable the rest were all overexposed. I had to return 10 shillings to each and every student who had paid for the service.
That is my most memorable photography fail that haunts me up to date.
- What equipment do you prefer to use?
This is my best part. It usually depends with the location.
While Outdoors I mostly use strobes depending with the intensity of the sun, reflectors or sometimes an overhead speedlite.
While indoors, strobes work really well for me, I create a nice set up and work with that.
One thing that all professional photographers need is a GOOD camera. I can’t emphasize this more. I prefer Canon products and to avoid any future fails (after my class 8 stunt), I invest in good quality cameras.
Wireless triggers are also a must have. I also never lack some strong and sturdy tripods.
- Do you have any formal training?
Yes, I do have professional training on both analogue and digital photography.
I can easily process photos in a dark room just as I can process digital photos.
These are two different types of photo processes that each upcoming photographer should learn. That is both the analogue and digital processes.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would this be?
It would definitely be in Hawaii. I view myself as a “beach boy” because the white sandy beaches, the warm climate and the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets are to die for!!
Photography on the beach is priceless.
- How long have you been a photographer?
I would say forever! Hahahaaaa! But professionally, I would say 3 years plus 1 year of heartbreaks and disappointments thus making it 4 years.
The reason why I mentioned heartbreaks and disappointments is because photographers out there are not willing to mentor upcoming photographers.
I had to learn the hard way and I am still learning.
- How would you describe your style? And what differentiates you from other photographers?
I don’t believe in short cuts. I give my best shot in all that do.
I would rather not take up a job that will lower my standards, than do it just for the sake of it. It is always better for one to pay well and expect good results than to be stingy and end up with something not worth it, remember that cheap is expensive.
I am different from other photographers in that I believe in nurturing new talent. It is always great if you can pass on a skill to someone else who is looking to grow.
- If you could choose one specific lens, which one would you pick?
I would choose Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II USM
- What lighting equipment do you take with you to a shoot?
I take strobes with and a few continuous lights (dimmable). I also never forget my speedlite in case of an emergency.
- Can you describe how and when you use flash, video light, reflectors and natural light during a shoot?
Flash lights, video lights and reflectors are essential during a shoot.
A well-lit photo is always appealing to the eye since you can see all the details on the subject.
Flash lights and video lights when arranged in the three-point lighting mode will definitely give you a well-lit subject. A reflector comes in handy when you want to bounce the light back in case of a poorly lit subject or while trying to kill the shadows.
I use speedlites and reflectors while shooting outdoors to ensure that no shadows are visible below the eyes, nose and the chin while shooting under natural light.
- How important is Photoshop in your final images?
It’s all about the attitude in the photo and the creativity during a photoshoot.
The costumes, location, lighting, pose, mood and the atmosphere speak volumes on how the final image will look like. If you get everything right during the shoot then you will have amazing photos as your final product, thus minimizing the need to Photoshop an image.
- What is your inspiration when it comes to photography?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Any photo that can tell a story without any written word on it inspires me a lot. That is what I seek to create.
- What is your favorite most recently shot image?
My most favorite recent shot image is an early morning image I took when the leaves were still wet around the compound live fence.
- Name one photographer who inspires you.
Kim Mendoza. She is a Wedding and Lifestyle photographer from California, who is totally amazing at what she does.
- What packages do you offer and can one get a customized package for their specific needs?
I like working around a client’s budget. This gives us a room to discus and get to a conclusion that favors all parties.
I have tried working with customized packages but sadly clients tend to believe packages are final and cannot be negotiated.
- How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
In terms of deposits, whether it’s for a wedding, portrait, family, food or lifestyle shoot; half the budget is always essential in order to kickstart the process smoothly. Then the remainder is paid during the delivery of the final project.
- What is your refund/cancellation policy?
It has never happened to me, but I believe brand creation should entail a lot of honesty and trust.
If the shoot is cancelled before it has already begun, then a full refund should be due as soon as possible. On the event that the cancellation happens while the shoot is underway, then a sensible discussion should be held to determine the amount due for the refund.
- Where can our readers find out more about you and your works?
Facebook: Kaindo Stefano photography
You can also follow me on twitter : @kaindostefano
The social media pages are still young but the responses they are getting are very encouraging!
- Last words for other upcoming photographers?
Be punctual during the shoot, and let the end product speak for you. This speaks volumes of your professionalism.
If you approach people for mentoring and they show you an ugly heart, don’t give up, I went through it all. Just give me a call and I will assist where I can although am still learning too.
That is all from Kaindo Stefano, on our CHAT WITH A VENDOR SECTION today.
Are you also a Vendor in the vast Wedding industry and you would like to expose yourself, your products and your brand to the world? Get in touch with us and you could also grace our Chat room one of these fine days!
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