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Street style and fashion photographer Fabrizio Di Paolo’s passion for all things style is clearly evident in every shot he takes. Here he talks about his favourite place to shoot, why he thinks Italians have an innate sense of style and the most memorable shot he’s ever taken.


Introduce yourself, your personal style and describe a typical day for you

My name is Fabrizio Di Paolo, I'm a street style and fashion photographer. If I have to describe myself in three words I would say that I'm ambitious, enterprising and positive.

I’ve always been very fond of photography but I have developed my skills for nearly 15 years. I started to teach myself photography and afterwards I attended a lot of masterclasses.

My typical day is divided between shooting on location and work in the studio, always accompanied by good music.

 

How does your Italian heritage inspire your fashion photography? Tell us a bit more about Italian fashion. Who are your favourite Italian designers?

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that the Italians have an innate sense of style. Whether you are talking about fashion or design, sooner or later you arrive at the Italian genius for impeccable elegance and modern chic. My favourite Italian designers are Armani, Versace and Valentino, a clearly defined Italian style.  

Are there any fashion photography secrets you’ve learned over the years? What makes a great fashion photograph?

I think there are no secrets in photography, I just follow my feeling for every single shot. I let myself be carried away by my instinct. When I shoot I enter a world of my own, where the photo that I will shoot is already etched in my mind. Everything is to capture that moment precisely. 

 

What does fashion mean to you?

For me fashion is the personal interpretation of matching colours, textures, fabrics and accessories.

What’s been your most memorable shoot and why? What did you style and how were you inspired?

I always think that my most memorable shot is the next one I have to take, because I always try to improve myself and grow. I always let myself be inspired by what surrounds me: nature, colours and architecture.

 

What has been your favourite photo location and why?

My favourite location is Florence, both Pitti Immagine and the city with its infinite artistic beauty.

Where do you get your creative inspiration?

As I said before, my inspiration comes from what I find in the location where I shoot. I also do online research and I like to take inspiration from Browzzin because I can see the styles of many people and their way of interpreting the outfits they wear.

What’s next for you? Any exciting new projects you are working on?

I have projects that I'm carrying out to be able to work and collaborate both in Europe and abroad, but for good luck it's better not to talk about it... I prefer the surprise effect!