Photographer: Eating Tao @taoyitee Makeup Artist: Zhaojun Wang Hair Stylist: 邓敏儿 Model: Zhaojun Wang
Eating, could you please briefly introduce yourself, and tell us about your first encounter with photography? Who has influenced you to start taking photographs?
Hello everyone, my real name is Tao Yitian, a Chinese photographer. The name eating tao is used because it is a homonym of my name in Chinese. My first shot was when I was in high school, and the shot was in the neighborhood where I lived. As for why I started taking pictures, it was because of my mother, who was a journalist who took many pictures in her early years.She gave me a lot of inspiration and encouragement.
What is one last impression you want to leave in your photographs?
In fact, my past works did not always have a unified impression, but I am currently researching a style, maybe I can call it a new Chinese style retro.
You've clearly worked with a wide range of models, what tips can you recommend to models looking to expand their portfolio?
For me, I think it’s helpful to try new styles with different photographers and stylists.
What are the most important lessons you have learned about photography so far?
That was when I once photographed a wedding and I realized that my photos would have very important value to others.
How long does a shoot day typically last and what is the preparation like?
I usually plan for 2-7 days, and then use one day to shoot.
Are you the sort of photographer who plans for every minuscule detail or are you more spontaneous with your creations? Where do you find the majority of your inspiration?
I usually do very detailed planning, but my favorite work during shooting is often outside the plan.
You bring a very high production value to your work. What is your retouching/production philosophy? How important is Photoshop in your final images?
I am used to doing 80% of the shooting, and the remaining 20% is retouched in photoshop or other software.
In your opinion, what is the difference between fashion and beauty photography? What's your favourite?
I prefer fashion photography. In my opinion, fashion photography is more about the creativity of the picture, which is to let the model interpret an imaginative dream.
In your own eyes, what was the moment that your career took off?
It may be the next time I shoot.
Outside of photography, what else blows your mind?
I am trying to try newer technologies and combine with 3d software to make better pictures.
Where can we see more of your works and get connected with you?