During Covid-19 isolation we were feeling a bit flat and in need of some inspiration. So we chatted with some of our talented and creative collaborators and asked them a few questions about their careers and how we can get creative at home. Meet our first ‘At Home With’ Melbourne based photographer Marcel Aucar.
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
Hey there, my name is Marcel and I am an editorial and lifestyle photographer here in Melbourne so no surprises to my business name – Marcel Aucar Photography.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY?
I been in the industry for 25 years starting with formal education, assisting established photographers and shooting for myself for almost 15 years now.
My interest began when I was a teenager, through my grandfather who was a passionate amateur photographer, so much so, he built a darkroom in his home to process his own film and create enlargements, my mother was a keen photographer too and would often have her camera with her, even for everyday events.
WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER?
I have several working highlights that come to mind including a trip last year to Milan for the famous design fair – Salone Del Mobile with 3 Degrees Marketing and Rob Mills Architecture. Another overseas highlight was a trip a couple of years ago to Bali to photograph the Ungasan Clifftop Resort marketing collateral, brochure and online content with Metronome, a digital agency.
Over the years I have enjoyed a great relationship with a variety of clients including many years shooting Melbourne Review articles with Gourmet Traveller, Gloss Creative has involved me in all their major projects forever but most recently of all, the NGV Gala 2019, window displays for Hermes Australia, brand work with Moet Hennessy Australia both here and in Sydney and many house features and artist profiles with Vogue Living.
Then, of course there has been several incredible highlights over the last few years with The Big Group and The Big Group Creative including coverage at The Melbourne Cup Carnival, the launch of Ormond Collective and a number of next level private parties!
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I am inspired but the many talented photographers here in Melbourne and across the world, Earl Carter was my mentor while assisting so he is a large part of my inspiration – we still stay in contact today.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?
The advice I would give to anyone starting out in the industry is to be persistent, show plenty of initiative and to value your craft.
Thanks for this opportunity and an extra special thanks to the wonderful Steff D’Alberto for introducing me to the team at TBG… I love everything we do together – may it return soon!
AT HOME HOW TO:
SET UP THE PERFECT SHOT
- Always give the camera a quick clean before using it!
- Prepare your backgrounds so there are no distractions for your subject or the viewer.
- Keep shooting until you are happy with your image – try to get it right in the camera!
- Editing, I like straight lines so I often look to manage these with cropping or perspective correction.
- Favourite settings are contrast, warmth, vignette and sharpness… not that big on filters.
- Good luck!