When the Lens No Longer Exists - Design Bureau

When the Lens No Longer Exists

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Photos by Carasco Photography

Chicago's Carasco Photography takes a documentary approach to capturing dramatic moments at special occasions. The team of Cara and Scott Nava's work in editorial and wedding photography is always imbued with a natural, organic and unforced feel. Today, we're chatting with the duo about their work and influences.

You shoot everything from weddings to fashion/commercial, corporate events and society launch parties. How do you approach these projects differently? Which are your favorites?
We like them all for different reasons. Social events and commercial shoots tend to be relatively loose handed and the timing is typically less constrained.  Weddings definitely require more preparation and coordination, but in terms of our overall approach, we try to incorporate our editorial flair to all of our work whether it’s a fashion shoot, corporate event or wedding. It’s nice to have a mix of different types of work to keep us fresh. Our job never gets old! 

The images I've seen have almost a documentary, even journalistic quality to them. Is that naturalism what you are going for? 
We place the subject into the landscape and allow their behavior to unfold. Once you gain the subject’s trust and they are comfortable, the lens no longer exists.   

Who are your favorite photographers? Which publications do you admire?
Top favorite photographers…Irving Penn, we love his minimalist imagery and the fact that he strived to reduce the elements of portraiture.  We also admire Mario Testino and Steven Meisel; they create such beautiful editorial imagery in the fashion world.

Additionally, we love Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Architectural Digest (and Design Bureau, of course)

How do you achieve that spontaneous feel? Does it require tons of shooting and editing? Do you do a lot of cropping in the editorial processor are you using complete images usually?
We do put a lot of work into the editing process to find those photo(s) that sing and usually use complete images.

Depending on whether it is an editorial shoot or event, we are not always afforded a great deal of time to construct all of the portraits. So in order to get the photos we want, we have to hone in our ability to make the subject comfortable (quickly) and trust us. Once we have that trust, the possibilities are endless.

What have been your favorite events to shoot? Any particular images you're especially proud of?
So far our favorite event was the Rickett’s Chinese New Year party [pictured at left]. The front of the family's home was completely transformed with an Asian architectural façade and every square inch of the space was covered in custom décor with Kung Fu films playing on screens. Bill Murray was there, too. Very cool!

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