Heart Evangelista’s U.S. trip stirred in us a severe case of wanderlust. With each update, all of us swooned as we witnessed her jet-set from the Big Apple to the City of Angels. Everything that she shared looked like a page from a glossy! This caliber comes as no surprise as she is, after all, part of the prestigious Vogue 100.
From the chic designer outfits, breathtaking scenery, and of course, the magnetic presence of the style icon herself, every detail came out perfectly balanced. Rather than having all these jaw-dropping, individual elements compete and subsist, they complemented and enhanced each other. This upped the ante to produce top-notch, mesmerizing images.
Responsible for this visual alchemy is New York-based photographer, Martin Romero. Renowned for his street style photography, he has covered New York Fashion Week for brands like TRESemmé and Maybelline, and has also shot and collaborated with the influential Bretman Rock, Janine Gutierrez, and Laureen Uy, to name a few.
His works provide a glimpse inside the glamorous world of celebrities and high fashion. More than that, it also allows the spectator to vicariously experience the moment by also capturing energy, and not just flat representations.
This is best illustrated by one of his favorite photos that he took of Heart. “I took her street style photograph on the way to the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. She was wearing a black Mark Bumgarner dress. I photographed her with The Plaza as her backdrop and with the taxis, and bikers zooming past her.” Martin tells Preview. With the wind on her face, a steely gaze, and Manhattan’s hustle and bustle behind her, Heart was the striking picture of a queen about to conquer the world.
From that first collaboration in September 2018 until now, Heart’s super aesthetic long-haul travel content always comes with a distinct, palpable vibe. Ranging from quiet and pensive to loud and vibrant, this gives an added depth that touches on feeling and not just sight. It is this dynamic zeal that breathes life to a captured memory and makes it stand out.
You don’t have to be a crazy rich Asian to achieve stunning travel photos.
Below, we list down 5 travel photography tips we learned from Heart Evangelista’s photographer, Martin Romero:
1. Research your destination.
According to Martin, “when I’m going to a new place, research is always key.” This is how you avoid the lensman’s pet peeve—no photography in public locations—and how you can bring your pegs and inspos as close to life as possible.
For instance, in Paris, they “wanted to do a subtle homage to The Devil Wears Prada. Heart was picture-perfect in her blue sequined Elisabetta Franchi dress, Ulyana Sergeenko Rose Ceramic clutch in hand, set against The Fountain of the Rivers on the Place de la Concorde. ICYDK: This is where the film’s infamous phone throwing scene was shot.
2. Explore your base.
Whether in your hometown or your home for the weekend, exploring the neighborhood can lead to the discovery of fresh, IG-worthy, photo spots.
“I pick locations based on experience. I live in New York and I LOVE to walk around the city. I feel the most alive when I’m exploring. Every street, neighborhood, and borough give off a certain vibe. For me, it’s trying my best to match what my client wants, and the atmosphere that goes with it. It doesn’t hurt as well that NYC offers so many iconic landmarks as backdrops,” Martin reveals.
3. Engage with the moment instead of staging it.
“I like capturing my subjects in the moment against the environment that they’re in,” Martin shares.
Who else appreciates this technique? Rock star Brandon Boyd. The Incubus vocalist was impressed with Martin’s work and even sent him “big hugs for capturing their progress.”
4. Back away and skip tight shots
“Most of my street style photos or portraits are actually wide shots so I guess that vantage point helps a lot. I try my best to convey the energy of that moment by showing the expanse of it all,” Martin explains.
This way, not only do we get a full view of your ‘fit, we also get to appreciate the setting you are in.
5. Don’t be afraid to put your own twist.
Lastly, experiment with everything from the angles, vantages, lighting, etc. Tourist spots have been shot over a million times; what will set your photo apart is your own take on it.
As Martin tells us, “I can give you all the rules that’s been told by countless photographers, books, and websites, but know them, and learn how to break them to your advantage.”
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