Born and raised by the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Celso is very used to the beach scene and the outdoors, moved later to Sao Paulo, Brazil, then San Francisco, California, and finally settled in Miami, Florida.
Had the chance to travel to many countries in Europe when he was dedicated to landscape photography. Back in 2013 won Second Place Winner on DESTINATIONS 2013 Annual Travel Photo Contest of Digital Photo Magazine dpmag.com
Then attended workshops with key industry people such as J.R.Duran in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Julia Kuzmenko McKim, in the Bahamas. Commercial Photography Mastered, with Nick Knight, Interactive online. And Fashion Photography Workshop, with American Photo Magazine, LA.
Finally shifted to shooting lifestyle fashion photography, mainly on location, and also in studio, having shot in Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney/Australia, Singapore/Asia, Bangkok/Thailand, and spend a few weeks shooting in Bali/Indonesia, among other countries.
Published on MAXIM Australia and New Zealand, and other magazines such as GMARO, PICTON, ALCHEMIST, etc. Mentioned on Playboy Italia's Instagram, featured on Sports Illustrated si.com, and mentioned on lingeriebriefs.com blog more than once.
You can see more of Celso’s work on Instagram @CelsoDinizPhoto and https://www.CelsoDinizPhoto.com
Moevir Magazine June Issue 2020 featured edition
Photographer: Celso Diniz @CelsoDinizPhoto
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Marisol Moyse @marisolmua
Tell us something about you. Maybe your life, profession, habit, dream.
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a true beach bum on my teenager years, then got a bachelor’s degree in computer science, moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, then San Francisco, California, and finally settled in Miami, Florida, hey back to the beach!
What makes you choose this profession?
I’ve been always interested in photography. I’ve never seen a family more committed to taking pictures about any and everything than mine, so it was a matter of time before I bought my first camera, it was regular film back then, and never stopped after that.
Could you share how you expand your vision of art, fashion?
I try to stay current with the latest trends, magazines, photographers, sometimes a bit obsessive about trying to soak it all up all the time. At the same time, I have my old-time favorites, always go back to them, always go back to my memories.
At the end, I think we all end up mixing our past experiences into what we’re doing in the present and planning for the future, and that’s what makes one’s style probably.
In your daily routine, what resources do you like to learn new things about art, fashion?
Magazines but more and more online versions of it and less of the printed issues, email subscriptions from favorite blogs related to the industry, and social media like Instagram, even though I try to filter a bit all the noise that comes from it.
Is art, fashion important in your life? Why?
Yes, very much. Since ever I’ve been captivated by iconic images, magazine covers, always wondering how things ended up being so beautiful as they were, shooting or wanting to shoot strangers on the street that looked beautiful or interesting, it has always been ingrained in my way of thinking, driving my curiosity and interest.
If you have a superpower or talent, which one do you wish to have? Why?
Teleportation? It’s been a dream of mine to get to know all countries in this world, all states in the USA, and as much as I’ve done a lot it feels like I won’t be able to do it all. Who has the time? And money? But will die trying.
Who do people impact most in your profession? What do you learn from them?
I’ve always been a fan of J.R.Duran an amazing photographer who back in my teen days had already shot 128 covers of Playboy Brazil, and I dreamed about how would that profession be? It was amazing when I had a chance to meet him a few years ago. Then I had this time of my life when I could not get enough of Helmut Newton, really obsessed. And then my interest shifted to Russel James and finally Mario Testino.
I can’t put my finger on what I’ve learned from them, but I can surely say having your brain functioning as a sponge, like mine, will most certainly have an impact on what you do, mixed up with your own experiences, of course.
In modern society, lots of people want to be famous, influential. What do you think about it?
I think that whatever floats their boats go, but we’ve seen the rise of Facebook, then Instagram, no TikTok and one must be aware of what he or she is doing. If you are just seeking loads of followers it does not matter who they are, then you may end up compromising what you really would prefer to do.
I would say that true satisfaction comes from doing what you like, shooting what you like on your personal projects at least, and if that drives millions, fine, if not, it will drive who appreciates what you do, and that should suffice.
What will be the suggestions to new photographers?
Nowadays everybody seems to be or call himself or herself a photographer. Amazing DSLRs are available to everybody. And many other kinds of cameras and video, and lately drones. So, honestly anyone, anywhere, is bounded to have a ton of competition, and you can argue it is not legit, well, people may prefer uncle Ben and his cool camera as opposed to the more expensive option.
So, if you are someone trying to make a living as a photographer you really must develop some thick skin, be resilient, never give up, and probably find a way to afford living while not all your bills can be paid by photography alone.
What is your favorite camera? Why?
I don’t think it matters. I started with Nikon on film, moved to Canon at the beginning of digital because they had more options for a better price, then later I moved back to Nikon. Why? It feels better in my hand, the controls seem more intuitive to me, I even prefer the noise of it, what can I say.
But any major brand out there will deliver high-quality images at its high end. I’ve never seen someone look at a picture and say, this was taken with this or that brand of camera. But anyway, I’ve been using the Nikon D810 for a long time, upgrading to the D850 soon.
How do you prepare your new shoot?
I do a lot of research, put together reference images, work on the mood board, check pictures and past work of the chosen model starting from her images on the Model Agency site, but whatever else I can find, and past images of the brand I am shooting for, try to understand what they are aiming for. All that has to be cooked for a while in your mind. It requires a good dose of back and forth, you can’t cook it fast in your mind.
Where does your inspiration come from?
From everywhere. I really can’t find myself looking at something without a purpose. I am always thinking if I would like to do something like that, what would I do differently. There are a few brands I really like, and I end up getting familiar with the photographers who shot or shoot for them. I am always searching for their last campaign everywhere.
What are the most difficulties during your shoots?
The anticipation of it. I guess it is normal, but as the Photographer, you are responsible for the final result and that starts with the initial conversation with your client, but then it transitions to working with a team of people including Models, Stylists, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, location scout, studio set up, dealing with the elements, getting everybody to arrive on time, and that magical moment where you finally start shooting, and that’s when it all clean up, and the tension is gone, and you can enjoy the moment.
How often do you create new works?
At least every month. Sometimes the jobs that pay the bills are not the most enjoyable, it is great when they are, but it does not happen all the time, so, one has to carve out the time to produce new personal work.
Will you still create new works when you are old?
Most definitely yes. Not sure what old means. As long as I can walk, talk, see and shoot I will be creating new work for sure, no questions about it.