Brazilian photographer Gilmar Silva put his career on a whole new level when he pulled back the curtain and let the public in on how professional photographers get the shots they’re after. His series LUGARxFOTO is an ongoing look at how Silva makes magic right on site, using assistants and simple props to help him deliver the highest quality portrait to his clients.
When we first stumbled upon Silva’s behind the scenes photos, we were in awe of how he transformed any background into a lush paradise. In his more recent work, Silva shows just how creative he really is, switching up perspective and employing ambient light to change the mood of his images. Why use an expensive blue filter when a Powerade bottle can provide the coloration needed? And who knew car headlights could do wonders with backlighting if captured the right way?
“I began to show the place and the photo in order to awaken this photographic vision in other photographers,” Silva told My Modern Met. “I believe that because I show the ugly place and then the beautiful photo, I open the minds of photographers to start seeing beautiful photos in unoccupied places!”
Silva’s ingenuity shines through, allowing him to achieve his desired vision, whether a romantic engagement photo or a pregnancy shoot. His willingness to open up to the world has garnered him a huge following on Instagram, where over 500,000 people look forward to seeing the inner workings of his profession.