Gala Hopner -Photographer and Model


Gala Hopner Photographer and Model

Tell us a bit about yourself

Call me Gala Hopner, I'm a photographer and a model. I come from Russia. Currently I live in Paris.

Digital and film camera, my work is based on instinct, woman, beauty and nudity. Both in front and behind the camera, I enjoy working on different projects, original and innovative.

Tell us about one of your favourite projects and what inspired you to do it

It was more of a project that I was a model in, the "Firefly" photo series by JF Julian. What was inspiring was above all the place, a very atypical Parisian hotel (Hotel Amour). JF was also inspiring, he knew how to transmit a universe of his own which was very quickly imbued with me, I was taken to the game. Our photos are the reflections of his vision and of me, his work mingled in my person, I was Gala Hopner in the photos. The decor, the atmosphere, all of these things were inspiring to me.

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently I am preparing a series of rather surreal photos, in Paris, where the model is the intruder in this city so dense, filled but at the same time sad.

Who are your biggest influencers in the industry?

Helmut Newton. Unconditionally. And all my photographers friends, they are very inspiring.

What was the last thing that inspired you?

A dream. I saw in one of my dreams a cafeteria where a huge field began to grow there.

Tell us why it's important for you to have a portfolio website

For the professionalism and visibility of his work. It's great to be able to present your work in a creative web environment.

As a professional artist what are your tips in building an artist portfolio website?

A good website should be clear in its layout. Basic information must be present. I would say that you must above all express your personality, your creativity, the site must reflect who you are.

Categorizing is important. When we have many projects, I always recommend presenting the ones that has brought in some profit. Too many items can kill other items.

It's all about balance, I personally haven't shown some of my projects :) 

How do you market yourself?

As a photographer and model, Instagram is my friend. I promote my site through this platform. The system of tags and sharing in story are very beneficial to make yourself known, the algortithm does the rest.

Be active!

Why do you use Portfoliobox?

I use portfoliobox for its designs, ease of use and great customer service! I was able to create my site easily, it was something that I really enjoyed doing.

The price / quality ratio is there for me.

Visit Gala's website for more inspiration and don't forget to follow her on Instagram.

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