We always love being able to pick the brains of other creative people, and recently we got to talk to Zusha Goldin, who is an amazing photographer. He recently found himself taking pictures of high-profile celebrities with Deadline Contenders, adding to an already iconic portfolio. When we heard of Zusha, we couldn’t help but fall in love with his work. Just check out some of the shots he’s done:
We got the opportunity to talk to Zusha all about Photography, what he’s been up to, what else he’s been falling in love with, as well as what the future holds! Check out our interview with him down below.
Hello Zusha, and welcome to The Honey POP! How has your summer been?
Thanks for having me! My summer has been amazing so far, I visited my family in NYC for a few weeks, and now I’m back in LA doing awesome shoots!
You’ve said that each day is a different routine for you work-wise. Do you ever miss the consistency?
I love this question! If I’m being completely transparent… I don’t think I’ve ever had a consistent routine. I ran by my schedule when I was a child and in school. Repetition and I don’t have the best relationship.
Are there any other photographers’ works that you absolutely love?
YES! Luke Fontana, Anthony Avellano, Nechama Leitner, and Annie Lebovitz.
In another interview, you said growing up, you would always play director and sometimes actor. Are there times you think of pursuing directing?
In a sense, in every single photo shoot I do, there exists an element of direction. Whether it is the posing, the lighting, the backgrounds, the colors, the styling, the makeup, or the composition… there’s an element in which a photographer directs the shoot. That being said, I don’t have any immediate plans to direct any films, commercials, or music videos. But life is funny, and you never know where you’ll find yourself next…
Besides photography, what do you find yourself falling in love with lately?
I find myself reading many a book on marketing, consumer psychology, and how our brains work, oh, and self-improvement books. I love reading, and I love growing as a person. So definitely lots of learning and unlearning different thought processes.
Has there ever been a picture you wished you’d shot?
Any Marilyn Monroe portrait, honestly.
You’ve got a long catalog of people you’ve photographed, especially lately. Who has been your favorite person to shoot so far?
I love this question, but it is so difficult to answer. Nearly everyone I have photographed and worked with has been the utmost pleasure to be around and fun on set. I fear I couldn’t dive into the specificities of who and where, but I love working with the people I’m blessed enough to work with.
What’s the process for you when preparing for a shoot?
It all begins with asking myself and my subject what the story we’re trying to tell is. I usually have a discovery process which is a phone call to discuss what type of shoot we’re trying to do, what we’re trying to convey in the images, etc, and we have a few calls to discuss styling and all the fun stuff. On the actual day of the shoot, my brain goes like this:
Batteries charged? Check. SD card inserted? Check. Equipment packaged? Check. We’re good to go!
What is your favorite go-to camera?
My Sony A7III!
What can we expect from you for the rest of 2022?
So many fun projects! I will photograph a campaign often, and it will only go live a few months later, so I cannot speak about it, but some really fun stuff is coming up!
We’re so happy we had the opportunity to chat with Zusha, and can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next! What do you think the fun stuff Zusha is hinting at, is? We’re honestly hoping for some shoots with our faves!
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