Autor: Xavier Portela
I’m a freelance photographer and filmmaker based in Brussels. I didn’t start my career as a photographer, I studied multimedia and web development at the Arts of Diffusion Institute in Belgium. I started working as web developer for agencies right after school. During that time photography was just a hobby, a passion that I was doing on the side. I started a photoblog and everyday I was trying to publish a new picture, I did that for almost 2 years, it was nothing more than sharing my experiments online with the community. Then a few colleagues and friends told me that I should try to sell my pictures, so I thought about it and I started to take some jobs on the weekends, it was mainly weddings and events as you can expect, but it was very interesting because it allowed me to buy more professional material. After working more than 6 years in the digital industry I finally decided to go freelance as photographer / filmmaker. It’s been 4 years now.