Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Thomas Dufresne-Morin, I’m a 19 years old portrait photographer from Montreal, Canada and I am working under the name @blurthemind.
Where did you grow up? I am from a town called Terrebonne, it’s about 25 minutes from Montreal. I am still living there but I spend most of my time in Montreal shooting! We learn French as our first language so I’m sorry if my grammar isn’t on point ahah!
How would you describe your style of photography? My style is always changing since I’m trying to explore as many styles (fashion, lifestyle, editorial, etc). I’ve been shooting portrait since April 2017 only so I can’t say that I have a specific style of photography, it’s a mix of everything but I want to start focusing more on fashion.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? After I graduated high school in June 2016 I had a lot of money saved and I decided to move to the city Banff in Alberta on my own to experience something different. I bought a small point-and-shoot camera and I took my first photos that summer. I quickly fell in love with photography and I started to wake up at 4:30 am to catch the sunrise and take pretty photos. A few months later, in April 2017 I started doing portraits and people became my favourite subject to shoot. This is when photography really became a passion.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? There are so many good memories, it’s almost impossible to choose. If I had to pick one it would be when I visited Yosemite National Park in February during a road trip on the American west coast. I saw so many photos of that place, it was number one on my bucket list and when I saw it for the first time it was magical! Photography is what made me drive from Montreal to California, so I think it makes it my favourite photography memory, not because the photos I took, but for this incredible moment.
Who/What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? I’m a big fan of cinema and movies inspires me all the time. Movies from Xavier Dolan (@xavierdolan) are huge inspirations, especially since the guy is also from Quebec and he's really inspiring as a person too. Music is what inspires me the most. I’ll listen to a song/artist while I'm editing and enter in my creative world. This is what will set the mood in my editing process.
What kind of camera do you use? I’m using a Canon 6d with a canon 24mm 1.4. I also shoot with multiple 35mm cameras.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? My style is based out of all the experience I acquired shooting different style of photography. I’d say that if you experiment a lot of photography style you’ll create your own and unique style of portraits! I generally keep my editing very natural and try to keep the same colours in my highlights and shadows.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I’m skiing since I was 3 years old and it has always been a passion. Jumping off 15-foot cliffs and sliding down rails on skis is one of my favourite hobbies haha! But I just love outdoor in general: kayaking, hiking, camping and pretty much any kind of sports!
Who are some of your favourite photographers? My favourite photographer is Andrew Kearns (@andrewtkearns), I believe he’s the first photographer I followed on Instagram and he’s still my biggest inspiration. I watched all his vlogs and this is really what inspired me to pursue a photography career. Joe Greer (@ioegreer) is also a big inspiration, he’s good at everything, all his photos, from streets to portraits, are incredibly beautiful! I recently discovered Dean Martindale (@deanmartindale) and his work has inspired me so much since I found him. Also, @iiamlegend! His work is so great! I've been following him for like 4 months and his work is always amazing, it has inspired me a lot lately.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Italy for sure, I'm planning on spending next summer there and I can't wait to shoot all around the country and hopefully get to shoot portraits in those magnificent places!
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Spring for the flowers and fall for the colours!
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions planned that you would like to share? Not before next summer where I'm planning to visit France and Italy, I saved most of my money this summer and recently purchased a Contax G1 which is an awesome film camera, I should receive it in the next few days, I'm super excited to shoot with that new toy!
Anything extra you would like to share? Not really, thanks to the team at Hippo Magazine for this interview, knowing that people appreciate my work means a lot and it pushes me to keep on putting more efforts in my photography!
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