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Iris Valles Saez – Fashion Photographer

Iris Valles Saez, born in Barcelona, is a painter, graphic designer and fashion photographer who lived in Paris for 8 years where she developed her love and passion for photography. From an early age, Iris grew up in a world surrounded by art.

During her time in Paris she decided to do her studies at ESAG Penninghen where she began a degree in graphic design. Fascinated by these new techniques, Iris conquered the graphic arts by showing remarkable dexterity. She then specialised in photography, her first love, at Speos Institute where she joined the European Master of Professional Photography.

Her work has appeared in magazines such as Vogue Italy, Marie Claire, Vanidad, Vein Magazine, Schön Magazine, L’officiel Arabia and many others.

How did you come to work in your creative industry?

When I was growing up, I was surrounded by film making, photography and creative arts due to my father being in the industry. Therefore, seeing him always fascinated me and made me want to explore for myself.

How do look after yourself mentally and physically?

Currently, I have changed my eating habits as I’m not eating gluten, lactose nor sugar (I try). I feel that it has allowed me to think more freely and fresh because I believe that my body is spending less time digesting and concentrating my blood in one point. Instead, it is distributing the blood around the body therefore my mind is clearer and it’s easier to do physical activities.

What makes you nervous?

Things that make me nervous :

  • When I contract a model and I see the portfolio and its amazing but in reality they are nothing like their photos (like AliExpress).
  • When lighting team give unrealistic expectations “In 1 hour it will be done” …3 hours later still waiting.
  • When the weather forecast says is going to be a sunny day and when you arrived at the location it’s chucking it down.
  • If I were part of a world campaign and my camera broke or all of my photos were deleted.

Who has inspired you the most throughout your career?

It hasn’t necessarily been a person that has inspired me, instead its has been my environment. For example, living in Paris and currently now living in Madrid. I like to see the way that people live, their habits, architecture and their art.

If you were a perfume what would you smell like?

If I were a perfume I would smell like musky wood, a touch of jasmine, old leather and to finish off a hint of freshness.

What’s on your playlist right now?

On my playlist right now is L’Impératrice, Pulp, The Smiths, Morrissey, Arcade Fire, Billy Idol, Blur…

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I would like to see myself inspiring and moving people thanks to my work. I would like them to feel identified with my work. in addition, I see myself living in a place or country surrounded by art.

See more Iris’s work on instagram @irisvallessaez

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