Q&A with Wedding and Portrait Photographer Hanson Fong

Hanson-HeadshotHanson Fong of San Francisco, California, is globally recognized as one of the premier wedding and portrait photographers in the industry. With more than 30 years of experience, Hanson has rightfully earned the Photographic Degrees of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman. He is currently a member of the prestigious Society of XXV. Hanson is also a proud member of Canon’s Explorers of Light.

Hanson regularly shares his techniques that apply to both fine art and classical photography. In his course, “Fong Shui, Harmonizing the Fine Art of Posing and Lighting” he demonstrates the Classic 10 Poses that he pioneered, flow posing, body shifting and facial analysis. Complimented with his animated personality, attendees enjoy live shooting demonstrations, hands on posing techniques, as well as large screen projections of his present and past work.

Hanson has lectured at every major school of photography across America and has been invited to speak at various national and international conventions. His work and talent are recognized throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Europe. His work has been displayed in the Hall of Fame, Epcot Center, and the ASP Traveling Loan. Hanson’s images have been seen in numerous publications including “American Photo,” “Bridal Guide,” “Popular Photography,” “Rangefinder,” “Studio Photography,” and “Professional Photographer.” The quality of his work is reflected in the aesthetic appeal found in each of his photographs.

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Tamrac:  Can you describe the moment you knew you wanted to be a photographer?
Hanson: It was 1970, I was in high school and started photographing my friends and family. I enjoyed it very much and my subjects thought I was pretty good. When I enrolled in a community college, I started taking photography courses and knew that was what I wanted to do.

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Tamrac:  What do you think about the new mirrorless cameras?
Hanson: Great possibility of a lighter camera body…it is about 30% lighter! Technology is ever changing before our eyes!

Tamrac:  Tell us a about your course “Fong Shui, Harmonizing the Fine Art of Posing and Lighting” and where can photographers learn more?
Hanson: How I came up with this course title was the fact that when I was taking classes from my mentors, the models they had to pose were just that, models. When I got into the real world to photograph, my subjects were your average everyday people. In order to make these subjects “look good” I had to learn how to make them “look good” by learning how to pose and using different lighting techniques.
Photographers can learn my techniques by checking out my website, www.hansonfong.smugmug.com , teaching programs. I am contemplating doing some private workshops as well this year.

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Tamrac:  Where is your dream location to photograph and why?
Hanson: What better place than Venice, Italy! I love the charm, beauty, romance, architecture of Venice.

Tamrac:  Do you have any unique or funny moments while shooting on location?
Hanson: I once photographed a bride and groom at the Palace of Fine Arts. Swans were passing by and all of a sudden, one of the swans attacked the bride and the other chased the groom away!

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Tamrac:  You offer a variety of products that include photography tip DVD’s to EZ Steps, where can photographers buy your products?
Hanson: Please visit my website, www.hansonfong.smugmug.com, email me at hansonfong@mac.com or call me at (415) 433-7994.

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Tamrac:  What Tamrac gear do you use?
Hanson: I use the Tamrac Rolling Strong Box 692.

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Tamrac:  What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Hanson: They are extremely well made! The large wheels are able to handle the roughest, uneven terrain. These bags remind me of that suitcase that was indestructible by that gorilla! Very durable and easy to clean! I love the compartments, they are adjustable, designed very well, and protects my gear with tender loving care.

For more info on Hanson visit his website: www.hansonfong.smugmug.com