This week on Men in Photography we have none other than Canadian Photographer Maximilian, who has been in the industry for many years, he specializes in: wedding, portrait, and lifestyle.
He draw’s his inspiration from all the small and extraordinary things that surround him. He strives to capture dynamic, timeless images with enthusiasm and honesty. Known for his impeccable editing style, Ghana-born and Toronto-raised photographer Maxwell Bonsu loves to deliver beyond expectations. Cultivating his passion for photography at the George Brown School of Design, Maxwell’s eye for images was evident long before.
Maxwell prides himself on efficient turnaround time and final edits that sport a realistic finish. Since his start, Maxwell has had the pleasure of working in several aspects of photography covering Toronto Fashion Week for a Vancouver-based magazine and Melissa Grelo, host of The Social and CP24 Breakfast. Maxwell continues to advance his versatility as an artist, gladly taking on projects that force him to think with new eyes and a focus on photography, and was a pleasure interviewing you.
What made me become a photographer basically I was very interested in creating perfect images and also I was a graphic designer in the past and I knew I needed good quality images so I decided to take up photography in order to I guess feed my graphic designer needs I’ve been in the industry pretty long about 10 years now
I knew Immediately that this career choice was for me during college so I think I was about 19 to 20 years old at that time
Like I said before I was a graphic designer and I did a lot of animation in terms of turning images into cartoon characters so I need very high-quality images I spent all the money I had to buy an entry-level camera and start taking pictures of people and Animating them
I decided to go with Maximilian because I looked up the meaning of the name Maxwell and realize that it’s actually an abbreviation which the meaning of the name is “the great” not to be narcissistic or anything but I really like the meaning of the name it just didn’t have anything else after that it just said “the great.”
I was highly inspired by many things fashion photography urban photography street photography very few photographers that I can name from that timeframe that inspired me but I guess you can say one of my most favourite ones was definitely Matt Barnes
I decided to shoot mainly African American or black woman. Because I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of representation for that group of people in terms of photographers who are professionals were able to create art a lot of people seem to go towards the more easy side of things in terms of photography I decide to take a different route
What I really want to convey in my photography is acceptance integration and diversity
Are use an array of different types of technology from computers to programs but you definitely find me editing everything on Adobe programs
Honestly, what keeps me going I would say the supporters my family and the thought of the future I would love to teach others photography whatever path they decide to go towards that being fashion urban street photography I would love to teach them the basics the fundamentals
I would say what is unique about my business is my ethics and editing, My advice for Inspiring photographers is purely just starting, go don’t hold back
I definitely wouldn’t consider my photographs “raunchy” I would say that they allow the woman to be who they wanna be Whether that being sexy or in clothes whatever they decide to do and I think that’s why the also feel comfortable enough to be around me because I don’t judge them
I never really have time to really relax if I do I spend it mostly watching movies are spending time with my girlfriend or family
At the moment I would say Drake probably be somebody I’m interested in photographing
My top three priorities as a business owner are to make sure you have your ground rules set make sure everything is clearly conveyed to the clients and make sure that you are prepared for anything and also keep your emotions in check
It’s a bit of misogyny and also lack of enthusiasm and drive so it’s a bit of both from both genders that really keep a lot of female photographers down
My Instagram is Milan Photos and you can find me on pretty much anywhere in social media with that same name