LFM Spotlight – Mixture Captures
Welcome to our latest LFM Spotlight series and today we had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Astafyev, the founder of Mixture Captures.
Mr. Astafyev always has the passion of cars at a very young age. Growing up, he saw a new medium and inspiration that caught his attention, photography. Combining both photography and his love of cars is a perfect to display his enthusiasm of cars.
His extensive experience, including his high quality photo-shoots and videography, grabbed the attention of many car influencers, dealerships, photographers, and exotic car owners alike. From Mr. Vanderlay’s Lamborghini fleet, to Prestige Imports‘ Brett David’s Pagani Huayra collection, Mr. Astafyev continues his success and inspiration in the car community with his captivating photos. More projects and photo-shoots for his busy schedule for 2019, but he loves every moment after each capture.
1) What started your passion with photography?
“Having the opportunity to create, travel, and as well as meeting new and extraordinary people was ultimately my ambition. I’m always open to new concepts. As an artist, I’m constantly creating and exploring new mediums. Photography was one of them. I was influenced greatly by many talented photographers. My passion for photography grew more than I ever intended for it.”
2) What is ‘Mixture Captures’ and how did it all start?
“The name Mixture Captures represents a mixture of my work, whether its photography or videography, I have multiple ways of editing the two. It also represents for the variety of cars I work with.”
3) You shoot cars for the most part. Tell us how you drifted your photography in cars?
“As a huge car enthusiast, photographing cars almost came naturally. I wanted to focus directly on exotics. Reason being, these vehicles are extremely known for their unique detailing and are most valued for their high performance. Exotics, are art itself. And as a businessman this was an area I saw much potential in.”
4) What were your favorite memorable car shoots?
“A photo shoot that has become memorable to me was during a car week in Monterey, CA. The event and environment was absolutely spectacular. I was surrounded by creators and influencers. What really made it memorable was the challenges I faced during the shoot for my clients. I encountered a very cloudy and dull weather. The composition with the beach in the back drop turned out to be beautiful, but in the end I felt it needed more color in the scenery. This gave me the opportunity to challenge myself as an artist and get creative with photo-shop.”
5) To anyone who wants to delve into photography, particularly in cars, what advice would you tell them?
“Biggest advice I can give to newcomers is to practice and get comfortable with their shooting and editing skills. This will allow to discover their own unique photographing and editing style.”