We had the good fortune of connecting with Dino Mangano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dino, what do you love most about your work?
First and foremost, I consider myself an artist. So I look at my photography as my chosen medium. When I book a photoshoot, it’s not about cranking out photos of predetermined poses. It’s about learning who my client is, and attempting to create real artwork with them as my subject. Every client is unique, and so every photoshoot is also unique. From the poses, to the setting, to the editing process… it’s always different depending on my client and their personality. What really brings me joy is being able to present the finished product, the artwork, to the client, and watching their reaction. There’s nothing quite like watching someone’s face light up when they see themselves in artistic and unique images. For example, recently I did a studio shoot with a woman who accomplished an incredible goal: she lost almost 600 lbs. She was rewarding herself with a photoshoot. When she saw the photos, and began to cry… it warmed my heart in a. way nothing else ever could.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My goal is to create unique and original artwork, with my client as the center of it all. The customer’s collection of photos will not be ‘just like everyone else’s’, but something they can proudly show off as an original creation. As someone who started off as a Nature Photographer, I strive to incorporate nature into everything I do. No matter what the season, California gives us a beautiful canvas on which to paint our masterpiece.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love LA! I was born and raised in Detroit, an incredible city which is near and dear to my heart. But out here in California, my favorite big city is definitely LA and its surroundings. My favorite spots…. Daytime fun: Santa Monica Pier. The entire area is beautiful, the people watching is second to none, and the food options are incredible. But don’t eat too much, because for dinner… Dinner fun: La Casa Nostra, Downtown LA. We travel to Italy as much as possible, and La Casa Nostra serves some of the best Italian food we’ve had in California. They even have Wild Boar Pasta… an Italian original!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a SHOUTOUT to my wife. I’m not trying to be cheesy or sappy. In reality, she’s believed in my abilities more than I did at times, and has done everything to support me in my journey.