Shalev Man is a highly experienced portrait photographer, based in Prague
and available across Europe.
Speaks fluent English, Hebrew and basic Czech.
Personal, corporate & beauty, studio or on-location photography sessions
as well as own independent projects.
Years of experience
- "Looking through the viewfinder and seeing a language without words. A language of images, shapes, colors and lights". (Š.M)
My name is Shalev (Česky: Šalev) Man, first name Shalev, family name Man.
Shalev (שלו) means in Hebrew calm, tranquil, and Man (מן), is the biblical food that the people of Israel ate in the desert after running away from Egypt. The story tells that It was a magical food. It also means Man in English, as a human being, which reflects a part of my basic believe that all of us, huMan, people, different and the same, should respect each other. No matter the color, shape, or race.
In my work, I enjoy showing each person's beauty.
After photographing thousands of portraits
- I don't believe that there are photogenic people, I know that some people knows how to project their beauty to the camera. It is not always connected to their Physical look, it is something that comes from the inside. I help people show their beautiful side. Inner and exterior. I do it with the connection I make, with my photography knowledge, special lights and post-production.
I love the classic beauty but on the other hand, I love the underground culture.
- I tend to make accurate and clean photos but with it, I love the mystery of the accidental visuals, with the inaccuracy. It all depends on what I am looking to get in the desirable project.
My work process is characterized by three steps: First, understanding the exact needs of the the project, if it's my project or a project for my client, searching for the desired visual outcome, and matching expectations.
After that, building the concept.
Then photographing, post production, and sending the photos with a link via email.
The process of photographing people is a complex one, because every feeling of the photographed person is shown in the photo. If they feel comfortable or not, happy or not. Basically, when the person feels good, the photo will be good.
For this reason, I have to be like a psychologist sometimes , a listener, to know how to recognize the people I meet, and get the most desirable visual outcome.
- Today I take portraits for executives, actors, models, artists, businessmen and anyone else who needs quality, professional photos for publishing, PR, or personal use. I am also working on my own independent visual projects, which are going to be presented in the future.
To book your photo shoot with me or to get more info, please click the button in the bottom of the page or click on "contact".
- My photography story began when I was about 16, I used to go from school in Haifa, Israel, with my motorcycle and camera directly to the beach, to check the influence of the shutter speed on the wave's appearance, to try an open aperture, a closed one, to feel the photography. To photograph.
It was on film, so the image wasn’t immediately visible, which contributed a lot to the studying process, to patience, to observing and choosing the exact fraction of the moment.
After a few years, I went for a one year trip to South, Central, and North America. I started this trip with my first Minolta XG1, and in Los Angeles I bought my first auto focus Nikon N50.
On that time, I was working for telecommunication companies in instruction and marketing positions, I also achieved my
- B.A. degree in Business Administration.
Around 2007, I got my first digital Nikon D70. It was weird at first.. but quite comfortable. I went with the digital, for a one year, 13,000 km trip on a motorcycle all over India.
After the voyage, I bought my first professional camera, a Nikon D700, and started working with it.
I started as
- "Photo-Rider", an extreme and adventurous form of photography, but as a complete beginner I couldn't find a lot of demand for it, so I ended up working for a cottage housing web portal in the north of Israel, and immediately started photographing lots of cottages all over the north and center of Israel.
It was nice, but I wanted to develop more from that area, so I started with
- commercial photography.
With it, I have studied several photography courses at theWizo academy, in Haifa-Israel, and after that I did a professional practical MasterClass with Eldad Rafaeli and Eyal Landsman.
After finishing the MasterClass, I continued working with Eldad Rafaeli and Eyal Landsman for about a year, teaching a course on the basics of photography, and managing the marketing for the pro MasterClass.
The work there was very inspiring to me, as I was able to closely experience a working and active studio, doing commercial sets, workshops, tours, collaborations and activities. It also deepened my understanding of portrait and documentary photography.
With it I built an independent photography course in Carcur-Israel and taught a basic photography course to small groups.
Alongside the teaching, I continued photographing for Tel Aviv City Hall, documenting events around the city, Haifa City Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Rambam Hospital, as well as for big companies like Ybi UK, Terem Ichilov, theatres like the Teatroneto, designers, actors and more.
- My first studio was in a water tower in Kfar-Kish, and after that I built a studio in Tel Aviv as well as in Haifa.
In 2013, I moved to
- Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
Prague has given me the stability and quiet I need to work thoroughly and develop. Here my
- portrait photography abilities have developed enormously and I have established a studio in the center of the city.
To contact me or for booking a photo-shooting, please click on the camera icon below.
Looking forward for making great images together,