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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Style Files: Miguel Flores-Vianna


I first learned of Miguel Flores-Vianna while watching The Barefoot Contessa. He is a friend of Ina Garten’s and consequently appeared on her show several times and shot the images for some of her cookbooks. Through the years that I have been blogging, I have frequently come across his beautiful and inspiring photography in both magazines and on design blogs. This talented former editor-turned-photographer has had his amazing work featured in publications like ELLE DECOR, House & Garden, Domino, Veranda, and various international versions of Architectural Digest including AD España and AD Germany. Miguel has a knack for making every shot feel completely alive. There is a warmth in his work that is so engaging. I have really enjoyed learning more about him through the “Style Files” and love that his answers to my questions are so artistic and poetic.

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Name: Miguel Flores-Vianna

Occupation: Photographer

Hometown: Buenos Aires

Current City: New York City

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LDV: How did you go about starting your career in photography?

MFV: I bought a camera 4 years ago and that was it. I left all I was doing previously behind.


LDV: What do you love most about being a photographer?

MFV: Before, as an editor, I would find stories for magazines, now as a photographer, I still find the stories, but get to tell them with my camera.


LDV: Where do you turn to for inspiration?

MFV: People inspire me more than anything else. A great life story is for me, beyond any other art form.

{Carolina Irving as featured in Vogue}

LDV: Who are some of your personal style icons?

MFV: I don't have style icons, but there are people who live in a certain way which reflects on their persona. I admire the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, who besides being very talented with the pen, also is a great architect, a war hero, a polyglot and an undaunted traveler. The taste, the exposure, and the culture that Caroline Irving has amassed as she goes through life also reflect in the luminosity of her persona.

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LDV: How would you describe your style?

MFV: I only and always wear orange socks.

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LDV: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

MFV: Once a therapist told me in a sweet and elegant way to get a life. I have been following her advice ever since.


LDV: What is your principal weakness?

MFV: I love slow mornings.


LDV: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

MFV:  Doing what I want, when I want to do it.

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Bloom: Youth, nothing is like the bloom of youth, whether you are 18 or 81.

Food: Bread and cheese, and figs and a sprinkle of honey, great food to start the day

Drink: Wine and freshly squeezed lemonade. Both equally good

Thing to Wear: Warm clothes in winter, cool ones in the heat.


Destination: Home- it is so delicious after a long trip or a hard day at work.

Season: The season for love is my favorite season.

Musician: Cicadas, I love their voices by the million during hot summer afternoons.


Artist: Time is the most underestimated artist.

Film: It is always the last one I have seen.

Television Show: I don't have a TV.

{Image Credit}

Book: Many, but The Leopard, by Giovanni di Lampedusa, A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabokov are at the top of my list.

Magazines: Cornucopia, published in English in Istanbul, Turkey,

Blogs: La Dolce Vita and quite a few others


Personality Trait: My curiosity

Texture: Patina

Fabric or Pattern: I couldn't possibly pick a single one

Color: Saffron


Scent: The smell of flowers at night, they all become so pungent

Meal: Any meal I have when I am really hungry

Quote: I couldn't quote anybody. I never remember any quotes.


All Images by Miguel Flores-Vianna Unless Otherwise Noted


Lilacandgrey said...

What a great interview Paloma! I really enjoyed reading this :)

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

What an interesting man! Can't believe he didn't begin photography until 4 yrs ago. That's amazing!

Dovecote Decor said...

I have had my camera for at least 4 years, how come I can't take pictures like he can??!! He really has a great eye, what beautiful images, and what interesting responses he gave to your questions. What a fun read, thanks for the post!

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Thank you, Miguel, for giving me my new catchphrase: I love slow mornings. The people in my life can never understand how I can be out of bed by 7:00 but NEVER out the door before 10:00...I just love slow mornings!

The Iconic said...

Love him! Those photos are amazing!xx

Zuniga Interiors Design Studio said...


I so look forward to your blog and interviews!

What a fabulously fresh and inspiring view from Miguel!

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Take care!

Michelle Zuniga

Kelli said...

So refreshing and inspiring~
Gorgeous photos~

Unknown said...

I love his one-time therapist's advice! What a cute little anecdote. I would love to see him and his orange socks :) Great feature!

Virginia ("Ginn") said...

I am happy to see another side of the sweet man I met on my long walk across northern Spain...good memories dear Camino-friend. Wishing you all the best.
In Sunny Santa Fe

Hello Lover... said...

Great post - what an amazing life and what talent!

Anonymous said...

I'm in Love! Great intv, thank you.