I am a 20-year-old, who happens to be an aesthete, with a need for constant expression of creativity. I moved to London two years ago and began food blogging then, thus I have been doing a lot of food photography. However, recently I made a decision to stop writing recipes and moved on to pursue my greater passion of portrait photography. Being a visual and artistic person, since childhood photography has become one of the means to express myself.
The beauty of capturing something that is otherwise gone is indeed eternal.
A detail, a moment, an emotion frozen in time that you can experience over and over again – to me that’s what a meaningful photograph is, and that’s what I wanted to create. The way you can tell a story through colours and imagery of a single photo will never cease to amaze me, and the sum of all those things still drives my passion today. Don’t we all get nostalgic over our grandparents’ photos and wonder how amazing those captured moments were?
I remember every camera that I have ever owned – the first one I got was at the age of 10 or 11. It was a tiny pink Sony camera which my parents presented me so that I could take pictures in the summer camps that I went to. Quickly I unravelled a much greater interest than simply taking shots of my awkward doings there. By the age of 14-15 I got so interested in the subject that a portrait photoshoot with my girlfriends was the usual way to spend the weekends.
My favourite type of photography…
Most of my time I can be found shooting or editing portraits. Every single one of us is so unique and different! Capturing this diversity has been a fascinating process for myself. I get to spend hours discovering different facial expressions, seeing every little detail, getting closer than anyone (sorry, this is probably a scary thought!), and then transforming it in such a way that allows the viewer to see the beauty that I see. Lately, I have also been leaning towards engagement & wedding photography, as it is probably the highest concentration of love and emotion you can capture.
It takes time to evolve your style and it will keep evolving itself too. You grow, see things differently, get inspired by your new environment etc. I guess continuity takes care of itself; as with all the photos that I take, I am reflecting on what is going on inside. Be it a photo of a coffee, a baby or a fashion portrait – it is your good eye that sees it all – you want your viewer to experience that ‘ah’ moment and see the detail you noticed.
My inspiration is all around me
Though there are many fellow photographers whose work I admire, the most inspiration I get is from the people I love and cherish. I am always touched by the heartfelt emotions I witness my friends or family experience. When seeing one of those moments, I try to remember that feeling and transfer it into my photography. Those emotions allow me to create heartfelt imagery which gives the photos a unique style.
Mother Nature is another one – I’m in love with all things natural. I try to see colours, patterns, texture and other elements which make the world around us so multi-dimensional. Flat imagery is boring, whereas being aware of your surroundings allows you to create a much more interesting image.
My most worth-while investment
I am a self-taught photographer, and constant practise has got me where I am now. Plus, FREE YouTube tutorials! You won’t believe how much is actually out there. However, if we are talking about an investment, I would strongly recommend the composition 101 course created by photographers for photographers. Their carefully picked advice will answer so many of your questions!
My go-to tool is a positive attitude.
Much like in cooking, if you are upset, the cake you might have made a thousand times before won’t taste as good. I have noticed the same thing with my photography – most likely how you feel will reflect in the quality of the images you take. What I see through the viewfinder should resonate with a genuine emotion within myself. That way I can be sure that I won’t be disappointed by my work, and it won’t be bland. Stay inspired and keep going, you’ll get there! Putting together personal mood boards helps a lot. By creating those you can get a clearer understanding of what inspires you in the moment and which elements to implement in your work.
The biggest myth about taking a good photo
I often hear people complaining that it is the amazing gear which allows you to take ah-mazing shots. No, it isn’t. It is the understanding of the light and knowing/controlling your camera settings (any camera!) which gets the vision out of your head and into a photograph.
My favourite prop is…
My ginger hair, haha. Sometimes, especially when it’s windy, my mane gets in the way and can create that golden-hour-sunshine-leaks effect. When that happens, you need to see me happy dance.
Don’t hesitate to share your cool ideas, or just drop me a line if you’d like to grab a coffee! I’d love to hear from you.