This is the story of my “journey” into being a photographer which has been featured in the aspiring photography magazine AvantPhoto!
What first drew you into starting photography?
My friend asked me to photograph her wedding and then I had the urge to teach myself photography. I borrowed my boyfriend’s camera to make pictures. After that I made pictures of just about everything. Since then I never stopped taking pictures.
What do you want your viewers to feel or take away from your work?
I want them to feel whimsical when they see my work. I want to show the beauty of life with a touch
of nature, lights, the tone etc. I don’t expect people to call me an artist. Let them define me with whatever they want to call me. What’s important is that I make people and myself happy with what I do, especially the clients.
I realize that not everyone likes my style or even my photography in general. I have been told to change my style and had people criticising and saying that my work is too cliché, not unique enough, or trying
to steer me into a certain direction that I don’t want to go. Somehow I got to have thick skin to just trust
my instinct that this is the best for me. First I need to make myself happy before making other people happy.
Describe your photographic style?
Dreamy, whimsical, feminine, slightly romantic.
What are some difficulties you’ve encountered when you first started?
Getting recognised and convincing people that I have a new passion. Because it really came out of nowhere and people seemed to be skeptical about it. Somehow it didn’t stop me.
Who are you favorite photographers and how have they influenced you?
Emily Soto, Lara Jade, and Sue Bryce. I saw the
work Emily Soto on the timeline of Facebook, since then I am completely hooked on her work. I am very inspired with her whimsical and romantic style. Lara Jade and Sue Bryce have been inspiring me in how to be a passionate photographer.
What are some of your favorite books that has helped you discover yourself in photography?
Nikon D3100 guide book, further I learned it by myself
How has social media played a role in your photography?
Social media has been the only platform I use. First
I used Facebook to show people my work. That was how I got support from mostly strangers. From there I also got to know my fellows photographers, models, makeup artist etc. I also started to use Instagram and to be honest, it is better than Facebook. Instagram has a wider reach in terms of marketing and it’s packed with other creative and talented photographers that inspire me even more.
What are some tips and advice you would give to yourself if you were to start photography all over again?
Never care about other people’s perception of you
or people judging you and your work. Nobody is perfect, especially when you are just starting up.
Just keep doing it, learn from your mistakes, and make photography a fun thing to do. Have focus on the process and stop caring too much about the end result. In the end you’ll get to know more people who support you, help you, and lead you to reach the place where you want to be.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Films, video clips, book cover, magazines, Pinterest.
“I have had those moments where
I had doubts, no motivation, always comparing myself to others. I have been through all these and I am still doing it and never stopped.”
What is the most challenging part about being a photographer for you?
Marketing your work and getting recognised.
What new thing would you like to try with your photography that you haven’t?
Photoshoots on a mountain, waterfall and with props such as balloons, wild animals and fireworks.
How do you educate yourself to improve and take better pictures?
Experimenting with new stuff and new style.
Can you take us through your creative workflow? How do you plan out your shoot?
I mostly think about an idea/concept that I want to work on and then I write the theme on a piece of paper and make a list of details that are essential for the shoot such us color, wardrobe, location, tone, props, makeup/hair. After filling up the details, I will search for a team (model, makeup artist, hairstylist and stylist) that can work with me on the concept.
What do you enjoy most about photography?
Being able to connect with the person that I photograph, inspire other people, the excitement in creating beautiful images.
How has photography changed your life?
Photography has changed my life in a way of how
to stay strong through the tough times. Since the beginning I have been learning with very little equipment, trying to get people’s recognition, convincing myself that this is the right thing to do and that I am good enough for this. Those things are not always easy. I have had those moments where I had doubts, no motivation, always comparing myself to others. I have been through all these and I am still doing it and never stopped. It gives me excitement and pushes me to improve myself and move forward. It is like fire and it burns my energy to keep on going.
What’s your advice for those starting out?
Never stop experimenting and trying out new stuff.