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Interview: Photographer Agnieszka Maurea (Poland)
Tell us something about yourself
I was born in Wroclaw, Poland. I’ve been photographing for 5 years now, including 4 years of taking pictures of people.
I’m an animal lover and tattoo enthusiast. I also love some good wine and tv series, especially while retouching pics.
How and when did you get into photography?
Well, that’s a long story, but I’ll make it short – I guess that was destined for me.
A crucial factor for my decision was the fact, that I used to be a photomodel at one point and I can’t say that photographs I’ve been receiving were completely satisfying for me. So! I decided to learn photographic know-how, so I could take pictures, that I’d be proud of. That was THE turning point and a start of my professional career.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is my passion – I guess that’s sounds a bit childish. For me, it’s an impulse to act – it makes me feel alive, activates my senses, especially the visual one :)
It’s meeting awesome people, capturing their special moments. Photography also means creativity and just having fun.
Continuous improvement of skills and personal developement in photographic field allow me to discover the world in a new way. It allows me to feel aware of the moment like a child, to embrace every single day and to treat every challange like an opportunity.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I’m an admirer of a female beauty, so I specialize in sensual photography. I particularly enjoy black & white photo sessions, although recently I’ve started to appreciate some color qualities.
Where do you get inspiration from?
There’re so many ways to get an idea. Sometimes I come across an amazing inspiration while looking something up on the Internet. I treat it as a fuel formy own imagination, I never copy. Sometimes a model and her style or makeup makes a sufficient inspiration.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I’d consider myself both. On one hand I make tfp sessions, which are a perfect photography training. It allows me to experiment, master my photography, editing skills and to artistically satisfy myself :) On the other hand, I’m a professional – photography is how I make my living.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Usually I try to plan a session, including possible poses, lights posisions, outfits for a model etc. . But I don’t underestimate the power of a spontaneity and improvisation – effects can be outstanding!
Studio, on location or both?
Generally studio, quite often apartments, rarely outdoors.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Can I make it two? :)
First one – my friend and I have organized a competitionin which the main prize was a photo session. We’ve been deadly serious prepared and we took such awesome pictures, that at that time I could hardly believe, that I would ever do anything better. I can tell that it’s a great source of motivation, when you start with your target set that high.
Second one – this time I was a contestant. The competition was organized by a well known magazine. This amazing episode in my life allowed me to work with proffesional, experienced models, making sensual, lingerie sessions. After working only in studio with artificial, modifiable lights, I had to face a challenge to take photos in existing light and in a specific time – that was a bit shockig but great experience. After that i was quite certain that I prefer controllable studio circumstances, I’m in love in sensual photography and that I definitely want to work with proffesional models. This session is probably the basis of my today’s style.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I work with Nikon d5100 and my favourite lens is Nikkor 50mm f 1.8
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Unquestionally and above all – taking pictures! Exercise, trying again and again. There won’t be easy, there’ll be moments of doubt, but despite all that, never give up. And remember, not the quality of your equipment but your attitude is what really counts.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I really love the idea of uniting the people from the photography and photography related area. Presenting them and their talents to the world is an awesome thing to do.