Lately, I've been asking myself, "who am I as a photographer? What am I trying to communicate and how am I different? Who are my dream clients?". It's a funny thing - I took up photography as a hobby about ten years ago and I'm still finding these difficult questions to answer. These questions have got me thinking about where I want to be as a photographer and that has been extremely motivating. It's very daunting, of course, but motivating nonetheless.
I think that when you are pursuing your dream career it's really important to continually ask yourself where you're heading. The more conversations you have with yourself about it, the more your dream evolves and the more specific it becomes. It begins as a vague idea and then you study and you grow and it all starts to come together as something that can really happen. When I launched Tinska just over a year ago (happy anniversary, me!) I of course had my business plan and the idea that I wanted it to be something different but I didn't know what exactly. I wanted it to be something bigger than myself which is part of the reason I didn't use my own name. Now, as I'm learning and meeting all sorts of creatives, I have a clearer vision.
Right now as a photographer, I aim to create images that are cinematic, atmospheric and moody but in a subtle way. I aim to capture moments that appear dreamy yet real at the same time. I aim to express emotion through imagery.
I look for a story. I try to see what my subject is telling me, whether that is a person or a place. I ask myself - what is the narrative here and how can I best show that?
I've thought for a long time that if one day I am commissioned by National Geographic for a project, I can die happy. It's a magazine that has inspired me to discover as much about our planet as I can. The incredible stories and photographs I've seen over the years of foreign lands and cultures have sparked a fire in my mind and an itch to explore. At the moment, I'm looking at expanding my portfolio to cover more travel/outdoor adventure photography so I'm currently searching for companies to cover my expenses so I can go out and cover their tours. I'm also thinking of all my adventurous friends who do crazy things like caving and white water rafting in hope I can shadow them, too. Really, I'm looking at any way to build up my portfolio in that area. It's a type of photography I really enjoy, amongst others of course. I'm finding it difficult to specify as there are so many styles I'm interested in and so many things I want to create.
Another area of my portfolio I'm growing at the moment is fashion photography. I've managed to make a wonderful new connection at a modelling agency in Manchester and I have what seems to be a dozen shoots coming up. I've been so excited about coming up with new concepts that I'm finding it difficult to focus on the other less interesting things I need to do such as book-keeping…
If anyone has any connections in the travel industry, please give me a shout and I'll throw in a little discount for you on anything you book :-)
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I'm the founder of Tinska and aside from photography, I spend my time practicing yoga, reading anything from Beat poetry to Science Fiction and running around after a cheeky puppy.