Interview: Photographer Zuzu Valla (Slovakia)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Zuzu Valla and I come from Slovakia. Currently live in Ashford, UK for 12 years now. My grandfather was keen amateur photographer shooting in black and white and my grand mum changed those photographs in colours with special brushes and techniques.
How and when did you get into photography?
I get into photography 8 year ago, when I literally gave up with mobile’s phones bad quality cameras. I always loved to take a pictures of every day life around me, so I decided to buy my first DSLR camera.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography means to me all my life. I also have a part time job where I am tasting a cakes and different food, but after work and even at work I think about the photography, I talk about the photography I breathe the photography (laughs) Sometimes I am thinking what ‘’normal’’ people do when I am tired but my husband is my best support and he keep me going it taught times.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My photography always been women. I love portraits where I can bring together sadness and mystery, tenderness and fragility of human body language. But I must mention that lately my heart is calling me also to fashion photography too. Let’s see where this will take me.
Where do you get inspiration from? I get inspired by renaissance and baroque painters. The light, the colour, the people on the pictures, is fascinate me.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?
I never plan my photoshoots ahead. I have a very brief picture in my head or a theme, but rest I am leaving on the atmosphere, mood of the model or situation. Too much planning always ruins my creativity.
Studio, on location or both?
I am a location, natural light photographer.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a semi professional photographer. I take paid jobs but only if I can have a free hand. Otherwise I am not happy with the picture. If somebody chosen me it is because they like my work, I like to be trusted.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I have so many great memories. Maybe the best was shooting in the river, when model has to go in deep mud and I was taking pictures from the bridge standing on my husband’s scooter, I will never forget that.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Stay strong behind your work. Be wise, people will try to make a money on you. Be always positive a believe in good tomorrow.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I really like the magazine. Very good quality pictures, I enjoy it.