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Interview: Photographer Marta Uczciwek (Poland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I am a Polish photographer, living and working in Warsaw. I am focused on the task in progress, but I do not lose my enthusiasm or openness to people. I work intensively, at the same time get involved in interesting photographic and educational initiatives. Privately, I am a wife, mother of two energetic daughters and an active woman who is enjoying life.

How and when did you get into photography?

For several years, I have been associated with a completely different professional field. I discovered my passion, while looking for an alternative to a full-time job and development opportunities, between working in a corporate company and being a parent. Today I realize sessions for clients as well as my own artistic projects - including female and portrait photography.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is not a profession only, but a lifestyle and way of observing reality... First of all: people and their emotions. I think there is beauty in each and every one of us, but to capture it in pictures you need professional knowledge and a bit of artistic sense.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

While taking photos I pay attention to the composition and try to make sure that every element matches to each other. I attach a significant role to details: soft light, delicacy and the sensual game of gestures.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I think the world around us and the people themselves are the most inspiring - you can find topic everywhere, just open your mind.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

Photography is a process and the fact of taking a photo is only one of its parts... My blueprint for success: organization before the session, highly professional communication, a friendly atmosphere during photoshooting and good material selection.

Studio, on location, or both?

Definitely studio, I rarely work outdoors. However, I always keep in mind that if we master the light and use adequate equipment - studio conditions can be arranged almost anywhere.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I know great photographers, models, make-up artists, stylists etc. who have 'ordinary' jobs on a daily basis, however I have decided to focus on photoshooting only. I am aware that there is still a long way to go and a lot of work, but I love it.

What has been your most memorable session, and why?

The first one for sure... The atmosphere of the studio, unusual emotions - excitement mixed with a bit of anxiety. In the end discovering that I was able to handle it after all.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon for me. But I am sure that good photos can be taken with any equipment - it depends on your skills not camera or lens.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Be confident, brave and patient.You need good ideas and of course some luck : being in the proper place at a certain time, meeting the right people too... Don't be afraid to try - the photos you regret the most are the ones that have not been taken when the opportunity was available.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It is great that the magazine was created and is still developing: interesting materials published on the platform, good interviews, beautiful photos - keep it up!

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