Thursday, June 2, 2011
Up this week is Niki Strbian of Niki Strbian Valokuvaus located in Finland.Niki has an amazing eye. She really thinks outside the box and makes gorgeous portraits doing so. I love the fresh feel of her work. Check out more recent work on her blog and facebook.
About the image…
1) Why do you love this image? Because it was created in an instant, because it tells about my love for hats and accessories and because it shows how photography enriched my life in so many ways. Not only I get to meet so many great people, not only families share their love for each other in front of me (even in such reserved country as Finland). On top of that photography taught me that there is nothing like bad weather. I used to be a sunshine junkie, but now I know that every minute of every day, independent of the weather conditions, there is something worth capturing out there. So I better get my butt out and capture it.
2) What were your settings with this image? ISO 800, f/2,2, 1/2500 shot with 50/1.4
3) What do you love about Photography? Everything. Anything. Connection with my clients. The excitment of finding locations. Seeing the light everywhere. Meeting the coolest people. Being free. Rocking 7 days old newborn babies in my arms. Making people happy. Creating memories that will last generations. Having a job that makes sense even for 5 year olds.
4) What type of Photography do you specialize in and why? I specialize in newborn and children photography and in boudoir photography. Photographing a newborn is every time such a special exprience. They are so tender and fragile and delicate, but at the same time strong. I love children, I love playing with them and children usually love me. I could not photograph landscape because I would be utterly bored. Children are everywhere, they don't stop to pose, so you don't have half hour to think about the perfect shot. It's not like photographing Angelina Jolie where you tell her to sit down and be beautiful and she does. With children you have a split of a second if you are lucky. And I love the excitment of it. Maybe that's why I enjoy boudoir as the total opposite kind of portrait photography. I enjoy making every woman feel beautiful and bringing out the lioness in her.
About your life?
5) What are your favorite hobbies and pastimes? Reading and actively spending time with my family. Reading is a dangerous activity, when I take a book into my hands, I fall through her pages into the story and I only emerge at the end of it. Hungry, thirsty and sleep deprived, and realize that I have a family too. So I only can afford reading once in a while. but with my family we go to school for circus artists, we ski in winter and swim and treck in summer.
6) Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by my clients' homes, hobbies and life styles. I am inspired a lot by fairy tales and movies and very much by my fellow photographers.
7) Who are some of your favorite singers/bands? Luis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
8) What is your favorite movie of all time? This is a tough question. We watch every year before Xmas Love Actually, but I adore Disney movies and The Flight Across the Cockoo Nest. And a handful of Czech movies and Slovak movies too. I don't really have a favorite movie, but I do like Al Pacino movies and Jack Nicholson's earlier movies. And Meryl Streep in just about anything.
9) What would your ideal day be like? It would be around 100 hours long, start with yoga, opulent breakfast in Tuscany, continue with swimming in the sea and reading, include a trip to a small medieval Tuscany town, a visit to a gallery, late afternoon photoshoot with a large fun family in their castle and on their vineyard and end up with a great dinner (four or five course, black truffel pasta and full bodied wine) with all the people I love. So it would be a laaaaaarge company. Oh and a midnight walk with my husband along a secluded beach. And maybe a drawing from my kids portraying our family.
10) If you weren't a photographer, what other profession would you like to pursue? I would not want to be anything else than a photographer. This is my dream that I never knew I had.
Check back next Wednesday to meet Rachel Aberle.