Q&A

-How did you first become interested in photography?

I fell in love with photography in 2007; it was like a revelation. I had a job as a psychologist, but I wasn’t happy. I felt like it wasn’t the proper place for me to be. Then, I fell in love with portraiture and I knew that was what I wanted to do in life.

It was such a wonderful feeling. This year will be my tenth year as a photographer. In 2010, after my son was born, I began to take the path to portraiture. And I fell in love! This is the beauty of photography, to keep the passion alive. I like to play, I enjoy being a child. I’m quite immature sometimes, but this is who I am.

-How would you describe your style of photography?

I like the portraits photographed by me to be pictorial. Harmony between colour, model position and clothing.

-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?

Sometimes when I want a more complex project, I think about the concept, the props, the model, the decorations, the desired atmosphere, and sometimes I just leave things alone. I like both approaches and much depends on my mood.

-What is your creative process like? What are you start, middle and end points?

I’m not following a pattern; I do things differently every time. Creativity is amplified by the pattern, the atmosphere created, the light, all the things that surround us, our inner state amplifies or inhibits our creativity.

-What is your post-production workflow like?

I start by processing the raw file in Camera Raw and then in Photoshop. When I’m in Photoshop, post-processing depends on my mood.

-What is your dream project?

I would love to shoot an editorial with Bjork.

-How do you approach posing or directing your subject?

I like to have a connection with the model, to talk with her/him; I like to study the natural movements the model makes in order to see her/his strong and weak traits. I want my model to be relaxed, to show off her/his natural self and to ‘talk’ with the viewer in such a way that they have their own take on what the look or gesture wanted to say.

-What is your go-to lighting setup?

In the beginning I said I would never work in a studio, but I did it. Now I prefer the natural light, as well as the artificial one from the studio. For me it’s important to show an emotion through photography.

-What is your top technical tip?

I’m not a technical photographer, I like to let go and play as much as possible.

-What was the best career advice you were ever given?

In order to be a good photographer you have to be extremely passionate about photography. Since I was a little girl I was fascinated by people, by colour combinations, art and fashion magazines. The music and artistic movies I saw in high school and college; everything you accumulate in your life has a say on your take on photography.