Hey there Flutterbunnies, Raven here with a closer look with our new intern Jane, who just finished her first full day of Flirt and Flutter Studio Boudoir Photo
Shoots this weekend! So Psyched! I thought we would get to know Jane better by doing a little Q & A, photos coming soon!
So Jane, first off let me welcome you to Flirt and Flutter Photography- we are so excited to have you on board!
Thanks, Raven! I’m excited to be here too.
Let’s get a bit of background- similarly to Stephanie, you’re not from Ottawa-where did you grow up and what made you move to Ottawa?
I grew up in Slovakia, moved to Canada when I was 13 with my family, and have called Mississauga my home base for the past 11 years. And I knew Ottawa was a great city because I did a co-op here while I was still in school, so I wasn’t hesitant to move here at all. The primary reason for the move was my husband who’s doing his Master’s at Carleton. And I knew I could take photography courses at Algonquin, which made the move even more exciting.
Where has been your favorite place to shoot in Ottawa thus far?
I’d have to say the downtown area, which is where I live, so I get to walk around a lot and explore.
When did you begin your journey in photography? What is your background in photography? Did you go to school for photography or have you had experience with clients?
My journey began when I was about 12. I joined a photography club back in my hometown in Slovakia and got to play around in the darkroom. And then I continued with film photography and working in the darkroom in high school. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that had a photography class starting in Gr. 10 and I loved it. In fact, I was the only student in my Gr. 12 photography class (I guess my peers didn’t feel the same way about taking pictures as me haha), but I enjoyed it a LOT. And when I was in the darkroom I didn’t really like digital photography at all, but I did switch in University. So I have shot a lot, including for my high school yearbook, just haven’t worked with clients that much yet.
What made you decide to get into Photography? What is your favorite part of Photography?
I’m not exactly sure. My dad showed me a book of black-and-white photographs when I was younger, so maybe that triggered something. I LOVE black-and-white photography. My favourite part is capturing an image that says something either about a person or place or shows an emotion, basically an image that’s meaningful.
Who are your favorite photographers and what do you like about their work?
Hmm…hard to pick just one, but one of my all-time favourites is Ansel Adams. His work is exceptional. He photographed a lot of landscapes and you can see the movement in his pictures. And his lighting is great too, I mean it takes skill and a lot of patience sometimes to capture what he’s captured throughout his life.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I don’t really like describing my style because I feel that puts me in a box and I don’t like to limit myself like that. I’m really open to different styles and it depends on the situation or the subject that I’m photographing. I just like taking photos when people aren’t necessarily paying attention to me and just doing whatever they’re doing. That way I can catch them in their natural state and environment.
If you could give clients one piece of advice what would it be?
Well, my answer would be related to the previous one. I would just remind them to be themselves and almost pretend I’m not even there. I know that may be hard, but if let’s say it’s a family shoot then parents can interact with their children and it will look more natural. And I would tell kids to just go play and have fun.
When it comes to photography what are your goals? What do you see in your future?
My long-term goal would be to become a professional photographer, have my own business, and perhaps get some pictures published or displayed. That’d be amazing. But overall I’m just happy to be taking photos and in the short-run I’d like to get more into family/children and couples photoshoots.
Well we are all very excited to see how your work progresses over the next year! Flutterbunnies you should definitely be checking back here on the regular to get the behind the scenes look at the Photography business here in Ottawa!
Thanks, Raven! And I look forward to doing more shoots with you.