Exactly 7 years ago, in a town in Southern Spain I was holding my first DSLR camera, a good old Canon1000D. I left the poor Olympus and never looked back, even now I remember that it had such a tiny screen that I could barely see the photos but he was there all the years through high school so now I own the most precious memories that my ex-colleagues will know about at our 10 years gather. (Ohh, how I wait for that moment!) So back to our story: the mighty Canon1000D captured his first frames on a beach in Almeria and then I took him to Cluj… where the journey began. I must admit that I’m not that much of a “technical” person so the book from the camera was half chinese for me and all the process of learning was based on practice, and practice, aaaand practice until today and many years to come from here. The most beautiful part tho, was that in all that practice, I started to look more at the ones that surrounded me. This new toy in my hands was suddenly giving me a different perspective and “forced” me to pay more attention to the details, the interactions, the stuff that happened “behind my back” until that moment.
I don’t remember the exact moment I started taking portraits but I remember the feeling I had with every good close-up. Not technically speaking but the feeling that a close-up had and the energy that was captured in it. I will surely make a full post about portrait photography because there’s so much more to talk about on this subject. With the help of my best friend Ioana (and this will also be a separate post : ) I was able to start experimenting with all kind of ideas at home. We lived together since day 1 of faculty so we had plenty of time. The first photo you see in this post was made in random day after school, in a low-lighted bedroom and using the flash from an iPhone. And yes, the best ideas come at night! I was also really lucky to have my friends Andra and Alexandra, which were my no.2 experimental models and they would always say yes to any idea I had (beauties like Diana, Simona, Daria and Paula). And of course I had a lot of ideas, after the first photos it began pouring with ideas but the time I had to dedicate to this was getting shorter. I started a full-time job in publicity sales so the time for my hobby became almost inexistent. The turning point was after I got a job as a marketing manager (what I was practically dreaming of since I finished Marketing at the University) and I realized that I was quite miserable doing that and before I knew it I started saving money to buy a better camera. I didn’t want to leave the job but I started taking jobs as a photographer and I realized that I was in love with every second of what I was doing. You can imagine what came after so here I am, talking to you about photography. And this thing you are reading here will be nothing more than an attempt to share my stories with you and the stories of the beautiful people I work with. My vision with this site right here is to inspire and to share beautiful stories worth sharing. As we are all so unique and we all see the world in so many different ways, this will be just my slice of the pie and I invite you to stick around. Till next one! ^_^