We got the chance to get to know the very talented Nisha. Owner at Your Choice Photography.
Nisha thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. First, why don't you tell us a little about yourself;
Hi, I’m Nisha, a 28-year-old wedding and portrait photographer in West Yorkshire, UK. I am the older sister to 2 brothers, pet-mama to 2 very old staffs and have been with my partner for 2 and half years. I’m a qualified make-up artist, which helps with my photography a lot and love to travel!
That’s a great combination there, so how long have you been taking photographs for?
I started photographing 13 years ago, exploring different genres and just photographing everything I loved, but, I’ve always photographed women. So I guess you’d say I’ve been photographing women for 13 years. I probably refined what I love to photograph the most and own my style 3 years ago.
You can absolutely tell you have years of experience from your photographs. But where did you’re your interest in photography come from?
I was homeschooled throughout high school and so I had the opportunity to learn things in a different way. I love the 1950’s and the photography of icons from that era and it just developed from there. I got hold of a point and shoot and just went around photographing stuff, streets...people walking around and realised I loved it. I still adore a good classic black and white set of photographs.
That’s fantastic, so when did you take your photography professional?
I took the plunge about 4 years ago and haven’t looked back since. I’m very much a DIY photographer... I taught myself, I create and make my own studio pieces and can often find beauty in the most unbeautiful spots.
You create your own studio pieces that are very impressive, so what inspires you to shoot?
I’m a big believer in existing in photographs and for me, it’s that. It’s not always the perfect situation or time but being able to capture that moment forever in one way or another for someone to cherish for a lifetime!
That’s a lovely inspiration. What kind of photographs do you take?
My wedding photography is very natural and romantic. I try to capture the day as it is and ensure the emotions captured even in the formals are a true reflection of the couple. My portrait photography covers Boudoir, Glamour Portraits and Personal Branding for businesses. A couple of things are really important to me like body confidence and encouraging people to Be Fearless. Both Boudoir & Glamour Makeover Portraits include full pampering!
Be fearless, they sound like very powerful photographs. So what kind of subject is the most fun to work with?
For me it’s portraiture...and if you have a fluffy pet I’m in heaven.
I’m sure a pet would be an added challenge! What equipment do you use?
I’m a Canon girl and currently shoot on a 5D MK2... personally, I love the 50m 1.8... it never leaves my camera.
Good choice! Ok so how do you spot a great shot?
It’s all about connection and emotion.... if I can get a natural looking connection it’s a winner every time.
So to get that natural look how long does it take you to prepare?
My photography studio is based in my home and I prefer natural light so my set up and preparation is relatively easy and minimal.... give me a camera and I’m ready. Dependent on what or who I’m photographing then there may be more work that goes into the day. I may have sourced a special location or created a dress for a client.
Ok so going back those 13 years you have been taking photographs. What’s the one trick you wish you knew?
It’s not really a trick, more of the tip and it’s that I wish I knew it was fine to be a hack. I’m a huge hack when it comes to photography. I spent a lot of time worrying about not having the best and in reality, it doesn’t matter. My £5 IKEA sheer curtains have been my best friend for a long time.
That’s a good tip, do you feel you have a trick you want to share with aspiring photographers?
Don’t feel you need to have everything. If it doesn’t make your ship go faster, don’t buy it. Learn to use what you have, trade with other professionals and rent.
So do you feel as a professional there is anyone skill you wish you could master?
Creative work retouching and composites... my mind just doesn’t work in that way.
Finally which photographers inspire you?
Sue Bryce has been an incredible distant mentor and a wonderful photographer. Annie Lebovitz is also incredible to capture a real rawness in her images.
Nisha thank you so much for your time.
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If you want to know more about Nisha and check out more of her photographs you can reach her here:
- Facebook – Your Choice Photography
- Website – www.yourchoicephotography.com
- Email – email@example.com