Tjaša Kovač is a hobby photographer from Slovenia, born in 1980, who is passionate about capturing the unique and unexpected moments in life. With a philosophy of never settling and constantly seeking new experiences, she enjoys the challenge of finding creative solutions to bring her visions to life.
Bringing the Beauty of the World to Light: An Interview with Photographer Tjaša Kovač
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How long have you been working as a photographer now?
Although I have been interested in photography for my entire life, I never put much effort into learning about it until recently. It wasn’t until January 2019. I was introduced to the basics of digital photography by a friend. This introduction just sparked my passion for photography… Since then I have been working hard to develop my skills and knowledge. I have spent countless hours practicing, experimenting, and learning about different aspects of photography, from lighting to composition to editing. While I am currently a hobby photographer, I look forward to becoming a professional one day and using my skills to capture and tell stories through my work…
What inspired you to become a photographer? What were your first steps?
My parents bought me my first compact analogue camera when I was very young. That inspired me to become a photographer. My dad, who knows a lot about cameras, helped me understand the basics of film photography. We even had plans to build our own darkroom. However, I neglected my passion for photography for a long time until a few years ago, when a friend rekindled my love for this kind of art by leading me through the basics of digital photography. Since then, I have been on a never-ending journey of learning and exploring the world around me…
Are you a professional or an amateur photographer?
I am currently an amateur photographer. I’m always looking to improve my skills and knowledge in the field with the goal of becoming a professional in the future. I am constantly striving to develop my skills and find my own unique style. There are a lot of talented and competitive photographers out there. That’s why I am always looking for new and creative ways to stand out and bring my own vision to life…
What is your favourite subject to photograph?
“Well, it’s a tough call when it comes to my favorite subject to photograph. But if I had to pick, I currently find myself particularly drawn to urbex and fire photography. The thrill of capturing something unique and the added element of danger in these types of photography are what make them truly exciting for me. I’m always up for trying new things. That’s why I keep a vintage analog camera handy… Just in case I need to add a touch of whimsy to my portfolio. My approach to photography is simple: keep experimenting, keep exploring, and above all, have fun…
What kit do you shoot with?
I shoot with the Nikon Z5. This affordable option is perfect for us hobby photographers who don’t want to break the bank but still want to take fantastic photos. I’ll admit, I have a bit of a crush on the retro look of the Fuji system… But at the end of the day, I just couldn’t resist the features and versatility that Nikon offers.
How would you define your photographic style?
“My Way” is my philosophy when it comes to photography—to be true to my own vision and create images that are true to myself. To capture the world in a manner that is unique and reflective of me as an artist. I strive to make my photography stand out from the crowd by staying true to my own style. It is a reflection of my individuality and my commitment to finding my own voice in the world of photography…
Which editing software do you usually use?
I primarily use Lightroom for my photo editing needs. It offers a comprehensive set of tools to enhance and refine my images.
Occasionally, I use Photoshop when I need more advanced editing capabilities, such as composing multiple images or removing objects from a scene. However, Lightroom is my go-to choice for most of my editing work.
John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?
I believe word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising! Happy clients sharing my work with their friends and family is the ultimate compliment and the best way for me to grow my business. Well, I don’t like traditional advertising very much. I rely on word-of-mouth and a strong online presence to attract new customers.
How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?
As someone who has a full-time job that is not photography, I still find ways to pursue my passion for photography on the side…
- My typical working day: I spend my days surrounded by little ones, helping them learn, grow, and play. I love being a part of their early years and watching them develop into their own unique and amazing selves.
- Free time: When I finally have some free time, I like to do things that fill me up and recharge my batteries… I make sure to take care of myself and do things that bring me happiness! I’m always on the lookout for my next adventure, always with my trusty camera in tow.
And even though I’m not working as a photographer full-time, I still put in the effort to maintain my portfolio and promote my work through social media…
What would you do differently if you would start again?
If I had the chance to start again, I would try to prioritize my time differently. I would allocate more of it towards my passion for photography… I might also consider reducing my work hours or finding a part-time job that would give me more flexibility and free time for my private life. At the end of the day, taking control of my time and finding a balance between work and personal pursuits is key to achieving my goals and pursuing my passions…
A professional photographer is also an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?
I understand the importance of self-development and growth. While I admit that I’m not a passionate reader, I’m currently focusing on reading books that deal with self-improvement themes.
Michelle Elman’s “The Joy of Being Selfish: Why You Need Boundaries and How to Set Them” was my last read. It helped me understand the importance of setting boundaries and taking care of myself in order to perform better in all areas of life, including photography… Overall, I believe that continued learning and growth are keys to success as an entrepreneur and photographer. And I make an effort to seek out resources that can help me on this journey.
What was the best advice you have ever received as a photographer? Do you have any advice for other photographers?
As a photographer, the best advice I have ever received is to “buy less and practice more.” it’s important to invest in quality equipment, the most critical factor is to cultivate your skills and style; after all, these are the traits that will truly set you apart.
Be yourself! Don’t try to emulate others or copy their styles. Your individuality is what sets you apart and makes your work special…
Dare to risk. Don’t be afraid to take chances and try new things, even if they’re outside of your comfort zone. Trust in your abilities and embrace the unknown. This is where you will grow as an artist (and as a person) and find new and creative ways to express yourself through your work…
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