I am a really strong and independent woman who built her life on her own. I am continuously seeking new adventures and any stimuli that can broaden my cultural, intellectual and creative background.
isea, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Apart from the photography itself my biggest passion in life is travelling. I think there is nothing more stimulant as exploring new cultures and places for an artist. Any artist should go out of their studios, that are comfort zones somehow, and start exploring what is beyond their imagination. What I would like to do with my photography practice is being able to put my art into my job, do something that is remarkable because of my touch and not because of the money I gained.
Who is your inspiration in life isea? How do you keep inspired?
As a photographer, my biggest inspiration in life is Nan Goldin, such a strong woman that made her path because of the story behind her picture, not because of the perfect technique or what the society was demanding for but the truthfulness of humanity. In my life, I think they are probably my parents who supported me no matter what in what I was trying to achieve (and I still try!)
We all make mistakes isea; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Once a colleague asked me for advice because she was stuck with a project, I had a brilliant idea, but instead of helping her I used it for my next project. I still feel incredibly guilty!
isea, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I generally try to make a balance between the amount of work and the time I have for each one of them. Then, I value if it better to start to form the shortest ones and then focus on the big one all in one or vice versa. Usually, I tend to prioritise the ones with the shortest deadlines, but it depends on the type of commission.
Please tell us isea, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
In my very first fashion editorial, I almost failed the whole shoot. The client didn't like the location and either the model, they told me everything was too messy and not classy enough. Thus, stubborn as I am, I spend two weeks watching photoshop tutorials (at that time my photoshop knowledge was quite basic!), and I ended up reconstructing the whole ambient, changing colours and furniture. I didn't sleep for almost a month, but they appreciate my effort so much that they called me for the next one and published the editorial with a pretty successful outcome!
isea, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
It happened with a few projects, but it is the same story. When you are an artist, everybody has to say something good or bad about your work, and they tend to choose what it is closer to their knowledge or experience. However, art is personal, and until the end of the project some people won't get what you are doing, they would need to see the whole picture in order to assimilate that piece of you and get your point. Thus, it happened to me a few time to be told to choose one style instead of another because of safer with that kind of work. However, I was sure that the other way the result would be better, so I decided to do both and present them. Luckily, my idea won over the other every time, and it is this way that I have gained the trust of my audience/employers.
isea, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I am still young, and I started working recently. However, for what is it now I can say that time during my first year of university I assisted a pretty important photographer for a fashion editorial in Italy. The atmosphere was pretty relaxed, so he made me took a few pictures. It ended up that the company loved them and they called me back to do their next catalogue! Now I am their official photographer.
isea, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The brand I am working for wanted something new, a fresh idea to stand out of the mass. So I started thinking about something that could interest all the kind of people, that would make fashion more appealing even from an emotional point of view. And then I question myself, what do you enjoy doing? What touch of passion can you bring to these pictures? For me, that thing was traveling, and I decided to propose a fashion travelling photography initiative to publish on Instagram in order to gain popularity form different kind of people and expand the brand. They loved it, and now we will start doing a shoot every month in a different country!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
To gain as much experience as they can on the on the filed, even with small jobs at the beginning. Studying is for sure important, but to become a photographer the most important of all is having the right approach and learn how to handle the inconveniences of this work. The technical development will arrive naturally, experiencing and experiencing, not just reading books and looking at someone else's pictures.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I would love to do more experience on the field as a photographer and get in contact with new environments. For now, I am looking for some brands to collaborate with, but I am open to any experience and initiative relevant to my style and experience.
Isea Karsli @iseakarsli_photography