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As for now, I have just worked with models I know and didn't charge them anything.
When I worked at a sales catalog in my apprenticeship as a management assistant I first really came in contact with photography and picture processing. I bought my first DSLR and went crazy with it.
Shooting everything I could get a hold of, reading and learning how to do everything better to improve myself. Someone once said, "Your first 10'000 shots are your worst", so I failed to win.
Now years later I've learned a lot but am still eager to improve myself constantly.
At first, my photography was a private thing, people that knew me for a long time would be surprised when I revealed my hobby (including my homepage).
I just didn't feel the time had already come. Now I'm ready to reveal my photos from small Switzerland to the whole world.
I am my own biggest critic, maybe that is why I will always value quality over quantity.
I like shooting many different subjects but people-photography always fascinated me the most.
Nothing can express a situation like a human being.
I would love you to reveal my photography to the world to bring my passion for photography to every reader. I mean, who knows: Maybe some other first 10'000 shots soon will be photographed ;)
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Juri. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm a 25 years old self-taught amateur photographer from Europe (small Switzerland)
Juri, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I bought my first camera second hand from a co-worker when I worked at a crafting wholesaler. I had no idea how fast one could be addicted to capturing moments, moods, nature and beauty. Now I want to touch people with pictures.
Who is your inspiration in life Juri? How do you keep inspired?
Starting photography I used to get inspired by photographers I looked up to. Now life itself is what inspires me the most.
We all make mistakes Juri, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
At one of my first shootings, I took it a bit to far flash-wise, so that a lot of pictures were way too bright. And anyone that has ever used picture processing knows that it's way harder to darken to bright images than the other way. Luckily a few shots still were good and the model was a friend, so no harm was done ;)
Juri, 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Since I'm an amateur photographer I don't yet have paying clients. I feel like I really need to be constantly delivering before I can charge someone for my art.
Since that is clear from the start I like to be honest with my models. I tell them how long it will take me to do post-processing and also about the possibilities of retouching. Honesty is always the best thing in this regard.
Please tell us Juri, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
When I wanted a perfect shot at a place I had never been I had to plan where the sun would be at s given time to know where to position the model so that the shot would be how I imagined it.
Juri, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I'm really not the guy to persuade anyone to see things the way I think they're right. The awesome thing about photography is that it's an art which makes any photo just as good as subjective opinions decide.
Juri please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment probably would be my first bulb exposure. I've seen many pictures and tutorials about how to do it, but the result of my first bulb exposure of a highway still stunned me.
Juri, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I did a shot of coffee I was trying to get the viewer get surprised and watch the photo for a longer period of time. It was hard to get a composition that hadn't been done a million times already, so I ended up spilling coffee beans from the mug which made it a special shot.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
First, learn all the basics with equipment you actually can use. Only buy more expensive equipment if you get limited by your old one and can exactly tell what will be better with the new stuff.
Then considering photography itself: Try to start photographing anything. Only that way you know what you have a talent for and what you love to photograph.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to start working on all kinds of photographic collaborations in Switzerland.
Now for the best part Juri! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.