I simply started taking pictures of my friends and day to day landscapes. Later did I realise that this form of expression was filling my need to be creative. I never stopped taking pictures.
I believe what makes me unique is that my original passion was fashion design and I was an accomplished designer for major brands. That experience gave me insight and a unique perspective on photography.
Nika, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Because of a car accident that affected my drawing hand, I wasn't able to design and illustrate, and it ended my career as a fashion designer. I needed to find a new craft. I simply started taking pictures of my friends and day to day landscapes. Later did I realise that this form of expression was filling my need to be creative. I never stopped taking pictures.
Who is your inspiration in life Nika? How do you keep inspired?
No one person inspires me, any and all creative and positive people inspire me. I try to follow as many artists that are creative and innovative. It pushes me to be better and be a photographer that someone like me may look to get inspired someday.
We all make mistakes Nika; 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.
I honestly don't have any regrets; I try to learn from my mistakes. If I didn't make them, I wouldn't learn, so I look at those experiences as opportunities, no regrets.
Nika, 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 hope that I can always surpass my client's expectations. So when it gets busy, I don't think about timelines but to deliver an image that I would always be proud of. Sometimes I may be a little late in delivering but Its because I wanted to go the extra mile to deliver the best image possible.
Please tell us Nika, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
At a marketing shoot I came in and had one hour at most with talent, and they were 30 minutes late. My priorities were to deliver happy and exciting photos, so instead of being frustrated I put on a smile and tried to make the subjects give me the best performance possible.
Nika, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
There was once a headshot subject, who is never comfortable with taking pictures of himself. I used my personality and ability to engage in natural conversation to distract that person as I was taking pictures of him.
Nika, 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?
My proudest accomplishment would be a studio shoot that I personally designed and art directed. I had a vision, and I was able to execute it to perfection. It was a photo shoot with triplet models, and it was inspired by a Raffaello painting, called The Three Graces.
Nika, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I love when I can use one light source to create an artistic expression. I also enjoy playing with technology and all that it offers when it comes to art direction. It exciting to see a vision come to life when all you shoot is a subject and a plain background and then be able to create a world that I wanted to bring to life.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Have perseverance, practice, and practice until you find your style.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Always, I want to continue to expand my relationships with Fashion Brands and work in Editorial.
Photographer: Nika Vekilova @nikavphotography