I am a Bulgarian, but I moved to Denmark four years ago to study my Bachelor in European Studies, which I completed last year. I have studied politics, but interests had shifted when I became a member of an event planning organisation, where besides my event planning tasks I was the photographer and responsible for the promotion of the organisation. I am very passionate about travelling. It opens your mind and teaches you many life lessons on the way. The world is big and full of stories, and my journey has just started to get more exciting.
Rumina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I have always liked taking pictures - of everything and everyone. When I got my first little camera, I started searching for post-processing tools and ever tried to make something cool, but it wasn't until I got the first DSLR that I realised I wanted to be better and show other people how I see the world.
Who is your inspiration in life Rumina? How do you keep inspired?
Travelling inspires me the most, regardless of the destination, but my favourite country is deffinitely Italy, I go there every year. Besides that I follow a significant amount of photographers online, check their work and try to learn from them. I like fashion and entertainment photography, but I admire the National Geography photographers - they are the ones who sometimes out their lives in danger in order to show the world the wildest of places and creatures on Earth.
We all make mistakes Rumina; 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 wish I were asking for more tips from my mentors on the way, and I wish I had engaged more in the conversation of what is expected of me when executing a task. Every photographer has their vision but I would like to be better at is to make my vision match perfectly with the other side so everyone can be as satisfied as possible.
Rumina, 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 try to make the best with the most urgent photographers that need to be delivered. Otherwise, I try to get more time, so the delivery is delayed, but the result is exceptional.
Please tell us Rumina, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
It was at a time when I had to decide between a free assignment that would look amazing in my portfolio or a paid one that was not so significant. I chose to improve my portfolio and help others with my work.
Rumina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
During my last assignments for a bar photo champagne, the bar had their idea of edits, because they are a part of a chain that likes to have the same presents in all the pictures. I wanted my clients to consider other options, so I put in extra work and gave them two more example of presets. They chose mine over what they were used to use before.
Rumina, 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?
It was the first time a photograph of mine got published in the newsletter magazine of a big Danish bank. I felt like my work is worthy enough to be published and seen by thousands of people. And the theme of the magazine was adopted pets, so the story behind the picture was even more inspiring.
Rumina, 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 go out and search for something new to take pictures of and then edit it differently. It always feels like pushing my boundaries further.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Keep chasing what you like, and then do more even if you are not satisfied. Practise makes perfect and does what you love.
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 like to work with brands and creatives in the field of fashion, travel and people (portrait photography).
Rumina Todorova @leftmycameraathome