My name is Sufia, and I’ve been photographing for seven years. I started photographing in high school as part of my school’s yearbook. It’s been a passion of mine ever since.
I’m a self-taught photographer who has a love for beauty and fashion/editorial. Being self-taught has made me see the challenges in creating my style. I look to capture warmth throughout all my photos with the use of natural light. I like to describe my style as warm and sultry. I would say one thing I love most about photographing editorial pieces is taking a location no one would think to photograph and making it look like it belongs in a magazine.
I’ve worked with local agencies around Orlando & Miami, such as BMG Models, Modern Muse, Professionally Pretty, & Next Model Management. This would be my first publication in a magazine.
Sufia Huq specializes in
- Fashion & Editorial
Our readers would love to get to know you more Sufia. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I would say what is unique about me, is the fact that I love shooting in 100% natural light. My style takes a very warm and sultry approach. Sometimes, this does present challenges, but learning to shoot in natural light helps you know what poses work and illuminate the model to make the clothes and makeup shine.
Sufia, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started photography in high school as part of my school’s yearbook. I began with a journalistic approach, and I feel that has always been a passion for capturing in all my work. I love to photograph movement and emotion. I want even a stylized shoot to appear like it’s been caught in the moment. I adore expression and weird movement/poses. The weirder the pose, the better!
Who is your inspiration in life Sufia? How do you keep inspired?
I would say I am inspired by Ben Sasso, Daniel Inskeep, and Rachel Gulotta. They all have such a unique approach to photography, but what inspires me is their use of abnormal poses. There was one shoot that Rachel & Daniel did where they just bought random props from the Dollar store and paired it with a model, great outfit, and a rundown location. The photos turned out sick! It’s super inspirational knowing you can take anything and make it look beautiful. They all show that you don't need fancy equipment to take amazing photographs. Gather up some outfits, a model, and shoot! Oh and don't forget to be creative and weird!
We all make mistakes Sufia; 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 say always ask questions! Know who you are working with and the direction you're going. When I first began photography, there were one or two shots that I did that I didn't fully understand the style and direction. Not every style is meant for you, and that's okay. Own your work and make sure you have a clientele that lines up with the same vision.
Sufia, 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?
Like I said before, ask questions! I want to know your vision, so I can help make it come to life. I prioritize all my clients by giving them a PDF that explains all the details we have went over and a style board. Having everything organize helps shoots flow so smoothly!
Please tell us Sufia, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Being organized has helped my photography career blossom. I also photograph weddings, so it's a priority to schedules edit days and stick to those dates. There have been days where I will edit from 8:00 in the morning and I won't finish until midnight. Being more organized has given me structure in my life. It has also made me realize it's okay to deny work if you are overloaded because being stressed is not fun.
Sufia, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
One time I was working on a collaboration. The location I wanted to shoot at wasn't ideal for the client. I mean I don't blame them, the location was super run down. No one would think to shoot there! But I explained that the style she was going for would pop even more. Shooting something beautiful in grungy location is something I always like to incorporate! She ended up going with my idea, and the photos came out more than what she expected. It was a great feeling to know she trusted me with her vision and I made it come to life!
Sufia, 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 think my proudest moment is when Next Model Management added my images to their model portfolio. Back then I was starting to dabble in working with signed models, so it was a bit intimidating for me. The fact that Next loved my work, gave me the drive to work with more agencies.
Sufia, 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 always try to bring as much creativity to the shoot as I can! I would say one of my favourite shoots was when I decided to shoot at Magic Mall, which is like a flea market here in Orlando. Again, it was a location no one would think to shoot! The color scheme of the shoot was yellow and blue, and the location went perfectly! We even got lucky enough to add this retro blue car that was parked there! The vision of the shoot went just as planned.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
I would say communication with clients and thinking out of the box is key! You want to make yourself distinct with your style and always make sure you can bring your clients vision to life. Also, shoot for fun! No one learns by just taking a class or watching a YouTube video. Don't be afraid to go out and shoot! Shooting even in my free time helps me learn new things every day.
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 work more with independent boutiques. I love clothes and style in general. So it would be amazing to plan more shoots with local boutiques.
Photographer: Sufia Huq / @sufiahuq_photography
Models: Trina Waicul / @trinawaicul & Amanda Delgado / @mandydelgado
Makeup and Hair: Sangeeta Bhella / @sangeetabhella
Stylist: Kiara Michelle LLC / @kmserr
Videographer: Amaan Chowdhury / @amaan_chowdhury
Orange Dress, white tube top, jeans: Iyomi Ho Ken / @iyomihoken
Earrings: Patricia Gardi / patriciagardi.com