Each month I will be interviewing someone from the online world. They could be someone creative, quirky, geeky or a fellow spoonie. I’m really not picky; the whole point of this is to open up dialogue, share with the world and if you wish, bring awareness to your work or a cause. Interviews are open to anyone who wishes to take part so if you’re interested in volunteering please check out the Interview information page.
The lovely Fede has stepped into the spotlight for this months interview. Read on to find out more about her and her photography!
Hi Federica, please tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello! My name is Federica, but on the internet I go by Chibi or Faith, and in real life people call me mostly Fede or Fed. I’m 25, Italian, I live in Scotland and I’m an INFP!
How did you get into photography?
I got into it really early, when I was just a child! I remember using those Kodak cameras when I was little (the ones where you had to manually turn the camera roll yourself!), and I’m sure I had toy cameras as well. When I was around 9, I convinced my parents to get a polaroid camera and I freaking loved it! I brought it with me everywhere (but always treated it with care) and I was amazed by the fact that I could get the printed photos instantly. I think when I got the polaroid was when I became really passionate about photography — to the point where I’d sometimes even reply to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with, “Photographer!”.
How many years have you been doing it?
Well, if you count the Kodak cameras… a bit more than half my life, haha! As a hobby, I’ve always been into it and I’ve always practised it. However, as a job, I’ve only been doing it for a few months. I got my very first paid photography job in September 2016, so technically that’s when it started becoming a job, but I feel like my skills have expanded a lot since then. Let’s say I started as an amateur in 2016 and now I’m working as a semi-professional in 2017.
What does your photography mean to you?
Photography has always been meaningful to me. I love the concept of capturing something — a place, a person, an animal, a sight — forever. I love that you can capture single moments in time that might not happen again, or would otherwise be lost forever and remain undocumented. I want as many things and as many people as possible to be remembered. That’s what I strive to do in my work and what I want to do as a photographer in general.
What was the first time you realised that was what you wanted to do?
I think I enjoyed my very first photography job in September (I was employed by a local band to take photos of them at a gig), but I started thinking I really wanted to do this when I asked friends to be my models and sequentially got a taste of portrait photography. I absolutely loved taking photos of my friends, sometimes gently directing them on what to do, where to look and what pose to strike — and of course, I love their reaction when they see the photos and end up loving them. I love making people happy through my photography. I think that was when I actually realised this is a job I really enjoy and want to do, even part-time.
What is your proudest moment?
My proudest moment was really winning against my anxiety whenever I have a photography job. I always get anxious whenever I have jobs, but I manage to combat and control it, and then, once I’m actually taking photos, it disappears completely. I’m proud that I don’t let my anxiety interfere with my photography, both in terms of work and love for it.
What was the first product you ever sold?
I haven’t actually sold any prints yet! But I am setting up my Redbubble shop so that people can get all kinds of merchandise with my photos on it — prints, mugs, phone/tablet covers, bags… So definitely keep an eye out!
What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to achieve?
My photography-related goals are to network more get myself known, so that hopefully (more) people come to me to get their photos! My other goals include getting my degree in Computing and at the end of it either get a web designer job or a full-time photographer job. One of the other things I really hope to achieve is to publish my own books. I have lots of ideas, and one children’s book written (just need it to be illustrated), so hopefully that dream also comes true!
What was the best advice you were ever given?
I’m going to have to post some quotes here, because these are honestly some of the best advice and most inspiring things I’ve ever read/been told:
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” (Henry Ford) / “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” (Theodore Roosevelt) / “Whether a thought is spoken or not, it is a real thing and it has powers of reality.” (Frank Herbert)
The quotes above all have to do with confidence and believing in yourself. I have always had issues with my confidence and I saw that it was influencing my photography as well as other parts of my life. A person told me that confidence is about accomplishing things and recognising your accomplishments. It comes from within you and is gained by the things you do. Thinking positively is a good way to put you in a good place, believe you can achieve something and you’ll be “in the zone” — this is true for anything that you’re trying to do. And then you’ll gain a bit more confidence each time. It’s honestly the best advice I’ve ever been given.
Any advice for others wanting to get into photography?
This is a hard question… I think the advice I would give is to start learning, but without stressing yourself. Start small, with the basics, and gradually work your way to new and more difficult things. And do not compare your first photos to professionals who have been doing this for years. As Jon Acuff said, “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Trust me, you will improve. It just takes time, passion and constant learning.
Also, try to “make” a photo, rather than “take” a photo. The sooner you start to get into that frame of mind, the quicker you’ll improve! Photography is a competitive field, and sometimes there are some amateurs out there who just “take photos”, get paid and pretend they’re a professional — but don’t get discouraged! People can still recognise an amazing photo when they see one. Just concentrate on getting those and you’ll see that people will start noticing you.
Now for some random questions…
If you were the god/goddess of anything, what would it be?
This is going to sound ridiculous, but… I would totally be the goddess of cute animals! My temple would be full of bunnies, cats, dogs, pet rats… just lots of adorable animals!
What would your animal form be?
Definitely a bunny: small, easily startled, puffy (I’ve got really big cheeks…)… and hopefully adorable!
Do you have any fun quirks?
This is the hardest question for me here! I can’t think of any “quirks” I have… My friends describe me as geeky and zany, as I act quite silly sometimes… I can make some silly little noises without even realising it, I squeal whenever I see a cute animal and I actually yell, “Doggie!” whenever I see a dog in the street. I’ll have some better quirks next time, haha!
Do you collect anything?
I love collecting dice! I have a dice bag that I want to fill up with dice and I can’t help myself buying some new dice whenever I see a set with a colour/pattern I love… They do get used in a lot of tabletop RPGs though, so don’t worry, they’re not just sitting in my dice bag, haha!
And finally; time for a shameless plug:
If you want to check out my portfolio, you can find it at Wallflower.nu.
If you do decide to check out my work, thank you so much and I hope you enjoy it!
Over To You
Hearing from someone who has followed their dreams is one of the most inspiring things to me, and I’m really glad that Fede was happy to take part an interview here at Just Geeking By. Photography is such a fun a hobby, but taking that next step to turn it into a profession can be really daunting so it’s great to have first-hand experience from someone who has done it.
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