After 2 years of my photography adventure – would like to write the word “mastered” by I’d rather say…I can manage the technology to be able to capture what I see.. And what I see in people is not what someone else would see. We are all so different and unique. At the beginning we have to learn and the best way to learn is to imitate others. After we can figure out how they did what they did and imitate it – we learn the next skill and the next and the next. But one day it’s the time to take off the training wheels and be you..
I tried a few things along my journey of discovery. I started with what I think now is the most difficult – event photography. I picked the hardest light conditions that exist on Earth. Sugar Club, Burlesque Social Club Nights with constantly blinking colourful lights and moving targets. Crazy – but with half automatic modes and a little help from my friends I started to panic less and produce more. Wonderful learning curve.. After a few months of tormenting myself I decided to take on a course and I signed up to a Fashion Photography Course with Rick Tylor. Amazing experience! I definitely recommend.. After the graduation project which was one of the most amazing and fun photo shoots ever we had an exhibition in Good Bits Venue.. my first one, I was so excited! 🙂 I am using the prints to decorate my house at the moment, still my favourite shots ever.. We brought 2 collage girls who never modelled before, all my wardrobe and accessories and had more fun that you can imagine! One of the guys turned to be a very experienced make-up artist and hair stylist which made things way easier..
I tried a few more things, commercial photography for a start up business, product photography, group sessions for Ballet School, weddings, communions, I used to work with models teaching them to model, also I did a few catwalk trainings. But none of those things made me feel really complete and fulfilled so I decided to take a break and step back for a while. So I moved back to my origins, something that has been my passion like for ever: healing and coaching . And one day I offered a photo session to a fabulous woman I met during one of the Access Consciousness Bars Class. She came over from Galway and we had an amazing day together.. Few days later I received an e-mail from her:
“Dear darling Monika, thank you so much. I’m so excited about the photos! My sister has seen them and all she said is WOW and she never says WOW!!!! how does it get any better than that? I shall now go through them slowly and tell you the ones I like the best..Thank you again for such a lovely day, experience and for changing my belief of how I look.”
So here it goes, that’s my gift. I have always known it somewhere deep inside that I can contribute to someone’s life in a deeper way than just by taking photos.. I know I’m able to make people feel comfortable with themselves, with being photographed even if they hate it at the beginning, even if they are very conscious of the way they look.. That is my gift and that is what I want to share with my clients from now on…
Holistic coach and Reiki Master
“I had a chance to meet Monika during the photo session, she did all the make-up and styling herself and also created the whole scenario and chose the place for the shoot. The effect was a set of superb photos and great time we had together. Monika is fully professional, not only in photography but also in communicating and connecting with people, she captures what is best inside of them and exposes what is most precious.. She is an expert of one’s soul and she will know exactly what you need. She has a wast knowledge not only in photography but also in esoteric. She will not stop until the effect is WOW!.Our cooperation turned into friendship and Monika’s advises are often priceless”
“Miałam okazje spotkac sie z Monika podczas sesji fotograficznej, ktora całkowicie zaaranżowala, począwszy od makijażu, stroju i całego scenariusza. Efektem byly świetne zdjecia i super spędzony czas! Monika jest świetnym fachowcem nie tylko od zdjęć ale ma rownież niesamowite podejście do ludzi, potrafi wydobyć z nich to co najlepsze i wyeksponowac to co najcenniejsze. To znawczyni duszy, dokładnie wie czego mozesz potrzebować. Jej wiedza jest bardzo obszerna począwszy od techniki do ezoteryki, perfekcjonistka w kazdym calu. Nie spocznie dopoki efekt końcowy nie bedzie efektem WOW. Nasza współpraca przerodziła sie w przyjazn a porady Moniki są czasem naprawde bezcenne. Serdecznie polecam!”