When I started my adventure with blogging, and my website will soon be celebrating its first anniversary … I was naively thinking that a good text would allow me to reach out to a great number of readers. While slowly immersing myself into the bloggers’ world and getting to know their articles, I realized that graphics is also very important, as it really helps to attract curious readers and makes them settle on my website for a little bit longer. Unfortunately, one of my weak sides is taking photos, which are so crucial in the blogger’s work. Of course, one can always choose the easy way and make use of websites offering a rich variety of photos taken mainly by professionals … but is this all about it? Won’t it deprive our website of its unique individual style which we are working on everyday?
How can we take a photo which will not only move our potential readers’ hearts, but will also touch their souls? How can our photos attract people to follow our future articles? It turns out that it’s not so difficult to gain an average level of perfection, provided that we don’t discourage ourselves too easily and we don’t leave our cameras at the bottom of the least used wardrobe. Today, I’m really happy to carry out my interview with Aneta Janasz – a great photography freak, who will willingly share some tips with you, the ones related to taking good photos, not only in terms of its technical side, but also conveying the right message.
Passion Piece: Could you tell my readers a few words about yourself?
Aneta: I’m the author of a blog about the non-obvious things. I write mainly about photography and I’d love to teach this art to everyone interested since taking photos is actually really simple. I like creating and inspiring. I also hope that I’ll be able to help more than one person.
Passion Piece: What do you do on a daily basis?
Aneta: I’m a woman, wife and mum in my everyday life. During the week I work at a dentist’s office, while in my free time I take photos and I do some graphics.
Passion Piece: What inspired you to set up your blog?
Aneta: I really wanted to have my own online space, a kind of a safe haven, dependent only on me, where I could freely touch upon the topics of my genuine interest. Actually – I was inspired by my everyday life, which I truly wanted to share with others.
Passion Piece: How did you grow your passion for photography?
Aneta: My passion for photography emerged a long time ago when the first mobile telephones equipped with cameras had appeared. Capturing the surrounding me world in the frames has always made me really peaceful.
Passion Piece: What’s the most difficult in the art of photography?
Aneta: Presenting emotions is definitely the most difficult part. Expressing what we felt while taking a photo of a certain moment. A good picture in terms of all the technical aspects – properly cropped and well exposed – against all appearances is not such a difficult thing to gain. However, moving someone’s heart, touching someone’s soul – is a real kind of art.
Passion Piece: What advice would you give to my readers, the ones who take their first steps in the field of photography?
Aneta: If I can give you any kind of advice, the most important thing is not to give up! Everyone starts in a very similar way by taking million of hopeless photos, getting angry, trying again and again. Thanks to all these attempts we are able to discover our unique style. Don’t discourage yourself when something doesn’t work out. When you finally feel the photography with all your heart – everyone will see that in your photos!
Passion Piece: Have you got any other passions?
Aneta: I’ve always been a so called ‘renaissance woman’. I’ve always been interested in many things at once. That’s why, it’s been really difficult for me to focus on only one thing and to develop myself only in this particular field. I think that there has never been a subject in which I would be a real expert, instead I’ve always taken up a few things at once and I was at the advanced level in each of them. My passions are mainly related to art – I’ve always been drawing, painting and singing. Besides this I’m truly fond of office work. I love documents. Maybe it’s not a very typical combination, but it’s my real nature.
Passion Piece: What are your plans for the nearest future?
Aneta: I’m going to develop my blog in the near future. I’ve been also thinking of creating an online beginner course in photography. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Passion Piece: Why is it a good idea to follow your dreams?
Aneta: If you decide to follow your dreams – it means that you are a strong and courageous person! What would our life look like if we kept living day-to-day, month-to-month, going to work which we don’t really like and seeing only negative sides of everything around us instead of pursuing our goals? I think that chasing our dreams is the aim of our lives. The goal, which everyone should have, in order to make our lives meaningful.
Passion Piece: Which motto would you like to share with my readers?
Aneta: A motto which is really important to me sounds as follows: ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ These are the wise words of Ralph Emerson. The most important thing to do is to discover one’s own way to happiness and self-realization. I believe that only being authentic in what you do allows you to gain real success. Out of the box thinking is also really important. You shouldn’t follow only fashion, as it changes very quickly. It’s worth being courageous and find strength to move forward not with the crowd, but in a completely opposite direction.
Passion Piece: Thank you very much for this inspiring conversation and I hope that in the near future we will all hear about your own online course.
I believe that this conversation will inspire you not only to work on beautiful photographies, but also to follow your dreams, which not always have to be obvious to others. The most important thing is to create and leave a trail for others.
See you around!
A website, which you should visit: http://anetajanasz.pl/
Photos by: Aneta Janasz
Comments: 45 replies added
What a beautiful and inspiring post and interview! And that is also one of my favourite Emerson quotes. Enjoyed reading this a lot! :)
I love this kind of quotes! They're truly inspiring! :)
I'll agree that actually letting emotions shine through a photograph can be the hardest thing to get! If you're shooting a person, they just have to be good at it too.
That's right! I'm hopeless at taking good photos. :)
We are also working on improving the images on our website. Thank you for your great questions and insightful comments that will help all of us improve what we are doing. Nicely done!
Hope your website will look even better in the future! :)
This was such a great interview. I always love learning more about people. I just love the quote she shared.
I also love getting to know other people especially if their lives may become an inspiration for others. :)
This was an awesome interview. Thank you for providing such great value! Learned a lot about photography today!
Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading it! :)
I'm also at that stage in photography where I just take loads of photos and some can be found on stock photography sites. The hardest part is not giving up especially during the winter months.
I also think it's much more difficult to take nice pictures in winter ... especially if one lacks the right skills just like me! ;)
So many things to consider when starting a blog. I agree with following your passion when writing.
My passion for writing is the only thing which keeps me going ... hope this blog will become more successful one day! :)
What a lovely interview and what a great post idea! It is always great to know more about fellow bloggers and their passion and motivation!
Happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this post! :) xoxo
What a great and helpful interview - I’m still learning the basics of photography at the moment - total rookie here ??
I'm also a total rookie when it comes to photography! :)
Thanks for sharing this inspiring interview! "Never give up" is a great piece of advice. I wish you tons of success following your passions.
Thank you! I try not to give up when it comes to writing! :)
Such an inspiring interview. I love the quote she shared!
Thank you very much for your kind comment! :)
‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ My favorite quote. Thanks for the inspiring interview!
It has also become one of my fav quotes recently! :)
I love reading interviews like this. It's interesting to learn about the people behind the blog.
True. We can always learn a lot from them! :)
Photographers must be celebrated too because they are the ones behind the lens taking beautiful shots. She is an inspiring woman.
Sometimes photos are the most important part of a given post, so we should never forget about their importance. :)
I am also a photographer in my spare time and I do remember how frustrating it used to be, 15 years ago when I first started. Now I have so much gear that I transformed a room in my house in a photo studio.
Ah, so it seems there is still some hope for me! I just don't have enough time to practice taking photos! :)
Aneta's photography is beautiful. I definitely need to improve my photos. I'll have to check out her site. Thanks for the interview.
I hope it will occur to be helpful for you! :)
Sounds like a great interview and what an inspiring post. Makes me want to take my camera and snap some photos. Happy 1st blogiversary!
Thank you very much! Hope you took some beautiful photos! :)
Great interview! Successful blogging is such a great experience, and it's never the same for two people. Keep working on yours!
I couldn't agree more with you ... everyone has different experiences with blogging for sure! :)
Can completely relate with her. While I love photography I am interested in many other things as well and haven’t been able to focus on any one thing.
I know that too! I focus more on writing rather than on taking photos! I need to change it in the future! :)
I love Aneta's photography they are all look beautiful and alive. I hope I get to see more of her photography and learn from her.
Sure, you can always check her out! :)
Ich stimme nicht mit Frau Aneta Janasz úberein... Meiner Meinung nach ist beim Fotografieren die Weileerfassung am schwierigsten, wenn auch nicht am wichtigsten...
Ewelina, dzięki za komentarz! :)
Go for that blog for online photography tutorials. People really need that.
I also think it's something people would need a lot! :)
Dziękuję bardzo za możliwość zaistnienia w tym miejscu!