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