I first came across Tanya’s photography on Facebook when I first started wedding photography back in 2013. I instantly fell in love with her work. Her images are light and airy and she really focuses on the details which I really liked. I then met Tanya when we were covering the same wedding, she was taking photos of the grooms side and me for the bride. I got to know her a little when we got a few minutes break for dinner and found Tanya to be a nice and gentle person who I knew I could get along with. I then got to know through her Facebook posts which suggested that Tanya was someone who takes her work very seriously, loves to try new things, does a variety of jobs and is a very interesting person. We now meet up regularly. It’s great having a fellow photographer to talk to and bounce ideas off and share some of the struggles with someone who can relate. Countless teas and conversations later the rest is history.
If you haven’t already, go and check out her website: www.tanyaweekes.com. Tanya travels a lot and covers some great weddings on there. There is lot to read and see.
I recently did a photoshoot for Love Malas and Tanya was kind enough to do the modelling for me. For this blog post I have decided to do an interview with her which I am sure you will find very interesting because I certainly did. Also it will include some of the images from the shoot. Tanya is not just good behind the camera, she’s a professional in front as well.
Here are the questions I asked her along with the answers:
What first sparked your interest in Photography?
Travel and family. I’m from a family that loves taking pictures, I remember my Mum
always having a camera. On family holidays I always remember being eager to print
the pictures and carefully arrange them in a photo album. I used to take it really
seriously and insist on making sure we had photographs at the airport and on the
plane as that was also part of the holiday story.
How long have you been practising your craft?
How did you learn to take such great images?
Practice. Also understanding what makes a great image by studying the images you
consider great and how to focus on these elements when taking your own image.
Describe your photography style.
Bright, fresh, clean with emotion and a lifestyle element.
What inspires you?
Everything! People, travel, a sunny day, nice food, the images I see on Instagram and
the desire to be better at capturing the interesting things I see.
Whose work have you learned from the most and how have they influenced yours?
Jasmine Star. When I discovered her work, I instantly thought, this is the type of pictures I want to take. Her pictures were always bright and breezy, they had a fresh look about them and she focuses on natural light. Her images also hint at a certain lifestyle which I love. Sue Bryce also, she is amazing at photographing women in the most flattering way.
What do you most like to take pictures of?
People, travel and everyday moments for Instagram.
What in your opinion is more important, technical knowledge or creativity?
I instantly thought creativity, but you do need to have some technical knowledge to be
able to best execute what you are thinking creatively. They both work hand in hand. I
think a bit of technical knowledge goes a long way with a lot of creativity.
What has been the most enjoyable experience for you as a photographer?
In 2015, I photographed abroad for the first time – I had an engagement photoshoot
in New York, which was amazing and even more so as it led me onto photographing a
wedding in Paris. This was great for me because it bought my passion for wedding
photography together with my passion for travel.
What would your advice be for someone starting out or has an interest in
Go for it! Start before you’re ready! Watch You Tube tutorials, join Instagram, look
at other photographers work, think about why you like the pictures that you are
drawn to – be inspired, including from the everyday things around you, pick up your
camera and start clicking.
Do you feel being a female photographer has any kind of impact on your
photography, if so how?
Definitely. Women can be very critical of themselves, which I totally get and
understand. I’m from a family of lots of women which was perfect training ground
because they were very vocal about what I needed to avoid when photographing them
– I used to take an image that I thought looked fine because I would be looking at the
great expression I’d captured, but my aunt would say it was terrible because it made
her arm look big, or that the amazing laugh I’d captured is also capturing her double
chin. Everyone wants to appear their best, so I learned to look at taking images in a
way that was the most flattering from the subject’s point of view, which translates as
the best angles, best lighting etc.
Also, as women, I think we are naturally more into details, especially when it comes
to weddings. I understand the importance of photographing the table details and the
accessories and that a lot of time and often money has been spent carefully selecting
them which may not be considered as so important to some male photographers.
What are your other interests and hobbies?
I like to travel abroad, often. I like to try new things… I have a curious mind, so I am
always up for trying new things whether it’s Ariel Pilates or Capeoira. I also like to eat, so I often eat out with friends as well as visiting art galleries and museums.