Q & A with Magdalena Niziol
Portland-based Magdalena Niziol is a self-taught photographer with a passion for artistic portraits. We've asked her to tell us a little more about the boudoir side of her photography business and here's what she has to say...
How did you get started in photography?
I became interested in Photography when I was young, traveling with my parents and growing up having beautiful gardens in my backyard. I always wanted my own camera, but would sneak and take my parents and go on photo adventures. I became interested in photography professionally a little over a year ago when I purchased my first digital SLR and moved to southern Maine.
What do you love about boudoir photography?
I love being able to help my clients capture a meaningful gift for the person they love while also showing them a side of themselves they might not have known existed. Boudoir photography allows me to use my creativity to capture emotion and beauty for my clients, which are the two elements of photography that drives my love for the art.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a session?
As with many types of sessions, clients can be nervous to be in front of the camera. What I tell my clients is that boudoir photos aren’t about taking pictures of a new/different “you” but for you to be yourself. Nothing makes a photo better (or sexier) that you just being you! That’s where my job comes in to capture that beautiful feeling for you to see and remember forever.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
I have a very classic style of photography. I like to bring back that classic vintage look without it looking like pin-up or posed. When I give my clients their photos, I want them to look at them and have it evoke a memory.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I love being outside anytime of the year. Traveling to new places or exploring places nearby. I also have worked in bakeries and love to bake cakes and other treats.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
Being part of a younger generation of photographers, I have not had time for my style to change, only develop. One thing that hasn’t changed is my love for photos with vintage feel.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Any photo with a person as the main focus. I’ve tried my hand at landscape and still life, but it just does not hold any interest for me. I love seeing connections between people—strangers in a city, children and their parents, and people in love. Each one is so different and to be able to capture that in a way that reflects the feelings that happened in real life is just amazing.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I plan to keep doing boudoir and build that aspect of my business but will also continue shooting weddings, fashion, and product photography.
See more of Magdalena's photography at www.magdalenanizolphotography.com.