I am a freelance photographer, graphic designer and digital creator, working in London. I started my creative career in 2016 and my goal has been to inspire others and give people happiness through my colourful images.
“Life is art, live yours in color”
How did you first get into photography?
I was looking for a dream job after a bad career choice, that’s how I became a photographer. Before I moved to London I was a teacher in a primary school in East Hungary. I didn’t get paid very well plus for other reasons I decided to move to the UK in 2012. I was told that if I want to stay there, I must say yes for the first job offer. That’s how I became a chef in a pub. I was suffering a lot there so I had to make a change. After working in a kitchen for 3 years I thought I would never get a job anywhere else, so I had to become my own boss and start a little business. I’ve already enjoyed taking photos and sharing them on Facebook, but I wanted to show my work to the world too so I started my Instagram in 2016. I quickly realized that if I want to reach a bigger audience, I must take better photographs so I signed up for a photography course. Soon I started to earn money with shooting on weddings and working with bloggers. That’s how everything started.
Your pieces are so colorful! Can you speak more to your relationship with color?
I chose photography because it gives me joy and I wanted my images radiate the happiness that I feel when I create them so that’s why they are so colorful. Also, this is my style. I would never find satisfying to take black and white or low key photographs. They look boring to me. Since the beginning, my goal has been to create something unique and to stand out from the crowd. I just didn’t want to become an average photographer. That’s why I use bright and bold colors.
What do you love about what you do?
I love walking around London with my camera and taking photos of colorful buildings, vintage cars or pretty floral displays. You need to know the city very well if you want to find them because London is huge and the best locations are far from the tourist attractions. It’s almost like treasure hunting. I also love editing photos. I’m addicted to Photoshop and can spend way too much time playing with the colors.
Accept yourself, be bold and love yourself.
Any great advice that you’ve received and your advice to other creatives and entrepreneurs?
“Done is better than perfect.”
I believe you should always strive for the highest quality you can, but never leave a project unfinished because you feel like its’s not “perfect”. You can be incredibly talented, but nobody will realize it if you don’t start putting your stuff out there. NOW!
One of your greatest lessons and your advice to all of those who want to change their career and become a creative professional?
It takes time to get where you want to be. Don’t quit your soul-sucking daytime job until you make enough money on the side to pay your bills. Instead, find a less stressful job that doesn’t take your energy away and slowly build your new career in your free time.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”Dr. Seuss
What is beauty to you?
For me beauty is everything that pleases my eyes like a nice view, a sunset or a colourful building. Something that I don’t see every day, something unique.
What’s the best way to get out of a creative funk?
Whenever I feel less inspired, I take a long walk. Fortunately walking on pretty streets is the part of my creative process so maybe that’s why I never really experienced burnout. Listening to music is the best way for me to stay in the flow. My only problem is that I never fully satisfied with the works because I am perfectionist. I always have to remind myself to that done is better than perfect. Taking a break, resting my eyes and clearing my mind usually helps to overcome the creative blocks.
“Creativity takes courage.”Henri Matisse
Any lesson you wish you would’ve known in business, or an important business lesson you’ve learned?
Never work for free. Even for friends or family members. You will end up hating yourself and the work you do, because it will seem impossible to reach your big goal, a better life. Make sure you get something in return. It doesn’t always have to be money, last time I asked my friends to give me a small gift. We both were very happy at the end and I didn’t feel like I waste my time and talent.
What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting out?
Be patient, it might take years to get where you want to be so please don’t give up at the beginning just because you don’t get enough likes on social media. Work hard towards your goals even if it seems nobody cares.
What are some of your favourite things to do when you aren’t working?
There are many places that I haven’t seen here in the UK so I try to visit them in my free time. Also, there are places where I love spending my weekends if the weather is nice, such as the beach in Brighton or the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. I also love eating out with friends. I know people from all around the world and they always have interesting stories to share.