Annie and I met years ago while helping to organize a Gallery44 members Scotiabank Photography Show and friends ever since. She is an award winning photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.
I love this portrait; I feel Annie’s ease, determination and beauty. The backdrop and lighting is reminiscent of turn of the century portraiture, the style I imagined.
I asked Annie, what advice she would give to aspiring photographers. In her own words:
My advice would be work very hard and be passionate. If you don’t love what you do just don’t do it. Seek advice and feedback from peers and editors. Go to as many portfolio reviews as possible. It maybe hard to listen to critiques, but it’s a great way to learn and push yourself. My first portfolio review was brutal! But it made me realize I have a very long way to go and it gave me determination to be better. Everyday I learn something new, and I will keep learning for as long as I keep taking photos. Be humble. Don't think you know it all. Most importantly, respect those you photograph. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to photograph those who accept you into their life. Tell their story honestly and with dignity,
To see more of my portraiture photos www.lisamurzinphotography.com
Photography in Toronto:
Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, membership based support with gallery and darkroom facilities www.gallery44.org .
Scotiabank Photography Festival, an annual event beginning April/May in Torontol https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com