How did you learn to draw and paint?
Since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed drawing and painting. Through the years I practiced a lot and I have always loved experimenting with colors. I think this curiosity helped me to develop my own style. The basics of drawing I learnt at elementary art school.
Nowadays I attend short workshops and painting courses, because I´m interested in learning new techniques and specific fields. Besides developing, they also offer a great opportunity to get to know fellow artists and art enthusiasts.
How long have you been photographing?
It has been about ten years now. However I started taking it more seriously when I took an art and photography course in Stockholm. I have a travel photography blog: depart-photo.tumblr.com. This blog has been my hobby for some time, but sadly nowadays I have very little time to dedicate to it.
What kind of camera do you use?
I have a Canon 5D II and I use Canon lenses with it. My favorite one is the Canon 50mm 1.4. Sometimes I use my iPhone to take Instagram pics.
What programs do you use to edit your work?
I use Adobe for post-processing and designing: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and InDesign. Also, I like Totally Rad! Replichrome products.
After photo-shoot, when do I get my photos?
It depends on the project. I send you all information regarding your photo-session. Please e-mail me about your shoot idea. 🙂
Do you always give out edited pictures?
Yes, I do. I always edit the pictures before handing them out. However I do not make any dramatic change to the photos I take.
What can I do with the images I receive?
You´re free to use the images for personal purposes. You can share them with your family and friends and you are very welcome to share them on the Internet. However, please credit me if you upload the pictures to social media platforms by linking my website / Facebook-page or Instagram-account in the comments.
Also, please do not modify the images. I would like to ask you not to edit, crop or change the image resolution.
Can you design photo-books as well?
Yes, I can and I love it! I think your photos deserve to be printed and organized in a beautiful, fine-art album. It´s great to have digital copies of your images, but having prints is a totally different story. I love the feeling when I open photo-albums and relive moments from the most important life events. Not to mention, the album is something you pass by to your children, grandchildren or friends. I adore our family albums and it always makes me smile when I go through them.
Can your calligraphy / painting – projects be digitized?
Yes, of course. Most of my projects are digitized.
What kind of studies do you have?
Originally I studied business. I have Masters in Economics and in Marketing. Art, painting and photography have been an important part of my life, so I attended an elementary art school. I took additional art and drawing classes since I graduated.
In December 2015 I graduated from Helsinki Design School as a photographer. 🙂
Did you work before becoming a photographer & designer?
Yes, I worked in the business field for small- and medium enterprises. I specialized in marketing and advertising.
Why Willow visuals?
What brand of watercolors are you using?
Right now I am using Van Gogh watercolors and I am pretty happy with them. 🙂
What type of paper do you use for your pieces?
I´m always experimenting and depending on the project, I switch a lot between cold-pressed and hot-pressed watercolor paper. I like Canson Montval Aquarelle paper among others. However I prefer the heavier ones, so I usually use 300g/m2 blocks.
For calligraphy as well, I use different types of paper. For the final work I use Daler Rowney calligraphy paper or hot-pressed watercolor paper.
Where do you like to shop for art supplies?
There are some art stores in Helsinki that sell specific supplies. For example, I often buy new nibs for calligraphy or new paint pans. I buy my brushes from Hungary, because in my hometown there is an art store that sells my favorite type Da Vinci synthetic brushes.
Do you have a studio?
No, not yet. I photograph outdoors or on location. I do all other work mainly from home.
Where do you live?
I am Hungarian, my hometown is Szeged. In the last eight years I´ve lived in different countries as I was studying and working abroad. My fiancé is Finnish and we have been living in Helsinki for a couple of years.
Do you speak Finnish?
Totta kai. Puhun suomea, mutta en vielä täydellisesti. 🙂
Do you take projects from abroad too?
Absolutely! Please e-mail me if you are interested in my work.
What are your hobbies? What do you like?
I think it´s fair to say that my hobby has slowly become my career. And I love it!!! I also appreciate very simple things. I like hiking in nature, cooking with my fiancé, watching a good movie, travelling, catching-up with friends, playing with my super-energetic nieces, gardening, running in the morning, camping during Summer or getting lost in the latest edition of National Geographic. Oh, I also adore animals, I´m completely head over heels for dogs. Above all, I love my family. 🙂