Interview: Photographer Tajmia Loiacono
As Photographer of the Week and rightly so, we interviewed Tajmia Gianna of @momentsbymia! We are very blessed to have such a sweet soul cheering us at Histos on every time we talk to her, she has such an encouraging and inspiring attitude and we couldn’t be more thankful for her spark of positive and motivating energy! Thousands of thanks to Miss Tajmia for everything she does and the work she puts out there!
How did you come to establish yourself as a photographer?
To be completely honest I still feeling like I am trying to establish myself in photography, but to get to where I am today I really just started getting a portfolio together, going out and shooting almost every day to better understand my camera and find out what my editing style is(still doing that in all honesty), and started to take my Instagram seriously and put it in Gods hands. As much as I wish I could give a step by step on how I started to take my passion and turn it into my job it really had nothing to do with me, and everything to do with His plan for me.
How would you describe your vision/style?
How would I describe my vision/style of photography… hmmmmm I would have to say my style of photography is natural light photography weather that be when I am taking portraits, lifestyle, couples, family, fashion, etc… my photography is defiantly based around natural/available light. I never really use flashes/strobes or external light other than in the studio but even with that I really try and use the natural light from the windows as a key light and fill with the strobes. If i am on location and I have an assistant sometimes I will use a reflector if the sun is high, but that is it.
How did you decide that photography was something you really wanted to invest yourself in?
I decided that photography was something I wanted to invest myself in when I was around 16 years old. I was battling depression and anxiety at the time and when I picked up the camera it all seemed to melt away into the background and I started to see the beauty of the world in front of me. Once I got into college I decided to really invest myself in it when I studied David Guttenfelder’s war photography and it inspired me to one day become a photojournalist and embed with the military to document what happens on the front lines.
How do you build yourself up and go about providing photography as a service?
I started to do shoots for free just to get content for my Portfolio and for Instagram and then when people reached out for me to shoot with them I slowly started charging $20 and as time went on and I started to refine my style and get better gear I raised my prices and now MomentsbyMia is what it is!
What have you been learning or improving on lately?
Lately I have been learning about different tones and how to achieve them with curves and the HSL sliders! Also, I have been learning about skin retouching and how to do it by low and high frequency separation.
What was a specially memorable photoshoot or experience you had that you had by being a photographer?
The most memorable photoshoot I have had so far has been shooting for OxbyOliva’s fall campaign launch. Everything was taken care of from model casting to studio rental. It was an absolute dream! Everyone there was so amazing and nice and so encouraging during the whole shoot. It was truly amazing being part of that shoot and I hope to one day be apart of another one just like it.
Note to the readers: If you want to pursue photography don’t half heartedly do it, do it with all your heart. If you can think of an excuse not to go out and shoot every day then you don’t want it enough.
“Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards” — Lone Survivor
Above all stay true to yourself and your work likes, followers, and comments don’t make you the artist you are.” — Tajmia Loiacono