Hello again! Today I’m incredibly pleased to feature my friend Niki. This is not my last post from a friend who lives abroad. Alllllllll the way from Finland . . . . . . Meet Niki Strbian.
Niki is a newborn, child, and boudoir photographer from Espoo, Finland.
Her fabulous work can be found by visiting her
Here, she shares one of her favorite images with us:
About the image…
Why do you love this image?
Because it was created in an instant, because it tells about my love for hats and accessories and because it shows how photography enriched my life in so many ways. Not only I get to meet so many great people, not only families share their love for each other in front of me (even in such reserved country as Finland). On top of that photography taught me that there is nothing like bad weather. I used to be a sunshine junkie, but now I know that every minute of every day, independent of the weather conditions, there is something worth capturing out there. So I better get my butt out and capture it.
What were your settings with this image?
ISO 800, f/2,2, 1/2500 shot with 50/1.4
What type of Photography do you specialize in and why?
I specialize in newborn and children photography and in boudoir photography. Photographing a newborn is every time such a special exprience. They are so tender and fragile and delicate, but at the same time strong. I love children, I love playing with them and children usually love me. I could not photograph landscape because I would be utterly bored. Children are everywhere, they don’t stop to pose, so you don’t have half hour to think about the perfect shot. It’s not like photographing Angelina Jolie where you tell her to sit down and be beautiful and she does. With children you have a split of a second if you are lucky. And I love the excitment of it. Maybe that’s why I enjoy boudoir as the total opposite kind of portrait photography. I enjoy making every woman feel beautiful and bringing out the lioness in her.
What photography books have you found most useful?
The one that says photograph every day and find more experience photographers to trash your images mercilessly.
What is in your camera bag?
Nikon D700, 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 135/2.0 and 14-24/2.8 and a lensbaby. Bunch of memory cards, grey card, cleaning kit, chocolate bar, little note book, color pencils, extra battery for camera, back up camera and hmm, I have to go have a look! You can say it’s heavy.
Who would you most like to assist as a second shooter?
Lisa Holloway of LJHPhotography
About your life . . .
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by my clients’ homes, hobbies and life styles. I am inspired a lot by fairy tales and movies and very much by my fellow photographers.
Where are you from?
I am from the Czech republic, from a small town near the German border.
Where is home now?
I have lived in Finland for more than a decade and am staying here for life. I consider Finland the best country in the world to raise children. And we love snow!
What 3 word describe you?
determined, smiling, energetic
And next week, come on back to meet the beautiful Jill from Jillian Healey Photography