To create a successful photography portfolio, I started by shooting film and telling photos through my own perspective. Over time, I gained so much knowledge about the craft and became a professional photographer, working as both a photojournalist and nature photographer.
I shoot both film and digital now, depending on the project at hand. My goal is to make sure that the viewer can feel something when they look at my work. Film events are a great resource for me to showcase my work and connect with followers who appreciate my actual work. When I was in college university, I photographed events for brands and created stories that resonated with people beyond just the images themselves.
When asked where I studied photography, my answer is simple: a school that offers digital photography courses. I started with an introductory photography course to learn the basics of camera works and how to use a camera properly.
As my creative photographic ability grew, I explored other areas such as fine arts photography, photojournalism, and even wedding photography. When it comes to developing students' vision in photography, there are many respected undergraduate courses to choose from.
I can say that receiving compliments is always a great feeling. For teachers, hearing from their students can be especially meaningful. Being thanked by a student or receiving a gift card on your special day can remind you of the impact you're making and inspire you to continue making efforts to see your students succeed.
One compliment that touched me the most was when a student told me that I create a strong learning atmosphere. It meant a lot to hear that my efforts to give my students the best education possible were noticed and appreciated.
I can say that there are various ways to find inspiration for your unique storytelling. One way is to explore different books genres and find great stories that resonate with you. Another way is to take general ideas and add your own intent to create a sound idea. You can also seek inspiration from people's stories, experiences, or even from nature.
What inspires my unique storytelling is the challenge to build story ideas from a simple writing prompt. I love to spin stories in different ways, and there are five ways that I use to pump my creativity muscle for hours on end.
As the winner of the MUSE Photography Awards, it is a great honor for me and my team. This recognition means a lot to us as we have been working hard to capture the essence of arts and culture through our lenses. It also inspires us to continue our work in promoting the arts culture and supporting cultural field trips in deserts of Saudi Arabia.
We believe that programs like cultural field trips are essential in educating people about the importance of art and its impact on society.
When looking to find photography inspirations, studying the work of famous influential photographers is a great place to start. Their portfolios can provide inspiration jumping off points for your future projects and help you take great photographs.
Personally, I have been inspired by the work of Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, and Steve McCurry.
One of the best pieces of advice I received when starting out in my career was from a mentor who emphasized the importance of seeking out mentors and becoming a mentor myself. They encouraged me to not only seek guidance from those who had more experience and expertise in my field but also to actively seek opportunities to become a mentor to others.
This position as a mentor not only helped me grow professionally but also allowed me to support the learning and growth of my mentees, helping them attain their goals. By becoming role models for a few mentees, we can create a ripple effect that impacts multiple people in our place of work or industry.
Ivan Mamalyha sharpened his skills in photography by channelling his perspective to his masterpiece which lead him to amassing knowledge into becoming a photojournalist and a nature photographer.
Read more about this interview with Giuseppe Satriani from Spain, the Gold Winner of the 2023 MUSE Photography Awards.