Tanya is a dear friend of mine from Southern California, where we had a lot of fun and many adventures together! I have been admiring her photographs for many years now and I’m super excited about her wonderful blog named “Tanya Moss Photography” She is now currently living in South East Asia with her husband and three kids!
At what age and how did you begin your journey into photography?
At 16, in High School I took a photography class as an art elective- it was there that I became smitten! I remember then being fascinated with the darkroom and the magic of developing film. My dad had given me his old 1960’s Nikon film camera for the class and ever since then really I have been in love with photography.
Did you study photography in school if so where or were you self taught and how was that?
I have no formal education in photography. I never went to Art School, although I wish I had looking back! However, I have taken several courses and workshops throughout my years. I learnt the most when I began work as a photo assistant and also at my job in a professional photo lab in Los Angeles. Of course, practice is the best method. Taking your camera everywhere with you and just getting out there and shooting as much as you can. I think photography is definitely a lifestyle and becomes a part of you.
What concept or idea are you passionate about?
I love to photograph a variety of subjects from portraiture and weddings to travel and street photography. I tend to be drawn to the still life and urban landscapes. I find texture, light and composition the most aesthetic forms in photography and I’m always watching for those lovely mixes in my everyday.
How would you describe your photographic style and how it has developed over the years?
My style is calm and considered. I’m fairly ‘au natural’ in my approach to photography. I see beauty in most things and I try to capture that with the camera, whether it is shape, colour, texture, movement or an expression on someone’s face. I love both black and white and colour formats and mostly work with natural light. I have experience with studio lighting and flash photography as well, which is something that I am excited to develop further moving forward. (note: when I open my Dream Studio!) :))
How has changing from film to digital been for you?
The switch from film to digital has been massive for me- overdue and completely necessary!! I am sort of a late bloomer and very ‘old school’ in this case. I think this is because the arrival and impact of digital in my field happened over the same course of time that my personal life was going through huge shifts- I got married, started a family, moved overseas. I left Los Angeles at a really pivotal time, creatively speaking, where my industry went through a digital revolution that I missed all together! Because I travelled a lot and moved countries and continents often, I had to start from scratch with each move in regards to my photography business as well as maintaining a balance with full-time motherhood- I think this is why I clung to film and traditional photography for so long. Nevertheless, I am thrilled now to have made the switch! I had a lot of catching up to do as far as learning tech and computer skills but the great thing is that the essence of photography hasn’t changed at all- only some of the tools, so it’s all cool and very exciting!
What programs do you use for editing?
I am very light on editing but the best software for my job would be Photoshop for editing and Adobe Lightroom for organising and basic edits. Both softwares are top on my agenda for 2013.
Is there one photograph you are most proud of?
There is a series of portraits I took of my kids in Scotland 2 years ago, those are quite special to me.
Is there one city that inspires you to photograph more than any other?
I love cities and I love country too. I get inspired in lots of different landscapes. As far as places go, I am known to be a bit of an Anglophile! I am in love with England and I love to photograph there. California also greatly inspires me. I love the landscapes there, the pacific coast and the vast amounts of natural beauty and gorgeous light. I am very proud to have grown up there and I think that the landscape has really influenced the way I approach photography and life in general.
We are loving your blog, has it been an inspiring project for you and why?
Thanks! The blog has been awesome!! It is a huge creative outlet for me and is giving me the chance to get back out there into the world and get back to work!
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