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Interview with Krzysztof and Maria Slowinski – The Winners of Monthly Contest CPC Portrait Awards, June 2019

Love Couple that rocks Child Photography Scene! Meet the Winners of CPC Portrait Awards, June 2019!

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Please welcome Maria and Krzysztof Slowinski, The Winners of The June 2019 Monthly Photo Contest CPC Portrait Awards.

The couple who is bringing the creativity of studio child photography to a whole another level!

The Thrill

Q: First of all, we want to congratulate you on winning our Monthly Contest CPC Portrait Awards! Did you expect it? How do you feel?

A: We didn’t expect it at all, we are still quiet new to portrait photography, portrait is something we love, it allows us to be as creative as we want, it was after all day at our very first portrait workshops that we came back to the hotel room and found all the messages from fellow photographers congratulating us, we were over the moon. 🙂

”Julia” by Krzysztof and Maria Slowinski, Ireland Finalist of CPC Portrait Awards - June 2019

The Power Team

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves. Where do you live? How old are you? Do you do photography as a full time job?

A: We live in Midleton co. Cork in Ireland, we are a couple aged 31,32 and we run Newborn and Family photography studio full time, we always enjoyed portrait but only few months ago we decided to go a little deeper and allow more time for it.

”Pippi” by Krzysztof and Maria Slowinski, Ireland Finalist of CPC Portrait Awards - June 2019

Q: Could you also tell us little bit more about the winning image? How did the idea come to your mind?

A: It’s funny how it was only a brief moment! 🙂 we found that we are most creative under pressure. 🙂 The winning image was created at communion photoshoot of the model, mum wasn’t very clear on what she was expecting from us and it turned out she wanted a fine arts portrait along with standard communion shots. We are at that stage of our lives where we realize how quickly the time passes, how important decisions are, and that they have life long consequences, there was an idea running around my mind for a while but I didn’t expect the girl to be such perfect model for it, so all in all it was a fabulous coincidence!

 

 “I’m a Designer Of My Own Fate” by Krzysztof and Maria Slowinski
Winner of CPC Portrait Awards – June 2019

Q: How did you fall in love with photography? Do you maybe have an official education in photography?

A: We are both self learners, experienced in newborn and family photography, who fell in love with photography from the very beginning.

We met at the photo studio where Maria was working, so photography was around us from day 1 we met, like if it wasn’t even our choice 🙂 It was so natural we didn’t even notice how we went from passion into profession.

Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to child photographers who are just starting out, what would it be?

A: Don’t compare yourself to others! Easy to say harder to do, I know… And don’t worry if something isn’t working out, it’s not you, it might be some extra skill you need but it’s not you. Believe in yourself! Stay strong and don’t give up! We all go through some downtimes!

Q: How would you describe your style?

A: Vintage, sentimental, delicate and dark.

Q: Who are your favorite photographers?

A: Russians! Yes, the Russian style is the perfection we try to achieve, there are too many names but definitely Russian portrait photographers are the top in our opinion!

Q: What can be found in your camera bag?

A: Loads of cables – usually unnecessary, headache pills! A must have! We shoot with Nikon D850 and we are huge fans of Sigma ART series lenses, we use fixed focal lengths only, 35, 50, 135 are our favourites.

Q: Since you two are working together as a team, who’s in charge of what? Do you do everything together?

A: Over the years we found our individual qualities and weaknesses, so Krzysztof is responsible for: contact with clients, shooting, equipment and computer maintenance, and all other tech aspects, also most family tasks like shopping cooking, etc.

And Maria does the creative part, inventing, creating, setting up, editing, it’s really her who has that artistic soul, over the years I learned to see what she wants to show on photos and I do my best to make the magic happen. 🙂

Q: Where do you seek inspiration for your work?

A: Child Photo Competition is a huge source of inspiration! We also follow loads of other photographers, it’s good for us to surround ourselves with great photographs, and we also found that models can be super inspiring! Our most liked portraits are the once showing the real personality of our models!

Q: You are well known for your amazing studio portraits, what is the key thing to focus on when creating studio portraits?

A: I think it’s the creative vision translated into tech aspects of light and camera settings, it may appear hard to do but in fact once you get to know your equipment it comes easy, well there’s also editing 😉

Q: Since you mentioned editing, how much time to you spend editing an image on average? Do you have playlist you listen to when editing?

A: Maria listens to Indie music, she finds it relaxing, I’would be more of a Skrillex fan! It’s impossible to tell how much time it takes as it could be 30 mins or even 5 hours because there’s no set process and various techniques are used on different portraits. Maria uses many Newborn photography tricks on portraits, and find them working very well.

Q: What is your proudest moment as a photographer?

A: I think it’s when our families realized it’s not a temporary craze, we were in our 20’s when we started and now 10 years later we got quiet far in this world, they are proud of us and we are proud of ourselves. Not to mention winning monthly image competition on CPC! 🙂 We had goosebumps when we found out, and red judges comments! 🙂

Winners of Monthly Photo Contest

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