Photographer Feature: Lovya

What or who made you want to be a photographer?

I was ten when I picked up my dad’s very heavy Canon SLR and couldn’t put it down for days. I loved creating my own world in it and telling stories from any perspective I could create. That passion has continued and am glad to say I am able to help people capture their stories in a special way.

How long have you been on your photo journey?

Ever since I was 10, and professionally since the past 3 years.

What has been your biggest struggle and greatest accomplishment as a photographer?

My biggest struggle has been establishing myself in a highly competitive and saturated market. I believe that if you do good work and keep putting yourself out there, people start to notice. But it’s a long steep journey.

My greatest accomplishment is being in sync and at ease with my clients when I’m taking photos. I take time to meet and understand them beforehand and try to create a relaxed environment which always produces the best photos.

Do you have a specific style you like to shoot?

I love to shoot weddings and people in love. There is a beautiful chemistry and tenderness that helps me get to my creative best and capture the magic.

Biggest pet peeve when it comes to the photography industry?

Clients not being on time, haggling prices and not crediting the photographer while sharing photos on social media. People forget that photographers are professionals who put in great time and effort to work weekends, long hours always on their feet and then deliver images promptly on time. If you deserve their best, they deserve yours too.

Name 3 things that are on your photo bucket-list?

My main one is to publish my own book one day.

Your favorite photo app to use?

Lightroom and Instagram.

What camera and lens do you shoot on?

I do use my Canon 5D Mark iii but lately I jumped the Sony mirrorless wagon and have been extensively using the Sony A7. My go-to lenses are primes and favorites are 1.4 35mm and 1.8 85mm. They have fantastic bokeh and compression which are my favorites in a photo.

If you could photograph any place in the world, where would you pick?

So hard to pick one. I’m a traveler at heart and given a choice, would live a different city every year. The cultures, terrains, people all fascinate me and my camera wants to capture each one of them.

Do you have any photo goals for this year?

To push my own boundaries and keep experimenting with my creative style. That’s what keeps me going.