We had the good fortune of connecting with Hela Munčić and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hela, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I was a child I was surrounded by art. My grandmother was an art teacher so there was that type of creativity and later on there was always a camera lying around. I would take pictures of anything – nature, my friends, architecture. Now I am a wedding photographer but I still like to explore other types of photography like long and double exposition. Along the way hobby turned into passion and then into a career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Photography has been a part of my life for more than 15 years and in that time I had the opportunity to work with different camera types. From analog, digital to DSLR cameras. It was always fun to explore new types of technology, learning how to change the film and how make the best of it. I was learning while having fun so photography was never a challenge to me but rather a new way of exploring and expanding my curiosity. Weddings came as something very new to me and I had to learn the subtleties that came with it but at the same time it was fun and interesting to meet new people and hear their stories. I learned that it is ok to set your own standards even if some people do not agree with you because there will always be someone who will join you in your journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the city that lies on four rivers so one day would definitely be reserved for swimming, enjoying small river waterfalls or just exploring the rivers by boat or on a canoe. This city also has a lot of historical value so I would take them to see one of the castles where we could enjoy a meal with a view to the city. In the city center there are a lot of small cafes near the main square and a long promenade where you can observe people walking by while drinking your coffee in the terrace surrounded by high trees. An hour away from the city there a is world wide famous national park Plitvice lakes that is a must see. Perfect for taking pictures of high waterfalls, clear blue water and drive around the lake on a small boat. Exciting week full of fun and new places to see.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My biggest thanks goes to my family and my boyfriend who had always stood beside me and supported my choices and decisions in life. In today’s day time photography can sometimes be a challenging filed because of so many talented people creating amazing things and you have to keep up. Without these people in my life sometimes I would not have had the courage to try new type of photography and step out of my comfort zone.
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