"Photography is a passion. I do it because I love it; getting paid for it is simply a bonus. I'm often asked what kind of photography I dedicate myself to. But I find it difficult to confine myself to a label such as a couples photographer, product photographer, etc. My philosophy is that an artist is always growing and there is no reason to put a limits on the artist's skills. With that in mind, if someone presents an idea, even if it is out of my "comfort zone," I consider it. Regardless, I do have my personal favorites. I love shooting seascapes, couples, fashion and products." - Dani Diamond

What inspired you to be a photographer?

At first it was the technical aspect of photography that inspired me. With time I learnt the art of communicating with a stranger and opening them up to be their natural self in front of the camera. This in a way made me feel accomplished and became my new obsession. I love the challenge of making anyone feel comfortable and capturing powerful expressions. This is now what inspires me!

What was your first camera and what do you like about the Nikon D800?

Nikon D90 was my first camera. The D800 has phenomenal dynamic range which is important to my under exposing technique. It also has mind blowing resolution. Otherwise this is just an unimportant tool. More important than this tool is the decisions made when you stand behind the camera.

Who is your favorite photographer and why?

I don't have a favorite photographer. I believe one should concentrate more on going out and producing their own work vs sitting at home dwelling on other artist's work.

What is your dream location to shoot?

The landscapes in Iceland or seascapes in Australia! My first passion for photography was in shooting landscapes and it will always be my dream. Unfortunately there isn't much money in that field which is why I chose fashion work.

How do you achieve the focus vs background effect in your portraits?

I chose my locations based on what I know will look well blurred out. Leading lines, neutral colors and even lighting. I keep my subjects very far from the background and my aperture settings are normally f1.6-f2.

Any tips for aspiring photographers?

Limit your time on social media, surround yourself by people who support you, find an alternative job that pays well and do photography as a hobby.


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