Women Who Create / Magda K
This fortnight I am super happy to welcome Nottingham based photographer Magda K to the women who create interview series. To tell her storey and give an insight into how she shapes and runs her creative business.
Tell us a little about your background...
I’m Magda – wedding photographer living in Notts. I came to the UK (from Poland) not knowing any English with £200 in my pocket. I’m a living example that if you want something you can make it happen! We all have great potential.
I have a masters degree in economics and I’m a self-taught photographer. Ive not always been freelance – I used to work 9-5 but managed to break out from it to follow my passion for photography. I picked up my camera over 12 years ago because I had to show others the images in my mind
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?
How I start the day has a huge impact on the entire day so I like to start it on a good note which usually means: wake up, meditate for 10 minutes, followed by gentle yoga stretches and coffee. In the summer I do this in my garden.
What two things can't you live without?
Art – all of it: music, dance, poetry, paintings.
Nature –my happiness and wellbeing heavenly depend on feeling the connection with nature.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere – we just need to look around. Having time and headspace is important for finding inspiration – allowing yourself to be present and mindful.
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
I remember reading a great book on creativity by Elizabeth Gilbert and it said ‘creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery. The work wants to be made and it wants to be made through you.’
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
I love creating editorial, fine art images around wedding fashion. The weirder the better. Hit me up – I would love to hear your idea!
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
My camera! I never feel lonely when I have my camera on me.
What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?
Ease of making decisions - you just get on with things! I love the flexibility too and the fact that it really matters to me. Its not just a job.
And what is or has been the most challenging?
Managing workloads when you are the only person to do it all: the admin, the marketing, the creative side. Also not knowing when the next client will come along.
What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?
Selling a single picture –my creative self-portrait. I thought to myself – wow, people want this on their walls – that’s a huge compliment. This picture got framed on 3 different walls in 3 different houses – well chuffed! Also being published nationally.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
Work with your heart and show up for your business day after day, after day. Live your life with intention and goals in mind.