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This month, our featured photographer is none other than Jasmina Putnik a.k.a. Jessmine from Slovenia. This skilled photographer, who works as a full time teacher during the day, is an expert when it comes to shooting subjects like food, nature, babies and more! Find out how Jasmina overcame her biggest challenge when she first entered the photography world and what advice does she have for aspiring photographers. Sit back, relax and Hear It.

Photographer: Jessmine / Jasmina Putnik
Country of Origin: Slovenia

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 5D, Canon EOS 40D, Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash, Bowens GEMINI 500R/500R UM/SB 230V KIT.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
I think it's great how photography is so accessible for almost everyone. Digital technology really changed the photography world. I would probably never be a photographer during the "analog" days.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a hairdresser. All of my dolls had a short haircut. Then, I wanted to be a psychologist but I'm neither any of that today. Iím currently working in a primary school as a computer operator and a math teacher. Photography is my main hobby and I take it very seriously.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I first got started in photography roughly four years ago at my workplace, where I photographed all kinds of school events. I was frustrated with the bad results that I got using automatic settings so that was when I started to learn more about manual settings and other different techniques.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
I think this industry isn't any different compared to the others. If you want to succeed, you have to work, learn, focus, be creative and dedicated. Good results and success are the fruitful outcomes of all the effort that you put in.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
I started sending my photos to stock agencies because I wanted to learn how to improve my photography skills. Each time my photo gets rejected, I learn something new and thatís how I learn how to improve. Earning money was the last thing on my mind.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
I get to see the world and other people around me with a different perspective. I'm always on the lookout for beautiful, odd, interestingly eye-catching sceneries, people and moments. I also meet lots of new people and some of them have even become my very good friends. It's a great job that allows you to be as creative as you can be.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
It all depends on what I'm going to shoot. I need to plan even more when I shoot models, from ideas to make up, clothes, lighting, etc.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
My work is quite diverse. I enjoy shooting food, pregnancy and babies, models, nature and landscape, animals, etc. I haven't figured out what I love most though. :)

10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex checklist in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/checklist.
I guess I would say that I follow my heart more. This isnít always a good thing because you find yourself confused at times and you can quickly lose focus. So, I guess I need to correct that.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
I really enjoy photographing food and flowers. Pregnancy and newborn photography is also something amazing and I like it alot.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
My own cats! Theyíre so stubborn! ;)

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Dedication and focus.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
There are two great stock photographers whom I admire the most. First is, no surprise, Yuri Arcurs. I donít think I need to explain why because heís simply the best. My other role model is Anna Subbotina (I'm just not sure if this is her real name). Her work is perfect, beautiful and unique.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I stop pushing myself and I stop taking photographs. I redirect my attention to my friends and family, music, sport and other activities that makes my life full and complete.

16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
I start photographing as soon as possible. Itís the most creative and effective way to use up that energy. :)

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I'm really growing as a person through photography. I'm constantly changing and improving myself in many ways. I'm really thankful for that.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
Beside Yuri and Subbotina, I need to mention another amazing artist. She works exclusively with one agency and she is just so remarkably talented. I consider her work true art. This artist is Olena Chernenko.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting into stock photography?
Dedication, focus and work. I do believe that there is enough space for good photos.

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