Laura Helena is an independent photography and photography trainer, based in Germany and Switzerland. Laura Helena has gained wide spread interest across social media for her wonderful work, as well as her educational aspirations. Her focus is on delivering insightful workshops and lectures, within which she teaches aspiring photographers how to use their cameras for the best possible result, and then how to use software such as Adobe Photoshop to edit your work. In 2014, Laura Helena held her big first talk at Photokina, and shortly after became a trainer for Video2Brain, which was followed by an article and cover page of Docma. Her work and support has become wildly popular on social media, with her Facebook page boasting over 90,000 likes. I always enjoy interviewing talented photographers, and learning of the books that have inspired their creativity. Please enjoy my interview with the wonderful photographer Laura Helena…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
I live a life that satisfies me and I can do whatever I want.
I am currently reading Sonea by Trudi Canavan, I love fantasy.
When you think about your childhood, what book comes to mind?
When I think of my childhood, I definitely think of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I always wanted to become a Hogwarts student.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was growing up, I wanted to become a biologist or an archaeologist – I wanted a life full of adventures.
When did you fall in love with photography?
It was when I was 19 years old, when I first used a DSLR-camera.
What do you think your school aged self would think of the present day you?
I think she’d think I’ve done everything right.
If you could wrap up a single book and gift it to yourself as you left education – which book would it be?
I would gift myself Wonderland by Kirsty Mitchell – because it is very inspiring.
Unfortunately not at the moment. I read mostly on holiday, when my mind can switch off. I like to read outside, in nature.
Which book has had the biggest impact on your career so far? How did it impact it?
I can not name a specific book, but the fantasy genre definitely has had a very big impact on my career. Those books inspired me and characterise my style of photography.
What two pieces of advice would you give a young aspiring photographer?
My advice would be that it is not your camera that makes the picture, but you. Be creative and don’t be intimidated by the common rules.
Who would you say are the three photographers that continue to inspire you?
Kirsty Mitchell, Von Wong and Art Wolfe.
Do you have any books that you strongly associate with someone important in your life?
The Travel Book by The Lonely Planet is a book that I strongly associate with my boyfriend and our life together.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
The book I recommend most is Dark Canopy by Jennifer Benkau; or every book by Bernhard Hennen or R.A. Salvatore.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
I prefer fiction.
Do you think reading is important?
I think reading is very important to encourage your fantasy and imagination.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?
The best book I’ve read over the last 6 months is The Niewinter Saga by R.A. Salvatore.
Do you prefer real books or digital books?
I prefer real books, but when I’m travelling I prefer digital books, because of the weight.
Name a book that you feel everyone would benefit from reading and explain why.
I think everyone should read Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, a great story about friendship and cohesion.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life? What impact did it have?
I can not name a specific book, but the fantasy genre definitely has had a very big impact on my life. The books of that genre played a big part in my style of photography.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
I would also have to include Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I’m not planning, I’ll get inspired everytime I enter a bookstore.
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
Oh, I don’t know. I think I would have to ask my family and friends for their ideas…