I would like to introduce you all to Nina Haigh a talented photographer who loves the great outdoors, animals, night photography and architecture. Let’s get to know more about how she creates beautiful images.
SammyPhoto: Walk us through the step-by-step process you use to create your art.
Nina Haigh: It all starts by me feeling inspired, and usually I feel the most inspired in nature. Photo-walks are where I get to let loose connect with my subject and just get lost in my work. Once I get home, usually I can’t wait to see what is on my memory card, once everything gets uploaded and cataloged the sorting begins.Often I pull out what I feel are the gems edit them and post them to my shop or Deviant Art Gallery, sometimes an amazing image will get passed by and sit around until I reopen a file and see the art I left behind. These sometimes become my most popular images. Lastly I send things off to print at a local professional lab to keep things looking their best.
SammyPhoto: How did you get started with etsy?
Nina Haigh: It took me a long time actually, I thought that photography didn’t fall in the “hand-made” category since I didn’t physically make my prints.I met a fantastic woman at my very first fair I sold my photography at, she was a team leader for a local team and urged me to start selling! Barely a year later she is team captain and I have become a team leader myself. It’s been very rewarding to meet other local artists, its amazing how far some of the people I’ve met have come all thanks to Etsy and sheer entrepreneurship.
SammyPhoto: Could you give us some helpful tips?
Nina Haigh: Develop your style! Especially with photography it’s so easy to get drowned out by others. Always keep learning about your craft! There is so much learning material just on the internet alone, try new techniques, learn better ways to do things – always Keep it interesting for yourself. If you don’t keep loving what you do, then its time to switch things up!
SammyPhoto: How did you get into photography?
Nina Haigh: My dad did! When I was 15 we went on a road trip across Canada and he handed me his 1970s Pentax film slr camera and told me to take the vacation pictures. I fell in love! I’ve been doing it ever since giving me a whopping 16 years behind a camera.
SammyPhoto: What inspires you?
Nina Haigh:Being out in nature is the biggest but also oddly on the opposite I love architecture and that holds its place in my photography as well. I have a night time urban landscape series of various places around Montreal, Canada.
SammyPhoto: Where do you call home?
Nina Haigh: Right now Kingsbury, a tiny little rural village in southern Quebec. I fell in love with it here, I am literally a 2 minute walk from the marsh that is featured in Many of my photographs.The countryside around here is amazingly beautiful as well and that also gets reflected in my images.
SammyPhoto: Could you describe your style for us.
Nina Haigh: Vivid and realistic, many people comment how my photography tends to transport them to the places my images were taken.
SammyPhoto: Could you share some of your hobbies with us.
Nina Haigh: Camping, especially wilderness or canoe camping! Always with my camera of course! I have also taken up picking wild mushrooms!
SammyPhoto: Does your art pay the bills?
Nina Haigh: I wish! I’m still building up to that point. I’m selling here on Etsy and also local events as well as trying to become known as a commercial photographer.
SammyPhoto: Art school or self taught?
Nina Haigh: Both actually! While my dad showed me the very basics I wanted to learn more and signed up for my high school photo-club. I then went on to study two semesters of film photography in college. Since then I have been self taught, making the jump from film to digital was a HUGE step for me and took me a while to adjust. I kept at it though, kept learning and now I’m just as confidant, if not more with my dslr than my old Minolta srt101 from the 60s
SammyPhoto: Thank you so much Nina for doing this interview! I would like to invite everyone to check out NinaHaighPhotography on Etsy HERE and follow her on social media her here….