My Inspiration | Thandiwe Muriu
Hope y’all are great and had an awesome week. I had said that I will be taking sometime to share some work from other talented photographers … people who I consider my inspiration, those I say when I grow up I wanna shoot like them . Today I want you to have a glimpse of this amazing photographers work, I first heard of Thandiwe from a friend of mine called Mercy. My first thoughts were who is this South African lady (judging by her name) but I then began to search and follow her photography, the things I would see were just amazing.
Who is Thandiwe? Thandiwe is this tall girl who totes around a Nikon D7000 and talks about photography way too much.
How did you get interested in photography? I come from a very artistic family and when I was 13yrs old my dad taught my sisters and I how to use an SLR. There was instant chemistry between the camera and I and from then on I began to experiment and read about photography as much as I could. I never had any lighting equipment or any fancy photography gadgets until this year. All I had was my dad’s trusty Nikon D70 and this forced me to problem solve a lot. When I was 15yrs old, I got my hands on Photoshop Elements and began teaching myself how to create lighting effects that I saw in photos that I couldn’t achieve otherwise since I had no lights. That’s where I got all my Photoshop skills from.
What drives you? The most rewarding moment for me is when I give a client their pictures and they say, “You mean that’s me? I look gorgeous!” I live for that moment. Then of course there’s the perfectionist in me who wants to produce pictures that are both artistically and technically sound.
What would you like to see happen in this industry? I would love to see Kenyan’s be as crazy about their home-grown photographers as they are about the foreign ones.
Greatest failure? Oh my. There was this one family shoot I did where things just weren’t working out! Terrible shoot.
Greatest lesson learnt? That I can’t do this on my own. God has opened doors that I never dreamed of or imagined! No matter how good I get or how inadequate I may feel, all things happen in his time and with his blessing. And of course that practise makes perfect. I’ve got to shoot as much as I can if I’m going to reach my full potential!
What genre of photography gives you goose bumps? Fashion photography with amazing, dramatic lighting! Even now, just the thought…
*All the photography on this post is the property of Thandiwe Muriu and may not be used without her express permission. To contact her, visit her page and contact her from there.