Talia Unger is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about her, what she does, and some of her best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
My interest in photography emerged after seeing some photos my dad took of my mom from their earlier years. I think this is where I first learned the importance of photography, the emotion and nostalgia it can evoke, and moments it captures. Shortly after discovering those photos, a friend lent me her DSLR. Soon after I purchased my own camera. I originally started shooting as a creative outlet since I was feeling burnt out working as a nurse. However, photography quickly became a much larger part of my life. Shortly after purchasing some photography gear a couple of work colleagues asked me to shoot their weddings. From there it was a natural transition into wedding photography.
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
Truthfully, I’m pretty terrible at making business goals/plans. I’ve always just taken things as they come. I’m taking some time this year to think about where I want this to go. I hope to start shooting some elopements and more sessions with couples and individuals in their homes. I feel at home sessions give a more honest depiction of who people really are. I’ve also recently started shooting film!
Personally, I’m setting time aside each year to travel. I’ve also become rather obsessed about learning new hobbies. Last year I learned how to embroider and make jewelry. This year I’m learning calligraphy, how to knit and soon weaving!
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
I don’t go to a ton of conferences but when I do I feel like it is hitting the reset button. It’s a good way to take time aside to think about photography and my business with like-minded individuals. It’s great to meet people who maybe have experienced the same struggles I have. CPC has a great sense of camaraderie in which any competitiveness is lifted and everyone (speakers and guests) is part of a community. I always leave with a ton of notes and great book suggestions from people like Samm Blake and Fer Juaristi.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
Wedding photography, like all photography continually challenges me and inspires me. I still feel like I’m constantly learning and striving to be a better photographer. I don’t expect that to change nor do I want it to. Capturing honest moments for people is a the best feeling.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
My family took a portrait on top of a ski hill the 90’s. I remember we were all wearing one piece neon ski suits with a pair of skis crossed in the background. I’m still looking for the original.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
While social media is important, try not to get caught up in the number of “likes” you get. Don’t let the opinions of others sway you from taking photos that resonate with you and make you happy.
To see more of Talia’s work, check out her website here.