Tomasz Wagner is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about him, what he does, and some of his best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
I’d like to say my great-great-grandfather Wagner passed on his old and dusty Rolleiflex to me when I was 5 and since then I’ve always been fascinated with capturing life and creating still images, but… instead of relocating to Montreal to continue my job as a visual effects artist at age 25, I decided that being laid off was a good opportunity to get serious about photography.
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
Shooting a wedding in space. With Brian Van Wyk. Or Brittany Staddon. Too many great photographers I’d like to go on a space voyage with.
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
It’s good to be reminded you’re part of a community that’s diverse, responsive, and full of photographers that push boundaries in their craft. And that a photographer you may have put on a pedestal in the past, is as human and real as you are—struggles, triumphs, and all. It’s always interesting hearing from and receiving useful information from speakers, instructors, etc. but simply having opportunities to connect with them and other photographers has always been the best part about events like these. Plus, a compliment about your beard in person > a compliment online.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
I have to experience more of Canada.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
I’m doing a handstand next to Jonas Peterson in San Francisco and Nirav Patel is also in the room. Everything gets blurry and confusing so maybe this is when I pinch myself and think about my life, or maybe I’ve just fallen over.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
Learn to wear hats, many, many hats that don’t always fit properly—you’re a photographer developing your own style, a business person, maybe also a mother or father—a human. Learn, make those mistakes, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Burn out can happen easily with all of these hats weighing on you, so if you need a break, take it. Give yourself some space to pause—breathe.
To see more of Tomasz’s work, check out his website here.