This weeks community spotlight is Maria Boyadgis. Maria is a Sydney local photographer who is well known for her music and event photography. She’s take photos for everyone like local legend Flume to international superstar Kendrick Lamar.
So lets start, what gear are you packing?
My photography kit includes:
– Canon 5D Mark IV
– Canon 5D Mark III
– 3x Canon LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery
– 10 x CF Sandisk 32 GB 160MB/s Memory Cards
– Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
– Canon 24mm f/1.4L II USM
– Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
– Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
– Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
– Canon Speedlite 600EX II RT
What type of photography are you into?
My love for music has taken me to places I would have only dreamed of when I was younger. Live music photography is my life, with no regrets. I also love to travel to cultural cities to be inspired and capture different lifestyles. My style is the underground, edgy and rock and roll. From capturing nightlife to lifestyle whenever and wherever.
How did you start shooting and what continues to inspire you?
I grew up with a creative background with no restrictions on imagination, which gave me a keen eye and different perspective for viewing the world. Our house was always full of music and art to the point where rock and roll music was permanently blasting in the background and murals from each family member on the walls. This led me to my personal passion for music and art. But it wasn’t until university when I was distracted by photography in my bachelor of design course. I was lucky enough to be pushed in the right direction with a lecturer suggesting what was best for me. I had picked up an intern job working as an art director and behind the scenes photographer and there it was. My first live music photography job was at the Oxford Art Factory where legend Mark Gerber took me under his wing to support my passion for music photography. Through nights of terror, there was no giving up. I went every night there was a gig for a long time until I was confident enough to call myself a great concert photographer. They are still like family and I still remain shooting in the venue from time to time.
For the newbies out there, do you have any tips?
“Always own your own dance floor” I’ve always believed that there is no such thing as ‘I can’t’ – everything is possible if you put your mind and soul to it, you can accomplish anything.
We’ve got an upcoming workshop with you, which is super exciting! Can you let the people know what it’s all about?
I am so stoked to be on board for this project. This workshop will include hands on practice and advice on photography in the real event world. I will not only give guidance on camera settings and composition but how to deal with certain situations. I will be sharing my personal experiences with you that I wish someone told me.