Smiltė Židonytė: “Photograph is my life”

We had an enjoyable interview with Lithuanian nature photographer Smiltė Židonytė. We asked her questions. We got to know her and her profession better. We think you will like it. Enjoy the interview.

Can you talk a little bit about yourself?

I’m a young photographer from Lithuania, I’m really passionate about showing how beautiful our world is. I love capturing the little things that you don’t usually see in your daily life.

How long have you been dealing with photo shoots?

Because I’m not taking pictures of people I have been doing it for a long time, it has been about three years now since I started to really get into photography.

Smilte Zidonyte

When did you get the first camera in your hand?

The first real camera I held and used was about maybe eight or seven years ago, when I was able to hold it. In my family photography is really special so I was in that really quickly.

Why did you want to be a photographer? What led you to this place?

Photography just came into my life and never left, it just got to be the thing that makes me be me, as soon as I started taking photos I just knew that that’s what I want to hold on for the rest of my life.

Smilte Zidonyte

What is your area of expertise?

I think that what really helps me with my art is my beliefs in nature and it’s benefits. I see nature like it is the most perfect thing and it just never lets me down. Because of that I just feel confident in what I do.

Can you shoot outside the city where you live?

Yes I can, and I do. I try to show the world as much as I can. That being other cities and countries.

Smilte Zidonyte

How much of your day do you devote to photography?

It’s different every day, some days I spent a lot of time shooting and editing my photos, but some days I don’t do anything. I don’t do it if I don’t feel like doing it, it really depends on your mood and abilities.

What is the photograph for you in summary?

It’s my life, it brings me and the past to today, it’s something that helps me appreciate what I had and have now.

Smilte Zidonyte

How do you know that a photo you took is “good”?

First of all I look at the quality and what’s in the photo if I like how it looks we’re good, but you never know when the photo is good because everyone has different opinions about what they like and what is pretty for them.

Do you have any difficulties while shooting?

Of course, there are a lot of factors who can easily ruin the process of taking a photo, one of them being the wind. But that’s not a difficulty that you can’t deal with.

Smilte ZidonyteCan you describe your best and worst moments?

My best moment would probably be the feedback, like for most people, it’s an incredible feeling when you get messages about how much someone appreciates your work. Worst moments are when you done shooting and you just realise that none of the photos are good enough for posting, yeah that sucks.

Which technique are you working on?

I mostly shoot macro pictures, that’s not the easiest technique so I’m still working on it to make it perfect.

Smilte Zidonyte

What kind of shooting do you plan to shoot?

I’m usually shooting when ever I feel like it’s time, but I have some upcoming plans that involves travelling.

What do you do other than photography?

I do life, the best activity ever, it’s something that everyone needs to focus on the most.

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