“You have to absolutely love what you do to survive the challenges of running your own business.”

Magdalena M

What country are you from and where do you live?

I was born in Poland and moved to Canada with my family in 1989. 

Title of what you do and the company you work with?

I am a freelance photographer and art director.  I work with corporate and editorial clients. On the corporate side, I produce branded content for clients (portraits, interiors, custom stock imagery). . In the editorial field I curate publications and art direct editorial stories.  I’m also part of Stocksy United where I create beauty and cosmetics imagery. 

Education background (art school, no school)?

I studied Fashion Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. After working as a designer for five years I switched careers to photography in 2005.  I did not go to school for photography.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

It’s hard to describe it as a signature style since I shoot so many varied projects: portraits, interiors, fashion, cosmetics.  Emerging from a fashion background, I feel that my work has an editorial aesthetic.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

The obvious turning point was switching careers from fashion design to photography.  I didn’t intend to become a photographer, I found my way towards it. The progress in my career feels like a series of stepping stones rather than a major event or big break.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

This past August I did a speaking engagement in partnership with Nikon Canada.  Public speaking is one of my biggest fears, and it felt like such a feat and an accomplishment (even though I have so much to learn).  I’m glad I accepted the challenge!

What is next for your career goals?

I have several things in the works, but I can’t discuss them at this time. : ) 

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

You have to absolutely love what you do to survive the challenges of running your own business.

Instagram @magdalena.m.photo

Website: magdalena-m.com