Ever since I first saw Myra‘s studio portraits, I fell in love with her work. I first got to know her studio work, but when I saw her wedding pictures, I was pleasantly surprised: again! So when I contacted her with the question to support my contest, I could never have thought that she actually would. When I received her positive answer I started jumping around. She made me so happy! Thanks a lot Myra for this wonderful prize! Am I allowed to participate as well? Who doesn’t want to win such a cute photo shoot?
Here is Myra’s story! Enjoy…
With a super creative mom and a dad who has his own carpenter bussiness, I have always known that a typical 9 to 5 job wouldn’t be my destiny. That was the only thing I was sure about… I had no idea what I wanted to do by the time I was 18. I am not your typical photographer who claims to know what to do with her life as soon as I got to use her first camera.
I had tried many creative disciplines like etching, silk screen printing, sewing my own clothes, painting and drawing, collage-making, photographing, collecting vintage objects, interior design etc. All of these things had been little obsessions for me during my teenage years, but suddenly I was forced to choose one of these things to do for the rest of my life… Pretty stressful. It came down to interior design, graphic design and photography. Photography won.
When I graduated (after 5 long years), I felt like I was done with the whole photography bussiness. Being criticised on constantly had taken his toll.
One fine day I saw a vacancy add for a stylist job at Flair Magazine, and my mom (kindly) pushed me to go for it. I got the job and I worked as a freelance part-time stylist for several magazines for 6 years. I learned a lot about trends, colour and design and got to meet lots of interesting people. I even got to do some photography work there, but soon realised that that line of work didn’t have enough creative freedom for me.
A few years after graduating, friends of mine where looking for a photographer for their wedding, and they asked me if I was interested. That’s how I got started, I will always be thankful for that chance. I loved the result, and realised wedding photography could be something totally different than the classic imagery I knew to that day. I tried to combine my sense of coulour and design into my work, and along with the bussiness skills I got from my dad, I managed to build a succesfull part-time wedding photography business. At first as a secondary activity, and after a few years I went fulltime, mostly thanks to mouth to mouth advertising. My way of photographing the ‘inbetween’ moments of a wedding day, alternative vintage portraiture and laid-back aproach have been my signature style ever since.
In 2010, I felt like I wanted to be even more creative with my photography. Opening my own studio was a very big step for me, but a few months after it opened, I wondered why I hadn’t done it sooner. I got to combine all my passions. Designing my own fabric backdrops, creating little interiors with vintage furniture, combining colours in unexpected ways, designing cards and books…
People who know me, would describe me as someone who is always doing a hundred little projects at once, never keeping anything up for very long, always looking for new ideas and challenges. The combination of on-location photography, portraiture and weddings, and fun kids photography in studio, covers all grounds for me. Being independant, I can take on the jobs I feel like doing at that time, so I always go to work feeling confident and eager.
By the time I hit the big 30, I had everything I longed for. I had bought the perfect house with a nice big office and a garden (another passion). My bussiness was going very well despite the crisis, I loved working. I had found my sweet, perfect man, an independant sound engineer who takes me to the coolest places to meet the sweetest people. He supports and understands me to the fullest, it really helps that he works independant as well, we are both very busy, but we can make time for each other any time of the day.
But then things got difficult. Work started piling up, I was tired all the time, I had literally no time left for any form of social life or relaxation. I was in over my head and a burnout was lurking around the corner. Fortunately, I recognised the problem in time. Supported by my man and my family, I realised there was only one real answer to this problem. In comes Vicky.
Vicky is my freelance assistent since 2013. A little rescuing angel that made my life twice as fabulous. She takes over editing work when I’m not up to it, she takes on a few extra clients here and there and comes to weddings with me as a second shooter or videographer. One year later, the business is running like an oiled machine again, and team Myra Fotografie is ready to photograph the world and all of its most beautifull moments.
I’m still constantly looking for new ideas to spark my creativity and to boost my business. This year I already spend a whole month thinking of cool ideas for my new ‘Playdate’ concept, and preparing for the communion season. We are also working on a new look for the website and branding. We hope to amaze you all this year!
Myra & Vicky