My name is Monica Lazăr, I’m currently based in Bucharest, Romania. I’m a self-taught portrait photographer and retoucher. My first love was food photography and for more than a year my entire free time was only about arranging food in a feminine and delicate manner. Chocolate glaze and crumbs were everywhere, but it was totally worth it. I still love every food picture taken back then. At that moment I didn't have the courage to think that one day I would photograph people. It all started when my dear ones asked me to take some photos of them. Unlike the food photography, portraits gave me the freedom to experiment more in Photoshop. That's how I started learning all the techniques I know today. I was fascinated by what can be done in post-processing and I quickly became addicted to all those stories I could create. My photos were just a sketch for the final result.
After 4 years of hard work, I managed to transform my passion into my profession. My partner, Daniel, the photographer behind my images, helped me enormously during this process. We are a team, we plan every series carefully, from the clothes to the places we would travel to take the shots. Being in front of the camera is easier for me knowing that Daniel is the one who takes the photos. This is an intimate process, a way of expressing my everyday feelings, and I could not do this with someone I didn't trust.
For equipment, we use a Canon 6D with a 135mmL lens and a 35mm Sigma Art lens. We use natural light only. I could definitely say that photography would not attract me as much if I wasn't able to create in Photoshop.