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Born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1982, Nadyia enjoyed painting and photography as a child and young adult, and in high school, became interested in graphic design. She studied fine art photography and majored in graphic design at school and recently has started to explore video production, which she hopes to incorporate into her photography.

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father sparked my interest in photography when I was fairly young. He’s an amazing underwater photographer and taught me a lot about what I know now.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 40D and Canon 5D, and on occasion, film.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This is hard to pinpoint because I draw inspiration from so many different things. But I guess with photography, it’s people. I try to bring to life what makes a person beautiful, sexy, or sometimes, vulnerable. Sometimes I like to shoot someone in a way no one else has, just for the purpose of making and exposing something different.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Definitely. Sometimes my job gets incredibly busy and I just don’t have time to shoot my personal work. But it’s important to me that I have that outlet, so I try not to go too long without it.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

My favorite is definitely conceptual photography. I like to actually think and plan a shoot or even a specific shot. I love seeing ideas I have become real. I also love collaborating with other artists, models, etc and making something amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I just moved to Austin and I’m incredibly grateful at how welcoming other photographers and artists have been here so far. I’m already planning and scheduling shoots with another photographer for a collaborative mixed media project. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know if it makes my work unique, but I pay close attention to detail, so much so that it annoys me sometimes.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandmother when she was my age, because she helped raise me and because she was a really beautiful, genuine person.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Spain, just because it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go to that I haven’t yet.

what’s your post production process?

I bring the raw images into Lightroom then do most of the editing in Photoshop.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’d probably stick with what I have and just get more lenses. I don’t have enough and I’m always borrowing some from other photographers.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

My father, of course. Also an amazing man named A.Kaye, he’s been my main mentor and a really wonderful friend. He started out as a sports photographer for professional sports and is now photographing for a project, Heart of Women, to raise money for women who have suffered domestic abuse. I also really love Mark Sink, all of his work is really interesting but I’m fascinated most by what he does with wet plates.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Being published in several magazines and publications. That’s always a good thing.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

Make sure it’s a passion of yours before you jump into it. It sounds mean, but I don’t like being in the same industry with people who don’t care and are only doing it because it seems like a cool thing to do. Also, remember that most photography is a collaborative effort, and being able to respect those that you work with is essential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

When it comes to music, I’m all over the place. But when I’m editing, a majority of the time I’m listening to David Bowie, Bjork, or Saul Williams.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t have one favorite spot. I like trying out new places, especially in Austin because there is so much here.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Usually something light like a salad so I can still be pretty active. And if I’m celebrating, probably Makers or Bulleit.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

I have so many favorites, but this one I just love because the image I had in my head came out exactly as how you see it in the photograph.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I can’t pick just one photo, but go here and check out the photos in his wet plate galleries.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, but the direction I’m going definitely has.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Not really. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good to go.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?


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who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Anyone I’ve already mentioned, also maybe J Woods (who does amazing photo composites) or Hutch MuselessMime (talented photographer/videographer in Dallas). I have worked with all of them and really admire their work.

Angela Ryan




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