Tamara Williams is an international self-taught beauty photographer, who has been in this industry for 5 years now. When the photographer started doing photography, she had this goal that one day to be on the cover of the well-known magazines, such as, Vogue. And, with her hard work, Williams achieved what she desired and is really proud of that one.
You have come to the right place to learn more about Tamara’s experiences in photo-shooting, about the models she picks, and everything that makes her style unique in comparison with other photographers and, so much more.
Tamara Williams gave an exclusive interview for MetDaan where she didn’t hold back to share details and secrets of her experience which will help all the photography lovers in their career or their passion. Follow me below in Tamara’s story.
The beginning of her career and her vision regarding photography
William always wanted to become a photographer, even though her family wasn’t quite fond of the idea. So, this is how the story went. Tamara took a training as a bank clerk (yes, you read that right) in a bank which lasted three years. Nevertheless, the self-taught photographer realized this was not something she wants to do, so she decided to follow her passion which she now turned into a career.
She finally decided to become a full-time freelance photographer back when she was 18. Now, when Tamara thinks back at that period of time she laughs she ever thought she could take over the world having no clients whatsoever and simply go freelance just like that. But, look at her now!
When she first began, it’s not like she had everything figured out, by everything, I mean her vision and goal, but this helped her to explore this profession more. She eventually developed her own aesthetics and decided to specialize in beauty and nothing else except that.
See below some of Tamara Williams’ pieces.
What makes her style unique and the models she looks for?
Tamara confessed that what makes her style unique and distinct from other photographers is, first of all, her personality, and then comes aesthetics. This is how she sees photography:
“You can give five photographers the same camera, the same wall, the same makeup, the same hair stylist – they will do different pictures because everybody has a different vision. I really much think that in this industry especially, it really comes down to your personality, to who you are… Because in a creative industry, is always like that: Either people like your work or they just don’t give any attention to you.”
When it comes to picking her models, she has some certain qualities and traits which she looks for in a face. “Full lips, bushy eyebrows, big eyes, small draw-line and a small nose” is what she looks for.
“I don’t care how you look unless you’re really professional in what you do, and you’re good. And you are delivering in front of the camera, I’m cool with that, you can come in jogging trousers or whatever” she adds.
When we asked her who is one model – dead or alive – that she would love to do a photo-shoot with; she told us that would be Beyonce or Irina Shayk. I mean, who can blame her?
Now, below you can find some of the faces she shot. Spoiler alert: Be ready to get fascinated!
I can’t decide whether the photograph is better or the model. I’ll just leave it at both!
I honestly can’t.
What does her photography transmit and what is her perception of beauty?
Tamara told MetDaan that “She does not try to tell stories through her photographs because she actually has a different aim.”
“The only thing I want to do is to try and kind of to change the industry with its standards and its low payments, with its time management kind of skills and stuff. I feel like we can improve a lot more and we should value the work of artists, of models, of makeup artists, of hairstylist and of whoever, so I’m trying to work a bit more on that” she told us.
She adds that she “is not using her images as a medium, but as a platform to talk about that.” So, in essence, she’s trying to “raise awareness about how beauty standards get treated” because she thinks that “real beauty comes from within.” Her message is:
“Everybody, even the big models do have flaws. They do have pimples, they do have wrinkles. So don’t feel bad about yourself, even though you might think omg they’re looking so pretty and whatsoever. Everything is altered in the media and I’m not talking about my pictures, I’m talking about so many other things.”
Her next plans and one secret she shared for MetDaan readers
At the time when the interview was conducted, Tamara was thinking of working on master classes with one of her retouchers. They were going to take place in Berlin, Paris and in London. They didn’t have the dates scheduled yet, but if you want to know the dates and extra details make sure to check her YouTube [TamaraWilliams1] and Instagram [tamarawilliams1] channel because it will be published there.
One secret she shared for everybody out there who dedicat their precious time to follow her work is:
“Love yourself and do whatever makes you feel comfortable. Nobody in this whole entire world will manage to give you the happiness that you can give yourself.”
If you want to know even more about her work, what kind of camera she uses, with what app she edits her pictures, how long one photo-shoot takes including the editing hours and more, watch the exclusive video below:
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