Freelance photographer Lenara Choudhury takes a clean and simple approach to her portraits and fashion photographs. Her work is bold, striking and uncluttered. We lent her a Petzval 85 Art Lens to test out.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into photography?
I’m a London based fashion and portrait photographer. My interest in photography started when I was in college, It was for me a way to keep memories of my travels, friends and family. Soon after college, I moved from my hometown (Southampton) to study Business at a London University, but I soon realised it wasn’t for me and that’s when I gave photography a go and haven’t looked back.
How was it shooting with the Petzval 85 Art Lens?
I loved it, it was easy to use with my Canon 5D - the bokeh effect is the dream and It’s perfect for shooting in natural light.
In your opinion, what makes the perfect portrait?
Connection and personality – I find it hard to create if there’s no connection with my subjects.
Have you had any difficult or challenging situations throughout your photography career?
I’ve had many difficult situations/challenges but I think it’s a huge part of growing as a creative.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
Be yourself and don’t take rejection personally, instead be constructive about it and yes I know easy said than done but it does work. It’s important to get out there, network and be a little silly with it. A bad joke or an awkward conversation with a stranger in the industry doesn’t do anyone any harm… You never know it might land you a few jobs along the way! Oh and most importantly remember be nice and always be willing to learn.