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Elena Bazu

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Elena Bazu

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Location
London, United Kingdom
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What was your journey into the creative field like? 

Artistic people have always surrounded me. My mom and grandmother were both skilled artists, and they taught me a lot growing up. When I was 14, I received my first digital camera, which sparked an interest in photography. Also, around that time, I attended a computer course designed for teenagers, which focused on programming. But I quickly realized that I was more interested in the design aspect and started self-learning Photoshop through text-based tutorials—YouTube didn't exist back then.

Did you always know you wanted to be a full-time photographer?

I have primarily worked as a web designer, with photography being more of a hobby. It's a creative outlet where I can capture whatever catches my eye without the pressure of a client's demands. However, a few years ago, I decided to focus more on photography.

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How did you develop your style? 

Photographing people has never been my strong suit, as I tend to be a bit shy. Instead, I've always looked towards capturing architecture, street photography, food, or lifestyle shots. When I lived and worked in New York, I spent a lot of time exploring the city alone with my phone and camera. It allowed me to explore and develop my style, which has only evolved with time.

Today, what are some of your favorite subjects to capture?

I have a passion for gardens and historical places, which has led me to travel extensively across the UK. I love to explore hidden gems, medieval castles and scenic woods or parks.


For me, the perfect weekend combines my love of travel, hiking and photography to fully experience the beauty of these locations.

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How do you stay motivated and creative?

People inspire me! I follow a lot of talented artists and photographers on Instagram and YouTube, and their daily lives and creative routines inspire me greatly. I also enjoy admiring a city's details when traveling, or I visit galleries.


I often use my phone to take photos and remember the exact moment to recreate the scene later with my camera.

What are some of the most challenging things about being a photographer?

While finding new clients is always hard yet essential, I feel fortunate to have established strong relationships with my current clients. We have developed a deep understanding of each other's expectations and can work together in pure synergy on all projects. This level of trust and collaboration allows us to create exceptional work and achieve great results.

Conversely, what are the most rewarding aspects of your role? 

Meeting new people and seeing new places! My camera has opened many doors for me and has helped me develop relationships with people I never thought I'd have the opportunity to meet.

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What is your advice for anyone looking to get into photography?

Make sure to take your camera with you every day. You never know when the perfect moment might pop up right before you! Many unforgettable moments are happening all around us all the time, so our job is to stay alert and snap those shots when they arise.

You often talk about trying not to edit your photos—how did that philosophy come about?

As a lifestyle photographer, I admire being in the moment and having photos ready right after the shoot, so I don't need to spend hours editing light or color. Many people struggle to start taking photos because they don't know how to edit and don't want to spend time on it. Photography is about catching the light as it is, so I use my camera settings to show the feeling and mood I have at that moment without artificial retouching.


Usually, I shoot with aperture priority mode with a 'cloud' white balance. In most cases, this is more than enough to showcase the beautiful colors outdoors. My advice is to experiment with your camera as much as possible. Watch some tutorials on YouTube, try playing around with different settings, and see what works best for you.


But most importantly, make sure to take your camera with you everywhere you go. You never know what you might be able to capture.

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What other guidelines or principles do you strive to follow in your work?

I love to be invisible. To not interact or be involved, but to behave like the camera is my eyes, and nobody sees me.


‘Document your life’ is my motto for my personal and commercial projects.

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You mentioned there are other photographers you admire. Could you share them with us?

I’m following so many talented photographers on Instagram, my top list is:

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Finally, what are some destinations that are on your bucket list?

I'm a huge fan of exploring the UK and sharing my adventures on YouTube! This year, I've got some plans in the works—I'm going to be conquering the mountains in Wales, heading out to the remotest village in Cornwall, checking out the stunning Lake District, and spending even more time in the beautiful Cotswolds.


There's nothing quite like taking a leisurely walk through the countryside with my trusty camera in hand—it's my absolute favorite way to unwind and clear my head. It's like my own form of meditation.

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Photographer

Elena Bazu

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Location
London, United Kingdom
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