Featured Photog: Lidia Boicu

Oh So Posh Photography

Lidia Boicu

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What an honor it is to share this photographer’s story with you all!  Not only is Lidia a talented photographer she is also the founder of The Tiny Sparrow Foundation.  It’s a foundation similar to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep non-profit organization but they work with families of children facing life threatening illnesses. {Click the link above for more information.}


Q. Tell us a little about yourself in just two sentences and include a picture of yourself.

I am about all things bold and beautiful in life. Through not only my work with Oh So Posh Photography but Tiny Sparrow Foundation, my main goal is to always give back through my passion: photography.

Q. What do you shoot with and what is your favorite lens and why?

Well.. I really am not a gear person at all.. I have 2 Nikon D700 cameras. I have a 50mm 1.4 Nikon lens that i shoot with 90% of the time, 85mm 1.8 that I love but just not my style, 24-70mm 2.8 that I use for groups and family shots, also have an external flash that i don’t use ever, a fun little lensbaby that I am still to learn how to use it.. never have time.. I am a simple kind of girl not too much in my camera bag.. but my wish list is long.

Q. When did you start shooting for fun and then move to shooting professionally?

I started shooting pictures while battling Stage 3 cancer as a means to capture the life in color. Not until one is faced with such a crossroad does the true beauty of life reveal itself.

Q. Are you formally taught or self taught?

When I was fighting cancer, I begged my husband to buy me a real camera and Photoshop.  The countless hours I spent in bed while battling cancer, I spent reading and shooting and reading and shooting pics. Self taught.

Q. What is your specialty and how did you decide to specialize in that area of photography?

In using natural light and the earth’s natural elements and beauty with a simple added element such as a chair to capture who someone truly is and not just what they look like.

Q. How many sessions are you shooting a month?

It really depends. Because of the nature of my session and how custom they are are don’t try to shoot a lot but rather create a very unique style that will fit each family that I photograph. In the summer months I only do newborn pictures in the little studio at my house. It’s the fall that starts getting very busy and I have a lot of shoots but I try to never schedule more than 20 shoots a month. I takes me a lot of time to create the vision for the session and also afterwards to edit in a unique and creative way each picture.

Q.  On average how long to do you spend editing each session and do you listen to music while editing or just enjoy the quiet?

I am a very fast at editing and photoshop is my BFF, but I do still spend a lot of time editing as each one of my pictures is a piece of art and I treat it as that when I edit. I am very picky and I make sure I zoom in and out on every picture that I love and want to edit until the colors, tones, contrast and everything about the pictures will be just right and what I originally had in mind when I took the picture. You know I know a lot of photographs listen to music and I used to but lately I just love the quiet house when my daughter is at school, I just edit away. What is the best marketing tool that works for you or was a total waste of time?  Do you advertise in print?  Do you offer referral bonuses?  If yes, please share a little.

The best marketing tool for me is word of mouth. There is no marketing tool better than a client that loves, loves your work and tells their friends about you. I had some business cards made at the beginning but honestly I don’t even use business cards. Not because they are not important but I feel that my work is so custom and creative that if I can’t represent that in a business card that will get lost in a wallet. I want the clients to find me and to love my work and that way I know they are the right clients

Q. What do you do to “stand out” from surrounding photographers that you’re competing with?

I think my passion for life and ability to capture that in others speaks through my photography and people resonate with that. My love for life shows in my beautiful colors I use in most of my pictures. Right after I fought breast cancer I had a period where I did not really want to do anything but after that I rebounded and said. You know what? Life is short but life if beautiful!!! I love to show the beauty of life through my pictures, through the colors I use in my pictures. I surround myself only with beauty and things that make me feel that I am alive and being alive is a reason to celebrate and that shows through my pictures.

Q.What was your biggest mistake and how did you fix it?

Biggest mistake in photography or in life?? Well in photography? I had a D300 camera and the ISO on that camera is not that great. I was nervous before the session as it was sooo windy and I had a family of 6. I thought I adjusted my ISO to 200 but it was set to 2,000. I should have realized during the session based on my shutter speed that the ISO is high but I didn’t till later on. How did I fix it?? Well the pictures still came out ok but the family loved the ones that they changed outfits and that was the one I also adjusted my ISO back to 200. They did order a few small ones from the one where my ISO was 2,000 and they still came out ok. Mistake in life? Wish I had started doing photography when I was 20.

Q. Please share your favorite image and tell us what makes this your favorite?

Oh wow that will be a hard, hard thing to do as I read somewhere that when a photographer was asked this questions he replied. My favorite pictures is the one I will take tomorrow:). Well I have a lot of favorite pictures but I will share one that represents my style. As you can see my style is backlit photography. I feel that the sun adds so much warmth to the pictures and it just makes all the pictures come to life. I love this pictures as it represents everything I believe in. LIFE, and the small things in life that make us smile. A little girl with a bunny.. just laughing away out in the middle of nowhere and maybe we will never know what she was laughing about but just seeing her is sure to put a smile on your face, no matter how hard your day would be.

Q. Can you show us your shooting space?  If you are shooting inside can you show a simple pull back shot or lots of images if you have a large studio.  If you shoot on location please share an image of you favorite location.

I mostly shoot on location and I shoot around the local parks in my area. Most people think I am in the middle of nowhere but really I only need a very, very little area to make it look like I am out in the wild. Still, I manage to find some really cool old houses like this one in this picture and that just makes my heart smile when I come upon fun, unique locations like this. The sad part is that as our city grows so many of this locations are being destroyed . Not fun.

Q. Is there anything you would like to promote?  Maybe a mentoring you offer or any side projects.

I look forward to being able to share and teach my true passion through my in person and Skype mentoring sessions, eVideos and sale of my actions. I have been asked a lot on how I edit my images to get those beautiful warm tones yet not have the pictures look over processed. So after a lot of research and hard work I have recently released the Bohemian Symphony Collection. A set of  33 beautiful and unique session that will help photographers to achieve the warm and bohemian tones they see in my pictures. This set was mostly designed for backlit photography but works great for the other types of photography. Please come and check out my Facebook FAN PAGE where I provide a lot of step by step instructions and encouragement on how to become the photographer you have always dreamed of becoming.

Here is a little before and after how the Bohemian Symphony Collection will help your images stand out.

To purchase the actions and learn more on how they work you can visit my art store HERE.

More of Lidia’s Stunning Images:

Thank You SO much Lidia for sharing with us!

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Niina - September 13, 2011 - 1:43 pm

Her story is an amazing and inspiring one. Her love for live really shows up on her photos.

gina - September 15, 2011 - 11:55 am

hi i was just wondering for people that are just starting out in the world of professional photography and cant quite afford the nikon d7000 is there any other suggestions of a good professional camera that i could get that is a little less pricey?

Tavia - September 16, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Lidia!! You are an impressive lady :) I love your positive message! Be blessed ♥

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