“A head injury and the following recovery made me think about my life.”

Could you please introduce yourself Aneta?
My name is Aneta Jeremiasova, I am based in Haarlem since 2017, though born and raised in Czechia.

How did your interest in photography begin?
Already at a very early age I was mesmerized by works of Jindrich Streit and August Sander. This fascination lasts till this day. I followed painting courses and had camera in my hands only occasionally, though the calling was there.

When did you decide to become a professional photographer?
I think myself as the enfant terrible en route to pro photography. In 2019 I had a head injury, the event and the following recovery made me think about my life and my corporate career. A decision was made and I bought my first Canon.

Do you prefer natural or studio light (and why)?
For casual portraits I like natural light, for contemporary portraits I prefer studio light. The reason is that I basically engineer and plan the portraits days before the actual photoshoot and I want to have all under control to achieve or exceed my original idea.

What do you prefer, shooting in a studio or outdoor?
I prefer shooing in a studio in Haarlem and outdoor back in Czechia due to diversity and familiarity of scenery.

Can you tell us about the camera(system) and lenses you use?
Canon 6DMII, 85mm f1.8, 50mm f1.8 for portraits.

What’s your favorite lens (and why)?
I have not find my fave lens yet.

What software do you use to process your images?
Lightroom and Photoshop.

What makes a good day for you?
All days are good for me.

When it comes to working with people, can you share any tips to our readers?
I always make sure that everyone knows upfront what we are going to create and that everyone is excited for it.

When it comes to your career, what was your highest high and your lowest low?
Any kind of honest and sincere appreciation is my highest high, my lowest low was cooperation with unreliable professionals – but I guess we all have been there.

Thank you so much Aneta, what’s your experience with the Unlike Portrait Awards?
I am very happy to have won this award. I see it as an important step in my photographic journey and I feel encouraged as an artist. The competition was perfectly organised, it brought the opportunity to be exposed and to compare myself with other photographers. As I was actively involved in charity for years I appreciate the connection with Quina Care providing medical care to those in need.