Emma Bass is an award-winning photographer based in Mt Eden, Auckland. Her strong style features vibrant use of colour. Her ability to make subjects feel at ease shows effortlessly in her images.
Where are you based?
I am based in Mt Eden, Auckland. I used to operate a studio, but since having children I’ve operated from home. My home has the best light for shooting people in. The world is now my studio – I can take my gear anywhere. I love the challenge of location shoots.
How long have you been a photographer?
For approx 20 years. I was initially a nurse and had a radical career change.
Tell us a little about your style of photography.
I’m not sure exactly what my style is, but I guess it’s along the lines of vibrant, quirky and strong. I think my nursing background has given me empathetic skills to make people feel more comfortable in front of a camera.
What gear do you use?
I use a Canon 5DmkII. Looking forward to trying the MKIII ! I have a variety of lenses mostly L series. I often use the 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom.
What is/has been your greatest challenge as a photographer?
Trying not to take too many photos and multitasking! When taking photos of people, one is multitasking on an enormous level, technically ensuring good exposure, sharpness, interesting composition and all whilst making someone feel comfortable and natural. Maintaining the balance between work and family is also always a major challenge.
What do you feel has been your greatest photographic achievement to date?
I try to achieve great results on each photographic project, but my most memorable achievement is my recent Imperfect series. It is very heartfelt.
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