Tania Cervián is a bit of a Westend61-Newbie. The Spaniard surprised and convinced us with her powerful portraits of charismatic women. Alba Vitta sat down with her for an interview to introduce her a bit more to us and our readers.
Hey Tania, it’s so nice to speak to you today. Tell us, who is Tania Cervián?
I don’t know if I will manage to answer that one day in my life. 😉
But well, today, I would say that I am a woman passionate about photography, light, colors, and portraiture. I like the extraordinary beauty of small things, eternal chats, simplicity, and real people.
When was the first time that you used a camera?
The first photo I took was when I was about six years old. It was a portrait of my parents and my sister. After this, they gave me the typical analog camera as a present for the communion, and I enjoyed dressing up my little sister to take pictures of her. Since the development of analogical photos was expensive, I couldn’t walk around with the camera every day. From there, I went through some compact digital cameras. Over the years, and after my first job, I managed to save money to buy my first digital full-frame camera.
What kind of jobs do you do as a photographer?
I do a little bit of everything. But mainly face-to-face and online workshops, people photography (weddings, family sessions, books, etc.) and now stock.
What is the thing you enjoy the most to take photos of? And the least?
What I enjoy the most is any session that is real, that moves me inside. It’s because of flickering light, amazing colors, a loving family, or a person who looks at the camera and stops the time for a little while.
The least – well, the routine photos that are made because I have to. Like those posed wedding shots, the typical images of the ceremony, or portraits with forced smiles.
How do you prepare for a photoshoot? What is your creative process from when you think of an idea until you develop it and finish it?
I usually start with the person I take photos of. Who is that person, and how do I want to portray them? According to that, I already think about a location and the colors of the shooting. Also, the time, if I want direct or diffused light, etc. Once at the set, I go with the flow. I don’t usually take preconceived photos, but instead, I am ﬂowing with the energy that arises during the photoshoot.
What defines and distinguishes your photography?
I don’t know if I should answer that myself! But according to what people tell me about the use of light, color, and expressiveness of the women I portray.
What has been a unique moment of a photoshoot that you had during your career?
Fortunately, there have been many special moments! It is the best things that photography has: magical moments and the beautiful people that it brings into your life.
One of the most special moments I remember was an afternoon when I did a session in an abandoned house during sunset. Without having foreseen it, a reflected ray of sun entered the room, and it was of incredible beauty, generating a super cinematic atmosphere. I remember taking the photos and when seeing them feeling so thrilled. It was a purely incredible afternoon, where I produced some of my favorite images to date.
How did you get into Westend61?
Over talking to a fellow photographer from Granada – Javi Sánchez, who is a veteran of stock. I did a workshop with him, and he recommended applying to Westend61!
Do you make some distinction between your personal work and stock when creating images?
Well, not until recently. Most of my stock portfolio is from sessions that I have done in artistic workshops or photoshoots. Because that content does not sell much, I decided to do some more commercial sessions designed for stock. Due to the COVID-19 situation, I didn’t have much time, and I could only do two sessions.
What plans do you have as a photographer?
If we ignore the crisis that has come with the Covid-19 pandemic, I would like to continue creating what I feel and what I am. I want to keep growing as a photographer, keep exploring, and experimenting.
Also, I want to add a commercial touch to my work to increase my income with stock photography, as this allows me to continue creating.