Featured Photographer: Merve Sönmez

My goal is to be able to surprise myself with every frame I capture & create."

Model Citizen App is the platform where we recognise fashion models, photographers, designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, creative directors, bloggers, stylists, and labels around the world. Every day, we feature an individual on Model Citizen Interviews. People get to know each of them - their hopes, challenges, aspirations and inspirations in life.

Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I love living my life with all my 5 senses. Therefore I've always been into art, seeing beautiful things around and seeing the beauty in life, giving my brain and my soul a beautiful shock. Photography is just one way to do that. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? I am at the very beginning of my professional photography life. So far, as seen from the feedbacks I get, I'm on the right way in moving forward. My goal is to be able to surprise myself with every frame I capture & create. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I was an advertiser in Client Relations and Brand Management for 10 years. This is the kitchen of communication and it made me a positive communicator. There's always a solution as long as you can communicate. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? Nothing. I've lived that way because I've needed to live that way. Every problem brings its solution for better. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? My dad. He loves his life and everything he does, maybe because he chooses to do what he loves. This is my aim in life. Even my parents don't understand all my dreams, they are always there for me. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? Sometimes creativity gets stuck due to the lack of technical know-how. In order to set yourself completely free, you need to get over it. I have taken many courses on different areas and they have improved me both on this technical side and also creative thinking & mixing. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Take your first step and the rest will come.

Photo Credits: Photographer: Merve Sönmez Photos 1-4> Model: Yuliya Yukhno-Tarasevich Photos 5-7> Model: Gamze Karabacak Photos 8-10> Model: Adele Contact Details: Instagram: @hopping.electron Email: mervesonmezz@gmail.com


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