Meet Evi Novak

Evi Novak Photography

Tell us about yourself and your business.

I am a mom of a three-year-old girl, and besides giving her all my attention, I love capturing beautiful moments, including all of the feelings of childhood. I believe that being a child is the best part of our human life. I hold onto my childhood memories and capturing those cherished feelings makes me relive the special moments again and again.

Besides children’s photography, I’m curious about the world and attracted to beauty and uniqueness in any form. I love travelling and experiencing different sceneries, that’s how landscape photography became my other passion.

I completed my Diploma of Professional Photography at the Photography Institute. My photograph “Niagara Falls, Maid of the Mist” was selected for EF’s Sense of Place by National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest in 2015. In July 2018 my photo “Seagulls Along Niagara Falls” was selected by VOGUE Italia in the Nature category.

How did you get started?

I actually wanted to make short movies and went to one-day course, where a friend of mine, suggested a course in photography. She was so passionate about the course, that I signed up the next day. She was right, the course was exceptional, and I fell in love with photography.

What have your simplified in your life to make room for your passion?

I have simplified housework, doing it as effectively as I possibly can, so I can have free time for my daughter and photography.

What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received?

If you really want something you will get it, you just have to believe in it and take action.

What keeps you motivated?

My daughter.

What struggles do you face balancing motherhood and running your own business? How do you deal with them?

If I feel tired I rest, I don’t push myself, because I know it will backfire. We are all humans, and everyone needs a break.

What book changed your life? How?

The 4-Hour Work Week By Tim Ferriss

I read this book in my 20’s, and it made me think, that we don’t need to work harder, but smarter.

What advice would you give someone that is just starting out?

Take as many photos as possible – there is no such thing as a bad photo because you need to make mistakes in life to learn. It’s also very important to find a good course to make sure you start with a solid base. The rest you can figure out by going through the vast amount of educational programs and videos available online.

What resource has made the biggest difference in your life?

Lightroom 5, Book for Digital Photographers By Scott Kelby

What quote or words do you live by?

Happiness is a choice.

Where can we find you online?

You can find me on my websiteInstagram and Twitter

Evi’s tips on how to get the perfect shot using only your iPhone:

  • Catch the right moment. Swipe up on the iPhone camera shortcut from the lock screen and shoot so you don’t miss the moment (you can also use the volume button for taking photos).
  • Hold down a spot on your viewfinder to lock focus (AE/AF lock) and adjust exposure after by sliding up or down on the metre.
  • Use the burst mode for moving subjects and actions by pressing down the shutter button for a few seconds.