Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Interview with a Photographer: Rosina Waszaj

rosina 1 What are three unique things

about you as a person?
I can speak and write fluent Madarin, because I was born in Taiwan.

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I hiked in the Italian Alps 4 years ago when I went visiting my Mom.rosina 2
I had a long distance-relationship (New Jersey <--->SoCal) with my husband for 2 years when we were dating, and I ended up moving to New Jersey after we got married.rosina 1

What is your favorite thing

about living in California?
Oh, the weather!! It's never humid in the summer even though it does get hot, and fairly mild in the winter time (think in the 60's). I get to wear my Rainbows all year round!

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What is a typical California girl?

Are you one?
Well, this question is tricky, because there is Southern California and Northern California! I think most people think "LA" when referring to "California", so in that case, a typical California girl would be someone who likes to go to the beach, tanned, blonde, is into herself, and she must have a designer handbag. I am definitely not one! I like to go to the beach but I don't sit there and get tanned, I'm not blonde, I'm definitely not into myself and I have a bag I got from Old Navy for $7.

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Did you go to school to study photography?
No, and I often wonder what would happen if I did. I did want to major in photojournalism at one point in life, but my Mom talked me out of it. She tried to imply that I wouldn't get a job with a photojournalism degree--so I majored in elementary ed instead.

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When did you decide to go professional?
Well, photography to me has always been just a passion, and I never intended to start a business. With my passive personality, I knew I would make a horrible business owner, so I've always just wanted to do this for fun. However, the Lord has something else in mind--after doing my brother in law's wedding last August, God has been opening up doors after doors, providing opportunities, one after another.

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I shot my first real wedding last October, two months after my first wedding (ever!). Then everything sort of just took off from there.

What has been something that helped you

in your decision to become a professional?

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For the most part, it has been a lot of praying, talking and communicating with God. I remember very specifically praying about it and asking for God to show me "signs" if this was what He wanted me to pursue, because I understand how competitive the wedding photography industry is, and without any proper training, I felt so inadequate.

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Then three Sundays in a row our pastor was talking about the story of Gideon, how he doubted God at first but God reassured him and told him that as long as he (Gideon) keeps focusing on God, He will take care of the rest of the battle for him. Three Sundays in a row, I received God's reassurance. He was telling me, "Keep your eyes focusing on Me, and I will take care the rest for you." That was when I decided it was ok to take a leap of faith. My world was never the same since.

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What is your favorite thing to shoot?
Hmm..people, I think. I think people are so complex and intriguing at the same time. I like to capture real emotions and moods.

I love to shoot people!!

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What kind of camera do you use?
I have a Canon 5D now, although I started with a Rebel Xti, then upgraded to a 40D. Now I have the 5D and I love it.rosina 8

         What is your favorite lens?
My 50mm 1.4. It delivers the most amazing bokeh--and it's super fast!

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Where do you find inspiration? may sound comical, but I love looking through catalogs. My favorite is Anthropologie. I also like to look through Parents and Time magazines, go on different blogs and websites. Images inspire me.

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Where would your dream destination wedding take place?
Oh wow. It's tough to pick only one place! Believe it or not, I would love to go to a historic city or town. I love old things--old buildings books, antiques. If I can photograph a wedding somewhere in the South--like on a beautiful plantation, I will be SO happy.

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Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Oh, Sarah Rhodes!! I just love her artistic, journalistic style. She is absolutely amazing. She's from Seattle but she's gone just about everywhere. You HAVE to check her out.

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How do your friends describe you

in 3 adjectives?
Warm, easy-going, kind.

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Where is the most crazy place you have ever taken your camera?
Haha!! The dressing room of a clothing store--back then, I was still doing my 365 project, and I went shopping that day. :)

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Here is Rosina’s blog link, facebook fan page, and flickr account.

Rosina’s second shooter is another one of my favorite photographers, Sarah of Image Bearer’s.

If you know anyone who is getting married soon

Rosina and Sarah are giving away an entire wedding shoot,

so please pass their link along.rosina 1 These girls are talented beyond belief.

It was love at first image for me!

I hope you will go say hi and learn a little bit from Rosina.

She won’t disappoint!

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I hope you had fun reading about Rosina today.

Even if you aren’t gaga about photography it is always fun to read interviews, isn’t it?rosina 4

Oh, and P to the S.

You are beautiful.

Pass it on.


Rene W. said...

OH MY!!! What AMAZING work :) Loved your Q&A!

ρομπερτ said...

Keeps one awake even after midnight. Great indeed. Please have you all a wonderful Thursday.

daily athens

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Love her photography. Love her personality. Love her appreciation for low humidity.

And, I love you, B!!

Caroline said...

I just adore Rosina's work...she is one of my favorite photographers!!

Jules said...

What a great interview! I LOVE her photos!!!!

theTsaritsa said...

Cool interview, and sweet photography. I like how every question and answer has a photo to go with :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a sweet interview.
She is SO flippin' talented. I am in awe.

Heather said...

I'm back! Saw your link on another post today and wanted to stop by (one of your SITStas). Love the photos - they're fantastic! (Heather at

keli @ kidnapped by suburbia said...

Love this!!! Rosina is the best!

Anonymous said...

Your friend takes very beautiful pictures Becky. I like the pictures of Shoshi. We miss him. Love, Mom

Petie said...

Great interview. Her photography is beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Great interview! Talanted people know talented people how is that ! Her pictures are beautiful like yours!

the monkeys' mama said...

Rosina sounds like an amazingly gorgeous person on the InSIDE and outside. I'm so happy to hear her testimony--what a privilege to follow God's plan and impact others through it in a beautiful way.

Thanks for sharing Becky and Rosina!

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Loved the interview questions - not as much as though photos though, they are fabulous!

Catherine said...

Fantastic interview! I absolutely love Rosina's work! She is beautiful, inspiring, graceful and just brings her photography to life! Fabulous!!!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Rebeckah, I am enjoying your interview series of posts. So inspiring for us beginners! Rosina, I loved reading the part about receiving God's direction. I just think it's so cool that He cares about the desires of our heart.

Rosina said...

OMG Becky!!!!

I just saw this, I am blushing!! You are amazing, thank you SO much for doing this!! You are a wonderful person, when I come back here next year I'm gonna meet up with you, no matter what! Thank you again, Becky! X's

Karen Deborah said...

I not only love the interview I love the testimony that God does care about every detail in our lives. HE loves to give his children the desires of their hearts, especially when they use them to glorify Him!

great photos.

lifebythecreek said...

What an amazing interview! Well done, Becky... I really feel like I know Rosina now! I LOVE the story of Gideon; what a wonderful inspiration and message. Rosina, your talent is inspired and your story is an inspiration!

BernaLee said...

Rosina photographed my family in the park in December (CA). Every picture taken provided the interpretation of our family as "amazing!" Only Rosina could capture the love, labor, hopes and dreams of a family who has faced suffering, tragedy and loss! She is amazing!

Susan said...

What a GREAT interview. I enjoyed it so much, thank you!

Loved her work, she is incredible... and I LOVE YOUR work as well.

Gosh, I also love how you write.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

You inspire me!!!!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Wow! Great work! You definitely are making the right decision to go with photography. Thank you for a delightful visit.

Terry Elisabeth said...

Those pictures are wonderful! And it's an interesting interview.

Colleen said...

What stunning photos! Wonderful to see such talent! :)

Christine said...

I really enjoy these interviews. So many wonderful photos. Each one is so different with a unique story to tell.

GraceesMommy said...

love this! the photos are amazing!

thanks for stopping by my site...i have not posted anything new because my computer was hit by lightning...TWICE! i had some photos (did not backup) that i was going to post but now am waiting to see if my computer guru can retrieve them from my hard drive.

yes i live about 45 minutes from brookville!! the funny thing is my brother lives in philly...he had a stroke about 4 years ago (at the age of 48) and i spent many months there. he also has a home in bucks county. his apartment in philly is right behind the museum that "rocky" was filmed on the steps.

isn't it a small world!

GraceesMommy said...

love this! the photos are amazing!

thanks for stopping by my site...i have not posted anything new because my computer was hit by lightning...TWICE! i had some photos (did not backup) that i was going to post but now am waiting to see if my computer guru can retrieve them from my hard drive.

yes i live about 45 minutes from brookville!! the funny thing is my brother lives in philly...he had a stroke about 4 years ago (at the age of 48) and i spent many months there. he also has a home in bucks county. his apartment in philly is right behind the museum that "rocky" was filmed on the steps.

isn't it a small world!

Sheri said...

Wow! What a fabulous photographer!

Skeller said...

awwww, I totally love Rosina - her heart, her photographic gifting, her faith, and your sweet interview with her :-).

Dita said...

I have to say this post just kept me enthralled...I LOVED the interview and the images had me on the edge of my INSPIRING. I will definitely go check out Rosina...and, as a Jersey Girl...I promise, Rosina...we're not all the stereotype!

Loved every image!

Can't wait to see you next weekend, Girl!


jennykate77 said...

What GORGEOUS photographs and such a lovely lady! I loved reading this interview!

YOU are beautiful!♥

TechnoBabe said...

For me this was like browsing through a photography catalog. Such wonderful photos. Fun reading your answers.

alessandra said...

Love your interview!

Unknown Mami said...

Amazing, amazing photography! I loved every single image and really enjoyed the interview. Success is destined with this kind of talent.

Christy said...

just wonderful! great interview!

Alicia said...

Wow!! Those were great questions, and I enjoyed reading her answers!! Her photography is awesome, too! I'm going to check out her blog!

angie said...

Now she is a talented, talented photographer!

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Wow Thank you for sharing this!!! I love to meet beautiful people! What a talented photographer!
Have a fabulous Thursday!

Grand Pooba said...

WOW. Just WOW!

(Now I want that lens!!!)

Dot O said...

Great interview!! Rosina, your work is beautiful. Funny how God leads us isn't it....

I am going back up to look at your photos again!!!!

Stacey said...

Amazingly creative and beautiful!

marjorie said...

awesome photos! loved the interview questions.

Megan said...

youre right- she is FABULOUS!! Im headed to her place right now...

and thanks for stopping by my watermelon post :) Its been a good day!

Honey Mommy said...

These photos are wonderful! I LOVE them. This is the type of pictures I aspire to take.

Great interview!

photowannabe said...

Wow, wow, wow.....that's all I can say!

Sarah @ said...

I love this! LOVE! Also, some of those pictures have given me an idea. So now I have a new weekend project =)

Suki said...

Inspirational interview. I had so much fun reading this and she is surely crazy talented. :)
Love all her images. Love her.

Sarah said...

You are too cool for words! An interview with Rosina? How great is that!! I loved reading it :)

Mrs4444 said...

I enjoyed every minute/word/pic of it. And who in the world could not love photography? Pshaw! This was lovely.

Kirby3131 said...

I love that one comment on my blog (your comment) leads me to a new space in the blogosphere that makes me happy.

What a great interview and some stunning photos. Thank you.

Kristin - The Goat

Liz said...

She is very talented!

- dls - said...

I love this!!! fabulous photos.

I have missed the blogging world lately. Thx for commenting on my house process/photos! :)