Landa Penders, Freelance Photographer #FreelancerOfTheFortnight
Tell us about your creative business, what do you enjoy most about it?
As a freelance photographer I mainly focus on fashion, portrait and conceptual photography. In my photos I like to combine high fashion with a grunge vibe and a feminist thought. And you know, to tell a story that’s true to my experiences or beliefs. In my work I mostly enjoy the way I get to be as creative as I like to be. When you’re your own boss, you’re able to take charge of how to divide and spend your time. Your working hours take up such a big part of life, it would be a shame to spend them in a way that doesn’t contribute to a happy, fulfilling life.
What is your biggest challenge you face regularly? How do you overcome it?
Well, I started taking on freelance jobs 6 years ago, but I also went travelling and lost track for a while. I think it’s fairly normal and totally okay to admit. Only recently, like 3 months ago, I reassigned myself as a freelancer and started putting myself officially out there again. One of the biggest challenges I face is to get the ball rolling: to get new clients and jobs that fit my work ethic. I don’t let those thoughts get to me, though. I am trusting that I will attract them.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Actually it’s quite funny. In the short time my company is back on the market, I’ve somehow managed to get interviewed in front of a live audience, twice! One time in front of 150-200 people and it was live streamed. That was exciting and I’d love to do more of these things.
What are your influences for your creativity?
Feminism, veganism, spirituality and equality are a few major influences. Besides, I love capturing people and fashion, and how the both combined can tell a story. Whether it’s for a fashion brand campaign, an art project or a portrait of a creative person, that’s what I focus on when creating a concept. I basically mix my own personal beliefs and experiences with what I see that’s happening in the world.
What’s next for you? Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?
For 2018 I want to make solid plans and grow into a wealthy photographer that gets to make the art and do the conceptual photography she loves to do, while being able to travel, have a family and run my own studio. At the same time I’d love to stay as happy as I am, with my friends, healthy lifestyle, love and family. I’m very aware of and grateful for what I already have. :)
Top 5 favourite instagram accounts
1 @eindevandewereld - It’s the only TV show I religiously watch, about Floortje Dessing visiting people who live in extraordinary ways - at the end of the world.
2 @musicatapirata - I absolutely love the Skip ‘n Die live shows and this woman’s energy and vibrations!
3 @thecovengirlgang - Because it’s a bad ass community, full of inspiring business babes.
4 @lenadunham - She’s my role model, period.
5 @thekidkimlongwood - A very inspiring model and friend with an Instagram feed that’s visually mega eye-pleasing.
What’s the best piece of advice you've been given?
It’s more of a quote than literally a piece of advice: “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.” - Jen Sincero (from the book: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life). It’s the best book I’ve read in 2017 and I’m going to read it again and again! It’s full of wise, logic and super inspiring information. I’m reading the follow up book that focuses on money at the moment, which is also wonderful. It made me realize a lot of people, including myself, have a weird relationship towards money. We hate it, think it’s the root of all evil, but at the same time we want to have it, and plenty of it too. It’s a very interesting read and it guides you into creating a healthy relationship with money.
What would you say to yourself 5 years ago?
To my 23 year old self I’d say: “Girl, a lot of cool stuff is about to happen, enjoy the ride!” ;)
Tell us one surprising fact about yourself
I’m actually pretty high sensitive and, until I run out of energy, I somehow manage to keep an eye on everything that’s happening around me. I can follow multiple conversations in the room and I notice the smallest details or changes in my environment. I’m also an introvert, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy social activities. I love them. They just take away a lot of my energy and afterwards I need to recharge. ;)