Meet Saranda Maliqi, a young and upcoming London based photographer. I had the privilege of meeting and working with this amazingly talented young lady on the shoot for my new SS14 Collection, and to say I loved every second of working with her would be an understatement.
Saranda is professional, unpretentious, patient, talented and so enthusiastic about her job. Her enthusiastic and flexible approach to her work is so infectious that it created a fun and relaxed atmosphere in her studio, which is based at her home in Barking. I simply HAD to blog about her even though I’ve never made a personal recommendation here before.
Saranda’s attention to detail is impeccable. She notices every single thing that needs tweaking, shifting, etc when you are shooting with her. I couldn’t help but notice this trait, and when I asked why she is so particular about even the tiniest details, Saranda’s reply was ‘I want my customers to be so satisfied with their photos that nothing can stop them from coming back to me for more; That is what puts a smile on my face. Customer satisfaction is everything to me.’
I sat down to have a chat with Saranda a week after my shoot and below is the interview?
YUMMISTYLE : Hey Saranda, it’s great to see you again. How are you doing?
SARANDA : I’m great, thank you. It’s so good to see you too.(Smiles)
YUMMISTYLE : You know why I’m here today so I will just go straight to the point. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
SARANDA : My name is Saranda Maliqi and I’m a 23 year old photographer living in London and chasing my dreams.
YUMMISTYLE : Can you explain what you mean by chasing your dreams? What are your dreams and are they any different from what you are doing now?
SARANDA : Well, my dreams are not any different from what I do now, which is photography, but I’m not where I want to be yet so I’m still working hard to get there. I love photography and anything associated with it. I have big dreams and I will not rest until I’m finally where I want to be.
YUMMISTYLE : And where do you want to be?
SARANDA : I am working towards making a name for myself and the service I provide as well as to establish myself as a great photographer where people have trust in my name. Opening and running my own studio is my long term goal. I hope to open something very soon in London but eventually expand to something even greater in my home country, Kosovo. It might sound too ambitious but I believe that nothing is impossible, you just have to go out and get it!
YUMMISTYLE: Way to go girl! You can do anything if you work hard for it. Tell me about a typical day in your studio with clients.
SARANDA : It depends on the kind of shoot I’m doing and what is involved. If I am shooting in the studio, I will make sure all my lighting and camera equipment is prepared, charged and functioning properly and then set up the studio the day before. I will then call the client to confirm the date and time and whether they need anything extra prepared on the set and also to remind my client to inform me if they are running late etc. On the day of the shoot, I like to make sure everything is fully prepared so that I can relax until my client arrives and then give the shoot my all!
YUMMISTYLE : So what separates you from the other photographers?
SARANDA : My work ethic. I always put my clients first and go the extra mile for my client
YUMMISTYLE : Absolutely! What would you like to tell people out there who don’t know about Saranda Photography?
SARANDA: That whatever their photographic needs are, coming to me would provide them with someone who is completely committed in client/ customer satisfaction and that as a business, I will always go that extra mile to ensure things go smoothly and that the shoot is a success and the client is happy with the results. I will not allow them to leave unhappy by my services. Also, as I am starting out, my prices are very reasonable. I do accept last minute shoots that require images to be edited and complete within a day at a small extra cost of £25. All in all, they should know that I do my best to make sure shooting with me is a comfortable and fun experience for anyone who puts faith in me as their photographer.
YUMMISTYLE : Thank you So much for your time Saranda and keep doing a fabulous job.
I spoke to the team I worked with to shoot the Look Book and this is what they had to say :
Princess Adwoa (Makeup artist) said, ‘Saranda is such a delight to work with. I loved how she was able to joke around with the team but kept it professional at the same time. Her attention to detail is second to none. Saranda will go far.’
Vanessa (Hair Stylist) had this to say : ‘Saranda is the business.’
Jasmine (Model) said: ‘She deserves all the success in the world.Such a lovely hard working girl.’
These are just a few people who have had the Saranda Photography experience… and I would recommend this Saranda’s services in a heartbeat. Get in there and experience it before the likes of Vogue and Elle snap her up because it’s only a matter of time!!
For more information about Saranda Photography,visit her facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saranda-Photography/122923784523715
WEBSITE : Sarandaphotography.com
INSTAGRAM : @Sarandography
TWITTER : @Sarandography