Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli

Aug 25, 2018

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Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli

Aug 25, 2018

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JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.

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Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli

Next in our ongoing Photographer Spotlight series it’s Jessica Tabarelli.

Jessica is an alpine adventure photographer and rock climber based in Trentino, Italy.

Jessica is a relatively new photographer with obvious talent – creating stunning images while working with modest gear that is accessible to anyone.

Jessica’s Instagram feed is fascinating, because if you scroll through, you can see her progression as a photographer.

In her interview, Jessica is pretty modest regarding her work (I particularly love her answer to question #3). Right now she has no desire to turn pro, but part-time freelance would be an obvious progression for her – she clearly has a keen eye for the kinds of images that marketers are looking for.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli

Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli – Alpine Adventure Photographer

1. What is your specialty? What do you love to photograph?

I love to photograph landscapes in particular. I’m mainly attracted by Dolomites landscapes, probably because I’ve always lived surrounded by mountains, and they give me a sense of protection. Recently I’m trying to take pictures of travel reportage, more than anything else to have more spontaneous memories of my small trips.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
2. How long has it been since you first started taking photography seriously – what has that progression been like?

I bought my first SLR 4 years ago, but I started taking photography seriously only in this last year. I think I’ve finally found my own style, but every time I go out, I always learn something, so I’m still “growing”.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
3. Are there any particular images you’ve captured that stand out as being especially meaningful or satisfying to you?

This question is difficult, because I’m very critical of myself, and I haven’t taken this type of picture yet.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
4. What challenges do you face capturing the shots you want to capture?

First of all, I’m not a morning person. For me, waking up early is very hard. Second, I’m a very lazy person, sometimes I prefer to laze on the sofa rather than take a hike.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
5. What motivates you to put in the effort to overcome those challenges?

When I see a beautiful sunrise/sunset in Dolomites I understand it’s worth it.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
6. What gear do you use? Why?

At the moment I’ve a poor gear (comparing it with those of other photographers): a Nikon D7200, Tokina 11-20mm, Nikkor 35mm and Nikkor 70-300mm.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
7. Is there a market for your work? How do you make money?

There isn’t a market for my work. Sometimes people that I know buy my photos to print them. I make my money working as environment and workplace prevention technician (nothing to do with photos).

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
8. How do you promote yourself and your work?

Mainly through Instagram.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
9. What are your goals for your photography career in the next year, 5 years, long term?

I don’t want to become a professional photographer. I think photography is my passion, if it become my job, I fear it would lose its attraction to me. I hope I could improve my photographic skills and I would like to create my own photography blog: I am very sensitive to the health of our planet, I would like to write articles to sensitize people.

Exploring the Dolomites: Photographer Spotlight Q&A With Jessica Tabarelli
10. Do you have any tips or advice for photographers who love your work and would like to photograph something similar?
Exit your comfort zone. It’s the only way to enjoy anything in this life.

FIND OUT MORE

To find out more about Jessica Tabarelli and to see more of her work, you can follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

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JP Danko

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JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.

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