I met Yasmin earlier this year at the Blognix Retreat. She is an incredibly friendly and focused young woman, who is also a very talented photographer.
Yasmin is very hard-working; she has even put plans to build her own photography studio into action. I have no doubt that she will achieve this dream.
Yasmin, tell us how you first got into photography.
I first got into photography because of my blog. I started my first blog Yazzy’s Corner in 2013 as a hobby. At the time I had a full-time job that I wasn’t happy with at all, it was making me depressed and the long hours were making me ill. Blogging for me became the creative outlet that I needed and I’m glad I started it. During this time I started to become more and more interested in photography. I wanted to make my blog look more visually appealing to my readers and of course, to me! When I left my job in 2014, I then decided to go back to university to study photography as a degree and during this time I also started my photography blog, Yasmin Qureshi Photography, which I’m now planning on developing a lot more.
What is your vision for your career?
I’m going to be working as a freelance photographer and blogger. I’ve already started my business with the help of SPEED at university, but as I’ve had such a big set back so early on with the build of my own studio (something I’m still not over!) I’m glad I’ve still got a year left of university because it means I’ve got time to perfect my brand which I’m happy about. When I go back to university in October I’m planning on making my blog my FMP and I’ll be getting in contact with various creatives and small business owners for shoots which will be posted along with their interview on my blog. I’m really excited to see where this leads!
Tell us one positive thing you’ve gained from the blogging community.
I would say making lifelong friends! Thanks to blogging I’ve met some great people and gained the confidence to attend events, sometimes alone – something I would never have normally done. I’ve made one friend in particular, Sophie, who I’ve become very close with over the past few years.
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
By creating a routine for yourself that works and reminding yourself what’s important. I know that if I stay in bed til 12pm (which I love to do, by the way!) I’ll barely be able to get any work done which will set me back yet another day. On the other hand, if I wake up early enough to start working on my to-do list at 9am, I’ll know my day will be a lot more productive. As a self-employed person, a wasted day means a wasted income. As much as I love to spend the morning in bed, I know that I have to prioritise my business and put the hard work in now, especially if I want to continue to pursue the dream that’s only just started.