Scottish based, Zaria Sleith, has always had a love photography. On her return to the Scotland from New Zealand, she decided to pursue her dream of being a photographer.
As a little girl, I always loved cameras. On a Saturday, you could always find me in my local “Klick” shop waiting for photos to be developed. As I grew older, the camera’s I used changed from disposable film to digital.
Over the years, I had never thought about making a career of my photography, as it was only ever a hobby. In the early stages I was self taught. It was mainly a combination of information that had been learnt from books, online and trial and error.
In 2011, I was asked to photograph a friends 21st. After that night I realised this is something I thoroughly enjoyed and could make a career from. Initially I was too scared to make the jump from a secure full-time job to being self-employed.
In 2012 I completed a photography course through the Open University which gave me the desire to learn more. In early 2014, I decided to make that jump. I gave up working in a call centre to study photography full-time. I completed my HNC in 2015 and HND in 2016, both years receiving an A Pass at New College Lanarkshire.
Currently, I am attending my third year B.A in Photography at Napier University, Edinburgh. I have set this as a personal goal to achieve a degree in life, even if it killed me. This has also helped with the development of skills within fashion, documentary and Film Photography.
Now, I run a successful photography business in Carfin, Motherwell. However I am happy to cover all over Scotland. My area of specialties is in wedding photography within Lanarkshire and Scotland. However, I can also photograph a number of other areas of photography. These include:-
When I’m not busy working I enjoy to spend time with our Golden-doolde pup, Jayjay. Other hobbies also include my new love of gardening and my forever love, travelling.
It has been the best decision to give up working full-time to follow my passion. I am so lucky that I can wake up each day and do what I love and it never feels like a days work.
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