Woman in Progress: Agi Lebiedz, Hush Pictures
We have a bit of a thing for photographers and today we have the pleasure of interviewing Agi from Hush Pictures. She has an eye for highlighting the beautiful in the everyday and manages to capture those moments to be treasured forever. We are excited to talk to her about how she came to do what she loves and her advice for other women who, like her, are living a little differently to their original plans. Thank you Agi for sharing your story. Do take a look at her website, her photos are lovely!
My name is Agi and I am a family storytelling photographer based in London and a Mum to a 3-year-old daughter. I came to London 10 years ago after university with the plan to work, work, work for a half year and then, the next half year, travel around Europe and spend, spend, spend all the hard earned pounds. The second part of my plan never happened! I fell in love with London and stayed. There are two languages in our family, three nationalities and one love for this place.
In my photography approach, I want to capture the authentic, un-scripted moments. I am drawn to the imperfections and beauty of every day. I am a light and colour chaser. I want to tell the story, embracing ourselves and being us. Not looking at the camera smiling but looking at each other. My photographs have been published in a collection of publications and one of my photographs has just been published by VOGUE Italia.
What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?
Having a network of true friends - even though they can be far away, we are constantly connected.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
Believe in yourself. You can really move mountains if you have enough motivation.
If someone told me then that in 5 years I will be Mum, a business owner and a half marathon runner, I would have thought that this person had lost their marbles!
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Be kind to yourself. Don't try to please everyone, follow your heart and don't be too harsh on yourself!
What are you most proud of?
Being a Mum to such an amazing little girl.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?
'Great things never came from the comfort zones'
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?
Did you expect to be doing what you’re doing right now?
Never! Despite photography and arts have been my hobby, passion and life, like most family photographers, it is having my own daughter that
changed the way I see things - and I had to resign from my work after maternity leave too.
How did you end up doing what you’re doing?
It started fast from doing the photographs of my daughter, then friends babies, their friends and then my clients. However, the path was not easy and the beginning was so hard and exhausting. I was a nervous wreck before each photo shoot and I had no clue how to run a business. I remember at one point I had to face the question - maybe it is a time to think about plan B? There was no plan B. I just had to try harder.
What top tip would you pass on to other women in progress reading this?
Don't give up! We have this saying back home 'Success is built on the sum of failures (and the lessons taken out of them).'
Are you done yet? What’s next?
This is just the beginning! This year is buzzing from new perspectives, plans and ideas in and aside of my photography work. It is all at the stage of coming together since I am so passionate about motherhood - the mental side of the journey is very close to my heart. I am also involved in helping fellow Mums with their first steps in their own business careers and I really want to spread the message to each and every Mum, that you are not alone.
Agi's love for photography is shown so beautifully on her Instagram account and you can see what she's up to on her Facebook account here. Thank you again for your advice and for reminding us that even the mundane and every day can be really quite precious.