Photographer Spotlight: Saša Huzjak

Photographer Spotlight: Saša Huzjak

Photo: © Saša Huzjak

There’s nothing we love more than celebrating a photographer’s success. We believe it’s only fitting that every image sale is met with resounding cheer, even when there are too many to count! ImageBrief is founded in community, and we work everyday to make sure it’s benefitting each and every photographer that joins the platform.

In the spirit of celebration, we’re giving you a little window into the lens of selected photographers to provide more transparency from the What’s Selling collection.

Luckily, our first choice was an easy one: Saša Huzjak, a Founding Premium member who recently sold not one, but two images in a single sale. Read the full interview below:

1. Give us a little background – how did you start your photography career?

I was always attracted to photography and movies, even in my early childhood. My late father bought me my first camera when I was still in elementary school, and I often took snaps of our high school weekend parties with of my friends – the urge to document events was strong in me even then. Later, I jumped to SLR with my father’s old Praktica (an east German camera, very popular in socialistic Yugoslavia where I grew up) and after a few years of completely abandoning photography and studying computer science it all came back to me with the rise of digital cameras.

I was also a big music fan, and since I didn’t play any instruments, I found myself enjoying the music more and more by taking photos of bands at concerts and festivals. A few years later, I upgraded my equipment quite a bit (concert photography demands fast lenses and capable camera bodies) and took it more seriously. Besides that, my wife and I traveled quite a bit and my camera was always with me on those trips, so I also have a big archive of travel photos – ImageBrief was just the thing I was waiting for to kick me in the ass to start finally working on my archive. Still more photos to come, mind you!

2. Describe the location/situation for each of these photos.

Both of these photos were taken at summer music festivals, one in Slovakia (“Woman with green lasers”) and the other in Croatia (“The audience with their screen”). The first one is a typical example of keeping an eye on all band members and not just the frontman. When I saw the silhouette of a keyboard player with those brilliant lasers in the background, I knew that it would make an interesting shot.

The other photo is an interesting one in another sense. The usual rule for accredited photographers to shoot music concerts and festivals is “first three songs, no flash.” That means that we’re allowed to shoot only the very beginning of the show from bellow the stage (“photo pit”) and then we have to leave. For this particular band, we were not allowed even that, so I found a slightly elevated spot before they came on stage and shot the frames I had to make for the publication I was working for, plus some photos of the whole atmosphere (like this one). Ironically, if we would have been allowed to shoot the band from the usual place, I wouldn’t have gotten this image.

Photographer Spotlight: Saša Huzjak

Photo: © Saša Huzjak

3. What inspired these shots?

Both of those shots were taken on assignment, but they are not the usual and typical shots that the editors of magazines would go to – usually, it’s the frontman, interaction with the audience, and so on. Nevertheless, this just goes to show that you don’t want just the typical shots that every other photographer is capturing from that event, too.

4. Was there an ‘aha’ moment when you knew you had gotten ‘the shot’?

I had some strong ‘aha’ moments with some other images in my career, but with these two it was not that strong. “The audience” shot had a ‘happy’ moment because I got some cool shots even without access to the photo pit while the “Green lasers” shot had a very different moment. It was more of a, ‘Shit I hope those lasers didn’t mess with my sensor’ kind of moment!

5. How do you continue to take advantage of the ImageBrief platform? Any advice for newcomers?

I can’t praise ImageBrief enough, I really can’t. I don’t know of any other platform that does so much for photographers in the sense of fair prices (if you’ve ever tried selling your photos through some other agencies and got few dollars for the photo, you’ll know what I’m talking about), education of clients and photographers, constant improvements of your website and overall service (Marketplace, Reverse Image Search and the ImageRights partnership are just few that come to my mind) and amazing and always helpful team. Of course, I wish I had sold more photos already, but I know it’s a process that takes time, and ImageBrief is really helping me in that. Plus, like I already mentioned, it’s a great kick in my butt to sort out my big photo archive!

I would advise the newcomers to use the service as much as they can and apply to briefs when they have an image that could win the brief, or go and take one. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t win any briefs in the first few months. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your photos are no good – they just don’t fit to what the client had in mind. But then, after the first or second sale comes in, enjoy it!

We hope you enjoyed reading Saša’s recount of his most recent sale. Ready to throw your name in the hat? Sign up today and start submitting to briefs. Don’t forget to check out BrandBrief, our sister site for social media campaigns and branded social content shared by influential creators.

Emma Banks is ImageBrief’s Photo & Content Editor. Previously she was a full-time freelance writer and photographer working in New York City and Austin, Texas. Her only qualm with Brooklyn is the serious lack of good TexMex. Follow her on Instagram, @emmacbanks.


About Emma Banks

Emma Banks is ImageBrief's Photo & Content Editor. Previously she was a full-time freelance writer and photographer working in New York City and Austin, Texas. Her only qualm with Brooklyn is the serious lack of good TexMex. Follow her on Instagram, @emmacbanks.