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Hi! thanks for stopping by at my Passle blog, my 'scrapbook' for photography inspiration and stories. I’m Gaya. Capturing beauty through the frame of a lens is my thing – it may sound corny but I grew up with a camera in my hand. My Polish roots meant in the early days it was an old manual Russian SLR, which I literally took everywhere (much to my mum’s dismay). The more I photographed the more I realised that what lit up my lens was capturing personalities and emotions through portraiture. I promise I have upgraded my equipment and while things in my life have certainly shifted – I now live in leafy Oxford with a tech geek – what has not changed is that I always have a camera in my hand. And I still see things through frames. I am fun, creative but professional. And so is my photography. Capturing memories and life’s little intricacies is what I am about. In my second life I am a professional web and print designer, where every day I play with colour, composition and form, which has only strengthened my photographic technique. What is so important to me is getting people to feel comfortable, so in many ways I see my clients as friends. Drawing out personalities through creative and inspiring images is where I get my satisfaction – finding their perfect angle, capturing significant details and real moments in real-time is what I strive for. I have a relaxed, modern style through which I give a refreshing edge to classic shots and those unexpected highlights. Reportage or photojournalism call it what you will – what I do is create a story of your big moment or special day always with a smile that makes its way on to the frame. For my portfolio and more info please go to http://www.photographybygaya.com.

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Old story, new perspective

This year’s World Press Photo winner was a surprise to many – it is unlike from the usual, often dramatic, news-driven shot. Instead, it...

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Northern Lights in the UK

Nothern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, gave a rare display of spectacular red and green lights as far south as Gloucestershire,...

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Studio-made blizzard shoot

An inspiring work by Joey L, a few lights, snow and haze machine, et voila!... On the to do list.

I wanted to create a dramatic portrait series of “arctic explorers” which appeared to be taken outside in a blizzard.

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PiedSurLaBarre

PiedSurLaBarre by Karo Cottier, featured on 500px.com. I love everything about this photo: subject, light, strong shadows, composition,...

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Flooding in Britain in pictures

Despite the general misery caused by the floods some managed to see the beauty in it...

Weeks of extraordinary wet weather has lead to disastrous flooding in Britain. The area has seen the most rain in almost 250 years. Homes...…

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I. Need. Coffee.

This made me smile... :-)

'Don't sleep!!!' by Ilya Smirnov, on 500px.com.

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Tesla Tower by Michael Shainblum

Great shot. Sometime patience and perseverance pays off. I wish I was more patient to achieve shots like this! ...

I stood out in the rain for 4 hours trying to get some kind of lightning strike around Downtown Dubai, I had no idea I would actually...…

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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 - in pictures

Well done Kamil, now waiting for more medals. Go Poles!

Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual - Kamil Stoch - Poland – Gold Medallist

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