I am so excited to for you to meet the colourful and passionate Creative; Tauhirah Raffie.
Its such a honour to have Tauhirah on our blog today, who I had the privilege of recently working with, as one of the most inspiring and creative photographers of the moment. Tauhirah is a Fashion and creative photographer who is known for her ability to creatively push the limit. Working with her was so refreshing as she shared with me her on ‘what it means to be a creative in todays society’ and how everyday is an opportunity to share her passion with the world. She is a captivator of light and Her work is definitely one to watch. I had the privilege of chatting with her and asking her some questions – you’re in for a treat!
So tell us, who are you and what do you do?
“I am a capturer of light! Also known as a photographer. When I was studying, I learned that photography is defined as creating imagery by capturing light and I think that’s always stuck with me in a more literal sense than intended. To be honest, photography is kind of new to me. I grew up thinking I wasn’t a creative because I never fit the criteria of being an art student and I did really well at school so I never really questioned it. When I was in matric I couldn’t quite decide what I wanted to do and my dad suggested I study photography for a year as a “gap year”, he obviously saw something that I didn’t! Anyway, by the time that year was over I decided that this is what I want to do! So it’s been about 5 years and it’s been difficult but totally worth it!
What is your inspiration behind your work?
I think there’s a few things actually. I want to show people what I see. We live in such a fast-paced world and people often forget to just stop and enjoy the little visuals. I do it too but most days I see things that make me feel good and I feel like I need to share it with everyone else. I often find myself making little mental notes of places and the way the light interacts with them. I draw a lot of inspiration from the way things make me feel or how I’m feeling at the time and I think that’s why my style is so inconsistent, the only real consistency being my obsession with light, which is probably my biggest inspiration! I’m always looking for the light, whether it’s natural or artificial, photography is nothing without light.
What problem are you trying to solve in your particular market?
I think it’s a problem that most people in creative fields face. People don’t want to pay! I’ve found that a lot of people love the idea of hiring a professional photographer until they find out how much it costs. It’s crazy that people are still so quick to ask for discounts etc. for a service. They’d never go to Cotton On and ask them to drop their prices and I think people forget that photographers need to make a living too. Don’t get me wrong, I love collabs and if I can help you price wise I will but photographers have bills too! There isn’t really much one can do to fix this except educate people on it. Just remember, you usually get what you pay for!
How can we connect and interact with your work?
“Follow me on Instagram and like my Facebook page to see what I’m up to and if you’re keen to collab or need a photographer just message me! I’m super chilled and generally respond quite quickly.” Thank you for sharing with us Tauhirah. We are so excited to see more of you in the future. X BROOKLYN HUNTER
photographer: Tauhirah Raffie
Make-up: NYX cosmetics
Stylist: Brooklyn Hunter