BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Adriana Kopinja, Portrait Photographer, Aesthetician

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Adriana Kopinja, Portrait Photographer, Aesthetician

What is your name and occupation?

Adriana Kopinja, Portrait Photographer, Aesthetician

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

1 year.

What is your instagram handle?

@adrianakopinjaphotography

What is your Linked in URL?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriana-kopinja/

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I am from Poland, But living in Newton, Ma for 18 years. Run away from a bad relationship and met the love of my live in Boston.

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

I am attracted to beauty in all shapes and form. Got interested in Skin care 25 years ago, and have been absolutely loving making people feel and look better, but my through my portrait photography business I am able to not only see inner and outer beauty, but also show it to those who need to see it.

What would your clients say about you and your company?

The recent review I got was form a woman who just went through a divorce and she said`` I didn't think I could look like the women from your portfolio, but after the makeover, as soon as I put on the first dress on, I felt like I am strong and beautiful again``

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough.

What is your favorite book?

Glass Castle, Bossypants, How to win friends and influence people

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

Multitasking like a Queen

What is your most recent WIN? How are you slaying in your career or business?

As a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) I compete on professional level with other amazing photographers from all over the world. Recently I received 5 GOLD awards and 3 silver in Massachusetts division. Also won another smaller competition with one of my maternity image. But truly the biggest win is when I see tears in my clients eyes and hear the words ``you are changing people's lives, you changed mine``.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Be brave, go for it! I was raised in a culture where we always heard ``kids and fish have no voice`` so finding my voice was was a challenge.As a kid, in my house I always had a voice, but the culture outside didn't allow it. We are talking about a communistic eastern European country in the 80s.

How do you enjoy your free time?

Have very little of free time. I have friends who are constantly telling me ``you are not lazy enough``-not sure what that means:). But if I do, I will go for my runs, and spend the time actively with my Family. As a creative minded person, I constantly look for inspirations for my portraits, so camera never leaves my site.

What is something that not many people know about you?

While in school my basketball team made it to the 6 place in the country. We were one of the shortest teams competing ( we were all average height) and we were the underdogs. Oh and also, that my father was a crime scene photographer and most of my childhood I spent in his darkroom. That's where I got the ``photography bug``, although my focus is on crating timeless images for my clients.

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