Meet Ver Sepasi, an incredible local photographer and travel blogger. When she’s not photographing models around Montreal, she’s traveling the world and sharing her beautiful captures with us through Instagram. Read more in our interview below, and check out her work here!
How did you get into photography?
- It was always a hobby. I graduated with a Spanish major and I knew that I didn’t want to do anything related to that. I took a year off and tried different things, like event wedding planning, which I found out wasn't for me either. I already had a camera so I decided to start working part-time for The Main and Montreal.com. I did fashion for The Main and more city and lifestyle for Montreall.com. Those experiences made me realize how much I love photography. I started to want to be able to do my own creative shoots, and it just took off from there. I was getting great feedback and 7 hours of shooting didn’t feel like work at all!
Do you have any advice for budding photographers?
- Do your research and don’t be cheap with a camera. I didn’t go to school for it- I learned everything from Youtube and trial and error. It’s a lot easier these days to start out in the creative world than it was before. I think it's also a lot more respected now.
How do you stay motivated?
- Surrounding yourself with like-minded people, people you respect and people that you think are better than you will always keep you motivated. I always find that when I hang out with new people, like those that I meet off Instagram, I get a whole new wave of inspiration- it’s so awesome. I love Instagram for that reason, there’s an endless amount of inspiration and motivation.
Would you ever want to be in front of the camera?
- I don’t think so, no. I’m not a model and I don’t like showing my face. All my photos are far away or my face is turned. I used to take selfies but it isn’t my thing anymore and it isn’t what I want my brand to be about either. People aren’t focusing on my looks, good or bad. They’re focusing on the photography, the location, what I’m wearing or what my caption is.
Does social media ever feel draining?
All the time. Of course you have your good days and your bad days, but if you don’t manage your time properly it can be really draining. I sometimes still have a love/hate relationship with it because it’s the first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do when I go to bed. If I’m not on my computer, I’m probably on Instagram, rearranging photos or figuring out what I’m going to post next. It can take away from living in the moment, but I think as long as you’re aware of it then that’s already a good first step.
Ver is wearing the Zayneb Star Earrings
"Surrounding yourself with like-minded people, people you respect and people that you think are better than you will always keep you motivated."
Where was the first place you travelled alone?
South Africa. I was completely alone for 5 weeks and I spent 3 and a half weeks volunteering with cheetahs, leopards, lions and other wild animals. I didn’t know anybody! It was really tough the first day because I get really homesick. Then, it flew by and I could’ve spent another 2 months there. I think about that trip almost every day. I would love to go back but I would also love to go do something with elephants in Thailand or jaguars in Central America.
Where are you going next?
- New Hampshire! I’ve never been before but I’ve heard it’s really beautiful. After that I’m going to Paris for my cousin’s wedding, and then Germany and then China. I’ve never been to China before so I’m really excited!
Where’s your dream destination?
- My dad is from Iran so I’ve always wanted to visit, and ever since I was ten I’ve wanted to visit India.
Favorite spots around Montreal?
- My favorite cafe is Cafe Aunja. I love making my own tea there and it just feels so cozy. I also love Cafe Parvis!
Do you have a morning ritual?
- I always wake up really early, like 6 or 7, since I work best in the morning. I watch an episode of The Office, Fresh Prince or The Mindy Project with my breakfast. I usually make an afternoon tea if I’m working from home that day, so I’m basically a grandmother.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- I’ve always thought about starting my own jewelry or clothing line. I would also love to be traveling for work full-time.
Would you ever go to a 9-5 office job?
- Are you kidding me? Never! I just went through Dawson College and Concordia University to get a degree, so I majored in languages because I was good at them and they came easily to me. Besides that, I wasn't motivated at school. I’m more creative in that sense- I need to be thrown into life and I’ll succeed that way.
In the beginning, was it a struggle to get people to take you seriously?
- I think it was more of a struggle to take myself seriously at first. I didn’t really know where I was going with this. Since I didn’t have a set career path, I was always concerned about what other people thought of me. I think people started taking me seriously because I showed that I was confident in my trade, even though I didn’t always feel like it. Fake it till you make it!
What kind of camera do you use?
- I have a 6D with 2 lenses, a 50mm 1.4 Sigma, which I use for my portraits, it’s such an amazing lens, and then I have a canon 24-105mm, which I always use when I travel since it can zoom.
What do you never leave the house without?
- Lip balm. Easiest answer.
Are you a silver or a gold person?
Favourite Min&Mia piece?