My love for photography began when I was around 12 years old.
I used to spend hours in our garden taking pictures of flowers and sunsets. Everyone around me knew that when I grow up, I want to become a photographer.
Years later though, as I grew older, I started thinking less about my passion and focused on having a more "serious" career. I started my Bachelor's degree in Politics and Communications. Of course, it ended up in me dropping out, I mean, how could I not, when I was more excited about the pictures in the Books than the actual content. I was lost, unhappy, and further from my dreams than ever. I knew it was time to make a change, so I packed my bags and moved from Romania to Bodensee, in Germany.
New, friendless, and with no ability to make a proper sentence in German, I started photographing again and remembered how much I love it, so I started a 3 Year Photography apprenticeship. The twelve-year-old me couldn't be happier. It took a while, but I was back, following my dream.
Fast forward to today, I now own a Lifestyle & Branding Photography Business in Berlin. I support other women entrepreneurs and small business owners, who just like me, have a passion, grow their businesses, and make their dreams come true.
This is my story.
Or at least the short version. In between, I married an amazing supportive person, had a beautiful daughter, packed our bags again, moved from Bodensee to Berlin, and started Malaya Branding.
I guess my Story is just actually starting.