real life story of daniella hissah ec abu dhabi

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

My name is Daniella and I am a photographer specialized in weddings, family and children’s portraits. I have always wanted to be an artist and that dream took me across the world, first to study, then to work. I am immensely grateful for being able to do what I love.

Describe a typical day in your life.

My day starts pretty early around 5am when my children wake up. After school run and exercising, I focus on catching up with work. Being a photographer takes me to the most amazing places and every day is a new surprise. However, sometimes I do spend the most part of my day in front of my computer screen.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

Trying to make a living as a photographer in London. London has so many talented people that starting out can be a daunting task. I decided to follow the college path and went to study photography in order to pursue a photographic career, but regardless of where you start, nothing guarantees you a job afterwards. There were many occasions when I was tempted to give up, but eventually the doors started to open.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

I love the work of the French photographer JR. He is an inspiration for me as he combines photography and positive activism. He creates installations blowing up huge portraits of people that are relevant in a specific area. I admire him for being able to make such interactions with people and for offering something back to the community.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

I left my home in Brazil when I was 22 years old to pursue my dream of traveling the world and studying art. I arrived in England with £60 in my pocket and I worked as a nanny for 5 years in order to save money to go to college.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

Try to remember that “The only constant in life is change”. This mantra puts everything into perspective. It makes you want to hold onto the happy moments, but also is a reminder that the difficult times won’t last forever.

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).

LIGHT. I love that I’m constantly looking for the perfect light when I’m working. And I have learned to create the light I need in a situation where I can’t find it. It also applies to bringing lightness to the environment I am currently in. Whether is a stressful circumstance or a dark place, I hope I can shine some light in.