Johanna Nagawa: Up-And-Coming Photographer.

Hey guys
This post will be a little different than usual.
I’ve been posting mainly about food for the past few months
and I thought it was time for something else 😛
My name is BEAUT(EA)-food after all so here’s a little something about beauty.
Today, I will be writing about an up-and-coming photographer (who is
also my very good friend Johanna Nagawa).
These are a few pictures of the work that she has done so far.
Impressive right?
This first one is a self-portrait.
And here are some of her other projects.


Model: Bethany Houghton


Model: Stacey Fitzgerald


Model: Nigel Fitzgerald


Model: Millie Cheong


Model: Aurelie Millien
Sunday Morning
Model: Emilie Poisson


And then there’s me. This is my personal experience.
I have to say, I normally refuse to have my picture taken by
anybody else other than myself because I believe that I’m the only one
who can make me look good in a picture but she was
able to successively take awesome pictures!
Kudos to you Jo! 🙂


Johanna can make you look like a “model”.


But she also achieves to make you look good in your natural state.
Please visit her Facebook page AER for more pictures (and better quality)

Here’s a little Q&A with Johanna:

1. What got you interested in photography?
Tumblr* got me interested in photography. I started a Tumblr a few years ago (Thanks to my best friends) and was reblogging lots of pictures which, to me, expressed a specific message. Then, I don’t know at what point exactly, I started posting pictures of people only. I guess after a while I realised that someday I would want to try portrait photography.

Then Instagram** happened. Let’s say this was the beginning of my hobby. I started instagram-ming lots of landscape shots and was, from time to time, recognised for my “work” as “photo of the day” or “photographer of the month”. I really love taking pictures with my iPhone.
My boyfriend, Eric Lee, also played an important role in me moving from landscape to portraits. He is also a photographer, a much more experienced and talented one. When we started dating, he encouraged me with my Instagram obsession, changing my perspective of looking at things. He also gave me tips on how to improve. One day, he asked me to assist him on a shoot. During the shoot, he gave me the opportunity to share my ideas, and I felt like we were working as equals and not as photographer with his rookie assistant. After that shoot, he encouraged me to start planning my first shoot and a few months later, AER was created, and EZRA was posted.
*Tumblr, stylized in its logo as tumblr., is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.
**Instagram is an online photo-sharingvideo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digitalfilters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as FacebookTwitterTumblr and Flickr.
2. What’s the inspiration behind your name AER?
AER means atmosphere in Latin. I thought that “Johanna Photography” was not original enough and quite common for a fan page name, so instead I came up with AER.

Sometimes it’s the atmosphere that plays a big role in a picture.  I want to be able to create a good atmosphere so that my subjects feel more at ease. They will then be more comfortable to achieve what I want for the shoot. I want to be the reason my subjects feel comfortable.  I don’t know if it makes sense to you, I always have trouble explaining this. (LOL)
I just wanted a name that fits my personality. A short name that can be remembered.
3. It started out as a hobby and you’re obviously very good at it,
would you like to turn it into a possible career path?
I’m quite open to this idea to be honest. I’ve been studying Accountancy for the past two years (at a professional level) and even if according to my parents and lecturers, I have a promising future in it, I feel more drawn to photography than anything else. I love being behind the camera and doing it on a professional level would be a dream come true.  

I guess it may just be a matter of time.
4. Are you open to getting requests from people?
Yes, I’d love to work on new projects. People can always message me via my Facebook page.
5. How about collaborating?

It’s something that I’ve been thinking about quite a lot since the beginning of the year.  I’d love to collaborate with another photographer and maybe a makeup artist on a big personal project.

 I really want to have new experiences which are completely different from what I have already done. Experiences make you better, and I want to be better.
So if any photographer, makeup artist or fashion designer would like to collaborate, please feel free to contact me via my Facebook.

Thanks Jo, it was a real pleasure! 🙂

Hope you guys enjoyed this post because there will be more to come
so keep out an eye for them.

Wishing you a lovely week.