I grew up in a tiny village surrounded by the Alps, in a small country called Slovenia. Spending most my time barefoot, chasing chickens seemed to be my daily life. At the age of 4 I knew I wanted to be a painter, these days I just do via a different medium - the camera.
I am homesick for all the places I’ve visited, although I believe home is a feeling and not a place. I get overly excited when I get a proper letter in my mail box - I feel we should all do this more often. I have a great fear of loss, of any kind, especially people. I am that person who says 'Hi' to dogs and when I close my eyes I usually imagine I am on a roof top with a beer in my hand surrounded with people I love.
I am still a sucker for the great outdoors, adventure, getting dirty and sleeping under the stars, but at the moment the crazy, busy and loud Berlin is my home and I love it.
My name is Gaja (/ɡˈa͡ɪə/ just in case you got confused) and if I was Wendy, I would never leave Neverland nor Peter.
But what you should really know.
I am a big lover of people. I believe in connection and deep relationships and nothing brings me more happiness than exactly that. I am one of those people who would rather have a few great friends then hundred’s of acquaintances.
I believe real love (or friendship) is knowing how to react to someone's sadness. When long embraces slow down the world around you and you want to share your darkest corners with those people as much as your dreams. That kind of love when someone touches you without even touching you. When you can share a comfortable silence and at the same time feel closer than ever. Being with someone who feels like home, to laugh with them but still take them seriously. For me it's about choosing someone you don't want to stop making memories with. You know what I mean, I think it really does matter who you share and experience life with.
We assume memories will last, but we forget they do fade. My father once said “I wish I had more pictures from when I was young”. I understood his words better than he realised. I would do anything to have more pictures with my grandmother, who is no longer with us. It makes me angry that it has been years since I took a picture with my brother. Trust me, I really do understand how important photographs are. They are magical, they are tangible. Real. Truthful and reminiscent of a love that perhaps was once lost. I learned even a single picture can make you relive how beautifully that summer day was. Sometimes you can even hear the laughter that filled a room or remember how good that cake tasted. They remind us of how we felt and that's the beauty of it.
Over and over again I am overwhelmed when couples choose me to shoot their memories, that I am trusted to document their most important day, snap the energy and the mood of the day, so they can revisit those emotions. Nothing is more important to me to than catching those moments and capturing them safe!
Perhaps you could let me into your life for just long enough to capture yours?
Let's be friends and create something magical together
I can not wait to hear from you !