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Exposure: Mona Taklani

After moving to Australia from her native Sweden, Mona Taklani decided to pursue her passion for fashion by merging her skills in photography and graphic design.

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Mona Taklani

(Credit: Mona Taklani)

Photographer: Mona Taklani

Speciality: fashion, portraiture, graphic design

Biography: Mona is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, and decided to pursue photography after working in sales and networking in her home country. After moving to Australia, she enrolled in a photography course at CATC Design School in Sydney to follow her passion.

Mona recently graduated from that course, and is now working on her portfolio of distinctive fashion images, with an emphasis on design elements in her photography. She is now training as a graphic designer, so she can further the fusion of these elements in her work. One day she hopes to take photos for a prestige fashion magazine, such as Vogue.

Equipment: Nikon D300s, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.8, Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Video interview

More of Mona's work can be seen on her Facebook page.

A photo taken for my major portfolio at CATC Design School.

Exposure: 1/200, f/14, ISO 200, 86mm

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A portrait shoot also for my major portfolio at CATC Design School.

Exposure: 1/160, f/13, ISO 200, 120mm

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Sarah Bishop

A photo taken for my major portfolio at CATC Design.

Exposure: 1/160, f/13, ISO 200, 100mm

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Graphic

This photo was taken at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia during Kahlo's runway show. The graphic element was designed by me.

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Exposure: 1/60, f/2.5, ISO 100, 30mm

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Exposure: 1/160, f/13, ISO 200, 130mm

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Here I have combined a skate picture with the Sydney skyline. I designed them together in Photoshop with different newspapers from various countries to show the multicultural side of Sydney.

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Honouring the dead

Exposure: 1/640, f/1.4, ISO 100, 30mm

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I was walking around in Darling Harbour when I turned around to the stairs and saw this amazing line of shadows and thought, "that can't go wrong".

Exposure: 1/200, f/10, ISO 400, 30mm

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Darling Harbour, summer 2012

I wanted to capture the scale and roughness of this piece of art.

Exposure: 1/200, f/1.8, ISO 400, 50mm

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I have always been fascinated by heights and shadows, and, when I saw this, I just wanted to see it through my lens. And this is it!

Exposure: 1/200, f/8, ISO 400, 50mm

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One of my favourite waterfalls that I escape to when I am up in Cairns. I wanted to capture the spectacular light and the smoothness of the water that day.

Exposure: 1/8, f/3.2, ISO 160, 50mm

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Tamara

This is one of my favourite portraits that I also used in my final portfolio at CATC Design School.

Exposure: 1/125, f/6.3, ISO 100, 100mm

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Tamara and Kamil

I have always wanted to have many models in my shots so I can practice lighting and directing them. For my next shoot, I would like to have at least seven or eight in the same frame.

Exposure: 1/125, f/6.3, ISO 100, 89mm

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Tamara and Kamil

I have always wanted to have many models in my shots so I can practice lighting and directing them. For my next shoot, I would like to have at least seven or eight in the same frame.

Exposure: 1/125, f/6.3, ISO 100, 38mm

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