01/02/2015 02:29 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 10:59 EST

B.C. Photographer Of The Month: Karolina Turek (PHOTOS)

Self portrait by Karolina Turek

Karolina Turek started her photography career in front of the camera. But it didn't take long for her to realize that she would much rather be behind it.

"I appeared in a few men's magazines," she told The Huffington Post B.C. in an email.

"I never really considered myself a model since it was very short-lived, but my first time on set I couldn't stop asking the photographer about what he was doing, and a light went on. I realized I wanted his job."

I only know how to do me, so that's just what I'm going to do. - Lana Del Rey #karolinaturekphotography

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Since then, the Vancouver-based Turek has immersed herself in headshots and portraits, establishing herself as one of the leading photographers in that industry. She captures images of actors and other personalities, including some rather famous faces: Will.I.Am, Bif Naked, DJ Afrojack, and Jillian Harris, to name a few.

She has also gained a serious following on Instagram, where she posts an array of gorgeous snaps.

(And yes, that was her being tattooed by celebrity artist Kat Von D on "LA Ink.")

According to Turek, a great portrait is about "being able to capture the true essence of a person. It's not just a pretty picture. When you look at the image, you should be instantly engaged and curious: 'I want to know more.'"

See some of her work:

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