Hello and thank you for stopping by!
What do I want from my About page? I want you to get a feel of who I am.
Just like my pictures, I want this page to be fun, vibrant, interesting and personal.
So I asked my clients and friends to ask me anything they want to know about me - photography related or not. I hope my answers will help you to "meet" me, before we actually meet.
What drew you to photography?
I started my photography journey when our daughter was 9 months old (she is 7 now) and, just like many other "moms with the camera", I wanted to have some cute pictures of her as she was growing and changing so fast.
What makes you continue doing your job every day?
The more I work, I take fewer posed portraits and more “moments” instead. These moments make me continue doing my job every day, because these are unique, interesting and never the same. I am curious and excited to see what moments the next session will bring.
Another thing which is extremely important for me is the deep appreciation of my work by my clients. Knowing that what I do is important and will be cherished forever is definitely a very strong motivator!
Which part of the process is your favorite? Least favorite?
My favorite is definitely shooting! For me this is not just clicking the shutter. It's really getting to know my subjects by talking to them, observing them and asking questions. I am very involved during the shoot. My least favorite part is going through thousands of images after the shoot to select the very best ones.
Why is photography your passion?
Because I have a bad memory. No seriously, I do. If I don't take a picture, I will definitely forget the moment no matter how hard I try to remember. There are many moments that I just want to be able to go back to. To let my clients experience the same - I keep clicking my shutter.
I know you are originally from Russia. Why New York?
I fell in love with this city right away. I remember being here during my first visit and every time my train went over the Brooklyn Bridge I had tears in my eyes. That's how full my heart was. I guess it's the fact that it's so diverse and has so many people that, on one hand, you are just the part of the crowd, but on other you feel included right the way. At least that's how I felt.
What's your favorite pastime, other than photography?
I am obsessed with children's books and my favorite pastime is going to the local library and digging out some literary gems for my daughter.
What's your favorite meal to make or eat?
I love food! I have many favorites and I am so lucky that my husband is an incredible cook. I love sushi, I love fish, I love chicken, meat, potato and then chocolate cake for dessert. Something like this.
What did you want to be when you were little?
A math teacher. I think one of the reasons was that I always had great math teachers at school whom I could really connect to.
What's your favorite memory as a child?
When I was a child we used to have a garden by the lake and my favorite memories are of me playing there. We had a big cherry tree and I used to play under it often, pretending that it was my house. I invited imaginary guests, cooked for them and we had a tea party.
What are your favorite activities to share with your family?
We love going to the beach together or any other activity which involves connecting with nature. We love cooking and having guests over. We also have movie nights frequently at our house.
What would your superpower be?
When I was a child I imagined myself turning into a fly so I could go into my friends' houses and see what they were doing. And I am not even joking!
Your favorite book when you were a child?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Fantasy dinner party guests?
My mom, who passed away when I was 17. And my grandparents (my mom's parents). I barely remember my grandma as she passed away when I was little and my grandpa passed away before I was born. So these would be my fantasy dinner party guests.
Want to know more? I am doing a personal project this year 365-2017, where I am taking pictures of my daughter daily. If you would like to check it, I would suggest starting with Week 1, so you'll know my Why behind it.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you - I AM THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER! For someone who matters the most.