Featured Photographer: Ilona D. Veresk

"When you start to think you are successful - take a look around and you will find another goal."

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Ilona's works are to be marvelled at. She has accomplished so much in her short career as a photographer, and we wish her ever success in the coming years. We really hope to see more of you!

How did you get to where you are now in your career?

Tell us something interesting about you, something inspiring. Don't be shy. :)

I am a fashion & fine art photographer, focusing on advertising, beauty art direction, post-production, and retouching. I am 23 years old, living in Moscow. My debut personal exhibition "Victims" was presented in November 2015 and got a lot of reviews. My style contains fantasy, surrealistic elements, sometimes dark and mysterious. I'm shooting fashion and advertising for different brands, editorials for fashion magazines and promo-shoot for popular musicians and celebrities. "Fairytale fashion" is a word which I can fully describe my style.

Have you taken any photography courses?

The best teacher is your own experience.

What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?

I'm never creating a hero for myself. Every human which has a success in his/her activities is a hero, in some sense. If you have a volition, wish to be the only one, and wish to be the best - you can do anything. But if you give up - I'm sure, you are just not even tried.

Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?

When you start to think you are successful - take a look around and you will find another goal. So, I'm successful in which way, what I can do what I love and people help me to fulfill my dreams.

If you were to do it all over again, what would you change?

Everything goes on as usual. If I was not born in the town where I was born, I'd never become a person like I am now. I don't want to be another person, it would scare me.

Just never give up. If you really think what your way is a one way - take anything possible to show your soul to the world. You do not immediately receive recognition, but if you will find your own style - follow it to the end. The only reliable support in your life bridge - is yourself.

How do you stay inspired?

Inspiration is not a windy muse, it's a hard job. If I've been lazy for one day, I'll start to think that I've missed something really important. So it's a greater incentive for me. Also I've found a support in nature. In the dense morning fogs, in colorful meadows, in the murky swamps, in majestic mountains and bitter berries.

What photography-related tips do you recommend?

If you are only start to photograph, do not run to buy an expensive professional camera. It can fight off the desire to understand its settings. Try to find something more reliable to you, the device which you can take with you everywhere, like phone or compact camera. And later you will understand yourself, so it's a time to switch it to more serious equipment. The time, when your projects find its own auditory and clients. And remember, you first 3 years of photography are the worst.

What is your most memorable moment on the job?

They are just looking to my art projects and if they love it, they will hire me, but if whey think what your art projects are bad - it's not your client. Even if they will hire you, you will never get a good clients. They will always be unhappy. Try to find the people who are on one wave with you. Which understand and respect your ideas.

What is your favourite camera?

Most part of my portfolio was made with Canon 600d, but for serious projects I'm using Canon 6d or 5D MK III.

Booking information:

Website: http://ilonaveresk.com/

Website: https://www.behance.net/ilonaveresk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilonaveresk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ilonaveresk

Email: Info@ilonaveresk.com

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