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I have always felt the desire of becoming a photographer was in me since I was young, but after getting my master degree in Finance & Banking, I started to work as a bank specialist, and it lasted seven years.
How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I have always felt the desire of becoming a photographer was in me since I was young, but after getting my master degree in Finance & Banking, I started to work as a bank specialist, and it lasted seven years. Although it was a good job, I was never satisfied with my career choice and have realised that it was not for me, but unfortunately, I couldn’t quit. I was afraid of starting all over and learn from scratch in a new creative profession such as Photography. During that period of my life, I was also going through a painful divorce with my husband (now ex-husband). The divorce caused me a lot of stress and depression. Only now I understand that it served an impetus to change my life. It was a sign to change myself and follow my calling. I went ahead and bought my first Camera Canon 5D Mark II and my first portrait lens 85 mm. I began to shoot everything, I learned how to shoot from watching videos on YouTube, and I also learned how to retouch photos. Yes, I love retouching my photos very much. It was a complete self-education, but recently I had an opportunity to graduate from Russian Photo collage (www.photocollege.org @photocollege) in Saint-Petersburg. Massive THANKS to my teacher Alexander Croft, who is a very talented fashion photographer and an amazing teacher in Russia.
How did your education prepare you for the future?
It was a complete self-education, but recently I had an opportunity to graduate from Russian Photo collage (www.photocollege.org @photocollege) in Saint-Petersburg. Massive THANKS to my teacher Alexander Croft, who is a very talented fashion photographer and an amazing teacher in Russia.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
I don’t have a hero, but I’ve been inspired by creations of famous fashion photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Festino and of course my two baby girls Kseniya and Michelle, they are the biggest inspiration in my life for me. Their smiles and kid energy make me cheerful and strong every day.
Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?
I believe I'm successful and I enjoy what I do, but I haven’t reached my goals yet. I am self-critical, and I want to get better and better. My dream and goal are to be published in Fashion Magazines. I'm a beginner in fashion photography and only have two years of experience. But I know I will reach my goal.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
I would change nothing; I wholeheartedly believe that I" m on the right path now and I take one step at the time.
What advice would you give someone who is young and wants to have a position such as yours one day?
- Don't be lazy! Don't be scared to do something against the norm, break the rules, educate yourself, be dynamic and always be prepared. As Stephen Covey said, in his book "The seven habits of highly effective people:” Be proactive and be willing to learn constantly.”
How do you stay inspired?
Pre-production and planning of the fashion photo-shoot always inspire me. I enjoy working with passionate, talented and creative people who work hard and know their job who are professional models from agencies, hair and makeup team, designers and stylists. When everyone gets along and understands each other during the shoot, it gives me great pleasure and keeps me very inspired as well.
What photography related things do you recommend?
Being a photographer is not just point and shoot a photo, it requires management skills and vision. The best photographers know how to manage a team efficiently during a photo-shoot and bring the best talents out of each team member.
How can people reach you for a job? And how would they know your rate?
I have a strong social media presence and easily accessible on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, VK (Russian social network)
What's your favourite camera?
Canon 5 D Mark II
Tell us something very interesting while working with a model.
There was a really interesting situation when one of the designers forgot to bring a ribbon (lace) from a corset. What to do?! We had to come up with something, but what?! Thankfully, one of the models was wearing sneakers with a white shoelace, so we end up using her shoelace to hold the corset. Thanks again to that model!
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