New Photo Series: Pastel

Today I wanted to share something different: a few images from my experimental series. The preliminary title is “Pastel”. When I used to paint and draw pastel was one of my favorite mediums because of its softness.

During my last holidays in France I started a new series inspired by pastel. These photos are created using long shutter speed. It was not meant to show the existing movement. Actually, the idea was quite the opposite this time: adding movement to still objects and scenes. I moved my camera, let it kind of dance, to achieve this vagueness and softness of lines, faded shapes and mixing colors.

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The night alley with dark blue sky (“Chorus”) had lately received an Honorable mention at the International Color Awards, and the Chinese vase was published in my online Vogue portfolio a few days ago. Hear are some more photos.

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Gent region children’s photography: Giulia

As promised, a blog feature about Giulia, the youngest sister in a wonderful Belgian family I had a privilege to photograph for several years.

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Last time I had Giulia before my lens she was a sweet half-year old baby. In three years she had grown into a funny little lady. Observing her made me notice some traits she shares with her elder sisters Emilia and Luisa, but Giulia definitely has a character of her own. Like her sisters and brother she is a delight to photograph. Although she was not my main subject on that day I could not possible ignore her. My multitasking pains were more than rewarded with a spectrum of soulful expressions: from joyful and funny to dreamy and thoughtful. Here are some of these moments.

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Matteo’s Photo Shoot: Gent region Children’s Photography

In my recent posts about a children photo shoot in Belgium I told you about little princesses Emilia and Luisa, and today I present to you the new photo model discovery: their brother Matteo.

It is such a feast for the photographer when a child sees a photo session not only as a cool event (which it is!) but also as a means of self-expression. That is essentially an artistic approach, and it doubles the fun on the both sides of the lens!

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About Winter

The winter is definitely gone now. It smells like spring, and the first snowdrops opened in my garden. Before saying hello to spring I want to say good-buy to winter. There was little snow in Holland this winter but I do have some fairy-tale winter pictures from last month. Made in the Ardennes (you know my love for this region). I always crave for some snow in the winter, and in the Ardennes there was plenty for my eyes to feast on. My Russian soul was happy!

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Luisa: Children’s Portraiture in Gent region

In my previous post I have told you about a family photo shoot in the surrounding of Gent and featured the elder sister, Emilia. Today it’s time to put the middle sister, Luisa, in the spotlight.

When I met Luisa for the first time, she was three years old. Her willingness to pose and her serene look amazed me – she was quite conscious about it, which is exceptional for a young child. Such an angelic look: but then you also notice this impish twinkle in her eyes! This young lady has strong character, knows what she’s doing and enjoys being a model.

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I was pleased and a little flattered to learn Luisa wanted to become a photographer when she grows up. She has an innate sense of beauty, and that’s of great value for a photographer. You should view Luisa’s portraits as her own artistic expression.

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Emilia: Gent Children Photography

It is always wonderful to meet my old clients again. This time I want to tell you about a photo reportage I had with one of my favorite clients – a Belgian family living not far from Gent. This was our 4th elaborate reportage since 2012: it’s such a privilege to photograph the children growing, and there are four amazing children in this family.

My first acquaintance with the family was when I photographed Emilia, the eldest sister, for her spring party. Now the twins, Luisa and Matteo, had their spring party too. I photographed the party itself too, but first we had a portrait session to capture each of the children. The idea to produce 4 individual artistic albums for each child in a relatively short photo session is a challenging one – but I am a big fan of these kids and knew it will work out perfectly.

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So let me put each of the children in the spotlight. I will start with Emilia. She was seven years old when I met her first and had always been a little princess. Not only is she wonderfully pretty. I love so much about Emilia is that she is a tender and caring soul: it shines from her eyes, and you can see it at any moment she helps her younger sisters or brother. You should also see Emilia dancing and laughing with friends: she’s definitely got allure and is a real fascionista!

Here are a few photos. I really love the vintage-style fine art portraits in front of the antique mirror: they are literally about self-reflection of a child.

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Happy New Year 2017!

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Dear friends and followers,

As the new year is approaching, I want to send my love to all of you.

Last year I had a joy and a privilege of photographing wonderful people and families and create special memories and personal photo art for them. Sharing my knowledge via personal photography workshops and mentoring is also something I enjoyed at lot. I love meeting new people, learning from them and making new friends. And I am very happy to see my clients coming back regularly. I sincerely subscribe to the fact that my clients are simply the best – most pleasant, warm, fun and stylish people!

I had an honor of winning the silver price at the MIFA (Moscow Photo Awards, Fine Art category), getting an honorable mention at the IPA (International Photo Awards), and three nominations at the Black and White Spider Awards. MIFA’s winners work is exhibited throughout the year at various locations, alone and together with IPA winners works. My other works traveled to the Berlin Photo Biennale and the Parallax Art Fair in London. In Berlin and London I met some great artists, made new friends and got a lot of inspiration.

I am thrilled with a recent online “Portals” feature at the Dodho magazine. It is also great seeing my work in the Berlin Foto Biennale catalogue by Kehrer Verlag publishers. The images from the Hariban awards 2015 were published this year in a very special catalogue: a limited edition of 80 hand-printed on Japanese Gampi & Mitsumata rice paper with traditional Japanese bookbinding. Such a book is a small artwork in itself. Finally, it was fun to see four or my photos on the book covers: a mystery novel and a love one, a thriller and a poetry bundle.

I am full of new ideas and look forward to the new year and new challenges! Thank you so much for your support and inspiration!

Wishing you and your family a healthy, joyful and prosperous year 2017!

Olga