With my Hermosa Beach mile marker at 23nd street and the Strand
I am so honored that you are considering me as your Los Angeles and Orange County family photographer. I am a fun loving, easy going and organized mom who wears her camera backpack wherever she goes. Originally I was born In Siberia, Russia and moved to the US when I was 15. I now I live in the South Bay, Los Angeles with my sweet elementary school aged twin boys and my beach sports loving husband. I love to hike and explore nature, dance it up wherever good music is playing, travel the world, practice yoga and laugh with my boys.
Photography is my true passion, which I have turned into a profession 3 years ago as I left my corporate job to chase sunsets and sunrises with my families. After completing a graduate school of business degree, for many years I worked with big consumer packaged goods brands as a brand marketing professional designing strategies and marketing programs to drive brand growth. My favorite part was always the creative side of my job. I loved collaborating with advertising agencies to create and launch TV, print and digital campaigns.
My career shift happened after I got diagnosed with a chronic illness and could no longer work or lead my normal daily life. The illness gave me an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of simple everyday moments. I noticed how the soft light streamed through the window of our bedroom in the morning. How the leaves slowly changed colors in the fall and glowed in the evening light. How tightly my boys hugged each other as they rolled around playing on the floor.
Picking up my camera and capturing these stories was something I could still do every day and it filled my heart with immense happiness.
It took me several years to beat the illness and emerge with a new mission to capture family stories full of joy. The joy that comes from playing with our family, snuggling our loved ones, and interacting with nature. Because these are the moments we will want to remember forever – just how happy we are together and how much we love each other. I can’t wait to get to know your family and plan the perfect session to beautifully capture YOUR story!
In 2019 and 2020 my images were chosen out of 40,000 submitted images to be a part of the Click Magazine Voice Competition Collection for two years in a row. But most importantly, my families adore the fun time they have together during our shoots, love their images and often cry tears of joy upon receiving them. Check out my reviews here, on Facebook and Yelp.