Insights from natural light photographer, Anastasia Bryukhanova
Source: Anastasia Bryukhanova
Now that my Bachelor project is over, I decided to dig up my blog from the forgotten spaces of the Internet where if was left a couple of months back. For starters, I have something special which will help to bring a fresh breeze here.
A few weeks back I got to ask some questions to Anastasia Bryukhanova, a natural light photographer who I really like for creating unexpected settings (look at the cake from the last photo) and capturing a very natural sense of connection between people. Almost as if there were no photographer at all.
One of my absolute favourites is the photo session inspired by Klimt’s artwork. Back in the days I had a thing for Klimt, I even had a small picture, one friend brought me from one of her travels. I have selected a few of the photos to show in this post and the rest are available here. I really like that it is not so obvious, but you can clearly see the connection through details, colours, and the overall mood.
Looking at her photos, you can be motivated to put more attention into interpreting the chosen theme, creating more complex scenography, and to work, work, and one more time work in order to get to the desired goal. At least I am motivated. Check what she said on the following topics.
Creative process and building scenography
People inspire me and I try to make the shot corresponding to them. But it also happens that small things inspire me. After seeing a little jewelry box or a little box for the rings I can come up with a story about how it appeared here and now, or write a new story with its presence. And then the fun begins – search for the items, gathering people in a team, spreading the idea and plot.
On people expressing their emotions
The fact that I only work with people who make me feel comfortable makes it so that the atmosphere in my photos is one where everyone is smiling and happy. In some cases the connection between us is so great that we can read each others mind, and most often we end up becoming friends after the shoot. I am surrounded by amazing people, whom I admire.
Source: Anastasia Bryukhanova
One challenge you faced
In Russia there is a trend that almost all photographers postpone giving the photos to the clients. And I was among them. I would give the photos to the clients in 2-3 months after shooting. It was awful and I decided to change that situation. I did not sleep for two weeks and I was sitting by the computer all the time doing photos, retouching, creating photo books, etc. As a result, I have been able to work with a good conscience for the past two years. I give the photos to the client on the day after shooting and I am really proud of this result.
Three things you learned about photography, which changed the way you taking pictures
1. You should be 100% devoted to what you do and not afraid to work 200%.
2. To do creative projects for free? Yes and Yes again! The only way you will be able to express yourself is to create your own projects and to create your own style.
3. Every time, for each shot you have to take pictures like never before, to look for something new, to try different techniques and methods.
Loving what you do
Once I came up with the idea: I am really lucky! Not only because of my family, my child, and my friends, but because my job brings me so much happiness! I see happy people all the time! Someone comes to me for shooting their love-story and they are full of love and tenderness to each other! I shoot weddings and I get to relive my own wedding day, and I am happy for the couple, I see them and feel the beating of their hearts, as they are happy now! I also shoot couples with children, and you cannot even imagine how happy the parents are! One thing I can say for sure this is the HAPPIEST job in the world.