She has a look of innocence about her, soft and untouched, but beneath the angelic exterior lies the fierce spirit of next shining star. Victoria is walking along the sandy shores of Kouriom beach. I struggle to keep the sun out of my eyes as I take shot after shot, each one more beautiful than the next. I am able to use the natural light off of the waves, and the highlights on Victoria's cheeks make her expression simply glow.
I am mainly a wedding photographer, but sometimes I like to extend my reach beyond it. Model shoots are one of my favorite types of photo sessions because there is so much more I can capture in my images. The determination in Victoria's face as she gives this shoot her all is inspiring to say the least. She has such high hopes, such big dreams. She is young and fresh, still a bit shy, but she has a big heart and a spirit that dominates the epic white cliffs and beaten sand of the beach until it dims in the background around her.
I had the honor of working with renowned makeup artist Svitlana Koroleva for this shoot. She does amazing work with models, and Victoria was no exception. Every bit of makeup was perfectly in place and highlighted all of Victoria's already amazing features. After the beach, we took a few shots with the high-peaked sand dunes to really make Victoria's silhouette stand out. She has a perfect dancer's body, so we had her do a few spins until we got the second to last shot.
I did all of these shots with the Phottix equipment, by the way. I love it! :)
The very last picture, I believe, epitomizes who Victoria is. There is strength and femininity blended seamlessly together in every feature she possesses, and I can assure you that she is an amazing young woman. That fierce beauty that she has is matched by her equally stunning mind. Don't be fooled by her quiet facade; she is a chatterbox bursting with a vivacious personality. It is easy to see why she will go far in her career – much like myself, her passions is the driving force that will launch her to success, and hopefully, happiness as well.
Hidden away on Cyprus' busy streets is the gloriously beautiful MooN Dance Studio. Walking through the front doors, you would never guess that their main focus used to be pole dancing. MooN Dance Studio, with its paintings and art sculptures, all glistening in the sunlight peeking in through the windows, looks more like an art gallery than a dance studio.
“Blessed are those who can hear the music of life.”
Sometimes, as the sun sets and the birds begin to call out their evening song, one cannot help but be beckoned to adventure, to sample the sweet night music that so often floods summer streets, gilding souls and hearts with its ebullience.
Such was the case when I visited merry old England recently as part of my work as a destination photographer—caught up in the hubbub of vibrant London, I decided to seize the night and venture out one evening with a friend of mine for a game of pool. As neither of us was all that familiar with our surroundings, we turned to Google, which led us to the Mau Mau Bar on Portobello Road.
When we arrived, we found that there was no pool table present after all - but there was something even better: Live blues music. Being fans of blues and jazz, we decided to stay, and to grab a glass of good wine and toast to whatever melodies the night may bring. Surrounded by the mystical transcendence of beautiful voices, I let my soul loose in dance, having not a care in the world as the notes lifted me higher. It was the perfect setting for my muse, as it turns out—during a trip to the bar, I bumped into Aleph, one of the musicians who had been playing. Sparks met artistic tinder and before I knew it, my camera was in hand, guided by the intangible vibe that emerges when many imaginative people congregate together.
Aleph, a 35 year old Venezuelan guitarist and musician, was kind enough to agree to an impromptu portrait session, even though he only had 30 minutes to spare between gigs. We hurried outside and I quickly made the most of the vibrant colours on the walls around us, finding them the perfect complement to Aleph's effervescent spirit. Much to my amazement, he was willing to dance on the street and smile his heart out, letting his unique personality beam through the lens like a warm ray of evening sunshine.
While the source of Aleph's radiant glow might have seemed mysterious to many, I had a good idea where it likely came from: His eyes were alight with the passion of a person who is not guided by obligation to material necessity so much as the thrum of God-given gifts. His dreams of being a musician were what led him to London, no doubt in the face of many obstacles and at least some criticism, and today he is so much in demand that his days are packed with gigs - a sight it did my heart good to see.
There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection.
Honor that girl inside you. Remember who you were before you cared for what you looked like. Before you knew the sting of rejection. Before you were told that you couldn't, or that you weren't or that you hadn't. You are still that girl - before the roles, the labels, the pains, that girl lives on. She is the goddess within you!
Happy International Women's Day ladies! This year's theme is: MAKE IT HAPPEN
Devote yourself to an idea. Go make it happen. Struggle on it. Overcome your fears. Smile. Don't you forget: this is your dream!
Great things in life occur to us suddenly, and this is exactly how this story started.
Jedrek Pordzik is a model from Poland (XX-XY Model MGNT) who contacted me after he saw my work on Facebook. As he was planning his trip to Croatia, he wanted us to collaborate and make a test shooting.
Our shooting was held in the center of Zagreb. We wanted to make it simple and keep the focus on him; simple background, natural and candid poses, simple and flattering lighting setup.
Jedrek is also available for bookings, so you can contact him. I am inviting you to check our photo shoot and to comment as well. :)
During my trip to Cyprus, I got in touch with Hasan, a male model from Israel who changed his country for this sunny Mediterranean island.
We set up a simple mini shooting on a beach next to St Raphael Resort in Limassol. I liked that location because it gave me an opportunity to work with natural light, focusing on relaxed and candid poses.
I have enjoyed working with Hasan, who is tall and fit with great facial features. What is more important, he is really comfortable in his own skin, which made my job easier.
He is also available for bookings, so feel free to contact him.
I had an opportunity to meet and shoot the famous Croatian wedding designer Sandra Haddad and her gorgeous studio for Moderna Vjenčanja wedding website.
Sandra is a designer who wanted to step back from classical and "heavy" bridal gowns, so she offered her vision of a wedding day; clean and simple lines which breathe with romanticism and graceful loveliness.
Exclusivity is achieved by limited collections with emphasize on the floral details and satin ribbons.
Extremely romantic and breezy wedding dresses are designed for those who dare to be different and special, yet irresistibly feminine and gentle.
Interview with Sandra on Modern Weddings can be read here.
Have you ever dreamed of capturing those perfect, spontaneous moments when your eyes meet those of your lover, you both smile in unison, and the whole world seems to light up around you in a burst of glittering magic?
This holiday season, you can do exactly that, thanks to my Christmas Mini Sessions.
What Are Christmas Mini Sessions?
A “Mini Session” is a form of portrait photography which takes about half an hour per session and produces a handful of beautiful images at a very reasonable price.
Christmas mini sessions are orchestrated around a holiday theme; in this case, the presence of enchanting, delicately glimmering fairy lights which create a starry halo around two lovers.
Think back; how many romantic Christmas movies have you seen where the besotted couple strolls alone together through the city at night, the snow softly falling, lights shimmering on every tree? This is exactly the kind of atmosphere, the kind of perfect moment, a Christmas mini session can create.
Why Partake in a Christmas Mini Session?
Mini sessions are perfect for the holidays as they don’t take a lot of time or preparation, unlike traditional full-length sessions, making them ideal for working around already bustling Christmas schedules. Plus, this quick and spontaneous style of session most accurately captures the spirit of a couple in love during the holidays: the fevered excitement, the whirlwind pace. Such fleeting elements of human expression can easily be lost during longer, more drawn out and pre-prepared photography sessions.
Christmas mini sessions provide couples with a chance to pause in the stress and hustle of the holidays, take a moment to just connect with each other, to remember what Christmas is truly all about: warm hearts glowing together, even on the coldest nights; the generosity of the soul that gives itself to another.
Love, after all, is the greatest gift there is - so why not capture it forever?
Jedan od razloga zašto uživam svaki puta kada fotografiram djecu je taj što se ponovo osjećam kao kao da nisam odrasla. Djetinjstvo je bilo sjajno razdoblje mog života, nisam imala briga, niti stresa, samo svoju maštu! Pa, da budem iskrena, mislim da sam još uvijek djete u duši - plešem, pjevam i smješim se svakoga dana, uživam u sitnicama i uvijek nastojim biti sretna!
Iako smo se kratko družile, ova slatkica Ema me podsjetila da je svaki dan nova avantura.
One of the reasons I enjoy every time I photography children is that I feel like a kid again. Childhood was such a cool party of my life, I had no worries, no stress, only my imagination! Well, to be honest, I think I still am a kid in my heart - I dance, sing and laugh every day, I enjoy little things in my life and I always try to be happy!
Although we didn't spend a lot of time together, this little cutie Ema reminded me that every day is a new adventure.
Predstavljam novu kampanju za aktualnu zimsku kolekciju nakita by Irena Vučinić koju sam imala priliku fotografirati.
Njene predivne ogrlice, narukvice i naušnice su sjedinjene u sjajnoj kombinaciji sa make up-om kojeg potpisuje Anna Kosir, a zaštitno lice ove kampanje je Tatjana Grivić
Irenine kreacije možete pronaći na linku, a također zahvaljujem portalima fashion.hr, budi.in, wall.hr, la couture i extravagant na medijskim objavama.
I would like to present you a new campaign for Irena Vučinić Art Jewelry winter collection, which I had an honor to photograph.
Her lovely necklaces, bracelets and earrings are beautifully combined with makeup by Anna Kosir, and Tatjana Grivić is the main campaign face. You can find this gorgeous jewelry here. Big thanks to fashion.hr, budi.in, wall.hr, la couture and extravagant for press releases.