Exciting Beginning

Spring always makes us feel refreshed and get ready for new beginnings. That’s why I want to show you two inspiring sessions with the stories behind the scenes. One story about family who recently moved to Seattle and we had a fun photo walk with the couple and their sweetest dogs. The other one about young family who welcomed their little one not so long time ago and wanted to captured the moment for their relatives and friends. So, let’s take a look…

From Seattle with love 

Starting new chapter, falling in love with the city vibe - this is the story I wanted to show. It’s good to be home, but what is more important to know - home is where your Family is. Don’t be afraid of moving, being together, supporting each other - those are powerful things that help to feel cosy anywhere 

The moment of Life 

Hey Pacific Northwest lovers. Meet one energetic family from Seattle! I know, you’ll feel the nature calling through those photos, because this is what I felt meeting them and spending the time while capturing the story

Tips and tricks…

At this part I want to walk you through my preparation and shooting process, so you’ll know me a bit better:-)

As my website says, I started pet photography first with volunteering for WAMAL and then moved to commercial shoots. It was extremely important for me to keep the deep meaning of what I’m doing and I continue working with animal rescue. Speaking of my clients, I love to prepare the best for the shoot, so it won’t be just work, it will be fun for both parties. And I enjoy to photograph not only pets, but people too, because we are all beautiful inside and out and exploring each other makes us wiser.

How the preparation looks like?

  • After I received a request for a photoshoot I’ll ask just a few details, but if you have time, I prefer to schedule a Q&A meeting. It helps to get to know each other and explain all the wishes better than emails. It takes not more than 45 minutes of your time
  • Then you’ll get the follow up with next steps. Those usually are: during one week after meeting I’ll email some ideas, tips and reference photos that matching the idea we talked about. This is why better to book your session ahead and have time to prepare the best. I’ll be looking for your feedback to know that we are on the right path
  • If needed, I always help with shopping for your photoshoot. Any decor, outfits or other details can be handled by me so you don’t need to worry or spend much time. I’ll be in touch to show what will work for the shoot and will wait to get budget approval
  • We will talk in advance about time to start, but the basic for outdoors is: sunny days - a few hours after sunrise and a few hours before sunset work the best, if it’s shady area  (woods, city or indoors) or cloudy forecast - we can pick any time just to make sure it’s not too dark. If it’s rainy and we are shooting outdoor, I still can make it, so it’s up to you if you ready for a nature adventure :-)
  • The last, but not least - looking for location. If you need any suggestions, I’ll have a few options to choose from and will check them out
  • Every photoshoot is different and you may need longer planning with additional services like: an assistant/second shooter, a decorator, a florist, a makeup artist or to rent a studio. Those are always in my mind to find the right solution, just let me know if interested

How the photoshoot looks like?

  • When everything is ready and it’s the day we create memories, I’ll make sure to be on location a bit earlier, don’t hesitate to contact me when you are there
  • Setting-up settings takes a little time, while we walk, talk and do test shots and it’s necessarily to get the best of the best. During this time you can drink coffee, eat or change your outfit
  • Main part - time to serious work. I will have some ideas about posing and will assist you with that
  • Working with pets. It’s the best to do it with assistant (a little addition to budget). Sometimes dogs work better with the owner and you always can help me with that and guide through communication with your pup. I always have treats, accessories and blanket just in case we need them, but sometimes favorite toy works much better. Please, let me know if so

When will you see the photos?

  • I always want to make sure that all the files are safe, so the first thing when I get back home - I upload all the files
  • Day of the photoshoot is always emotional, so I try to show you 1-2 photos right away (in 24-48 hours) with the editing you might like
  • When we discussed the style and you love it, I’m starting to work on the shoot and deliver a proofing gallery in week and a half (time depends on shoot)

Those are the most important parts of preparation and shooting process, let me know if there some questions left and I’ll add more info for you!



More than love

Meet Crowley, Shadow, Blue and Sashka

Let me tell you a few words about rescued dogs…

It is actually a reason why I am reaching out to you and why I decided to change my life and join pet photography. Now I see I’m not the only one and taking care of our furry friends became a life goal for many people.

The end of 2017 was extremely busy and I didn’t have a chance to meet new pups at Wamal (Washington Alaskan Malamute League). When I got a chance to do it in January, I was happy as a little kid. Miss it so much. With the help of Briand (Wamal volunteer) we did new portraits for four new dogs in 2 hours. The process is more about learning behavior and being patient. The key for the profile pics - show the dogs personality and got them adopted as soon as possible. And if we talk about realistic pictures, there will be always sad and happy moments. I hope, those mals will find their families really soon and will be happy dogs forever and ever.

More info about the dogs at www.wamal.com

Meet Ayako, Yumiko and sweet Basil

The other story I have for you is about inspiration. How can one rescued dog inspire his humans to do fun, interesting and healthy business? Believe me, they are as powerful as all those super genius life coaches:) A few months ago I got a letter from one girl living in Los Angeles - Ayako, who was looking for a photographer in Seattle, so she can schedule a photoshoot with her sister Yumiko and her dog Basil, who are living in Northwest. The reason - to work on images that will be a starting point for their family business. When I answered the first time I had no idea it will be so much fun. We did a remarkable photoshoot day in  GRLS studio in Tacoma with professional make up form Lada Merk. Now I can’t wait till Ayako and Yumiko will launch their product!

Tips and tricks: How to download images from your gallery

Here is a little guide to downloading images for you to make the process easier. Please remember that high resolution images are large and will take time to download to your computer, phone or tablet, especially if you have slow internet connection. With typical image size over 10Mb, a small photo shoot with 50 images may take 10 minutes or more on a typical home broadband connection. Make sure you download files, not just save them as images.

You always have an option download separate files, or all of them as a zip file. I would suggest to go with second. Remember to download your images during 2-3 weeks after receiving the link, as they might not be there for longer time. And never hesitate to ask me questions, if you need help!

How to download from website:

1. Yay! You got your link via email and it is going to look like this:

2. Please, confirm your email to take a look…

3. The images are here and you are good to push that “Download all” (or click on separate file)

4. Confirm email one more time and…

5. You will see parts of the session, click on them. They will download automatically to your “downloads” folder on a computer. By clicking on zip file the folder will appear. 

How to download from dropbox:

1. You will receive the link, open it;) When you see the photos, click on it.

2. Chose the photographs you’d like to download and click this big blue button, you’ll see the downloading process started and can go check the folder, when it’s done.

3. Open downloads and click on zip file to un-zip. Enjoy your photos! Go print some, they are stunning!

News Box or what is in the next month issue…

I have a few photoshoots to show you, one will be an urban photo story and the other one will be classic pacific northwest journey. I’ll be working on projects for Seattle Animal Shelter and there will be some cute critters involved. Also, i donated a mini session for one auction that will take place in March at North Beach Elementary school. If your or your friend’s kids are studying there, you have a chance to get a great deal.

Stay tuned!



P.S. A little video of Shadow: 

Happy New Year Newsletter

To all wonderful families I met in 2017!

Hello everyone! First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all you guys! May this Year be bright, sparkling, creative, healthy and pleasant. May all your dreams come true! I wish you all the best and really believe that everything is going to be great in 2018.  

I am incredibly thankful for having the best clients on Earth. That is why I thought, maybe I can  do something more for you in return… Creating memories it is my life and I would love to share them more often.

In 2018 I wanted to start this newsletter where I can tell more about recent news, giveaways, discounts, some photoshoot preparation tips, photography process and actually photoshoots. 

Stay tuned!

Much love,


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