My Journey as a Pregnancy Photographer


I am often asked how I got into photography? Did I study it at school? 

I am proud to say that I am completely self-taught. My journey in photography hasn't begun until about 10 years ago. But it has been definitely an exciting one.

I have always been an artistic person and I have always been drawn to different kinds of arts when growing up. However I have never imagined that one day I would pick up a camera and start using photography to express myself.

My parents wanted me to get a "proper" office job to be settled have a decent living. So I listened, and got myself into the school of economics which, of course, I didn't love. Upon receiving my bachelor degree, I took a one way ticket from Russia to U.S. in the hopes for better opportunities and to continue my education. I got myself into a business school hoping to graduate and get a stable job position in a reputable company and, finally settle for life, and make my parents proud. 

One day, I was showing a friend of mine a stack of printouts that I snapped on a little Kodak camera. She said “wow, you really have a good eye!".  Her words got stuck to the back of my head and never stopped thinking about it. I decided to explore the world of photography and find out, whether I did have a good eye or not. And thats how its all started.

I got my first semi professional DSLR camera and I was taking pictures of everything. And little by little it became my hobby, and eventually I got obsessed with light and shadows, with how the world looked through my lens.  By that time I finished my business degree, and went to work in a finance department of a large hotel company and, of course,  I absolutely HATED it. That was the time when I decided I WILL pursue my dream no matter what, cause doing what I love was something I knew I had to do in order to live a fulfilled life. I realized that I didn't want to settle for less.

I always think now, what would have happened if my friend would never told me that. Would my journey be any different?.. Where would I be now?.

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