Who am I

I am a curious human being in love with portrait photography, graphic design and animation. Shortly before I moved with my family from Russia to Germany (winter 2007) I've got my first camera. Since then a lot of things about me, my mind set, skills, as well as my equipment changed. One thing stayed unchanged though: capturing the right expression of a person right in front of me makes my eyes shine and heart beat faster.

2013 I've finished Gymnasium (the most advanced of the three types of German secondary schools) with honors (Preis) and started studying communication design at State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart.

I speak 6 languages fluently, have cofounded 3 entrepreneurships and participated in 2 start-ups.

I am still a student, but I feel the urge to find out my true calling and get as good at it as I can be.

Where I come from

I was born in a loving family of musicians and raised with the mentality, that creativity and self-fulfillment come before money. My parents told me, what in there opinion is right and true, but gave me always enough space to try and figure things out on my own.

For all this support, patience and love
I owe my family everything that I am
and what I can, or will ever be able to do.

The next stop in my artistic development was taking art classes by Ukrainian illustrator Irina Balura. She taught us more then just drawing skills and has influenced profoundly my approach to color, idea development and composition.

I also have to give credit to State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart, especially Prof. Hans-Georg Pospischil, Prof. Cluss, Prof. Schmidt and Prof. Wichmann, who have shaped my views on designer craftsmanship and creative thinking.

Last but not least a special thank you to Juanjo Hinojosa, dancing teacher, who's patience I owe a lot :)

Where I want to be

I want to do a job, that uses my strengths and give me enough room for experiment & technical as well as artistic exploration.

I want people around me to feel comfortable, enjoy the process as well as the results at the end of the day.

I want to do more business traveling to keep my vision fresh, meet new people and enrich my professional approaches.

I want to keep a healthy balance between my work and personal life. Take my time for the people around me and for myself and my personal development.

I want to meet you! If you went that far to go through my portfolio, the about section and took your time reading my thoughts, feel free to drop me a message!

Are you are a stylist, make-up artist, set or fashion designer, looking for collaboration? Do you have an upcoming project I could be involved in? Or maybe do you want to be my model? If the answer to one of those question is yes or you just want to say hi, please don't hesitate to contact me!

I am excited and looking forward to hear from you!



Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid
Albert Einstein

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