Inspiring Photographers Today: Natasha Yankelevich

Natasha Yankelevich is a photographer and designer from Moscow, Russia.  She was born November 1st, 1988. In 2005, she entered the Russian Tourism and Service University to learn graphic design. After completing her degree, she worked as a graphic and web designer. In addition to pursuing design, she began to take on modeling. Her experiences with modeling led to a deep interest in the process of taking a photograph. This commitment and passion led her to become a photographer and pursue the medium professionally.

Her photography, especially this project portrays real emotion that can be understood by anyone. She enjoys exploring and capturing the sensuality in each of us through her work. We are all made up of our own little stories, thoughts, senses, and invisible miracles. She hopes her audience can see this through her work.

How do you get the person, place or thing that is in front of the camera onto the film, chip or paper in just the way you want?

“I plan my shoots in details – I collect moodboards, sometimes the stylist draws sketches. If the model is not very experienced, I collect the posing references to be sure how everything should look in the frame. It’s especially about posing with hands – they reveal the whole story – if they are relaxed and strong enough. During my shoots, I  would rather embody what I’ve planned, than completely improvise. Although, when it comes down to it, improvisation is often what makes shots different from others.”

Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

“Everyday I see a huge number of powerful photographs and they form my taste and vision. I can especially mention Marta Bevacqua, whose works invariably surprises and captivates attention. She works in 3 genres that I also love: portrait, fairytale, an editorial fashion. So her shoots inspire me by all means. Also I like pure fairytale photo artists, Anka Zhuravleva and Ekaterina Plotnikova. They found a lot of  beautiful new Russian model faces and invariably relevant topics for narratives.”

What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?

“I started taking pictures with the interest of photographing non-standard type models. Women’s beauty will be a relevant topic for conversation today and in 400 years. I want females of our age to be remembered as real with imaginative, and invariably deep personalities. Therefore, during each shoot  I think of a little story about the dreamer/character and his relationship with himself or the world around him. My excitement for characters is growing every day and motivates me to meet and shoot more and more odd and spectacular strangers.”

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