My dogs turned me into a dog person, so that's not the lie =P
The truth is I never thought I’d be a photographer when I grew up. I wanted to be many things: a biologist, a detective, a classical pianist and singer, a museum curator or youth worker… but I always was doing something creative! Whether that was with my camera (well my mom's at first) or other mediums. I should have known when I ended up with a BA in Arts and Culture that being an artist is definitely my calling.
Born in Ukraine and having grown up in the US and the UK, I learned to celebrate cultural differences and the intrinsic beauty in every single person no matter where they're from, what language they speak, or who they love. I carry that with me in my daily and professional life, striving to make everyone as comfortable as humanly possible in order to let them shine.
As an adult, I’ve lived in the Netherlands and Georgia, before settling back in the UK, in Dover of all places! I absolutely love it here. All this moving around taught me something else very important. I've had a camera on me since I was a kid and haven't put it down since. It was a way to remember my family, my friends no matter where I was heading next. And of course to capture the beauty of each place I went to. I just didn’t know that one day it would go from passion to career!
Did you really think I'd not have a single dog photo on here??
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