We are so excited to welcome the wonderfully talented Kristina Varaksina to the Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful and evocative photography, and be sure to visit her website Kristina Varaksina Photography. Thank you so much Kristina for taking the time to share your work with us today!Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
Inspiration for my pictures comes from many different kind of sources. I can be watching a film or reading a book, and something in it would make me think of a photograph. It’s not necessarily a direct interpretation of what I saw or read, but it it triggers something in me, something that maybe has been in the back of my mind for a while. I get my ideas from life around me, when I talk to people or see someone. Something I see makes me think of a certain subject and then I start thinking of how to visualize it.How would you describe your photography style?
I would describe my approach to photography as emotional portraiture. I like taking my subjects out of an ordinary world and show their emotions that come out in a set up reality, or a situation.Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I went to Academy of Art University to get my MFA degree in photography. I believe in a school environment to help a young artist grow and find themself, but it doesn’t really matter what kind of art school it is.What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
My camera is Canon 5D Mark III in combination with my absolute favorite lens Canon 85mm f/1.2.Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Light is the god of photography, in my opinion. It depends on what and where you photograph, so I can’t really talk about light sources, but it can be straight on and flat, it can be hard and directional, or soft and diffused. As long as you are aware of what the light does to your subject and your image in general, you can use any source and and any position/direction of light. You can think what kind of mood the light types described above create, and then decide what tells a better story in application to your subject.What is your favorite subject to photograph?
People. Women of all ages, children and teenagers in particular. What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
Best lesson I learned this year about photography business was to never forget how important social media is. I feel that today, about 98% of clients, customers, and people interested in your photography come from social media.If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
If I were to encourage a young photographer I’d suggest experimenting with mixing different media. Photo + illustration, photo + graphic design, photo + video, photo + painting, photo + 3D. And please don’t forget about collaborations!What do you love most about being a photographer?
Through my photography, I make realities that don’t exist. They look surreal, but still believable, so I can live through those moments I create in my pictures.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I want to see where my life takes me and what inspirations I’m going to get along the way. I will be absorbing the information, processing it and creating new art projects. About the Artist: Born and raised in Russia, Kristina Varaksina moved to the United States to get her MFA in Photography. Based in San Francisco, she splits her time between California and New York.
Kristina works in both, fine art and commercial photography fields. She has received multiple prestigious awards in photography, from such respected magazines and organizations as APA, PDN, Communication Arts, CMYK, Digital Photo Pro, Creatives Quarterly, and more. Her work is represented by galleries in San Francisco, Nashville, Germany, Paris. Coming from a painting and graphic design background Kristina pays a lot of attention to shot design, color and light. Through her photography Kristina shares her views on life. Like still shots from movies, her images show carefully constructed realities and aim to ignite the viewer’s imagination.