Today we’d like to introduce you to Alina Grafkina.
Alina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised Russia. In 2014, I moved to the USA to study Marketing. Therefore, my journey didn’t start from photography. I have done different majors including engineering but felt it wasn’t exactly the major that I want to do for my entire life. I started BFA Photography in 2017 at New York Film Academy. I got published in magazines such as Vogue Italia, LUCY’s, Elements Magazine and many others. I was part of my school’s collaboration with GETTY Museum in 2018. Also, for a couple of years, I was assisting wedding photographers. Therefore, I am always getting inspiration from other great photographers and keep improving my photography skills. Moreover, different majors such as math and marketing have helped me in photography to achieve better results.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
So far, I can say, it wasn’t easy. Farther you go — more struggles you find on your way. It is really hard to be a good photographer. For internationals, you have to be the best of the best to be recognized. The people expect from you something new and extraordinary. Moreover, you have to establish your own tasteful style which looks professional and fresh.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the GRAFKINA PHOTOGRAPHY story. Tell us more about the business.
I do a different kind of photography such as portraits, still life, fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and commercial. Mostly, I am specialized in fashion and beauty. In my work, I try to show as much creativity as I can. I try to play with different colors and ideas. Therefore, every model is different, so I try to show their unique individualities in every shot set. That’s how every set looks different from others.
- Address: Los Angeles
- Website: grafkina.com
- Phone: 949-558-4932
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grafkina_photography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alina-Grafkina-1933266126994509/
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