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Meet Alona Fedorenko of Anokiart Photography in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alona Fedorenko.

Alona, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Photography has been a part of my life in one way or another for as far back as I can remember. One of the most distinctive memories of my childhood growing up in Crimea was borrowing my family’s 35mm film camera and pretending to be a photographer. I wasn’t able to take any actual photos because the camera didn’t have any film and was beyond repair but I still loved pretending I was taking pictures.

In college, I majored in psychology but by my junior year, I had purchased my first DSLR. I started taking photos of friends and fell in love with the process. When I graduated from college I had the opportunity to visit the United States on a work and travel visa. When I got to California I remember being struck by how similar the natural beauty was to where I grew up in Crimea. I was determined to make it as a photography and took on freelance work as an assistant and second-shooter — shooting sports, weddings, fashion, headshots and whatever would allow me to keep taking pictures and improving. In retrospect, it was an incredible learning experience to work with so many different professionals in so many different parts of the industry.

The transition from assistant to a photographer with clients of my own was an organic evolution that involved a lot of traveling, packing and unpacking props and equipment from my car all over Los Angeles. Once I started to get repeat clients I really started to think of my approach as wholistic family photography. It’s been amazingly rewarding to see the growth in my clients. Witnessing it first hand from photographing their engagements to their weddings, newborn babies, birthdays and even anniversaries.

In the spring of 2019, I had the opportunity to realize the dream I had when I first came to the United States by opening my very own, natural light studio in Santa Monica, CA.

Has it been a smooth road?
By far the most challenging obstacle was moving to another country away from my family and friends. With English as my second language, I found communication to be very difficult in the beginning. Not just my own ability to speak the language but also my ability to understand it when spoken to me. There was a lot of deep breathing and frustration at the start. Thankfully, I had help from a number of very understanding and supportive people along the way who really helped me along whether it be with translation, email communication or transportation. I’m so grateful and owe a lot to them for their support.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Anokiart Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in natural light, portrait and wedding photography. On location or in-studio, lifestyle photography for newborns, maternity, children and family. The Anokiart brand is built on capturing authentic moments with each client. I’m really proud of how many repeat clients we’ve been able to have over the years. It’s a very rewarding experience to be able to look through photo sessions and see our families grow.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the variety to be found in Los Angeles. There are so many events and experiences available to us here. Arts, culture, outdoor activities. It’s an amazing city in the most beautiful state in America.

What do I like least?

hmm… traffic?

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Makeup artist on few of the photos: Tatiana Irving 310-994-3670 @Braidstudio

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