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Meet Daria Yushkova

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daria Yushkova.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in a family with traditional values and middle-class mentality. I was super creative as a kid, an avid reader and a dreamer who knew that one day she would travel the world and live in all different places (no one believed me back then). My parents, being very practical, had planned their kid’s future in as many details as possible.

Dancing and gymnastics, grammar school, State University (preferably international law school or, at worst, economics), double degree, a great job, great salary and a lifetime of financial security. Things first went wrong when the kid rebelled and, instead of choosing a law school she chose linguistics (ever since I was four I have always been passionate about languages). Things got worse when after graduating with the double degree in Linguistics and Higher Education Management I informed my parents that I’m moving abroad and getting married. And not just abroad, but to the other side of the world – to Australia. Yet they gave me their blessing and since then I’ve been the sole molder of my fate.

It was in Sydney when I first let myself explore my passion for visual arts and started my photography business. At first, I photographed kids (being inspired by my own cute child) and models. After that, I got into wedding industry by helping my friends photographers and stayed there since then. I moved to the US in October 2016 and continued my career here. I have done numerous weddings in Australia, Europe, and the US and just love documenting people’s emotions and showing love and passion through my lens. I get carried away when I shoot and feel truly happy to be doing what I do.

Please tell us about your art.
I specialize on weddings and love stories, but I also love creative portraiture (with the elements of street photography, boudoir and fashion).

Over the years my artistic vision has undergone certain changes; as the time goes by, you tend to understand more and more what your style is and how you want to convey the reality that surrounds you through your pictures.

I love capturing “raw” emotions, those unique moments that you, as a subject, don’t even analyze or notice, you just live through them – happy, passionate and carefree.

The trick is to make your subjects feel at ease and create a situation where they will express their emotions naturally, the way they do every day. Everyone gets nervous or stiff in front of camera, so it’s only natural to see people’s hesitation, nervousness and confusion at the beginning of any photo session  (unless they are super professional models, but even then it takes time to relax them). Your job as a photographer is to stay calm, fun and friendly and if you know what you’re doing they will automatically follow your lead and start trusting you. You develop these skills gradually, and I’m happy to say that one of my strongest suits is to build that trust and connection that will eventually help you capture beautiful shots.

I love to experiment with lighting and, although my wedding style is more light and “airy”, I do love more dramatic shots in low key.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success does not necessarily mean winning the most prestigious awards in the industry (although it definitely helps).

Photographers are usually wearing two hats – one of an artist and another one of a business owner. You have your separate goals for each role and they don’t always intersect (quite opposite, they might even be conflicting). A simple example would be with allocating funds – would the priority be a marketing campaign on Facebook (that will generate more leads) or a workshop of a world famous photographer that is coming to your city for the first time? You have dilemmas like this every day. You want to grow as a professional, yet you still want to make sure that your photography business brings money, otherwise what’s the point? That I would say is the biggest challenge – to be a shrewd business person and an inspirational artist at the same time. If you cope with that you’re already more successful than 80% of the people in the industry.

I also consider myself successful when I receive positive feedback from my clients and they are happy with the images and the whole experience. When the couple is crying when they’re watching their wedding photos or the girl you took pictures of says “I had no idea how beautiful I am – thank you for showing me that”. That alone is the strongest indicator that I’m doing something right and chose the right career path. That makes it all worthwhile.

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Rare Perspective Photography

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