"I would start studying photography much earlier - probably ten years ago, when it was not that popular in Russia."
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Daria. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
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I am a newcomer to the world of fashion photography, because over ten years I've been searching for my dream occupation.
After finishing the Russian State Pedagogical University of Herzen as a linguist, I found myself wanting something more creative.
I spent another year changing my profession to web design. Which finally led to photography.
At the moment I work in the company "GRIOL" - manufacture of clothes based in Saint Petersburg, Russia, making lookbooks, editorials and photo shoot for social media.
I would really love to grow professionally day by day and be proud of every single photo I make.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Daria. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
I'm a picture person, and most of things I remember after visual contact. But life is very short and time is fast. It's a great honour to be able to stop the moment by making beautiful pictures breathing the sense and mood in them.
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What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Daria?
I always have 10+ ideas of creative photo shoots I should make next month. And I try to develop each into a huge project with my colleagues: much, stylists, florists and so on. Together we grow as a team and separately.
How do you communicate with people Daria? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
To say the truth, I'm an introvert, and sometimes it was really hard for me to keep in open contact with clients. But I try to be more communicative with people and stay in touch for most of them after finishing the project.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change Daria?
I would start studying photography much earlier - probably ten years ago, when it was not that popular in Russia.
Who is your hero Daria, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
My husband is my hero. He always tells me not to stop, to keep moving on, even when I feel my motivation goes down.
How important are creative education courses Daria? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
I try to attend all the free master classes in my city and have finished three different professional courses on fashion photography, studio lightning, composition and retouching. All was very useful and have helped me to learn faster.
Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Spend every day learning something new, watching art works and photography of world-known professionals, practise really a lot and don't be afraid to change your life completely.
Please add any photo credits for the photos you uploaded so that everybody can get recognised.
Photographer: Daria Lavrova @dashiklavr
Muah: Elena Zhuravleva @muahelena
Model: Yana Nosova @yana_nosova
Clothes: GRIOL @griolfashion