Solodukhin Artem Nikolaevich is 29 year old photographer from Russia. She specializes in portraits of women.
1) Could you please provide us with a professional introduction about yourself and your photography work?
I’ve been doing photography for about three years, but for about two years I’ve been shooting some landscapes when I went on different trips, but for a year or a little more, I’ve been doing portraits of girls.
I can say I’m still new to the world of photographers, but my work has already been in such magazines as Malvie, Inko, Lattirance, Imirage, Luxia, 6X.
2) Can you tell us about how you got started in photography?
I started photographing, like many, with a smartphone, took pictures of flowers, nature, animals and then. At some point, I thought about buying a camera and trying myself in this direction.
3) What was your passion driving you during your journey? Who or what prompted you to begin?
Many friends supported me and said that my photos were good and they thought I was taking them with a camera, but they were taken on a smartphone, and this gave me motivation for the class.
4) Could you walk us through your photoshoot planning process?
This photo shoot was planned by my friend and part-time model – Irina Milovanova, she saw an idea from a fashion magazine and offered to do something of her own and I helped her with it.
5) As a photography expert, what sets your work apart from other photographers?
As I said, I consider myself a beginner, but already a professional beginner, I think I have found my look and my processing, which in general I differ from many photographers.
6) Where do you get your ideas for photoshoots?
I usually take ideas from life, sometimes you walk around the city and meet an interesting place, you think that you would like to make a cool shooting here and immediately look for all the solutions to implement everything.
I am also inspired by world photographers and try to repeat their ideas in my own way.
7) Can you tell us about the most memorable moment you’ve had as a photographer and what experience you gained from that?
I remember I had one shoot, I didn’t know much about lighting and posing at that time, and I was very worried when I went to the studio, but the stressful situation only helped to orient the model well in the studio and do a good job myself.
8) What are the most important components of an extraordinary photograph, in your opinion?
As for me, all the strangeness in photography is determined by whether a person lingers on it with a glance or not, there are millions of photos in the world, but they are scrolled through and forgotten in seconds, but there are some that sit in my head for a long time, this is the strangeness of photography.
9) How do you strike a balance between your artistic expression and your client’s expectations during a shoot?
On my shoots, to balance my self-expression and the expectation of models, I use a sense of humor, people laugh, relax and open up to me and after 10 minutes they are ready to create what I am interested in.
10) How do other artists influence your work? Are there any other photographers you look up to? Who?
I follow many world photographers and am inspired by their works, one of them is Alessio Albi
11) How do you enhance your vision after a session by post-processing your photos? Do you have a best-kept secret for editing processing that you’d like to share?
It often turns out that photos can be processed at night and the eyes get very tired, I have to take breaks, I usually rub my eyes, do a little body warm-up and get back to work.
12) Can you tell us about the most difficult photographic challenge you’ve ever had, including lighting, unexpected situations, and how you managed the issues on set?
I haven’t had the most difficult tasks yet, the only thing was shooting, for which I was not quite ready from inexperience, but I solved everything on the spot, but models, makeup artists and studio assistants always helped me with this.
13) What are your top tips for aspiring photographers on skill development and finding their own creative voice? How did you develop yours?
My advice to beginners is not to be afraid to start doing, this business should be fun in the first place, most likely it may not work out at first, but the main thing is not to give up.
Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself, create what comes from within and try to find your own style.
14) What is your favorite piece of work you’ve ever shot?
This is one of my favorite works, it has three light sources and I was inspired by this work from another photographer. instagram.com/p/CtOWUrgK5c4/
15) Can you tell me about an upcoming project you’re working on and the idea behind it?
In the near future it is planned to shoot on a tennis court, for a sports brand, we want to show sporty style and femininity.
16) Where can we view more of your work and connect with you?
You can see my work in more detail on my Instagram @solodukhhin and contact me.