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Valeria Lunifaevskaya: Angel

My full name is Valeria. I am 22 years old, I live in a small town in Kazakhstan. I am engaged in artistic photography.

1. Could you please provide us with a professional introduction about yourself and your photography work?

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My works have already been published in such magazines as: “REBEL MAGAZINE”, “Top Posters”, “Figi”, “artells”, “MOB”, “Flanelle”.,

2. Can you tell us about how you got started in photography?

 I have always been able to “feel” the frame, but never thought that I would become a photographer. I started doing photography very suddenly, and for 2.5 years now it has become my great love

3. What was your passion driving you during your journey? Who or what prompted you to begin?

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I like to embody a picture from my head in a photo, anything can inspire me. It can be people, music, beautiful places, movies. My family always supports me in my endeavors, for which I am very grateful to them.

4. Could you walk us through your photoshoot planning process?

To be honest, I don’t always plan filming, some of them happen spontaneously. And basically, when I create a concept, I’m looking for a suitable model, location, we collect the image and go to the shooting. Shooting usually takes up to 4 hours, it’s hard to stop me) But not always, of course, everything works out. This is not without difficulties, very often you have to order the necessary things and wait. This is the problem of the small town I live in.

5. As a photography expert, what sets your work apart from other photographers?

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Probably distinguishes the sensuality of the frame. Many people have written to me that they feel my emotions, which I want to convey through photography. I am also distinguished by processing, I really like working with color correction and I pay a lot of attention to it.

6. Where do you get your ideas for photoshoots?

Ideas for photo shoots arise spontaneously, I can watch a movie and at some point realize that I want to show it with a photo. Sometimes people inspire me, and I can come up with a shoot for a person, the same thing happens with beautiful locations. Music is also a source of inspiration for me.

7. Can you tell us about the most memorable moment you’ve had as a photographer and what experience you gained from that?

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 Once on the set in the forest, two drunk men tried to accost us, we were lucky that we run fast and this place was not far from the city, we quickly left. But I’ve been carrying pepper spray with me ever since.

8. What are the most important components of an extraordinary photograph, in your opinion?

It seems to me that this should attract the viewer’s attention. Color, mood, emotion – it can be anything, but it should be able to attract attention and evoke emotions

9. How do you strike a balance between your artistic expression and your client’s expectations during a shoot?

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Usually clients like what I do, they trust me in this matter, so almost always expectations and reality coincide.

10. How do other artists influence your work? Are there any other photographers you look up to? Who?

At the beginning of my journey, even when I didn’t have a camera, I was very inspired by different photographers, watched their tiktok videos and Instagram posts, they shot in the same style as I am now, I think thanks to them I am shooting now what I am shooting.

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?

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In fact, there are no secrets, I twist the sliders until I am satisfied with what is happening. I do what I feel

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?

The most unpleasant and sad situation I encountered was related to my camera, it happened not so long ago. On one of the shootings, right in the process, my new camera broke, which at that time was only 2 months old. I was very scared, my tears were flowing and my hands were shaking, I didn’t know what to do and how to collect my thoughts. It turned out that my shutter was broken, I was lucky that the case was under warranty and I had it repaired for free, but I waited for its repair for almost 2 months. It was difficult and very sad.

13. What are your top tips for aspiring photographers on skill development and finding their own creative voice? How did you develop yours?

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I think it’s very important to take a lot of photos to work out the angle. I worked for a very long time and a lot for free to collect a portfolio and for people to come to me for paid filming. It is important to find “your own”, and not copy from someone else, your unique vision is something that will always be appreciated by the audience

14. What is your favorite piece of work you’ve ever shot? (Include links)

This is a difficult question, I love all my works, my soul is invested in each, but I will choose this one, since a lot of effort has been spent on it. Filmed based on the film “The Coming World” https://www.instagram.com/p/ChC_mJCNBla/ 

15. Can you tell me about an upcoming project you’re working on and the idea behind it?

I plan to shoot the Ballet, which is also very long-awaited, we were supposed to carry it out a couple of months ago, but various difficulties arose all the time. Then one pair of pointe shoes did not come to us, later my camera broke, now we are waiting for the skirts to be sewn. But I’m sure it’s worth it. The shooting should be extremely beautiful and gentle.

16. Where can we view more of your work and connect with you?

Instagram: Instagram: instagram.com/photo.lunifay

Website: photolunifay.wfolio.pro



Photo: @photo.lunifay

Model: @miwrum

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