I’m a photographer, a website designer, a blogger, I love blueberries (there’s an embarrassing video out there of my best friend and I competing in our own backyard blueberry eating contest – I won), and I live in a van. I bought my first van in September of 2018 from a slightly suspicious listing on Craigslist, but thankfully it turned out to be the best decision of my lifetime and not a Lifetime movie about stranger danger. I spent the next few months building it into my little home/work space, and while I upgraded to a more mechanically-sound van along the way, I’ve been on the road for almost two years and I travel wherever my heart takes me. And by heart I mean my driving foot.
I immigrated from Russia to New Jersey at four months old, and all 18 years that I lived in Jersey, I knew that I needed to be somewhere with mountains. In the fall of 2015, I moved to Washington to start school, and lasted two years of switching my major and hating everything I was doing before I dropped out and decided to get serious about photography.
I started photographing weddings, and quickly realized that while weddings are fun, elopements with couples who are a little untraditional are much more my jam. As I dove into elopements and learned about marketing, business, money, and all that fun stuff, I shifted to more remote work, and providing photographers and business owners with the tools they need to scale their business.
I believe that half the battle to achieving your dreams is to believe in yourself (bleh, that sounds cheesy) and to commit to making it happen. The craziest idea you have right now won’t seem so wild in a year.