Hello, I'm Ivan - a photographer based in Helsinki, Finland.
After a long career as a photojournalist and photo editor at various media and international publications such as: Forbes, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Men's health, Helsingin Sanomat, Ilta-Sanomat and others, I started my photography workshop specializing in portrait shooting, including studio and interior portraits, outdoor photo, business and art portfolio.
My values are authenticity, high competence and professionalism. I’m making sure to enrich my works not only with external similarities, but also with sensation, right mood and atmosphere.
I approach my customer needs on an individual basis, when choosing the most suitable lighting, room and colour. For that reason, I cannot offer one solution to everybody. Some photos are better done outdoors, while I might suggest doing indoor shooting sessions to a client with a similar, but not exactly matching needs.
In photography tiny little things matter the most. The leitmotiv of a shot might be built upon a subtle feature of the body.
Creating 'beautiful' portraits of my clients is a job that I have outgrown.
I would like my photographs to possess a historical value. I could see my job done if your grandchildren, while looking at the portrait, would recognize not only your facial features, but also some distinctive character traits of yours.
For me, being a portrait maker does not equal to only having perfect technical skills, rather combining them with the ability to see the soul of my client and unleash their individuality.
Even though the reality could seem insipid and not exciting the unique view of the photographer might surprise you and completely change your opinion on what is happening.
I think, there isn’t a big difference between photographers, but small differences are very important.
Get in touch, and together we can create something unique and special.
Personal photo exhibitions: Odd, Age & Youth, Dead Flag Blues.
Various commercial photo exhibitions in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Feature short films: The Fool, Above You, The Tie, Sima Lepestkova’s Voyage. I have also written music for the last two of them.
A number of documental and report films, video ads and teaser clips shot in 2010-2017.
Master's degree in Art with a major in Feature Film Directing and Screenwriting (T. Zhurgenov National Academy of Arts, 2013).
Bachelor's degree in International Journalism (Al-Farabi National University, 2007).
Other related experience:
In 2005 I started an instrumental post-rock band ‘Shaman Yet Booben’, where I have performed as a lead guitar and song composer.
In 2010 I co-founded a melodeclamation project ‘Chinese Democracy’, which turned into creative current and helped young talanted poets to be heard.
Have a look at what I can do for you: personal portrait or studio photo set and get in touch!