Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sophie Rybalov

Sophie Rybalov is a young photographer from Los Angeles, California.
She is self-taught with true passion, creativity, and talent.
I have been fortunate enough to work with her multiple times. She has a way of making you feel totally at ease in front of the camera that really makes a difference in her shots.
As a guest on this shoot, it was even more apparent that Sophie is a truly gifted photographer as well as a wonderful person to be around. It's no wonder her photos are so beautiful.
The Young and Inspired: How did you become interested in photography?
Sophie Rybalov: I became interested in photography through my uncle. On family vacations he was always taking pictures. I started with a Nikon point and shoot, dressing up and doing photo shoots with my friend Angela.
TYAI: What is your favorite thing to shoot? 
SR: I love to shoot people and animals, especially my cat. Anything that has expression and can tell a story. I don’t really like shooting still life and landscapes unless they help tell that story. I've recently been shooting a lot of product photography, which I like because of the unexpected artistry of it. 
TYAI: What photographers influence you?
SR: No one specific photographer influences me, more like a combination of different photographers, artists and models. A few of my favorites are Annie Leibovitz, Alphonse Mucha, Tyra Banks, and my good friend Angela. 
TYAI: What inspires you? 
SR: Movies with really good cinematography. Especially The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I love the colors. Also magazines and catalogs for Urban Outfitters and Free People.
TYAI: Age and time spent in an industry bring experience and knowledge, but what advantages does being young bring?
SR: I think because I'm young I'm not afraid to experiment. I'm not stuck in doing what is correct or the proper method. And I learn fast. There is so much new technology that is great and I'm able to learn it and adapt to it very quickly. 
TYAI: Is there anything else you'd like to say? Anything to fellow young photographers/artists?
SR: Find your style. Do it your own way.
Check out Sophie's website and Facebook page

1 comment:

  1. thank you so much emily! such a beautiful piece you put together for me!