Kira Yanenko by Iren Stramaus

Kira Yanenko by Iren Stramaus

Model Test for Kira

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Two inhabitants of Krasnodar in this session: the model Kira Yanenko, and the photographer Iren Stramaus. Krasnodar is situated in that strategically important bit of Russia that sticks down to the south, giving it access to both the Black and Caspian Seas.

Kira tends to have that expression: from not really looking sure of the photographer’s intentions – up to just-tasted-a-lemon. She’s a strange model, given that she’s on the books of a normal agency – Shtorm Models – but only seems to do art/portrait sessions. If you go through her Instagram or VK.com photostreams there are precious few fashion sets: mainly at the beginning of her career. These probably show why (apart from the fact that in the second one she seems to have been crawling on her knees recently):

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……..on Instagram her followers plead for a smile – rarely conceded: guess who the model on the left is:

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Iren is wonderful from the point of view that she simply lays out her thirty-or-so sets (all children) on her site under “work”: no irritating slide shows, no gimmicks – and lovely big formats. She has done another set of eleven shots featuring Kira, here’s a selection:

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…a really mesmerising gaze when she turns it on.

I’ve chosen another selection from her work with other photographers: trying to limit the infinite number of headshots she’s done, and to give an idea of what she would be capable of if she unfroze a little:

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…..I’m not criticising Kira for looking miserable sometimes: it’s her default expression, and quite probably doesn’t reflect what she’s really feeling – and since she actually does arty portraits most of the time, a fashion-catalogue smile would be out of place anyway. These are from her two latest sessions:

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….intense, and definitely nothing to laugh about. I put a happy-looking Kira in the featured image spot at the top of the post – also wearing bright clothes and messing about: things that she rarely gets snapped doing. Here’s a final selection: more smiles, and a last shot where she’s really enjoying herself:

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….and I almost forgot the photographer of the set that brought us here: Iren Stramaus – she seems to do nothing but smile….:

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…..followed by a link to Kira’s Instagram account – and another shot of her by Iren:

 

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