I previously posted one complete session by this young (thirty-six next Christmas Day) Vladivostok photographer – Svetlana Kvashina – a lovely set featuring her daughter Polina and her baby son, as the Huntress Diana and a little angel (a nice mingling of Roman and Christian mythology):
…..and I rather dismissed her other sets as being full of “over-sugary compositions, where childhood is one long spring or summer day where everyone wears garlands of flowers in their hair“…..which is true, but as she disarmingly states:
“……I am a children’s and family photographer. In my work my main aim and desire is to combine [the] commercial part of it and the artistic realization. I’ll be very pleased if viewing my gallery brings you the best emotions.” (500px.com)
The commercial aim is clear – and that her potential customers’ taste in children’s portraiture is almost as sentimental and unrealistic as that portrayed in Victorian postcards – but also that the artistic realisation she mentions is just as well-achieved, particularly with these water-based sets (her main site is here):
…..featuring Polina and at least one other model. The light coming off the water is used really effectively in rendering the girls as river-sprites…..
Then there are some charmingly bucolic images:
…..where you can tell she’s celebrating Polina’s youth and beauty as much as creating sellable portraits.
This final group consists of portraits that veer from charming to rather saccharine:
…….the last three showing how good she is with girl/little boy – probably all being Polina and her brother – see the header as well for possibly the best portrait of her entire portfolio.
There is just one image to finish with (almost) – a bit of a departure for her – relying less on charm, while introducing a new model and a little drama:
…..and I think she needs to be brave enough to come out of her comfort zone to create portraits like this with a little more edge……tho’ I realise fine-art is less likely to pay the bills…
“Almost”?……Just two more shots – Polina as little more than a baby, and Svetlana with her two muses:
…..and if you look through her Facebook feed (see below), you’ll see from the family snaps that Polina is going to look exactly like her mother when she grows up…..not a bad thing to look forward to…..