Kristina Makeeva is a photographer from Russia whose work speaks for itself. Kristina started taking photos at the age of 16 and has not stopped ever since.
1.For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kristina and I’m a photographer from Moscow. Once, at the age of 16, I took the camera in my hands, and since then I have been shooting. I am also involved in a global project called “Simple Magic Things”. We are looking for magic in everyday life. A project with dresses is a way to show how a person and his creations can organically fit into the beauty of this world, not yielding to him.
2. How did you develop an interest in photography?
I did not study photography at the University, but I took related subjects like graphic design, web design, Adobe programs and so on. At school, we did not have such clubs, but I often did my own presentations with pictures in Photoshop for school courses, for example, a course in physics and so on. In Photoshop I’ve been working since I was 14, I’m shooting from 16.
3. How did you start your career as a photographer?
My first camera was a Panasonic video camera, which took pictures with a resolution of 640×480 pixels in JPG format. It was 14 years ago. I took pictures myself. I got a related education at the university, I studied as a graphic designer. It strongly influenced my work. Designers always create their worlds out of nothing. As I am now- I always need to embellish reality.
4. Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
It seems to me that not at all photographers influenced my choice of this profession, but in general, art and the environment: nature, music, pictures, cinema and so on.
5. What is your ideal shooting location?
Probably when I shoot and lie down at the same time. Just kidding. I always enjoy shooting on beaches or near pools.
6. What advice do you have for aspiring photographers?
- The most important thing that I remember on the way of becoming a photographer is that you yourself should be strong. To force to study, to force to work, to force to search for the information. Then everything will turn out exactly as it should. It’s like athletes. Is very similar.
- Instagram very strongly influenced my creativity and development. It’s a great tool for a photographer. Thanks to instant feedback from viewers, the creator gets an incentive to take photos every day, not just pictures, but those that would be better than the previous ones. Even on Instagram, there is a lot of inspiration: the pictures and people who do something beautiful or are themselves beautiful or inspiring, with whom it is possible to do collaborations. When many talented people do something together – this is a lot of inspiration and a lot of beauty.
- I studied by myself and continue to study every day. All the information you need is available on the internet, you only need to be able to find it and structure it. This, of course, is not very simple, but it can really help you.
7. What equipment do you prefer to use?
iPhone, sony a7r3, flash, additional lights and etc.
8. Who would you love to do a shoot with?
With my cat Kotleta and The Main Helper in my Life Dmitry.
9. How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I’m learning something new every day. The photographer, like the director, is obliged to know everything: how different objects are reflected in different parts of the world and in different water, the laws of physics, anatomy, the peculiarities of work of people of different professions and different apparatuses. All this is necessary in order to create whole worlds. And of course, I always follow what interesting thing comes up in my fields – in photography and design.
10. What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
The most important things in photography are rhythms and unity. We sometimes just see the landscape that fits the outfit and shoot it. And sometimes we prepare dresses in advance for the photos of the alleged place.
11. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I would like to immediately hear that the main thing about taking photos is practice.
12. Who was your favorite person to photograph?
I think, my friends, my sister, and my cat.
13. What do you have planned for the future?
I do not plan, I’m an artist.
Thank you so much to Kristina for the wonderful interview. You can find more about her and her work on: