Beautiful photos come from all different places! We were so lucky to have had Anna Ksenzenko capture such great images like our spring jumpsuit! It was such a pleasure to work with her and see her final product! She delivered amazing shots in dresses, rompers and our cute spring jumpsuit. Very humble and sweet person, Anna really lets her personality come through in her photos.
We wanted to get insidqthe mind of Anna. She creates such spectacular shots and has an amazing vision when it comes to her photography. She spreads her wings like our butterflies on our spring jumpsuit! These few questions will give us insight on how the magic happens!
Anna Ksenzenko Interview
Are there any photos which stand out in your life as having moved you the most and if so why?
In case are you asking about photos from the world of fashion photography then Sarah Moon's photos inspire me a lot. Her work for the Pirelli Calendar is may favorite. I love impressionism in fine art and that photos are amazingly beautiful example of impressionism in photography.
I also admire Richard Avedon's iconic fashion photographs for the great use of dynamic lines in that images.
Do you listen to music when you're working, if yes, what kind?
Sometimes I put some music in the studio to make my little models feel more relaxed. Personally, I start paying too much attention to it and it destruct's me from my work.
Do you know what a finished piece of work looks like or does it develop as you work?
Yes, I would not ever start shooting until I have clear image in my head. However since I mainly work with kids they don't always agree to be a part of that perfect picture. My little models bring fresh creative ideas to the shoot and I have to admit their ideas are sometimes better than mine! And that's actually what I love about working with kids.
What's the best part of the process? What's the most challenging part?
The best is part shooting itself, when all preparations are done and everything goes as planned. For me it is the moment when magic is happen (or doesn't :) ). The most challenging part is selling your photography.
One of the many things we appreciate about your photos is that your subject seems to have the courage, when in your shoot, to let a emanate a more personal part of themselves. The photo looks very honest. How do you manage to make this happen?
Thank you! It really depends on person I photograph. Usually I just wait for the kids to become more comfortable with me and with the studio. I talk about things they like or they may interested in. When you work with young models not only you need to shoot from the same height, but also you need to be on the same level with them emotionally. Show kids that you are interested in them, their ideas and thoughts.
If you could photograph anyone in the world who would it be, also how would you style them?
It's really hard to say. Sometimes I see a person and realize I really want to photograph her/his. This feeling can be so strong, that even being a pretty shy, I go and ask strangers if they can be my models. (Well, normally I ask parents to photograph their kids).
What would you tell your younger self?
Don't be scared to do what you really like and what you are passionate about.
What do you think is the role of photography today?
I do think that today the role is the same as it always was - capture the moment.
What has changed is the quantity and the quality of images. Sometimes I feel that we live the world of photos of all kinds not the word of real people and things. In addition in the past the photos were the reflection of the real life, and now with all the technology, computer and smartphones around us images are more and more often showing the fake reality.
What hopes do you have for your works the moment you release them into the world? How do you wish for them to affect people?
The main thing I want is to stay on the bright side, show the beauty and true emotions. It is very delicate thing to photograph kids, especially in fashion, don't let creativity to go over ...
What advice do you have for any new photographers?
Study what people did before you. Not only in photography, but in painting, art, theater etc. I really don't know how it works, but the more images you saw earlier you have in your head, the easier is it to create your own style, that based on your personal vision.
That is that! Anna shuts it down with a great interview. She lets us see how the magic all happens and some of her views on photography. We love that our spring jumpsuit was captured with such grace as well as a plethora of other items. She inspires to make her images come to life and radiate the same emotions puts into them. Many more styles that were captured like our spring jumpsuit, can be viewed on our Instagram.
More of Anna's photos can be checked out at www.annaksenzenkokids.com