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Art & Life with Sofia Putrino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sofia Putrino.

Sofia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
A lot of times you’ll hear people say they “always knew they wanted to be a ….” Well, I didn’t really always know I wanted to be a photographer. Actually, my major in college was International Security! What I did know though, was that I absolutely loved taking photos of people having a good time. Smiling, dancing, kissing, laughing, etc. I loved getting those ‘candid’ shots of the people I was around. I started this photography journey with a Canon AE-1 film camera which was gifted to me by my uncle (who is also a photographer), and my fun little side hobby started growing into a passionate business. I took Caroline (yea, that’s what I named my camera) with me everywhere. Burned through dozens of rolls of film and had hundreds of lessons learned. If you talk to anyone who started out with a film camera, you’ll learn that it was the best teacher they’ve ever had. I had rolls of amazing beauty and rolls of total crap.

I learned HOW to use my camera, and HOW to see light through the lens. Caroline accompanied me on my honeymoon to Thailand, and then to my first engagement session. After a year or so into this hobby, I was then gifted my first Canon 5dMkiii (I know, I hit the gifting jackpot here), but this time from my husband. After that, well, the rest is history. Since then I’ve not stopped shooting. Engagements, Weddings, Newborns, Families, etc. My passion to capture that smile, those dance moves, those kisses – it’s only gotten stronger. I pride myself on making all my clients feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera. I want to be able to document YOU as a couple, and when you look at your images, think “oh my gosh, that’s SO US.”

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Again, I want to capture YOU. I love all my clients, but I especially love my couples. I am a bit of a romantic. Okay, I’ve watched basically every rom-com there is and loudly express “AWWWW” at every happy ending – swoop you off your feet – kiss. So, naturally, that’s what I want to capture too! Love is amazing. It’s difficult, it’s beautiful, but most of all, it’s DIFFERENT for every single person. Love isn’t the same and definitely isn’t expressed the same in every couple. I really want to capture whatever your expression is. Usually about one third of the way through my session, I figure out exactly how it is that you two communicate and love each other. Whether it’s through a pick-her-up-kiss, or a sweet nuzzle into her neck; I see it and snap a picture of it. How do I pull it out of my couple, though? Well. I make a FOOL of myself. If you aren’t willing to be natural in front of your clients, they won’t feel comfortable being natural in front of you. And well – I’m naturally a fool. I do silly things or say silly things to get them relaxed, then I put them in poses, and ask them to talk to each other. Most of the time, this starts out as what feels like a weird pose, then turns into a belly laugh and big ole’ kiss. Which then turns into that “SO US” photo. Recently, my Instagram description read “Wild Love”, but I changed it to read “Real Love”. Not everyone has the “Instagram” relationship! I want to be the one to capture what it really means to be in love; YOUR WAY!

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Just keep trying! Go to workshops, reach out to those more experienced, just keep reaching out! It took me going out on a limb and going to two workshops, but I met an amazing friend who has taught me so much already. I have also met SO MANY amazing photographers and florists and calligraphers, etc. All because I invested in myself and my business, and showed up to a few workshops and then kept in contact with them! [Read: bugged them but it paid off!].

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
This is 2018 bro! Catch me on Instagram, is where you will find all my Real love couples, and all my work is kept (mostly) up to date on my website. You can support my work by recommending me to your friends! The interwebs is great and all, but 90% of my work comes from referrals. It’s absolutely true what they say, a referral is the best compliment.

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