Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Kon.
Valerie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been a professional photographer for almost 10 years. I started with portraits because I always had a strong interest in people and their personalities. My first models were friends, of course, but I quickly started getting paid gigs. My college major is in psychology, which helped and still helps me build a trusting relationship with my clients.
5 years ago I moved from oversaturated and constantly busy Moscow, Russia to the beautiful and laid-back San Diego and fell in love with nature and the people. Everything was so new to me and opened new opportunities for professional growth as well. I was happy that local magazines, creative professionals, and businesses quickly displayed interest in my work.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I had opportunities to try myself in many photography genres.
I do different kinds of portrait photography – business portrait, couples, families, children and even newborn infants. I have a belief: when a new client tells me: “You know, I am not a professional model…” it is a sign that everything will go just perfect. I know how hard it is to be on the other side of the camera. It is very important to create a calm and friendly mood during the photo shoot to get the best results and the sincere emotions.
Also, I love to shoot fashion and create dramatic and bright looks with a creative team for model agencies, brands, and editorials. A great way to show how crazy and creative you can be!
And one more genre that I discovered for myself here, in San Diego, is food photography! I enjoy working with details and composition to show how delicious and tempting food might be. Thanks to this city for being such a foodie paradise!
My main goal is to share the beauty that I see and create quality visual content for my clients.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Feeling lonely might be real when you’ve just started and known nothing about the industry. But nowadays, everybody has powerful tools to introduce themselves to the world, find their audience and like-minded people. The internet and social media make us closer, so don’t be afraid to reach others, especially, when you have an interesting idea and enthusiasm. Be first, don’t waste your time waiting!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I collaborate with local magazines and other artists and professionals. I have a lot of my work to show on my website and in social media. Welcome!
- Website: http://www.valeriekon.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @valerie_kon
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valkonphotography
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