Born and raised in a small town in Russia, my mom encouraged me from the beginning to learn a foreign language so that I might leave my home country and find a better life.
While in high school, I studied day and night and got admitted to a very prestigious university, The Linguistic University of Nizhny Novgorod, where I studied both English and French. Upon graduation in 2002, I decided to pursue the “American Dream” and I did so alone‒ without any family and with only $300 in my pocket.
Needless to say, my first year in America was tough. Like many newcomers, I took any job I could just to get by. In the process, I made enough money to buy my first camera - a Nikon point-and-shoot (but never - in my wildest dreams - did I think I would end up being a successful photographer!) Only a few years later, while traveling with a non-profit in India and volunteering at an orphanage, I first developed a love and passion for photography.
Svetlana is insanely talented, creative and will go the extra mile to get the perfect shot. She's also very personable, responsive, and fantastic to work with. Our entire wedding party loved her and everyone is still raving about our stunning photos. We can’t say enough great things about Svetlana. She exceeded all expectations and her work speaks for itself!
- Maria R.
Hiring Svetlana was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. She’s worth every penny...
- LeeAnn T.
We are OBSESSSSSSSED with our wedding photos! The whole day was and Svetlana's Photos truly embody that.
I hold myself to the highest standard of care and professionalism. Being given the opportunity to create a visual legacy for others is something I promise to never take lightly.
I will always be upfront and honest with you. Photography has never been just a way to make money. It’s the foundation of so many friendships I’ve been honored to form in my profession, and that friendship begins with honesty.
My goal is to feel less like a photographer to you and more like a best friend with a camera. This is a safe place where you can be yourself and let your most authentic selves shine in the most stunning light.
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