Spotlight Interview … Portrait Photographer Alina Mayboroda

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JRP: We welcome Portrait Photographer Alina Mayboroda to James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Alina for joining us.

Alina Mayboroda: Hello, and thank you very much for your interest in my work.

JRP: Where do you call home Alina?

Alina Mayboroda: During my life I moved a lot, and lived in many different places, but I would call Saint Petersburg, Russia, my home.

JRP: How did you get your start in photography? Did you have any formal training?


Alina Mayboroda: I received my first camera as a gift in 2009, and first tried it with my daughter. As for the training, I am self-taught, a lot of my knowledge comes from observing famous works of art and from reading books about photography, painting and many other visual arts – I read very much.

JRP: What is it about being a visual artist that most inspires you?

Alina Mayboroda: Sometimes there are beautiful moments, and when I see them I want to capture them, so that the moment is stopped and saved.  I want to remember my children the way they were when they were young. Then sometimes, I see the imperfections of this world, the sick things that upset me. So then again, I take the camera, and try to create something beautiful – something that will calm me down and make me happy. The photography is a very important part of my life – I just can’t live without it.

JRP: Who are some of the photographers that have contributed to your growth and style?

Alina Mayboroda: I was inspired by specific works from different photographers, but in a certain time period I was impressed by Julia Cameron’s works. I love the works of photographers from the past, because the people in these old photo-portraits look different, their faces look spiritualistic.

JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

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Alina Mayboroda: I have a couple of cameras, and which one of them I take depends on the situation. For an outside shoot I would either use D90 or D700 Nikon camera, with portrait lens (for example Nikkor 85*1.8).

JRP: What type of lighting do you personally favor and why, artificial or available, hard or soft? What type of modifiers do you use and why?

Alina Mayboroda: I prefer soft daylight, as it’s more natural and comfortable for the child models I use so often. Children do not like hard, artificial lighting – it scares them, and makes it harder to work. Mostly I work in the early mornings and late evenings when the sun is low. If I am taking a child studio portrait, I might use two large Softboxes and Honeycomb Grid modifiers, because the large Softbox would give a softer light, and the Grid would help create a light spot on the background.

JRP: Describe your digital work-flow and the software you use. Does your post processing contribute heavily to your style?


Alina Mayboroda: I use Lightroom to convert the photographs and then edit in Photoshop. Generally all the converting and editing doesn’t take more than 10 minutes, as the child portraits do not require much post processing.

JRP: Do you work alone or with a regular crew?

Alina Mayboroda: My children, cats and husband are my crew. Mostly they are the ones to assist me during the sessions. I do not hire any crew though.

JRP: Could you share one of your most memorable shoots and what made it special for you?


Alina Mayboroda: My shoots are like my children, and I love all of my children the same. Each and every one of them is special to me.

JRP: If not photography what would you be doing with your time?

Alina Mayboroda: I do not have much free time at all, but when I do I with great pleasure would read a good book. I love playing with my children, and teaching them to create. I also enjoy visiting interesting places as a family.

JRP: What has been some of the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Alina Mayboroda: Honestly, I cannot remember any advice from a photographer about my work. But in a certain time, when I was just beginning a recommendation on reading Portrait Photography by Mark Clehgorn, was very helpful.

JRP: What special advice would you like to share with other photographers?


Alina Mayboroda: Do not stop practicing, carefully observe famous works of art. Do not stop learning and loving what you do..

JRP: Thank you Alina for sharing your thoughts and images with us. Wishing you continued success.

Alina Mayboroda: Thank you, James Robinson. I was glad to share my thoughts with you.

JRP: To view more of Alina Mayboroda’s photography please follow these links:

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