Fashion Photographer Tatiana Kurnosova
Tatiana Kurnosova is a fashion photographer, stylist and blogger with almost 10 years working experience in fashion industry.
Tatiana’s career has begun since her first trip to Milan. Since then she has never stopped going forward and growing as an artist.
Multiple awards – winner, published photographer and author of “All you need to know about model test shoots. The ultimate guide for fashion models, fashion photographers and aspiring stylists” book, Tatiana is currently sharing her knowledge about fashion photography and modeling on her YouTube channel.
Tatiana’s photography style is a mix of sensuality and simplicity, dramatic and minimalistic, with a tint of Asian scent.
Tell us about yourself when did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
My name is Tatiana Kurnosova, I’m a fashion photographer, stylist and blogger. I’ve been working in fashion industry for about 10 years. I’ve never planned on becoming a fashion photographer, I guess it just happened organically.
I fell in love with photography when I was in Japan. I was so inspired by everything around me, so I couldn’t stop capturing it through my camera.
Now I have a YouTube channel about fashion photography and modeling, where I’m sharing my knowledge, I travel a lot and really enjoy everything I do.
What is most important at the moment you take a picture?
Knowing what you need to get as a result. Whether you’re working for a client or doing a personal project it’s really important to know what your goal is and also paying attention to the details. In fashion we need to capture the clothes, accessories or cosmetics and everything should look perfect, so the customer would want to buy it.
From where you get your inspiration
I was always inspired by Asian art and culture. Japanese woodblock prints, classic Chinese paintings, Korean traditional costumes… All of it can give me a boost of inspiration and desire to create.
I also get inspired by beauty of the models, especially when it comes to my personal projects.
How do you look for the perfect spots?
First I think of the shoot’s concept and decide whether it would be best to work in the studio or on location. If I choose the studio, then I simply choose it based on the pictures or the spaces I’ve worked in before.
When it comes to locations, I prefer just walking around for few hours and scout the location. Eventually I find the nice sports quite easily. If my shoot is going to be in another country, I first try to look at the options on the map or photos, then when I arrive I go see everything by myself before the shoot.
Describe a typical shoot.
First I briefly discuss the shoot idea with the client. When I come to understand what they need as a result, I create a mood board for my team, so we would all be aware of the concept. After the models being booked, we meet on the set and do our jobs. Fashion photography is truly teamwork and I’m so happy that I’m able to work with so many talented people.
Were you educated in photography, or are you self taught?
I am self-taught and have never studied photography, but I have a degree in Architecture and Interior design, so I’ve studied such subjects as color theory, academic painting, and drawing, history of art, composition and etc. I think it has really helped me to develop my vision, taste in art and photography style.
What camera do you use most of the time?
I still use my old Canon 5D Mark II. Thinking of upgrading my gear though
Which photo are you currently most proud of?
I can’t choose only one… And honestly, I’m never happy with my photos. I guess being so critical to myself and my work is what keeps me going forward and being passionate about learning something new.
I can only say that I love one of my recent editorials called “The Ghost Inside” and the close-up portrait of a Sandra @ FL Model Management. I love everything dramatic and “a little bit broken” and this picture on one side shows the perfect beauty and on the other side some kind of tragedy. And still, it sells the products that is the main goal of fashion photography. I think being able to both tell a story and make the pictures commercially successful is really important.
Comparing where you are now with where you are when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?
I don’t think I would change anything. What I’ve been through, what I’ve learned through the years is what makes me who I am right now. My experience, my emotions, my thoughts… It is what helps me create, what makes my photography style unique and it is what my clients want to see. They work with me because of my vision, my personality. If I’ll change my past it will seem like cutting off a part of who I am. We all have our stories, the ones we need to tell and live it through.
Favorite photography book?
My own book which I’m really proud of. It called “All you need to know about the model test shoots”. When I’ve started photographing I had no idea about this industry. I wish someone would have told me everything I say in this book. It is the ultimate guide for fashion models, fashion photographers and aspiring stylists and everyone who’s simply interested in modeling and fashion. Both digital and paperback is available on Amazon and I will be really happy if you guys will check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed
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