About me

mother and child tender moment in black and white
Hi! I am Julia, I live in St Andrews, Scotland, with my 3 kids and Italian husband, who's doing research at the University here. I love long walks and bicycle rides, holding hands with my kids and a good cup of coffee.

Life in our house is busy and a bit chaotic. Our kids' names all start with an 'M'. We speak 3 languages (I'm Ukrainian with Russian as a native language, plus Italian and English). We build Legos, read, watch movies (National Geographic documentaries are the current favourite) and we usually try to escape from Scotland in the summer and visit with the grandparents. We have a rule that sticks, rocks and other treasures from our outdoor adventures stay in the garden, but kids still try to sneak them in :-).

I love autumn, the colour blue and walking barefoot on the beach. I knit sweaters for my kids (which sometimes never get quite finished). Our kitchen is full of hand-painted ceramic mugs, and I love to cook and bake with the kids, then watch them licking the batter bowl clean.

Here's some of my three 'M'.

For almost 15 years photography has a very special place in my heart and in my life.

Family photography for parents who want beautiful and meaningful photographs, without cheesy smiles and awkward posing.

I specialize in candid and natural family, children and baby photography. My style is timeless and artistic, and I am known for my ability to use environment, light and natural details like blooms and foliage to create gorgeous and unique images. I believe family photos should be about kids and their quirks, surprise hugs and tickling monster attacks, family life and simple beauty of everyday things.

I only shoot on location, at your home or a favourite outdoor place, that has a meaning for your family and your story. The shoot often looks like we go for a walk together, with kids leading the flow of the session. I may give some gentle direction, but usually I am just an observer capturing the moments as they unfold.

My work has been featured by Vogue Italia, LooksLikeFilm, Click blog and Dear Photographer magazine, as well as @CandidChildhood, @JJcommunity, and others. I am also a finalist of Shoot and Share contest - one of the biggest international photo competitions.

Take a look at my portfolio or recent blog posts. And if it feels rights - get in touch, I'd love to connect with you.


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