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Photographer of the Year

Seminar in Melbourne on the 25th and 26th of August

   Please don’t forget about an amazing Seminar in Melbourne next Monday and Tuesday-  25th and 26th, there are still a few spots left. Ladies – shopping there is unbelievable! 🙂 Give yourself a break and learn and network at the same time. See you there.    http://www.prophotoseminars.com.au/ Speakers 1. Dan O’DayDan will be speaking about a range of topics that have been pertinent to his growth in the industry: his unique approach to weddings, the philosophy behind the importance of personal projects + nurturing creativity, as well as industry-specific competitions and awards. 2. Speaker 2 of 6 Hilary WardhaughHilary shows how success in business constantly growing the business. We all say we want a better balance in life. Well if that’s the case it is all about making the right choices to do so, even though they may be hard decisions to make. 3. Speaker 3 of 6 25th & 26th JULY MELBOURNE Kira Likhterova  – Me 🙂Kira will be discussing how to create magic with real people and how to find the beauty in everyone. Kira will also be demonstrating how to manage a photographic shoot anywhere and in any scenario.4. speaker 4 of 6 SAMM BLAKE Samm will be discussing topics in exploring creativity and refining artistic vision through the exploration and development of oneself, and how accessing this creative faculty has allowed her to grow both her business and artistic endeavours 5. Speaker 5 of 6  Mercury Megaloudis Mercury shares his secrets to running a successful photography studio. Get an edge over your competitors, setting standards, tips on selling, winning the AIPP 2010 Wedding Album of The Year and maintaining the rage after 20 years in business. 6. Speaker 6 of 6 YERVANT Find your Signature !Yervant’s work is easily recognised, it has a distinctive style which has become a signature. Bad for award entries as one can spot a ‘Yervant’ but very profitable in the real world.Today, we are all vying for the same business, most websites offer very similar images, all beautiful, but wha…t is your POINT OF DIFFERENCE? Yervant has a long track record in leading the marketplace with style, creating trends and breaking traditional rules.He owns one of the most successful studios in Australia if not the world.Find out Yervant’s “How”, “Why”, and his vision for the near future for our industry.

my photo for profile

  Interesting thing happened when I have posted my self-portraits on facebook and asked opinions of friends and fans if that image was suitable for my profile. The response was overwhelming. I might even consider letting other people photograph me (never before :). My husband will be really pleased to hear that. Please have a look at the images and comments. Add yours, if you like. I am not afraid anymore 🙂      Here are the images. Please follow links below to check out what was said of each one… check what my fans are saying  Kira’s self-portait  check what my fans are saying  Kira’s self-portrait 2  My dear fans. I need your opinion. Apparently I had no recent photos of myself ( surprise, surprise :), except for my wedding ones, and I was asked to provide it together with my bio for the Seminar and workshops being organised with me as a speaker. Well – that is what I saw in the mirror. Honestly – I tried. 🙂 But am no…t sure that it sends the right message? Am I looking sad? Or just hmmmm… wise? Hehehe (translation – old..) LOL I am seriously, seriously believe that I am a woman behind the camera, not in front. Need your opinions, please. Should it be sort of more cheerful? 🙂 Help, please


Teaching Magic? Is it possible? Well – I will try my best. For those who already know me – that is a good enough promise. Showing passion – definitely is. What do I try to teach in my workshops? Seeing light, seeing “Magic”, seeing opportunities, posing real people, real couples, real families, real brides, voluptuous women, couples where brides are taller/much smaller than their partner and how to pose photograph them. Picking the right light, the right colour for the right skin tone; communication with a client; working in a difficult weather conditions – hot sun, rain; working under pressure – and then, of course – Photoshop magic and “Before” and “After” to see the full circle from start to finish of the Magic. I find it is the best outcome for students when we invite “real brides” for a wedding workshop instead of models so the students can learn how to pose real people (who have no idea, who needs a bit or sometimes a lot of help) instead of just simply watching a beautiful model in front of them who perfectly knows how to move already, where the light is and what to do. This happens a lot at workshops – that is my observation only. What are students left to do? What they are really doing is – fighting with each other over the best spot to take the photo that was already orchestrated for them by the tutor, his idea and the perfect model that the tutor hired – so they can get a shot for their portfolio. They don’t try to analyse why and how the image works and “what if”– they don’t have time. They need to grab a shot while they can and I can perfectly understand it – who wouldn’t want to take a shot of a beautiful, elegant girl in a perfect gown that actually suits her, standing in a gorgeous light with a veil blowing? The tutor is not a fool. He/she would pick a right girl, in a right gown and take her to a perfect location at the right time of day. Who wouldn’t want to take that shot and even fight for it? I would. But then… students go home with “portfolio of gorgeous images” (probably sincerely thinking that that was 100% their “creations”) , they post those images on their website and facebook to attract clients and get bookings…..and clients book, assuming that what they see is what they get….so our ex-students start dealing with real people and those poor real people can’t understand why their photographer doesn’t deliver the same quality of beautiful images they show online and so it goes… Of course it is not always that black and white…But I hope it explains a bit why I am so passionate about teaching students to shoot real people, how important I think our role as teachers should be. Kira “Full day with Kira” or “Full two days with Kira” in our studio limited to 3-4 students Please check what students are saying here after workshop: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Photography-by-Kira/113964143376#!/note.php?note_id=10150212321785638 Please email us if you are interested.