Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. This description is by Wikipedia and it’s totally accurate, but we think, there is much more to photography than just technical terms and the science behind it. We think it can translate, express or create emotion, events, memories and so much more.

It was 2019 and we were looking for a photographer in Moscow for our party. Our friends (Lovanda) suggested Sasha Vasha and it was the perfect match. She captured the party exactly how it was. It was authentic and you could feel the energy from every photo. In this short interview you can understand little better her approach to photography.

1. What makes a picture stand out from the average? 

It’s really subjective and depends of what you grade as high level. For me high level photographers are innovators who invent new ideas, practice their skills a lot, who understand technical aspects of camera, light, composition, do their work fast and with high quality. These people have tried a lot of different techniques to get their own. And you can see it in their works! Light, composition, work with model and model’s type choice, also selection of the pictures’ list, colors, preparation before the session etc. – all of these things are making perfect work.

2. What details do you believe make the best photographs?

It depends of what are the best photos for you! Are those in the galleries? You can probably just organize exhibition. Are those in the magazines? Here you just make a job based on the request. Or maybe those with more likes on social web? Does it really mean that it’s better than others? Just imagine that you look at the picture! Do you like it? So, why do you like it or not? Just answer to this question. I really believe to the “Best moment” theory! Somehow you can catch it when everything is perfect: composition, background, pose and sight of the model, her/his wear and feelings at the moment – all of these small details make you professional! And not everyone is photographic. So, you as photographer have to manage models and help them.

3. Whose work has influenced you most?

I’ve watched a lot of artists and photographers and still digging. I think that most important things in your art or prophecy are dig, behold and analysis. Here are some names: Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon, Matteo Montanari. Painters: Rembrandt, Jan van Eyck.

4. What is your favorite subject to photograph?

Portrait! I like to show people as they are, but through my own vision.

5. What is the most difficult part of being a photographer for you?

For me there still problem with burnout. I always put too much energy and try to make it perfect, but sometimes it’s better to just flow into the moment.

6. What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer for you?

It’s awesome when you got positive feedbacks from the people, when they say you that your vision is great.

7. What kind of gear do you use?

Canon r and lenses: 35mm , 50 mm and 85 mm.

Most of the times I shoot with natural light from the window or studio light. Made a lot of experiments to get my style.

8. Where can people see you work? 

Instagram is the easiest way! @sashavasha