“I must be a mermaid … I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
— Anaïs Nin

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Hello, I am Yuliya. Based in rainy and gorgeous Pacific Northwest, Seattle to be precise, I live and create with my camera, my eyes and my hands. I cherish nature and its beauty. I love hiking and exploring, or just taking a walk and taking in the small things that make me stare in wonder – a twig of lavender moving in the wind, a drop of rain on a pine needle.

I am a dreamer and a wanderluster, an avid reader and dog lover. I yearn for authenticity and connection with those around me which typically means I dread small talk and relish deep, meaningful conversations. I think in stories and visuals and I love matching people with places that most speak to them for our photoshoots. I love capturing profound emotions.

My personal passion project is…

This year I started studying Japanese and I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. I am also continuing to take writing classes both for my personal projects as well as to become a better writer for my clients.

An item on my bucket list is…

To visit Iceland and experience this exquisite country and its abundance of natural wonders.

Books that changed my life

George Orwell’s 1984, the Harry Potter series, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimerer, and many more

Weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten

Cow tongue, hands down. Where I come from – Ukraine – cow tongue is a delicacy so there were a few instances in my childhood where this dish was presented at a gathering. It has a very peculiar texture but it tasted delicious. Now that I’ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years my views on it differ quite a bit, of course, yet it still remains one of the strangest things that’s ever come across my taste buds.