“The most common form of despair is not being who you are.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

Yuliya Rae Seattle PNW Portrait Outdoor Photographer Herbalist

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.

A new skill I am learning

This year I am studying for an herbal apprenticeship and I am extremely excited about this opportunity. I will be learning all about plants and their medicinal uses, foraging and wildcrafting, preparing infused oils, salves, creams, tinctures and other ways of extracting plant material. Most of all I am excited to commune with plants, learn more about the earth and sustainability and be of help to others in their various ailments.

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.

An item on my bucket list is…

To visit Japan and experience this country and its culture.

A movie that changed my life

“Requiem for a dream” & “Dancer in the dark”

My personal passion project is…

This year is all about authenticity and connection. I will be photographing sessions where I can truly connect with people in front of me, with the nature around me and with the process of artistic creation.