Q & A with High Fashion Photographer Igor Kondrya
By: Nina Wilson
Sacramento’s Fashion Week is right around the corner so we took a couple of minutes to sit down with leading photographer Igor Kondrya to get to know him and find out how he has gotten the privilege be apart of such an amazing event. He also gives advice to other aspiring photographers and models to help them make their dreams come true.
Q: Every artist has a story pertaining to why they have decided to pursue their chosen craft and yours is photography. Can you tell me why you have decided to pursue a career in photography? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: As a kid growing up, ironically, I really disliked be photographed but I was always curious about being the photographer. After learning more and more, I remember realizing that photographs can freeze a moment in time. They can bring back so much emotions from a special or bad day. Once I understood how the camera worked and what it could do for people, I knew that photography was for me. Because I am a very quite person, the idea that my can work can visually speak for itself was also quite appealing to me.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: I get my inspiration from my surroundings, the family that I was blessed with, and my friends. There’s a saying, “surround yourself with great people, and greatness will surround you.” I truly believe in that. Music and art also play a vital role in my life. I attend art events, there’s a lot to learn from different types of art styles, I always strive to capture something different and exciting. This drive to find and then showcase unique perspectives is what keeps me inspired to grow. My advice to photographers is to find what inspires you and chase it, never wait to be inspired.
Q: From what I have discovered about you is that you are a well seasoned photographer! You have been a leading photographer for Sacramento’s fashion week in the past and are the leading photographer for Sacramento’s fashion week again this year. What an amazing accomplishment! What do you love about being a recurring photographer for a huge show like this?
A: In 2011, I was introduced to Duane Ram, the director of SACFW and that’s when I really delved into the world of Fashion. What I love most about this opportunity is the photographers that I get to meet, learning about the different styles that each of them bring is what makes this event very special. The networking opportunities and the fact that it brings people in the industry together is just the kind of place I feel I thrive in.
Q: Outside of shooting in the fashion industry what are some other areas that you like to photograph?
A: I mostly find myself photographing weddings; that’s where most of my clients come from. Secondly are portraits. Portraits can be challenging as each person has an idea of what they look like and I want to show them how my skills can make their dreams into reality. Putting both of our ideas together to make something great is extremely rewarding. I not only do professional portraits but family portraits. This is my personal favorite thing to do. Capturing those special moments of a growing family is so special and I always hope to give the family photos that they will treasure forever. Knowing that your work will hang on someone’s wall inside their home is priceless.
Lastly, fashion photography is where I get to showcase dynamic photographs. As you can see, having been with Sacramento Fashion Week, and various other shows I have had a lot of experience in the fashion industry. It gives me an opportunity to show my more edgy style of photographing subjects. There are so many types of photography I truly never get tired of it.
Q: There are a lot of aspiring photographers and models out there, what tips and advice would you give them in helping make their dreams come true?
A: Some advice that I would give to other photographers would be to never rush into buying equipment. Learn about your products first. Photography is a like a science. It’s not just point and shoot and your done. Learn about lighting for example. Light has varying qualities. It can be reflective and therefore just by manipulating light, you can change the entire mood or feel of a single photograph. As for the aspiring models, be prepared to wait a lot, start small and don’t expect a lot at first. Discover what type of model category you want to delve into? Editorial? Print? Before you start anything, do you research. The more informed you are the more competitive you will be in the end.
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