WHA Creatives: Senya Golyshkin—Photographer
Senya’s a Moscow based lifestyle photographer. Witnessing a professional photographer at work from his sister’s wedding sparked his interest in photography, then the rest is history. 6 years in, he’s now worked with big brands like Coca-Cola, IKEA, Cosmopolitan, and Mercedes-Benz AMG. WHA’s very honored to be collaborating with Senya for one of our latest wallpapers.
Current Favorite Work-space: He’s been enjoying some popular/kinda hipster cafes and couple co-working stations, where there’s always something happening, and you can suddenly get hired by someone sitting behind you 🙂 And more specifically—Boston Restaurant
Why and how did you get into photography?
On my sister’s wedding day I saw the photographer for the first time. I mean, real photographer: with two cameras and a lot of lenses in a huge backpack. I watched him worked all day and it was like “wow. I want to shoot”. Then I bought my first camera, a Canon 40D, and began to hang out with friends and shoot just everything. Just for fun. Just because I liked to come back home, move pics to laptop and dive into the magic of post processing. I was 18.
How long have you been shooting and what gear do you shoot with?
I own the cameras and have fun for 6 years already, but I started to shoot a bit more actively when I bought my first FF camera Canon 5dmII – that was 3 years ago. That was the moment when I dove deep into photography. Now I use my favorite big guy Canon 1Ds Mark III with pack of Canon L lenses. Time after time I use a Profoto Pro-B2 pack to light up the scenes.
“…change of mindset was crucial.”
What was the moment when you decided to pursue this professionally?
After getting Canon 5dmII I wondered: “How do the professionals get such cool pics?” I began to watch a lot of tutorials, viewing tons of magazines, and so on. And in half a year I found that I think and talk about photography all the time. “This field looks very interesting. Lets see what I can do here.” That was a kind of tipping point, when I started to think differently about photography, not like an amateur. The change of mindset was crucial.
What’s the toughest challenge you face as a photographer?
The toughest challenge for me is a common for all freelancers, I suppose: to fight my own doubts, fears, laziness. Every single day.
Any photographer(s) you lookup to?
When I started listing through magazines, I found a couple photographers who blew my mind. They were Mario Testino, Elle von Unwerth, Sam Jones, Ben Watts, Nick Onken, Peggy Sirota. I love the way they showing the life: an easy, simple, colorful lifestyle. I started following their work to get some ideas how to do this and that, to become more proficient in photography.
For this time I still do this but not so often as few years ago. For the first time stranger pics helps you to understand what do you like and what you want to shoot. But with your evolving comes the danger to loose yourself in those pictures of others. It’s all about shooting more often than to watch someones works.
Are you working on any personal projects you’d like share?
I like the concept of shooting pics for dream brands like you were hired by them. So when I have some free time, I always plan something with products of those brands which I want to hire me. Its a one huge project called “Push yourself forward and follow your dreams” 🙂
What advice would you give a novice in the field?
You probably have heard it a lot of times: shoot as much as possible, create new things as much as you can, struggle a lot, develop your professional skills, thats simple recipe to create some magic!
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’til next time,