Highlight: 500px Prime Creator Natalie Zotova! 

Meet our latest 500px Prime Creator and study extra about how Licensing is making a extra inclusive world by means of visible storytelling.

Initially from Russia, Natalie Zotova is at the moment primarily based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Natalie shoots varied genres of images, starting from marriage ceremony images to meals, product, and life-style content material. With over 18 years of expertise, Natalie’s Licensing content material stands out for its technical and inventive strategy. As a Licensing Contributor and business photographer, Natalie understands the significance of speaking to numerous shopper markets. Her Portfolio illustrates quite a lot of demographics and themes that fill gaps inside business promoting.

500px is thrilled to have Natalie as a 500px Prime Creator, and have the ability to acknowledge her as an exemplary content material creator for the 500px Licensing Assortment.

Gay Couple standing at a wall outdoors by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: Whats up! Are you able to inform us a bit about your self?

A: I’m Natalie. I like to journey, meet new folks, and, in fact, I really like images. I exploit images as a option to specific myself and to create magnificence. In my observe, I do business shoots, inventory images, tutorials, and run my very own weblog on Instagram. I really like to assist folks study new images abilities and develop their observe.

Happy vlogger influencer recording video with smartphone on a tripode. by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: We’re excited to have you ever as a 500px Prime Creator. Your Licensing Portfolio has a powerful 2,700+ pictures. Are you able to share your expertise with 500px Licensing and the way it started?

A: It began when my boyfriend advised me about Grants on 500px. The primary Grant I participated in was the Intersectional Range Grant. He recommended that I submit a few of my work. The prize was a $1000 Grant to develop a bigger shoot to be a part of the 500px Licensing assortment. I made a decision to offer it a go! At the moment, I already had an account on 500px.com, however simply a few pictures have been uploaded. It was a nice shock after I discovered that I used to be chosen to obtain the Grant cash. Since then, I’ve develop into extra concerned in Grants and Quests, and proceed to submit extra pictures to Licensing.

A female couple spending time together by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: You’ve got produced quite a few beautiful business photoshoots for 500px Licensing. Are you able to share with us the place you draw your inspiration on your life-style shoots?

A: Normally, the 500px Quest themes give me inspiration. Typically there are subjects that I’ve by no means thought-about capturing earlier than, and it turns into a enjoyable problem for me. I begin planning the fitting folks and the fitting location. Nevertheless, persons are additionally my inspiration. Typically I simply know when somebody I meet could be good for a 500px Quest photoshoot. I get excited, and I hope that, with their participation, I may win the Quest. Then I ask these folks to be my fashions.

Two young woman came to a laundry by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: Business promoting is continually evolving. Customers at the moment are advocating for content material that promotes range and authenticity. What are your ideas on these adjustments and the way do they have an effect on you as a photographer?

A: I actually like this type of content material as a result of it’s true, it’s actual, it’s not embellished. We’re who we’re, cease carrying masks and impersonating another person. This idea may be very near me. I really like naturalness, actual faces, actual feelings, actual life. However nonetheless, we’re used to magnificence photographs and are drawn to perfection. Subsequently, one should have the ability to present range and authenticity, in a balanced method, from the sometimes magnificence pushed cinematic facet.

Fe,ale feet and hands with vitiligo pigmentation by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: We really feel that your Portfolio is a wonderful instance of intentional casting that feels genuine and real. The photograph above was submitted as a part of the 500px Intersectional Range Grant sequence you shot. Are you able to inform us about your creative imaginative and prescient for this shoot?

A: The photograph is of my good friend Julia. I really like the style of boudoir images—that is the artistic a part of my work, sometimes non-commercial. I recommended a photoshoot to my good friend as a result of her pores and skin is exclusive. She was a bit of uncomfortable with the thought at first, however I needed to indicate her how lovely she is. I did this by focusing and drawing consideration to her distinctive options.

Not too long ago, I met with one other good friend of mine, and he advised me that the way in which I seize folks in my pictures is exclusive, and he needed to understand how I do it. My secret is exhibiting an individual as is, and to not intrude with them being themselves. With my fashions, I discover one thing that I can admire, and I seize it. Each individual is exclusive and delightful—my aim is to indicate this.

Beautiful female artist painting with oil paints. by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: The photographer and mannequin relationship is essential. Are you able to share any tips about the way you make your fashions really feel comfy whereas on a shoot?

A: Sure, I do know a couple of tips.

1. That you must reward your fashions. Take into account saying “tremendous, effectively finished, excellent” These phrases will give them confidence.

2. That you must give validation. Say issues like “you’re very lovely / you’re very photogenic / you’re such a lovely couple / you progress very effectively within the body” This may assist the individual chill out and loosen up.

3. Clearly talk what you need your fashions to do. Keep in mind that not all of your fashions might be comfy in entrance of the digital camera and instinctively know what to do and the place to place their arms or the best way to pose. Provide you with a shot record and a plan upfront—write down in your notes the actions that you’ll ask your mannequin to do and show it if want be.

4. Discover reference pictures to indicate your fashions—level out particular poses and what facial expressions to make.

5. Specify the temper that you really want evoked in your shoots. For instance, in my previous couple photoshoots, I requested the lady to think about that she was a princess main her prince by means of her backyard of roses. She instantly modified her facial features, turned extra assured, extra lovely, straightened her posture and walked with a lovely gait.

6. If you’re filming a household, I discover that it’s higher to solely intrude when mandatory. Direct the overarching thought and state what you need them to do, however then watch their relationship by means of the digital camera.

A farmer on a hemp farm checking soil by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: We respect what number of of your Licensing photoshoots function varied industries and office settings. The sort of content material is difficult to plan and execute. Are you able to describe the method of planning and discovering these areas and fashions?

A: These sorts of photoshoots are greatest finished if you find yourself acquaintances with somebody in a sure subject. Companies often want pictures for his or her web sites and social media accounts. Typically it’s doable to cooperate on a barter foundation. I simply give them pictures.

I shot a marijuana plantation just lately. I discover that it’s harder for a foreigner to get entry to this manufacturing kind the place I’m situated in Thailand. Subsequently, I requested my Thai good friend to assist me discover this plantation. I paid her for her work, and I additionally paid the farmer.

beautician teaches a student how to do eyelash lamination by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: How do you go about scheduling and dealing round a enterprise’ schedule?

A: It’s sometimes completely different each time. Within the case of capturing the plantation, my good friend, as an agent, organized all the pieces.

For a cosmetology shoot I did just lately, the cosmetologist first looked for a consumer to be the mannequin. She then adjusted her schedule in order that it was handy for each of us and her.

Woman is working in her own cafe by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: When you affirm a enterprise/service to shoot, are there any necessities or restrictions you require?

A: My necessities are that I can erase any recognized branding inside the body. Normally, I stick the inscriptions myself or take away them in Photoshop. The enterprise sometimes asks for the pictures as-is, with no branding erased, and perhaps some further footage they want for promoting.

Young woman serving food to family at dining table by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: How do you strategy the topic of Licensing together with your fashions?

A: How do I discover fashions? The strategies are completely different. Typically I textual content a sure individual, and typically I search for folks in chats or teams.

First, I textual content somebody who suits what I’m searching for. Then I clarify the logistics such because the pictures being taken for 500px. I clarify all the pieces intimately—the place these pictures might be positioned, and the place they can be utilized sooner or later. It does occur that individuals refuse—they don’t want their pictures to be publicly accessible on the Web.

Then, I simply search for different folks. Typically I ask my acquaintances what they’re most involved about and their purpose for refusal. I speak them by means of their fears and considerations and assist them perceive the character of Licensing higher.

Happy couple relaxing on sofa at home and looking at the pictures by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: How do you strategy storytelling as a photographer?

A: Telling a narrative can’t occur and not using a script. Subsequently, I all the time work off of a script. I ensure it’s logical and real looking. I positively use completely different angles—huge, medium, and close-up photographs. My fashions will not be actors, so these eventualities are so simple as doable.

Woman buying vegetables at market by Natalie Zotova on 500px.com

Q: What’s the strangest factor you’ve ever needed to do to get the proper shot?

A: I didn’t do something significantly unusual. Once I {photograph} landscapes and nature images, I typically climb excessive rocks to get one of the best angle. I typically stroll into the water or into the mud, so, I make it possible for I’m carrying work garments. I had a case after I was capturing a lady on a destroyed dam and the stones on which I stood started to maneuver down—I fell and hit myself and hit the digital camera. However all the pieces labored out. Now I stroll extra rigorously on the stones.

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