Interview to Katerina Mumzhynska ❤️

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Katerina is one of the most appreciated photographers in the PET world with a very long experience behind her. Naturally, DOG STYLE asked for her collaboration and all dog pictures in this second issue were superbly shot by Katerina, who kindly answered the Editor's questions. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER OR DID YOU START WITH ANIMALS? I have always loved animals since my childhood. I started at the age of 13 as a Junior Handler at dog competitions, bringing my beloved Doberman to the shows. Growing up, when the time came for my dog to give birth, I needed to find a photographer to show the puppies. After trying to work with about ten different photographers and failing to get the result I wanted, I went to my grandfather and borrowed his old photographic camera. And so my career as a photographer began in ten minutes, because no one could photograph and convey what I saw. Later I started photographing the animals of my friends and relatives. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHOTOGRAPHING IN THE STUDIO OR OUTDOORS? Photographing in the studio or outdoors is completely different, not better or worse. It all depends on the purpose of the photo. It's definitely easier for me in the studio because I have all the lights under my control. This gives me a lot of ability and freedom, but I can't go wild with the background. When you want to convey movements, emotions, for example puppies playing with each other, then we must choose an outdoor location . Obviously I will have to try to recreate as much as possible the light I could have had in the studio. Sunlight is just one of the lighting points we need for photography. HAVE YOU EVER PHOTOGRAPHED TWO DOGS OF DIFFERENT BREEDS AND DIFFERENT OWNERS? This is a very interesting question. Obviously it becomes more complicated to photograph multiple animals that are not used to living together because each animal has its own brain, its own character and it is not always possible. The animals must feel comfortable and the shooting must not be stressful for them. In these cases I create two separate shootings and then combine them in postproduction. HAVE YOU EVER PHOTOGRAPHED DOGS AND CATS TOGETHER? It is really very difficult, unless the dog and cat live together. If they are strangers I always do a double shooting and combine them in postproduction. HAVE YOU EVER RECEIVED ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITION FOR YOUR WORK? I do a lot of photography competitions because for me the comparison with other photographers is very important and helps me understand if and where I need to improve. In 2021 I won an international Pet Photography competition in which around 4000 photographers participated. On this occasion I received the BEST PET PHOTOGRAPHER 2021 certificate. Last year I reached the final at the DOG PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNATIONAL OF ARTS in the studio photography category. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ITALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL MARKET? For me, Italy is one of the most fantastic places in the world. I have traveled and continue to travel a lot and come to Italy four or five times a year, both for work and for pleasure. Italy is wonderful and I always keep it in my heart. HOW DID YOU DISCOVER IV SAINT BERNARD? DO YOU RECOMMEND IT? I am also a breeder and for me it was a priority to find high quality cosmetic products for animals. Once I tried Iv San Bernard products I never went back. I continue to use them, especially for competitions and dog shows and I always recommend it to the new families of my puppies. DO THE OWNERS OF THE DOGS YOU PHOTOGRAPH INTERFERE WITH YOUR WORK? Usually I am very free to do what I think is right, but sometimes the owners give me advice, explaining what they are looking for and want from this shooting. THE DIFFICULTY OR LUCK OF PHOTOGRAPHING THE UNIQUE EXPRESSION OF THE ANIMAL I always try to take as many shots as possible because it is very difficult to capture the right expression of an animal that is rarely still. Obviously I am never alone, there is always someone holding the dog, who draws the animal's attention. Everything is programmed beforehand so you can get the photo you want. HOW MANY ANIMAL SHOOTS HAVE YOU DONE? So many that I've lost count, I've been doing this job for more than 17 years now. YOU ARE ALSO A BREEDER. BEFORE YOU DELIVER THE PUPPIES TO THEIR NEW FAMILIES DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH THEM? I always take photographs of my puppies, first and foremost for myself, being a breeder, to see how they grow. For each puppy I create a portfolio to give to the new owners, so that they can see the puppy even as soon as it is born. DO YOU PREFER PHOTOS OR VIDEOS? Making videos will be the new step in my career. At the moment I am an amateur but I am studying to improve myself. I have always loved videos because I consider them a better and direct tool to convey emotions and movement. I currently have a person specialized in video on my team . My team consists of me (photographer), a makeup person artist , a hair stylist , a handler , a lighting assistant, and when we have big shootings, I hire other helpers. When I have to do shootings abroad I usually bring my team with me, or I have the makeup person accompany me artist and then I look for location specialists.

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