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Kristina Makeeva: Imagination Unbound— – SmugMug Films

November 9, 2019

The term I hear most when describing my
photography is magic. And anyway that’s how I feel about it
too. Of course magic…it’s a vague term. It’s
intangible but I feel it can be found anywhere, at any moment. Maybe it’s in a
look or a gesture or the way sunlight dances. It’s this sense of my dream since I hope
creates a feeling that nothing is impossible
and that anything can become your magic carpet. I’m Kristina Makeeva, and I’m a
photographer. The first time I visited Lake Baikal inspiration just poured out of me. As someone who grew up in gray, dull
suburbs of Moscow I often allowed myself to fall into fairy tales. I would lose
myself and stories of fantasy and far-off places and the influence on me
and my creativity can be seen in my pictures today. Baikal is the deepest
lake in the world 600 kilometers long and in the middle of Siberia it freezes
over and becomes a clear blue crystal-like ice. Baikal is a very beautiful place but
it’s also a very spiritual one. It has energies that you can feel
it has a transcendental element that really drives my creativity. It’s another
world and one of my favorite places on Earth. For this shoot, we’ve commissioned a designer to create a custom dress with special materials that reflect the natural
beauty of the landscape. I want the clothing in my photographs to
be larger than life. Grand, ornate, as if from a fairytale. To me the fabrics and flowing materials
is an art unto itself. Each day we’ll scout locations and stay
out on the ice for long hours possibly all day. “Lunch, earthquake, wake up – delicious.” When shooting I don’t think too much
about light and composition anymore. Those elements just fall into place and
happen automatically. For me in the details I think about I
need all of the elements in the photo to work together to be in harmony. I love to
use props — balloons, skates, umbrellas anything to help capture my vision. I shoot with editing and
post-processing in mind. There are times when I shoot everything in one frame and
other times I grind my universe where colors, composition and light can be
sometimes be very different from the original. The world I want to capture
and create is always a bright, colorful one. But ultimately for me is the emotion,
the magic ,the thing that gives me goosebumps that I want to capture and
every one of my photos. Photography for me is a vessel. It allows
me to follow my heart to explore, play, and discover the world. I’m Kristinan Makeeva, and I’m a


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  • Reply Victor Sidharta November 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    What lens it that?

  • Reply NBF ACADEMY November 4, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful is the right word to explain your work… Keep Posting ……

  • Reply DIAS RIZUKI November 4, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    That's inspiring

  • Reply Mathieu November 4, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Such skill and work: it’d be fascinating to learn more about her process.

  • Reply Rama PhotoVideo November 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    So Beautiful!!

  • Reply Crafted Shutter November 4, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Amazing work!

  • Reply David Ngugi November 4, 2019 at 10:05 pm


  • Reply TheDerisavi November 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Great work, but does it worth to make your models suffer from freezing cold?!

  • Reply Sebastian Bevan November 4, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Another crackin video, great photographer, cheers all.

  • Reply Yosemitebear62 November 4, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Nice work.

  • Reply runbei November 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm


  • Reply Ron Cooper November 5, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Such a keen eye for beauty. The ability to transform such a harsh environment into candy for our eyes is truly a rare talent. Kristina owns such a talent!

  • Reply Bronzecouch19 November 5, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Deslumbrante,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hermoso!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-))))

  • Reply Kevin Saunders November 5, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Stunning work and even better when viewing at maximum 4K settings 🙂

  • Reply ragerdl November 5, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Beautiful work

  • Reply Hans von der Crone November 5, 2019 at 7:25 am

    "I am Hans and I am… jealous of your skill and profession" 🙂

  • Reply Ира Голева November 5, 2019 at 7:45 am

    крутое видео! очень вдохновляет!

  • Reply 杨倩 November 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I love her! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply George Norman November 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    with a wad of cash and an iceberg you guys could do this easy enough..

  • Reply Mardo Charuc November 5, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    No words! Amazing scenes, such a great inspiration. Winter is above to start here and now I want to go and shoot more!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Ajay Sharma November 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    This is amazing actually, magical

  • Reply Gweedo Murray November 5, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Your content is awesome. Like your cam work, resolution and editing too !

  • Reply Knight Owl November 5, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Impressive photography…it must take extreme dedication to her form of art.!

  • Reply Евгений Нечипорук November 5, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Damned russian invaders, burn in hell

  • Reply Jeanne Wagner November 5, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Stunning photography, and a beautiful film.

  • Reply sunshinecoast November 5, 2019 at 7:22 pm


  • Reply Laszlo Garamszegi November 5, 2019 at 8:02 pm


  • Reply Aleksey Makeev November 5, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Incredible work and amazing photos! Bravo!

  • Reply ThadEGinathom November 5, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Beautiful place, film and images.

    Have one practical query? What is the temperature, and how long can someone, for instance the model with the violin, safely uncover arms, shoulders and head?

  • Reply Neon Leon November 5, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Amazing creativity and ………11 thumbs down! What's wrong with some people, get a life and stop being negative!!

  • Reply Ford Fairlane November 5, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    G O R G E O U S

  • Reply MaGro 100000 November 5, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Well done Kristina.

  • Reply Alex Ringer November 6, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I held my breath watching your inspirational film (and wore a coat to keep myself warm. An amazing work of art, creative and innovative. I loved your work and keep following you. Thanks.

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  • Reply J. Donnelly November 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Epic creativity and execution of such incredible art. I loved this video! (And this photographer.)

  • Reply Chris MacAskill November 7, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Your cinematography combined with her photos = breathtaking. Watched it twice.

  • Reply 丹尼先生 November 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Sony camera with RF Lens, amazing idea.

  • Reply Tom Costanza November 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm


  • Reply Larry 306 November 8, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Absolutely Stunning..

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