I used to call them charismatic portraits, but I wasn't right - they're all natural.
I really like all such restless people. Despite the visual openness, they stay reserved for years. Then after such a long time you'd suddenly find out they trust you. One of these rare ones - Karina. She asked for maternity photo session and I couldn't stay off capturing this look of principles and doubts.
I'm not a doctor, I'm just a photographer. Being not entitled to cure that anxiety I can see in your eyes, I'll be gentle but strict. Cause you're cheerful by nature Marina. Having spotted that stiff and settled anxiety it nearly drove me to despair. This is apparently where an ambitious tennis player woke up in me, and empathetic human being at the same time. I can't take it from you, but you can.
A friend of mine called me from Moscow to London and asked if I'd help someone with the decent photo for the concert poster. This is how we met with the opera diva Olga, and both still remember the limited time, the hard job done out of nothing, the noble satisfactory tiredness and that cold Winter evening.
When we met by accident, I had no clue that Sveta is a drama actress and a very well-known celeb in Latvia and elsewhere. Her humble nature and natural dignity took over any ceremonies. All I am happy to know about Sveta now can hardly be described in several words, but still: character, will & wisdom. All at 100%.