Let’s get personal || Photographer’s life

Reflecting on 2015 I realized that this year was one of the most challenging, wonderful, rewarding and hard working year for me. I wanted to get a little bit more personal, so I wrote a blog post about photographer’s life – about my life.

Some of you know that 2015 started for me with my dad passing away. It was not only an emotional drama, but it also turned out into an endless chain of things that needed to be done. My dad lived in Russia. I live in Utah. You can imagine how hard it was to manage all of the things that had to be done. Not to mention that I don’t have any immediate family there. The bright side of me visiting Russia was to see some of my friends. I missed them a lot and I’m so happy I got a chance to see them.

My hubby and I had a few adventures this year as well. Our first trip was to California. We’ve spent a week exploring the sights (I was totally impressed by Alcatraz) and spending time with family. I also really liked picking strawberries at a farm, walking and learning more about Monterey, admiring Big Sur and the Redwood forest.

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My love.

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Riding a bike was fun and challenging competing with the wind.

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H-A-P-P-Y!

It gets really cold even though it is California.

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Loved picking the strawberries and the Golden Gate bridge.

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China town in SF.

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Our little tradition is to collect the sand from every place (beach) we go.

This year I had to make two trips to Russia. One of the trips was in the summer, which kind of ruined my photography schedule. But I was so blessed with many shoots after I came back.

During my trip to Russia I got to see my cousin who flew into Moscow to spend a few weeks with my sister and me, helping us to clean my dad’s apartment (so grateful to have at least one male cousin in a family haha). We were very busy working on things that had to be done. But we took a fun trip to Saint Petersburg for a few days where we got a chance to meet new people and see old friends.

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Sister time.

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My Family.

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A trip to Saint Petersburg with the best company!

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Exploring one of the palaces. It was just beautiful.

In a few weeks after my Russian trip I got a chance to go to southern California. I had a wedding there and my hubby was really nice to tag along. I love love love southern California. It just makes me happy (if you can learn to ignore the traffic and overpriced parking). My hubby wouldn’t agree on this one, though! We also got a chance to see our dear friends which always makes the trip even better.

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Hubby.

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LOVE California lighting. Photographers out there are lucky 🙂

In September we took a short trip to Yellowstone as a birthday surprise for my husband. Believe me, it was really hard to keep it as a surprise but I managed it pretty well. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful nature of Yellowstone.

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Isn’t it so pretty?

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Heights scare me but not my husband.

Thanksgiving was fun! Our friends came to visit us and we spent a few days together in a rural part of Utah exploring a national park, shooting guns and eating a lot of turkey.

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Love the beauty of this canyon.

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New and old friends.

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Give my hubby a gun and he will be so happy!

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My dear friend.

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This family LOVES dogs.

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I told you that they do love dogs 😉

And finally, to finish this year right my husband and I took a trip to the Dominican Republic. We both worked really hard this year, so we decided to take a beach vacation for almost two weeks! (such a luxury for us nowadays) We almost got disconnected from the world because we didn’t have internet, but we had a beautiful beach. What else do you need, right?

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I love the beach!

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And I love my wonderful husband. He is amazing!

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You know, just enjoying the beach 😉

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Sending all my love to you xoxoox

Our flight back was on Christmas day, which we happily celebrated at TGI Fridays in Atlanta’s airport. But don’t worry, we visited my husband’s side of the family right after.

I had so many other people in my life supporting me trough this year. Sorry I don’t have a photo with each of you. I love you though 🙂

I hope that all of you had a wonderful 2015 but more importantly I wish you to have a great 2016. May it be filled with adventures, new opportunities and happiness.

xoxo,

Anastasia

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