My name is Yuri, I am a photographer, artist and owner of the PY-PHOTO. I am here to artistically document the history of you, your family, your team or your organisation as if it was my own.
First and foremost in my life I'm a happy husband and father of two lovely kids plus a cat, who when not behind the camera, keeps busy by enjoying gardening, taking care of my orchids, drawing, baking, playing guitar, swimming, travelling with my family and even renovating my house!
As a photographer, I possess more than a decade of experience in family, event and wedding photography, including all stages of creation to post event editing and processing.
I love it because I make my clients enjoy the photographic experience and then they are so grateful when they see the final photos. It makes me feel like I’m doing something very important in my life.
As Pablo Picasso said "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
I am an artist and I love to draw. I started with a pencil and then moved to the black inked ball point pen however, it took me weeks to create one piece of art so I looked for other ways to express myself and decided to try photography. At the beginning of the 2000's when the first affordable digital cameras started to emerge I purchased my first point and shoot camera. After learning and playing with it for several years I realised that I need something more advanced, and then I purchased my first DSLR camera in 2005. Since then I continued to learn photography and digital image processing, as well as upgrading my gear.
I always believed and still believe that continuous learning will greatly improve my skills as an artist and a photographer as I always strive to add more aspects to my existing knowledge and experience. In addition, I also believe it is very important to be familiar with all the technology changes and new post processing techniques in order to use them when documenting those precious moments.
I believe that the great photographic experience is the most important part in family, event and wedding photography since it connects us to the photos and then makes them more valuable with the years.
Great experience starts with simple "All included" packages to avoid any confusion, and a clear understanding of what my clients want. Most of the time people can't tell it straight away therefore, I usually do a short visualisation exercise that helps them to understand their values and helps me to understand what is important for them to see in the photos. It is also including professional consultation before the wedding or an event to help with the schedule planning.
I convey the photo session as a guest at their family experience or event and do some corrections to ensure that everyone looks great on the photos but can also do professional posing when needed, at formal events and weddings for example.
Great experience ends with receiving the professionally edited photos shortly after the photo session. I process all my images by myself and committed to deliver them in the private web gallery within seven business days (it usually takes 1-3 days, depending on the amount of work required).
The photographs that you see here on my website are typical of what I do and you should expect to get the same quality photos from your photographic experience.
My approach is to document the uniqueness of the relationship and connection in a natural and unforced way. The family sessions usually involve a lot of playing and hugging. At the ceremonies however, I usually take a not obtrusive photojournalistic approach but if needed, can also design and stage the perfect moment for a photo at the end of the ceremony.
I provide a mixture of the classic portraits where everyone is looking into the camera and lifestyle
photos with a lot of wonderful candid and genuine moments. In addition, my goal during the session is to ensure that everyone feels as comfortable and relaxed as humanly possible!
Each photography type is different and sometimes requires a different approach, but I love them all!
Family photography sessions are usually short (1-1.5 hour) and more dynamic. Both parents and kids are excited and we have lots of fun during the photographic experience. I love it because every time at the end of the session it feels like I met new friends!
Formal events usually require some professional posing. During the shoot it evokes lots of emotion when I show people how to pose :) So we end up with professional portraits as well as portraits that show fun and character.
At ceremonies I usually take a photojournalistic approach with almost no interaction with people being photographed. To tell the story but not to be seen.
However, the most challenging and obviously my favourite is wedding photography where you must be good at everything and it is a lot of responsibility!
Just to name a few: working with natural and artificial light, environmental portraits, being ableto do professional posing if required plus evoke emotions (so the photos are not boring), family photography (working with parents and kids), maternity photography (in case one of the family members is expecting), babies photography, as well as keeping an eye on bride and groom during the day to ensure that they are well.
My packages are very simple and all included!
You will get all of your images in your private gallery shortly after your session, professionally edited and in high resolution that you can download and share. You also have an option to order professional prints.
I use the latest mirrorless full frame cameras from Canon. My main body is EOS R5 and a backup EOS R.
Probably the prime 35mm f1.4 as all purpose lens.
I shoot with professional zoom and prime lenses from Canon and Sigma and choose them for each session based on the scene requirements and lighting conditions.
Based on my knowledge and gear, I can guarantee that you will get amazing photos whenever you photographed and whichever location you choose!