Photographer Interview: Mila, AKA We The People 

I’m a sucker for golden hour photography, especially with portraits. That’s why I was so drawn to photographer Mila’s work on her Flickr gallery, We The People.

Especially that second shot, “song of wind.” So carefree and honest. That shot made me want to reach out and learn more.

Something I’ve noticed, seeing more and more photography, is all the great stuff coming out of Russia. Talent is world-wide, but there’s something about Russian photographers – they keep popping up in my Tumblr and Instagram feed.

Here’s my chat with Mila.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Mila, and I’m a photographer from Moscow, Russia.

How did you get started in photography?

As a child, I played with Dad’s film cameras. It was the starting point for my interest.

What do you like about your photography?

Photography by itself! 🙂 This is one of the main passions in my life. I’m just happy when I can shoot something.

You take great portraits, but you also explore other photographic subjects. Where do you get inspiration for your style/ideas?

I think creative people draw inspiration from everywhere. Depending on the moment, the mood of different things can cause the need for self-expression through photography.

To be more specific, I’m love nature and sunlight with all my heart. Any natural light, especially at sunrise or sunset, is so beautiful! It’s always inspiring. Photos in this light are always a little magical. Often I see the place first and instantly imagine what theme I want to shoot there.

You capture really great moments with your portraits. How do you get the photos you’re looking for when working with a model?

When I work with a model, the final result is the merit of both of us. With any model, you can always get a couple of good shots, but the work becomes really interesting when the model knows her job and understands what purpose and mood I am pursuing.

What kinds of themes do you explore with your work?

I really love a free, natural style, with small ethnic and boho elements. I don’t always stick to this theme, but it’s really “mine.”

Any upcoming projects or shoots you’re working on?

Unfortunately, now my town is in snowy winter, and I don’t like shooting in the studio. Therefore, I have many ideas, and and all of them are waiting for the arrival of spring and warmth.

Check out more of Mila’s work on her Flickr gallery. You can also check out her blog, We The People