Artist Inteview: Natalia Klenova – “Klenova”

Every month we feature one of our illustrators or photographers. This month we talk to Natalia Klenova, aka Klenova, of Belgium. Her work, which was recently featured in the Hobbs Report, centres around stylized still-life images, rustic food photography, pretty spa vignettes and stunning travel shots.

3926988 © klenova / Crestock.com

3926988 © klenova

How did you get started in photography?

NK: All my life I’ve traveled a lot. I like to take photos of different places. Somebody once told me that my photos were good and I could try to sell them. I still remember the first download! I was absolutely happy! :)

Natalia Klenova at Crestock.com

Natalia Klenova

Who or what inspires your work?

NK: People who like my work inspire me a lot! When friends tell me that they like my photos on my blog or when I see how many downloads I have, I just can’t wait to do another photo session and do everything even better.

What are your favourite images from your collection?

NK: My specialization is still-life. I like to shoot spa accesories, flowers, etc. While my favourite subject is food, I never cook! :) I just like to show fresh and beautiful food and make people think how nice it would be to cook or just to eat it.

If you won the lottery, what’s the one place or person you would run away to photograph?

NK: France and Italy are inspiring countries for me. I would love to be able to stay there for longer than just a vacation.

What do you do when you’re not shooting?

NK: I like to spend time with my family. And I like to work in my garden (but even in a garden I can’t stop thinking how the vegetables or flowers are going to look in my pictures!)

Some favourite images © klenova at Crestock.com

Milk and Cookies © klenova at Crestock.com Wine and Cheese © klenova at Crestock.com Old Scissors, Herbs and Garlic © klenova at Crestock.com

What one tip would you share with someone who’s just starting out in the stock industry?

NK: Shoot only what you really like to shoot. Even if it’s not the most popular subject. Listen to your heart. And find somebody who will tell you that you’re the best! It helps more than expensive equipment.

3818805 © klenova at Crestock.com

3818805 © klenova


Artist Inteview: Sandra Cunningham – “Sandralise”

Every month we feature one of our illustrators or photographers. This month we talk to Sandra Cunningham, aka Sandralise, of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Canada. She creates unique vignettes in her signature style on themes such as summergardening, or food. Over the next few months, be sure to check out her seasonal images—perfect for all your holiday projects.

Watering can and straw hat laying in grass © Sandralise on Crestock.com

2756829 @ Sandralise

How did you get started in photography?

SC: Actually by accident! In 2005 I started uploading my images to some free image sites just to share my passion for photography and saw an ad one day to make extra money by selling them. I continued to do photography part time for four more years and because of the success I was having, decided to go full time in 2009. I have never looked back and it was the best decision I ever made!

Who or what inspires your work?

SC: I try to create images that I personally love. I also love the small details of everyday life.

What are your favourite images from your collection?

SC: It’s hard to choose because my favourites are often my most recent images. Some of my current favourites are:

Favourite images by Sandralise at Crestock.com

2275614 © Sandralise 1676381 © Sandralise 2756808 © Sandralise 2473208 © Sandralise 1645701 © Sandralise

What’s your favourite subject matter?

SC: I have to say just about everything inspires me! I love vibrant colours and textures!

Describe your style. What do you try to capture in your images?

SC: I think my style is colourful, artistic, fun and down to earth with a fresh, clean look. My work is a reflection of who I am.

Cotton towels drying on the clothesline by Sandralise at Crestock.com

3856494 © Sandralise

If you had to pick just one camera to work with from now on, what would it be?

SC: I’ve recently purchased the Canon 5D Mark ll and can’t wait to experiment with it!

If you won the lottery, what’s the one place or person you would run away to photograph?

SC: I would love to one day take a trip to Scotland. Beautiful country!!

What do you do when you’re not shooting?

SC: I’m always shooting, LOL! I hate to admit it but I eat, drink and breathe photography.

What one tip would you share with someone who’s just starting out in the stock industry?

SC: Take the time to learn Photoshop and all it has to offer. It’s a great tool and will open a whole new world to complement your photography.

Do you have a website/blog or any other personal links (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) that you’d like to share?

SC: My website is: http://www.sandralisephotography.com and my blog is: http://sandralisephotography.blogspot.com

Cattle gazing on remaining green grass © Sandralise on Crestock.com

3025185 © Sandralise

Would you like to share anything else?

SC: I’m self-taught and an artist at heart. I have always had a passion for painting and photography. If you’re just getting started, research the areas you would like to shoot! Know the colour trends and what’s popular. Spend some time each day shooting, processing and submitting. Ask questions and read every forum out there for answers. And above all make Photoshop your friend!


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