Stepan Kvardakov is a Professional erotic photographer
Russia, Saint-Petersburg that has been in two of our Magazine Issues
What first drew you to photography and what inspires you, and when did you first begin your journey behind the camera?
My inspiration for photography was my wife. She was a little model at the time and we decided to try taking photos in our free time. After that, I realized that I like to do photography and I began to develop in this area.
What do you think makes your work memorable?
This question is very difficult to answer for myself, I like certain things and I try to convey them through photos, and the viewer decides whether he likes it or not. In my case, these interests converge, so the audience loves my work.
What does photography mean to you?
At the moment, this is my main job, which brings me money. Nevertheless, I spend a lot of time organizing creative shots and working with new models.
Are you always in photographer mode?
Of course not, I have many other hobbies, but photography definitely takes up most of my life.
How does black and white vs. color play into your work?
I like black and white, but it so happens that I like the color more. Therefore, 99% of my photos are in color, fortunately I know how work with him 🙂
How important is it for a photographer to “connect” with his subjects to bring out their true self?
If you mean models, then, of course, this is one of the most important parts of shooting, what emotions she will have depends on communication with the model, and how naturally she can pose.
Locations and weather conditions seem to be a crucial aspect of a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable factors?
I chose the easiest option for myself, this is shooting in photo studios, of course, there are still enough problems with lighting, since I prefer natural light, and in St. Petersburg there are often problems with it.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
My style and my vision of the beautiful
What do you think are some of the things in photography you steer away from yourself?
I do not do too explicit shootings and do not remove pornography
What were the difficulties you encountered when you first started photography?
I think with the same as all photographers. Search for models for nude shooting, search for your style.
What are your thoughts on working single images of verses projects?
I do not have such projects
What are the disadvantages you face as a photographer, in this industry?
People often do not understand how to engage in erotic photography and have a normal family and relationship with it, sometimes there are unpleasant incidents associated with it.
What is one question nobody has ever asked you which you wish they would be asked?
“What I like about the models?”
As a photographer, can you explain what the difference between beauty and vulgarity when it comes to modeling?
For me, vulgarity when the model focuses on the genitals and openly shows them. But when it is not intrusive and veiled by emotions – it is beautiful.
Which style of photography do you prefer, high fashion or eye candy?
I stick more to naturalness, sometimes it’s interesting that something artsy and unusual
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