Capturing the Beauty of the World through Stock Photographs
Even as a child, Natalia Kurzova, who goes by EVERST on Adobe Stock, was fascinated by photography. But it wasn’t until she met a successful stock photographer that she realised that she could pursue her love for travelling and the outdoors through stock. Here, Natalia shares her journey to building a breathtaking photography portfolio, and how travel keeps her inspired.
Can you tell us about yourself and your background?
Photography has been a passion for me from my early childhood. I always felt something magic when I could capture interesting moments with my camera. Later, I understood that my hobby could be my job also, and it closely intertwined with my other passion – travelling and mountaineering.
A long time ago, a photo from one of my first hikes was awarded first place in outdoor photography contest. It gave great motivation and since then, my goal has been to visit most beautiful places in this world and show photos from there. So, I can say I’m really happy – my job is my passion!
Why did you start selling stock photos?
I found out about stock photography in 2011 from a successful stock photographer. I was looking for a job as retoucher, and he offered me work and showed photos he was selling on stock sites, mostly idyllic photos of tropical beaches. At this moment I discovered stock photography and decided that I don’t want to be retoucher of others’ photos. I could take my own photos and sell it all over the world. I really liked this idea – that I could travel and my photos will be everywhere! And may be some of my pictures could even inspire somebody else to become a stock photographer.
What are some of the advantages of having a stock portfolio?
Passive income, of course! It gives me freedom to create and travel. Another advantage is having my work seen – sometimes my friends will see my photographs on a book cover or advertisement and ask me if it’s my work.
A lot of the images in your portfolio are from your travels – how do you shoot while you’re on the road?
I take hundreds photos on the road, and sometimes best of them are the result of lucky moment. I try to find best locations previously, but more often, I catch moments spontaneously. Also, lighting is the most important element for photography, so I work hard during the sunset or sunrise, when the light is best.
Why is travel important to you?
Travel is my way of life. I can’t be in one place for a long time, I always need to change. I understand that I live in such big and beautiful world, so I need to see every corner of it. And I’m travel photographer so I’ll never tire of finding new destinations. My friends are inspired by my photos, and they start travelling too. If my creations inspire others to move and explore, it means I’m doing something right.
Where do you find inspiration for your stock images?
Inspiration is what I see around me. Landscapes, nature, shapes, and so on. Perhaps it’s better to say that inspiration finds me. Sometimes I see ideas for my photos when I sleep.
Which of your images are your best sellers, and why do you think they have been so popular with buyers?
I think images have more popularity that have elements of humanity and naturalness – no posing, no pretending. This is one of my best sellers and it was taken on 15th day of real long mountain expedition. We were hungry and tired, but there was wonderful sunset in fully wilderness destination, that gave idea for this scene. This is real emotion in the moment, but it can also illustrate different situations for different buyers and their needs.
Do you have any advice for people who are starting out in stock?
The most important thing is to find your own style, not to be a copy of others. It’s possible only if you make what you really love. Don’t turn it into daily routine.
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