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Hello and welcome!
i'm yuliya 


Lovely of you to stop by

I'm a North Shore (Chicago)-based documentary  photographer specializing in capturing unfiltered moments of everyday life. Though I've been a photographer for over a decade, photographing everything from weddings to food, I dove into this niche because I have a deep appreciation for seemingly ordinary moments and the beauty that often lies within them. 

I specialize in documentary family, newborn and personal branding photography


My philosophy

I'm a firm believer in capturing authenticity (and not the "authenticity" that often graces our social feeds).

Life is messy, unpredictable, and also incredibly beautiful - which is why I take a completely hands-off approach during my photo sessions and let moments happen as they happen without influencing the scene.

I want you to have photos that will always transport you back to a particular time in your life and help you relive a wonderful (and possibly forgotten)  memory with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. 

Want to know more? 


Here are a few fun (and random) facts About me

  • I was born in Odessa, Ukraine and came to the States when I was eight. My brother and I have matching sibling tattoos to commemorate our beloved city.  

  • Traveling and exploring new places is my favorite, and though I’m a planner by nature (almost to a fault), I love aimlessly wandering the streets of new cities and letting my feet guide me. 

  • I love split pea soup. Love it even more if it has ham in it. 


  • New York City feels like my second home. I go there often to visit my extended family, to eat amazing food and to photograph random strangers. I’ve never had any place energize me and flood my creativity more than NYC. If you’re ever traveling there and need recommendations on what to do and where to eat, ask me about my NYC spreadsheet.


  • I always want snacks; particularly, Flaming Hot Cheetos with cream cheese — don’t knock it till you try it.

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