Yakov Knyazev - a professional photographer based in Jersey City. Formerly from Russia where he gained most of his experience. Went on assignments for Russian Space Agency shooting rocket launches across the world, worked as a photographer for the President of Avtovaz car factory and held an enormous amount of industrial photoshoots for all kinds of businesses. Apart from shooting large-scaled projects he is driven by a passion toward small, yet significant, human stories - portraits, family shoots, couples in love. The balance between these two destinations is what finally defines his artistic path and style.
It’s all about “If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life”. Sorry for using a popular quote. Sometimes I ask myself if I would still be a photographer if no need for money and the answer is always Yes. Hope it’s a good sign.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
It’s impossible to invent something new for every photoshoot when you have done hindreds and hundreds not to say thousands of them. I assume it’s much more important to remain faithful to your idea of harmony. Whenever you reach harmony you find beauty.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
In 2016 I was awarded by Russian Academy of Arts for a significant contribution to the development of visual arts.
A fun fact about this photographer
I went for a photoshoot right after I finished my diploma speech. And managed to get back by the results announcement. With a tripod in my hands :)