Ilya Shirshov is a Sydney-based professional photographer who has conducted creative work and photo shoots for many Sydney-based clients since 2017. He has started learning photography since 1997 when using his family's old Zenith manual film camera. Later on in life he graduated with a professional Diploma in Photography & Videography awarded by a European provider. Now he specializes in event photography, having accomplished over 500 shoots all over the world with clients like Argyle, Merivale, Cargo, Marsden Breweries and Marquee. He has also extensive experience in portraiture photography genre, capturing the true nature of a human character. He had a stint at shooting a classic rapper legend celebrity Coolio on his Australian tour.
Ilya also shoots and produces videos for businesses and events such as networking, weddings, product and nightclubs. His rates are $200 per hour for filming and $350 per hour for filming and editing of the footage.
Storytelling is one of my favourite things in life. Stories are a popular form of art. It could be for a story of your wedding, birthday, christening or a celebration of a special event; with photography a story can be pictured and therefore seen and felt more profoundly at a visual level. However, art is a lie that tells us the truth. So alleviated patience and thorough preparation are of paramount importance for myself, when creating every photograph telling that unique story. This makes every one of my shoots a unique and personalised production created through a reflective lens of my personal experience. It results in the pleasure, joy and amazement of my clients which in turn makes me love my job.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done photography for a great number of events - weddings, engagements, corporate, birthdays, christenings, weddings, mother’s day, father’s day, states of origin, ANZAC day, Christmas and NY celebrations. Having 7 years of experience in hospitality event management was actually a great benefit for me as a photographer - knowing all the key stages, understanding the agenda and important elements to the flow. My special touch was to learn in-depth what "ticks the boxes" for my client and then complete the shoot having this emphasis in mind.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
A great number of my photos and videos have been used to promote my clients on their social media channels. I have also recently submitted my work to the Portraiture Photograph of the Year 2020 competition.
A fun fact about this photographer
When I was a kid I always wanted to become a doctor just like my parents. I wanted to help people get well surviving the moments of pain and despair. Now as an adult, I have become a professional photographer helping people to do the complete opposite: to memorize their special moments of joy and love living life. I have learnt to capture on camera all of these truly beautiful aspects of life indefinitely.