Yuliya Skya is a professional photographer in New York City with over 10 years of extraordinarily diverse experience in digital artistry.
As a portrait, event, commercial and fine art photographer Yuliya received several awards, including First Place in the national Photo District News contest, two AGWPJA awards, and the Harnisch Family Journalism grant.
She has been a commercial and an event photographer for two of New York’s prominent photo studios in the past, while building her own business doing creative portraiture and studio work in NYC, as well being loved in the event and entertainment industry for her vibrant and unique promotional coverage of dance and music. She has been a family photographer for many of her recurring clients, capturing the engagement, the wedding, and newborn and children portraiture following the big festivities. Yuliya has done commercial and creative headshot work for CEOs of several companies, as well as for local and international music producers, actors and dancers. She has covered corporate events and portraits for the MALDEF organization, Nielsen, and various charitable groups.
Apart from this versatile portfolio in commercial and portrait photography Yuliya has covered over 200 weddings as a lead photographer. She has had the privilege of covering destination weddings in Greece, Brazil, Russia, and around the USA. In New York City her venue range has included the beautiful Plaza Hotel, the William Vale, Mandarin Oriental, Liberty Warehouse, the Pierre Hotel, and the city's avant-garde gems like the Galapagous Art Space, House of Yes and the New Museum on the Bowery.
Passionate about the craft of photography, Yuliya loves working with people and creating professional, quality and incredibly unique images. She gives her full attention and expertise to each of her assignments and always goes the extra mile to make her clients happy.
I love building a narrative through my photographs and capturing the essence of the moment. It is an honor to be able to document the special events for the people I work with, and I feel that it is a privilege to be given this role. I love applying the right techniques and my expertise in order to create unique, professional and gorgeous work. Be it a creative headshot, a fun family photo shoot, commercial and brand building image creation, a beautiful newborn session, a wedding or an engagement session, or a birthday and anniversary shoot, I give each assignment my all and put my skills and talents to work in the most committed way.
I have done over 200 weddings and engagement sessions, and many maternity and newborn sessions. I have also been a resident photographer at major nightlife venues in New York City, capturing dance performances and action shots as well as DJ portraiture, oftentimes in low light. I have been a personal photographer for some producers who travel a lot for music events. I have done corporate shoots and headshots as well.
I make my shoots special by building a specific light esthetic when applicable/possible, using good composition, and good lenses. Oftentimes it is a combination of different techniques that make my work stand out.
AGWPJA (branch of WPJA - Wedding Photojournalist Association) awards for a creative wedding portrait in Yosemite National Park
First Place in the national Photo District News contest ("Ultimate Music Moment", contest with judges from Pitchfork, Variety, and Entertainment Weekly)
"I can't quite believe how beautiful and atmospheric Yuliya's photos are--
photos that are easily the most poetic I've seen." -
Tim Lawrence, author of "Love Saves the Day" and other books
"Yuliya you are not only a visionary but one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Out of all the vendors we worked with you were the most reliable and responsive. I completely trusted your work as soon as I saw your portfolio, and you didn't disappoint. We still have people complimenting us on our engagement and wedding photos and I always tell them it was thanks to Yuliya. You are daring and have a great eye for color, beauty and amazing action shots. You have a great photojournalist style, but you are also able to take more traditional photos if the wedding party asks for them." - Marina & Senya Trakht, married at the Bryant Park Grill, NYC
"Yuliya, Thank you for the beautiful photos. You gave us the most memorable treasure - beautiful shots of our special moments with our friends and family. We will always look back to those wonderful pictures to re-live how it all started. Thank you so much for this great work."
-Regis & David
I love silly romantic comedies and new and futuristic music,- with a soft spot for electronic dance and techno :)