Maksim Shmeljov photography

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  • ...It all began in a newspaper, with my reports on the Bronze Soldier monument...
    ...It all began in a newspaper, with my reports on the Bronze Soldier monument...

    My Dear Reader: You are probably wondering, who I am and why am I writing this. Well, the name is Max Shmeljov and for the past six years I have been working as a photographer. For more than a half of this time, photography has been my main line of work and primary source of income.

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  • Tamron 70-200 2.8 & Maria Sauh
    Tamron 70-200 2.8 & Maria Sauh

    A few months ago I had an opportunity to test for a couple of days a good typical lens. I am talking about Tamron 70-200 2.8. As a coincidence, during these days our city was visited by Maria Sauh: a talented photographer and a beautiful lady at the same time.

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  • Loksa
    Loksa

    Decided to share with a couple of photos made on a shipyard plant in a town called Loksa. The client says that the calendar will be ready soon.

    Model: Aljona Shmeljova
    Makeup: Aljona Shmeljova
    Hair: Maria Suvorova
    Retouche: Jekaterina Kaidalova

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  • Controlling the wind
    Controlling the wind

    Not so long ago a fan appeared in our studio. As it often goes, the first model who have tested the full power and might of this device was Lena. And recently I’ve received the retouched versions from this photo shoot from a talented retoucher from Tallinn – Jekaterina Semjonova.

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  • Nothing extra
    Nothing extra

    I enjoy very much making photos, that have absolutely no excess. No complicated decorations, designer clothes or mad makeup: only the model and space, covered with light.

    Model: Aljona Tsikunova
    MUAH: Aljona Tsikunova

    You can explore the entire photo session at once and buy these shoots in high quality on shutterstock.

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  • Ksenia
    Ksenia
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  • Stylish
    Stylish

    This photo was made during the filming of the 6-th episode of the reality show "Miss Garage 2011".

    Midel: Aljona Tsikunova
    Makeup: Aljona Tsikunova
    Hair: Nina Ljubimova

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  • Experiments
    Experiments

    Ordinary practice: wanted to test some of the Photoshop instruments, which I practically didn't use so far. As a result I've spent a couple of hours.

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  • Oksana
    Oksana

    Sometimes for my own risk I take photo sessions without precasting. This is like a lottery, and the best part is that I definitely didn't loose this time.

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  • Exclusive
    Exclusive

    Images from this photo session are not going to appear on the photo stocks. The only place where there will be something more from this particular set is my own website.

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  • Experiments
    Experiments

    Picking up the lights for this photo session took a lot of time. Eventually settled on a single softbox, hanging from the ceiling. This is not the first time when I realize that just a randomly settled light source can be more effective than a bunch of them installed "with thinking".

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  • And again Lena
    And again Lena

    The photo is pretty old: it is taken, if I'm not mistaken, even before the new year. But the final outcome came just recently. You can see a part of the Toomkirik on the background.

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  • Lada. Sequel.
    Lada. Sequel.

    One more shoot from our «last» photo session with Lada. You can take a look at some of the other shoots right here.

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  • Material evolution
    Material evolution

    As I've already many times said, I don't think about digital images as a final product. Any digital photo which is in my computer is considered to be as a raw material, no matter how complex was it's post manipulation. Therefore I seldom return to the final material and either finish it or remake it.

    This particular image wasn't an exception. If someone is interested, the work was done in several steps.

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  • Miss Garage archives
    Miss Garage archives

    Only a few (besides those who were involved in the process) knew that at the beginning or in the end of each photo session of the Miss Garage project I've also made some shots with Aljona. Lena Rudi, who was once the cameraman of one of the episodes thought that Aljona was one of the contestants. This particular image was made during the work on the third episode of the reality show, which was about military.

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  • Chemical plant
    Chemical plant

    Sometimes I’m even happy that I need to write posts for my own blog, because this gives me a chance to find some of the most interesting, but long forgotten photos.

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  • Anastassia
    Anastassia
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  • Crop tool ©
    Crop tool ©

    Crop tool is a really handy instrument. Sometimes it's just enough to take a photo and cut a part of it and that's it: a normal level selling photo is now almost a bestseller.

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  • Ksenia
    Ksenia

    A few months ago my fellow in the studio bought a very useful item: a plate with honeycombs and curtains. Now I just don’t get how we’ve lived without it.

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  • Elena
    Elena

    As far as I remember, one of my photo shoots was canceled at the last moment. I was lucky to meet Lena, who was always bored and never said "no" and at the time was checking her facebook. We've decided to experiment a bit with the light. Here's the result.

    Photo: Maksim Shmeljov
    Model: Jelena St
    MUAH: Lidija Malinovskaja
    Editing: Tanya Protsyuk

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