Larissa Browning is one of the most amazing and inspiring people I have ever met. Travelling the world, having adventures, helping people and taking beautiful photographs are just some of the amazing things that this wonderful woman does in her day-to-day and I was absolutely blessed to meet her in the middle of a Cambodian jungle.
It is my absolute pleasure to introduce to you the next star of The People Behind The Party; the talented photographer behind the California based photography studio Larissa K Photography.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
First, you know my name, Larissa Browning (Kostromina). Born in Siberia, Russia. I am 37 years old now (wow! time flys!) After I graduated college in Russia (I studied law) I got a job overseas, in Sarawak, Malaysia. I moved to US few years later and decided to switch careers, so I went back to local college and got my Registers Nurse degree. I got a job shorty after that at a local hospital and have been working in ICU ever since.
The job is inspiring and challenging but deep inside it was not enough and I needed a place to express my creativity. So, with the help of a friend, I learned photography and started taking pictures of my family, friends, neighbours , and their pets. The word eventually got out and in two years it grew into a big business for me.
I opened up a studio from my house in Shingletown, California and between my ICU job and photography I was insanely busy. I offered anything from passport photos and corporate shots to newborn and wedding photography. Due to very high stress, videography projects, traveling and writing, I had to slow down and reduce my photography to a minimum and chose to focus on the most favorable part of it – Weddings.
How did you get started as a photographer?
It was a friend who taught me some photoshop and portraiture programs. I later took some on line courses and stayed on top of the latest in photography through magazines like “Photoshop”, “Digital Photographer”, “Camera” etc.
What is your favourite part about photographing an event?
Photographing weddings has always been by far my favourite part of photography. I get to share the couple’s special moment and be apart of the family, and we create a bond that last for a long time. In fact, most of my clients have become my really good friends.
What inspires you?
People who are not afraid of challenges, and people who are daring, creative, smart, positive, kind, spiritual and loving are my inspiration. People who are not afraid to loose something in order to gain something bigger back. I guess you could say, I like people with ‘a good story’!
What’s in the future for Larissa K Photography?
I’m not sure where Larissa K Photography will take me, but right now I’ve switched my photography focus on travel writing and documentary. I am also trying my “legs” out in videography.
I would love to eventually produce a movie based on my own book one day. That would be my big challenge from my photography stand point, but I believe, it would also be my biggest reward!
If you live in Redding, California, or close by, and are looking for a photographer for your special event, than I would highly recommend getting in contact with Larissa. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can check out her Facebook page for more information.