My name is Iryna [Eereenah] Shostak and I am a wedding photographer providing dramatic portraits, real moments and classic storytelling in New Jersey area, also serving Philadelphia and New York.
My passion for photography came as a surprise to me when in 2009 I was studying web design in Ukraine.
I took a digital photography course, and I rented a camera because it seemed to me it only made sense to know photography well if I was going to be in web design, and I thought it might be a nice second income for me.
Little did I know then I’d find a passion for art that would lead me into a whole new phase of my life.
When I find something that fascinates me, my heart and my mind catch fire. Photography was something I had always admired, but when I began to put the camera to my eyes and learned how to capture light, angles, and form, it was like unlocking a secret.
By the end of that same year in 2009, I was recognized by the Dean of the Design department and I was hired as an instructor and retouching expert in digital photography.
It seemed like in the blink of an eye; I had found a career that was not only meaningful, it offered me the opportunity to continue to learn and grow, something that speaks deeply to me. Mastering photography is something I continue to work on every single day.
Wedding photography to me is about these important things:
Showing deep relationships in photos is one of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer. I am always looking to create photos for my clients that will evoke special memories of their wedding day for decades to come.
My style is best suited for couples are willing to spend a few hours on their wedding day to create these beautiful, timeless and romantic photos that show this special connection. In Ukraine, it’s not unusual for the bride and groom to spend 3-4 hours on photography!
I LOVE couples that want to go to multiple locations and really maximize their investment in their wedding photography.
I know that every element of your wedding was chosen with care, so I want to show the beauty in the fine details of your day. I carefully use lenses that will bring out the best angles of in the photos I take.
I use telephoto lenses whenever possible for portraits to create dramatic backgrounds and I use macro lenses that show every facet of the ring. My experience as a teacher in Ukraine means that I know that the devil is in the details, so I am very organized in my approach to your day.
I can wrangle big groups of people with ease, and I make sure no detail is missed!
For centuries, light has inspired artists. It’s always important, and I am continually seeking new ways to utilize it at weddings. The art of wedding photography depends on the photographer understanding how light will impact a scene.
Whether I am using natural light to enhance a photo or if I am setting up carefully controlled lighting situations such as a night portrait my goal is always the same; to create a photo for you that you will consider magazine worthy, fresh, and artistic.
European culture, art, and literature have inspired a wanderlust in me that led me to the US in 2016 after I met my husband, who is Italian-American.
Traveling and photographing everything I see breathes life into my soul. I truly believe I see the world differently since I discovered photography, and now I want to see as much of the world as I can! I’m so grateful to have found a career that allows me to combine my lifelong love of art and learning about the world.
I’m fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English and my latest challenge is learning Italian, so I can conversationally converse with my husband’s family. When I’m not marveling at the wonders around me, I’m probably listening to a podcast, audiobook or horseback riding.
I’m a super-high energy person who loves working on self-improvement in every aspect of my life, and who believes in helping others and our planet.
You’ll find my approach to weddings to be one of service to my clients. I believe in being a resource for you! I’m always a phone call or a text away if you need help with planning any element of your day.
I feel that my role goes beyond the photographer, and my clients often seek my advice on other aspects of their wedding day, and I love it. I work diligently to deliver quality images, to be responsive to my customers and to provide an outstanding experience from start to finish.
If you are seeing a photographer with a clean, modern, artistic style, who gives high attention to details and outstanding customer experience, please get in touch! I would be so honored to be considered to photograph your day.
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