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Shanna June

Shanna June

Community Manager

Photographer Feature | DASHA AND MARI

Today we would like to welcome two very talented, creative and passionate photographers to our blog. Dasha and Mari are artists, they are also twin-sisters, and they take great minds think alike to a whole new level! Dasha and Mari specialize in Fashion, Portrait and Art Nudity. They were shortlisted in the Fashion Category of the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 and finalists of the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2014.

Enjoy checking out their stunning photos (all edited with our presets) and enjoy the read, we sure did!

Good vibes and endless inspiration,
Preset Shop Team


Dasha and Mari in 100 words…

Professional photographers, artists and twin-sisters. We always work together. We realize every project from the beginning to the end, and are 100% immersed. We combine our vision to get the desired result. Our photography is a book of feelings, seduction, tension, quality and refined taste. Every photograph is a unique piece of art, in which each viewer can follow his or her imagination, and dive into a world with a magical story.

Where do you call home?

We would say that we call home the city in which corresponds to our inner world. The city where we may breathe with art, colors and freedom of expression, all in a wonderful atmosphere.. Paris, London and Milan.

What do you love the most about your job?

If we talk about our job and what we really like about it, then it’s definitely an opportunity to embody the idea – the way we see and feel it. We love to have a great circle of creative minds around, a chance to meet other people who see the world in the same deep tones and direction. It is also important to be surrounded by intelligent people who can evaluate the work we do.

How would you describe your style?

Classic elegance combined with artistic extravagance, refined and sophisticated photography for art lovers or prestigious magazines and brands.

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When you are shooting people, are you directing them in a certain way or letting events unfold naturally and capturing what happens?

As a rule we usually direct the scene. It is important for us as we require a certain result. It works when a photographer knows exactly what he or she wants. We work this way in combining our two visions into one, this then creates the desirable outcome.

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As you look through the viewfinder, what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?

We would say that it is when everything corresponds to the idea – the composition, the details, the characters, the colors and the light are all in harmony. The scene is well balanced and composed, filled with appropriate emotions and mood. Sometimes it is an certain glance or gesture in a portraiture shooting.

Tell us about authenticity.. What does it mean to you?

We are people who value genuine things in life. That means we appreciate fine quality, frank attitude and great talent given by God. We like art and we live within it.

What is an issue you have with the state of the fashion photo industry today?

Well, frankly speaking, there are too many people aiming to be a great photographer or an art director today. They are everywhere, producing low-quality and tasteless stuff, that is simply not good. Unfortunately the masses consume this raw insipid product, and sometimes even with great pleasure. This concerns not only uneducated people, but also some editors and workers in the fashion business as well.

In today’s economy what changes are driving photography and how have you adjusted?

New technology and methods of production appear every day in today’s photography life. There are many of them, but each photographer has their own way of achieving needed results. As the adherents of film photography, we still prefer this method of capturing images and ideas. Also combining it with digital methods.



What is the best advice you have received so far about photography?

Stay original as you are.

What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?

There are many great authors from the past whose work we may evaluate as real artists. However, we never follow any particular photographer, but to mention a few creative and distinguished names – Erwin Blumenfield, Henry Clark and Norman Parkinson.

What’s the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?

We are always ready to realize the most unusual task and achieve a desirable result. We are professional and original.

What was the biggest challenge throughout your careers so far?

There were many situations to cope with… But the biggest are ahead.



What has been your favorite photo location or session?

One of our favorite locations would be the exterior of a luxurious private hotel in Italy.

The fashion scene is fast paced and clicky, do you enjoy being right up front and present or are you back stage behind the scenes girls?

It depends, sometimes it requires us to be up front and other days – vice versa. We like it both ways to keep a good balance.





What are you currently working on?

We have a few projects happening now, artistic ones and fashion editorials for some magazines. Cinematic episodes which unveil tenderness and the mystery of a woman.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

Film and digital cameras. We prefer brands such as Nikon and Hasselblad.

What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?

A tripod in which we often use when we shoot our self-portraits.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

We like classic lenses like Zeiss Planar 80mm f2 8 and Nikkor 85mm f1.4. They provide needed sharpness and softness at the same time. Fine quality in skilled hands.

What is your favorite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?!

We do not use many editing accessories and programs as a rule.

Cos we just have to ask…!! What is your favorite +PS tool? And how has it improved workflow time?

We tried some +PS presets and we liked them.. Mainly Retrograde and Faded Film as those bring vintage effects that we really like, and they also remind us of analogue photography in which we use as well. Great value for quality, fantastic depth and tonal range.

Do you maintain a studio or do you rent one when needed?

It depends on the shooting we have. Mainly we rent a studio when it is needed. Also we work heaps on location too. We can say that outdoor work is our favorite kind of shooting, as we prefer natural light and spacious surroundings.



Three photography pet hates and why?

1 Too much preparation before the photo-shoot. It takes so much time which is valuable for creation, especially when you shoot on location.

2 Complicated lighting schemes.

3 Crowded shooting areas… Many people on the set does not mean a better production.

What keeps you awake at night?

It can be an interesting movie, our discussions on a new project, post production and retouch and analyzing events and situations.

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

Good question. Somewhere on the French Riviera or Bristol in the UK.

What five words would your clients use to describe you?

Artistic, Professional, Responsible, Attentive and Unique.

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Do you play music whilst shooting? If so, what are you digging right now?

It is not always that we play music but sometimes we do. It can be any nice musical collection with instrumental melodies, soul, lounge and rnb. The choice of music depends on the mood and situation.

Big plans for the future? What’s next?

Life is so unpredictable. We have many thoughts and plans for the future. We wish they come true this year.


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