Published in WedLuxe Magazine

May 9, 2018

San Francisco wedding in WedLuxe Magazine.

See Yuliya’s latest work in WedLuxe Magazine, follow this link Congrats Nadine and Edward on being featured! Grateful for such a talented team of creatives that made Nadine’s vision a dream!

flood mansion photographer

julia morgan ballroom photographer

From the Editor:
This NYC couple travelled all the way to San Francisco to make it official! The theme of Nadine and Edward’s wedding was “breathless elegance,” a concept that imbued every aspect of their event, from the orchid-filled floral arrangements to the royal blue and gold colour scheme.

Flood Mansion Wedding Photographer

San Francisco Weding


PHOTOGRAPHY • Yuliya M. Photography,
DECOR AND FLORAL DESIGN • Ochun Studio, CEREMONY VENUE • St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, RECEPTION VENUE, CATERING, AND CAKE DESIGN • Kimpton Sir Francis Drake,
GOWN • Pronovias from Kleinfeld Bridal,
VEIL • Kleinfeld Bridal,
SHOES • Manolo Blahnik from Nordstrom,
HAIR • Tamar Mickel Salon,
FORMALWEAR • Ted Baker from Nordstrom,
GROOM’S SHOES • Prada from Nordstrom,
GROOMSMEN FORMALWEAR • Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse, ENGAGEMENT RING • Zela Jewels,
CHAMELEON CHAIRS • Bright Event Rentals,
LINENS • Napa Valley Linens,
TABLEWARE • Standard Party Rentals,
LIGHTING • East Bay Sound and Lighting,
FAVORS • Favors by Serendipity


Nicklaus Club Monterey Wedding

April 25, 2018

So excited for wedding season 2018 to start back up! To all my dear brides this year, I cannot thank you enough for your trust. You help me create timeless art and I love capturing your elegant weddings! Here is to an amazing year! Lots of love, Yuliya

Nicklaus Club Monterey Wedding

Monterey Carmel valley wedding

Venue: Nicklaus Club Monterey

Business, Personal

My beginner mistake, and secret to success

October 3, 2017

He looked at me with a smile and said in his reassuring voice “It’s ok, you’re only a beginner!” I wanted to shrink back from the screeching sound my viola made as the bow slid across the strings, but my teacher was right. It’s wonderful to expect great results, but I am just a beginner, with beginner sounds and habits that will need to be improved on after hours and hours of practice. Driving away from the lesson, I couldn’t help but think, that’s it’s not just music lessons, there are many areas in our lives, where we want to skip the beginner stage.

If there was one big mistake I made in the beginning of my business, it’s just that! Not admitting, or more like not even realizing that I’m a beginner. With beginner mentality. Beginner business knowledge and so on. Perhaps it’s a shortfall of our adulthood, to think we got it. To think that growth applies to other people, but not us. Perhaps it’s also pride to think we can figure this out, boy I wish I met my mentors sooner. And even with my mentors at hand, I still remember times over coffee, where I thought I already know my way around in this business world.

One of the quotes I’ll never forget from a mentor Sylvie Gil, has to do with just that! “If it takes ten years to become a doctor, why shouldn’t it take ten years to become a successful photographer?” Crazy enough, it’s the beginner questions that led me to my success as a photographer today. Don’t shy away from it, only good things come from embracing the early stages!
Stay rich (in heart) and inspired!!!

And since posts are better with a photo, here are two images I can’t get over. Canon 5D mark IV blew me away with its quality!

Bubble Exit after church ceremony

Engagement, Weddings

I’d rather be . . . here

September 7, 2017

“I’d rather be lost in a place I want to be, than know my way in a place I don’t want to be . . .”

Wherever you find yourself today, I hope you want to be there. I believe life is too short to deal with pursuits that don’t truly take us anywhere. Of course we all have responsibilities of a friend, family member and so on, but all of us have repeated pursuits that maybe should be replaced by something a tad bit more meaningful to us.

I wrote the quote above when I was lost on the streets of Chicago. Lost not in the sense of direction, but letting myself wander the streets, stumble upon hidden coffee shops, and spend time in the tranquil city corners with a bench to people watch. I never would have imagined that I’d be running a successful, by my definition, business. I just stumbled around trying my way in a creative world, because I had a deep longing to be an artist. Was it easy? Not at all. Was my path charted out by other successful entrepreneurs? I so wish. But how wonderful it is to look back and not have regrets about the direction of my path towards creativity.

There is a wonderful feeling of trying to figure out a way in a city you’ve always wanted to visit. And equally, there is a satisfying feeling of being just a tad bit lost and scared in a place you want to be!

This year I celebrated seven years of my wedding photography business. I’m so incredibly thankful for people I’ve met and all the bottles of champagne we popped with the golden California sun setting on us magically. Here is to dreaming! Here is to being lost right where you want to be! Stay rich and inspired, Yuliya

Sutro Baths Engagement Shoot

Red dress, Champagne engagement shoot, beach engagement shoot in California

And finally, see more of my latest California sunset shoots on my Website

Personal, Portraits

Shooting film, is it worth it?

August 16, 2017

“I do like a road, because you can be always wondering what is at the end of it.” L.M. Montgomery.

Today I shipped out a box of film to my film processing company. It was just a white box. A ziploc bag with medium format film inside. No big deal. Just my usual after the wedding. I stopped and thought to myself just how normal it felt. A few years ago this would be a dream. Last year this white box meant the world to me. Do I still dream of buttery film images, yes. Is it all I dreamt it to be, not quite yet. Am I grateful I started the journey, not a doubt in my mind.

Today reminded me of just how important it is to follow your curiosity, to excel in your art, and to try what feels scary to you. One day, it will become the norm, but first you have to start. As an entrepreneur, shooting film and swallowing the expensive scanning fees does not make sense. But as an artist, there is nothing more satisfying than trying new paint brushes, and painting strokes on a different texture canvas. I’d love to share more of how I started shooting film. But for now, I’m beyond grateful for the journey.

Here is Kodak Porta from Stephanie and Will’s maternity shoot. Can’t believe we’ve known each other for over seven years and I’ve been photographing every milestone in their lives! Just love these people and their support!

Fine Art Film Images, Shooting film

How to shoot film. Switching from film to digital

Film processing by Richard Photo Lab