Nick Starichenko-Fashion Photographer: Explains why taking risks is essential

I perceive challenges as an opportunity to learn something new and become better in my work.
— Nick Starichenko

-Do you agree that you are challenged everyday to create something that has never been created before?

Of course, I do. The possibility of creation is one of the reasons why I became a photographer.

-Can you describe your creative process? What do you look for when creating a shoot and do your shoot line up to be what you expected?

My creative process starts from specific idea or scene which I can imagine in my mind. After that begins management process. I can say professional photography for the most part consists of non-shootings thing. I call it «home work». I am gathering the team, doing model search, location scouting and so on. Usually, it begins two weeks before the shooting day.

I have several photographers from old school which inspires me. There are Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton. Those people influenced a lot to photography world and I love to read about their creative process and study history of photography through their artworks. From modern photographers I pay attention to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino which are doing very difficult projects with unbelievable quality and vision.

It`s hard to look on yourself from the side. I think I am a person who is willing to take a risk and not afraid to make new steps.


My mom believed I should learn ballroom dancing when I was 13 years old. I escaped from the first lesson in dancing school to photography courses.

I like European school of design. Dolce & Gabbana because of their stable creativity and Dior because they making our world more elegant.

-In the artistic world of photographers, do you see yourself not only trying to achieve your

perfect shoot but also being known for your work?

I cannot say that I am trying to do the perfect shoot. I perceive photography as an instrument to achieve different goals which will make positive influence.

-What was the main reason that you decided to become a photographer?
Freedom of lifestyle.

-Tell me about your latest shoot. What was your vision when you created it?

We did fashion story about young business couple which lives luxury life in big city. That shooting was a perfect example of how things can go wrong. All started with problems with one of the models which got sick, then we realized that stylist booked will no be able to attend the shooting.  Our team used vintage Rolls-Roys 1970 and another car driver scratched the bumper on it. One of the new flashes burned out on the shooting. But we solve all those problems and did successful session. I perceive challenges as an opportunity to learn something new and become better in my work.

-To be a photographer, you had to undergo a lot of struggles. What was the most difficult

obstacle for you when putting together a shoot?

The main struggle is to make all component work as one perfect mechanism to achieve the final result.

-Who excites you the most (Celebrity) & why?

Probably, I am into trends but I don't have favorite classic celebrity. I can say I pay more attention to people like Elon Musk who making real progress for this planet.

I can say I am working very fast on the locations during the shootings and I am trying to put some piece of real lifestyle emotions to my shoots.

I want to create transcontinental production studio with will unite different artists in industry to manage almost every kind of project.

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