My name is Mikhail Sosin. I am a photographer.
My photography specialization
Mostly – it is wedding photography, but not only…
My relation to photography
Photography is my passion, my love, my lifestyle, my wages. Photography is my everything. Since 2008 there is no day in my life without production photos, postproduction photos or thoughts about photos.
My photographer’s biography
My photographer’s bio is pretty ordinary for photographers.
In 1982 (at 4 years old) I crashed my father’s film SLR camera “Zenit” and have been punished for it. This was a start of my way as a photographer. :)))
In 1985 I got my first own film mini camera “Smena-8M”. During junior school I studied at some photography cources for juniors.
In 1993 I got my own SLR “Zenit” camera, and in 1995 I got german SLR “Praktica” as a present for school graduading.
In 1997 I shoot my first wedding (for my friends). After that I sold my “Praktica” and bought my first SLR “Nikon FM”. I felt in love with this camera and it’s shutter sound. :))) Since that time I am a “Nikon” shooter.
In 2006 I bought my first digital SLR “Nikon”. This became for me the end of era of film photography, dark room with a red light, developers, fixers, and magic of creating photos by chemical method.
By 2008 photography took all my free time. I started an active process of self-education and permanent practice with studio artifical and natural light shooting conditions.
By 2009 my photography level increased up to offers to shoot for money. Being self-critical and not very short of money I declined such offers for some time. But some time later I decided to check possible income from my hobby. So I became a commercial photographer. I continued to combine my main job and a weekend photographer job. I could allow myself to spend all income from photography for my gear upgrade and education.
In 2013 the incomes form 2 jobs became almost similar. My intention to grow up as a photographer was very strong. But time spending for my main job did not allow me to grow up. :)))
So, since 2013 photography is my only profession and beloved job.
Why wedding photography?
I have never aspired to get into the world of wedding photography. :))) Inspite of many opinions, wedding photography is not easiest way to earn money. Now I like exactly wedding photography. Why? Because for me it is most difficult area of photography. :))) Wedding photography combines different genres and requires maximum skills from a photographer: photojournalistic skills, posing skills, portraits photography skills, sport photography skills, interior photography skills, subject and food photography skills, kids and animals photography skills, landscape photography skills, artificial and natural lighting skills, etc.
And all of these skills must be used in the conditions of wedding day bustle, limited time, weather conditions, etc…
And just shooting is not enough – the soul must be put into the work… I must put myself in the place of bride / groom / parents. I must understand their feelings. I must feel their feelings…
But I really like these difficulties. :)))
Why not only wedding photography?
Even most beloved job can become routine and start to bore with it’s monotony. To avoid it I shoot not only weddings. I also very interested in other genres of photography and I do it with a great pleasure.
I have also the “non commercial” web site www.mikhail-sosin.com. It’s aimed to show my non commercial work or commercial work which differ from my main commercial photography and could not be shown at this site.
Some more info about me “without photography”
My past: musical school (violin class), MSTU n.a. Bauman (submersible robots engineer), 12 years in a commercial banking (risk management).
My current: ski, snowboard, wakeboard, kite-surf, diving, mountain bike.