Writing about yourself is always a bit funny.

But, until we have a chance to sit down and actually get to know each other, here're few things that you might like to know:

I graduated in 2007 with a bachelor in international law from a University in Moscow and have previously worked in an office for several years before I got a proposal from an American subsidiary of a global company west of Washington, D.C. I moved to the US with one suitcase and worked in a legal department of the company specializing in security technologies. Boring, huh?

Fortunately the circumstances brought me to sunny San Diego, CA. I simply just packed my possessions and drove cross country to California just because I wanted to live on the west coast. I did not have any savings or a plan, I did not know a single soul here, and that whole experience probably was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life, and I am very glad I was naive enough to think it was a good idea at the time.

Here in San Diego I developed a passion for photography. I have been in San Diego for 8 years now and in love with this amazing city since day 1.

I raise a husky named Umka who I adopted in 2016 when his owner died.

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What equipment do you use?
Camera body: Canon 5D Mark IV.

My lenses:  

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II

Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III

Can you help me pick a location?

Yes - I know a lot of beautiful locations around San Diego I am happy to share with you depending on your goals.

How do you deliver the final product?

Via online gallery where you can download all images in the highest resolution. By request I can mail you a flash drive!

Are you a registered business?

Yes - Olia Photo LLC is registered, licensed and insured in the state of California.

Still having doubts or choosing between several photographers? Check my Yelp reviews.


You do not take a photograph, you make it.
— Ansel Adams, American photographer