Evgenia Ribinik of Evgenia Ribinik Studios on boudoir photography, finding the right balance and helping women feel their best

I’ve always been in awe of portrait photography because it captures the moment in time, so that’s what inspired me to pick up a camera for the first time. I have tried different genres of photography and nothing has clicked with me more than portrait photography. Years ago I was taking photos of a wedding in New York with my husband Julian Ribinik, when the bride asked if we could take some boudoir wedding photos of her in lingerie as she was “prepare”. We had never been asked that before! Julian turned to me and said, “Well, I can’t do this, so you have to do this.” Truth be told, I had no idea how to pose someone in lingerie. But while working with the bride, I thought how amazing it would be to shoot boudoir photos professionally.

Long story short, the bride ended up loving her photos and from then on I became captivated by the boudoir photography niche. I knew, however, that if I was going to be a professional boudoir photographer, I wanted my work to reflect who I was as an artist. And by that I mean I wanted the photos I took to showcase my raw, sultry, dark and moody style. I hope I have achieved this in my career so far!

A lesson I personally learned from boudoir is to have the courage to pursue my dreams, even if it’s scary at first. That’s exactly how I felt when I decided to open my own studio, Evgenia Ribinik Studios, in Brooklyn, NY. But taking a chance was the BEST decision I’ve ever made. Now, when I take photos of my clients, I feel like I’m having so much fun that time flies. There is no other place in the world I would rather be than in my boudoir studio. My husband, Julian, has always been my biggest fan. Whether it’s teaching me the nuances of high quality photography, supporting my quest for boudoir style, or praising how amazing I am (we never think we’re good), he’s been there. for me through it all. He just said today that he can’t believe my hobby has turned into an amazing business!

To other workers like me who are going after their dreams, I would say:

1. Take time for yourself. It is important to take time for yourself, even when you are busy. It can be something as simple as taking a few minutes to meditate each day or going for a walk outside.

2. Ask for help when you need it. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you have to do everything yourself. Sometimes you have to ask for help when you need it. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.

3. Always make time for your family and friends. It’s so important to spend time with your loved ones, even if it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day. They deserve your time and attention, and they will thank you for it! So take a moment to sit down with your family or friends and enjoy their company. It’s good for your soul!

4. Balancing work and personal life can be difficult, especially when running your own business. For me, the key to maintaining a work/life balance is creating a schedule and sticking to it. I try to plan my week in advance and make sure I have time for work and personal activities. I also find it helpful to set priorities. If something is important to me, I make sure to schedule it, even if it means putting other things aside. And finally, I try not to stress about things that are out of my control.

I believe that life is a series of lessons. We are constantly learning and changing, and the people we meet teach us something new about ourselves. It’s up to you to decide which lessons are most important for you to learn as well as how they will affect your life in the future. I’ve learned many lessons throughout my life, some good and some bad, but I’m grateful for them because they helped me become the person I am today!

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