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Personal: San Diego family trip

October 24, 2013

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We wanted to share with you a set of images from our recent trip to San Diego. Ever since we went there for the first time with kids(about a year or two ago), San Diego has become the perfect choice for vacation. Some of the most beautiful beaches in California, consistent, warm weather and gorgeous sunsets help us to relax and enjoy uninterrupted time together with family. And for us its only a matter of time to be back there again.

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September 17, 2012

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Hey there! I really hope we are not the first ones to tell you about Instagram. It is a very fun, fantastic and addicting app. , and if you haven’t had the chance to look into it – you really should. We also thought it would be a great idea to share some of our most favorite photos from both of our feeds with all of you.  In the Instagram world we have our business account: @idropphoto and our personal accounts: @emiknikora and @yananikora – feel free to connect with us there. We hope you will enjoy looking through these collages. If you are interested in what  we use to edit our iPhone photos, we’ll be more than happy to share with you our most favorite editing app. by VSCO film, that is called VSCO Cam.

Enjoy and don’t forget to drop a note and tell us what you think…

 

 

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Nathan turns 6

March 24, 2012

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Well hello, hello! Its been a while since we’ve posted any updates on how we’re doing. We’re way overdue for the personal post. And today is an awesome opportunity for it. Our oldest  son, Nathan just turned 6 today. And since some of you have been keeping up with our blog, we felt like sharing it with you and post a few pictures of our boys. It is definitely fascinating to see how two of our little ones grow and develop. So much energy and curiosity every single day keep us pretty much overwhelmed. Kids are definitely a great blessing and we are thankful to God for giving us such a wonderful family.

So, Happy 6th Birthday to Nathan!!!

 

 

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stephanie: ( March 30, 2012 4:08 pm ) happy happy hatch day NATHAN! i love these pics, nathan has such a great face:) second from the bottom is one of my favorites

Ciara: ( March 28, 2012 4:46 am ) what handsome little fellas! and such fun photos.

Allochka: ( March 25, 2012 12:33 am ) Awww...Your boys are so adorable Yana. Wish Nathan a happy birthday from Sammi :-)

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December 29, 2011

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The end of a year, traditionally is the time, when we can slow down and, finally, look back and realize what really happened within the past 12 months. Often times we assume that with more and more knowledge, advanced technology, and so called “time-saving” devices we can become more efficient with what we do, can accomplish more, and thus make more money to buy more of the “time-saving” devices (aka: iphones, ipads, computers etc) The result of this all is a chronic shortage of time and an extremely high pace of life. Having all this in mind, I caught ourselves having a tendency to live life thinking about tomorrow, rather than taking time and enjoying what we have today. Now, as I have more time to think about it, I find it priceless to wake up in the morning and enjoy every bits of what’s around us. In a blink of an eye, kids whining becomes cute, every little step of making espresso is especially enjoyable, freezing air becomes crispy fresh, and we can stop being so serious and maybe look at ourselves in a mirror and have a good laugh… For me, life started to make much more sense this way. And as I realize what we already have and what we’ve experienced this year – joy, happiness, and thankfulness are the three words that come to mind.

With this last post of the year we wanted all of you to get a glimpse of who we are and what we look like. We are Emik and Yana – proud parents of Nathan(the older one) and Justin, – most precious little people in our lives.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! Thank you all for being supportive and so awesome!

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peter amend: ( February 4, 2012 8:31 am ) i think your family is marvelous.

stephanie: ( January 27, 2012 7:27 pm ) nathan's laugh is the best! Your family is pretty great.

Caitlin S.: ( December 29, 2011 7:38 pm ) What a charming family! Thanks for the update.

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Behind the Camera: personal

June 4, 2011

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So, in the series of personal posts, as I promised before, I’ll try to look back at our journey in photography and talk about some of the major things that influenced us as artists and/or as a business. I’m not quite sure in what format to do it yet. It probably would be more interesting for you and simpler for me, to do it in a chronological story-telling format – we’ll see how it goes.

To be honest with you, its kind of hard to decide on where to begin from. On one hand, we haven’t had any serious exposure to photography at any other points in our lives other than, when Yana got her first DSLR. But on the other hand, it feels to me like every bit of experiences in our lives forms who we become, and influences our lives for years to come. So, having that in mind, I’ll rewind the tape a few years back and will begin our story with a quick description of how we got to the point of facing photography as a possibility as a career.

I know it won’t be the first time I will mention this, but I must thank God for blessing me so much and my wife for being so ambitious. If not her challenging my standards and worldviews, I don’t think we would be where we’re at now. She was the one who thought me how to dream and ask questions like “why not?” or “why can’t we do it?” So, on my side of the story it was pretty simple: I was a skeptical, hard working dude, who lived the life according to the “standard”. I don’t even know how to put it in words, but for some reason any job or a career that required creativity, or self expression, seemed to me as unreal – impossible to do for “normal dudes” – only for specially gifted – super talented – with a lot of connections – rich parents’ kids – type of careers. And when Yana for the first time popped the question of becoming a photographer, I sarcastically laughed and said something like: “well, real photographers can create art with any camera. So I would suggest to practice on the disposables”. That was me back then.

Now, Yana’s side of the story was quite different. Finding a job as a school photographer triggered her interest in photography. And that’s when she found NYIP(New York Institute of Photography). It was more of a “very well detailed manual instruction on how to take great photos”, rather than a “photography as an art” type of school. But it did it for us. That’s when we learned how the “mechanics” of photography work, and then moved on with developing our vision on our own.

So, many beginning photographers, like us back in the days, would ask a question then: “Should we, or should we not get formal education in photography?” I’m not sure about a degree (sometimes I feel like its a waste of time), but in my opinion, if you don’t have anyone you know, or any of your relatives, who know what to do with a professional camera, you should consider taking at least a couple of classes, just to understand the basics of how the camera works and how to read the light. It is true, we didn’t get nearly as much info from NYIP as we learned on our own along the way, yet those lessons were the foundational base of knowledge for us to push off of. Unfortunately, when we were entering the industry, a few photographers we knew weren’t too friendly and no one would care enough to help us out, so for us this worked well and after all, we’re happy we did it.

 

And so that this post would not be completely boring, here is a few recent photos from behind the scenes. Check it out:

 

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Lukas VanDyke: ( July 5, 2011 7:27 pm ) Awesome! So true about the photo schools... It's so much more fun just doing it! =). Love your work!

Yana: ( June 5, 2011 1:11 pm ) love, love, love it!

Olga: ( June 4, 2011 7:05 am ) Beautiful post! Being "talented" sometimes at something is just as much dedication as it is God's natural gift, I think you guys are great examples of both!

Jayne: ( June 4, 2011 6:16 am ) i love how Yana dresses :)

danielusenko: ( June 4, 2011 1:55 am ) i wish i had pix of me behind the camera ...

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