Julia Kuzmenko McKimBeauty Photographer & Retoucher

HELLO!

I am a Los Angeles-based internationally published professional Beauty & Portrait photographer and retoucher. I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and fell in love with photography after investing many years into a different career. I went to Australia to study Commercial Photography at the International College of Professional Photography (Melbourne, Australia) when I was already 29 with a higher education and almost a decade in Finance.  Since then I have been fortunate to fill my life with visual arts and lots of new friends and madly talented creative people.

Today I live and work in Los Angeles, California and, besides being in love with Beauty photography more than ever, I am also very interested in fitness – I hike, I bike and am trying to learn to surf as well. I have also been always interested in personal development and hacking my way out of bad habits and creating new routines that help me become a better artist and human being.

I have created this website to push myself to write more, shoot more and analyze my work more, because that is the ultimate way to improve my skills, develop my taste and take my art to the next level.

Join me in my journey. If you are like me, I am sure we will become good friends and enjoy our virtual friendship 🙂



MY CLIENTS:

My photography and retouching clients include: 

Smashbox Cosmetics (Estée Lauder), GlamGlow (Estée Lauder), Urban Decay (L’Oreal), Hourglass Cosmetics, Dr. Brandt Skincare,  Anastasia Beverly HillsNEUTROGENA and someone precious, who has been making a lot of people around the globe laugh for many years – the wonderful Rob Schneider 🙂

 

WACOM EUROPE SHARES MY STORY

Special thanks to Train to Create and  Wacom Europe for this video:

LONG STORY SHORT

2000 – 2008
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2006 – 2008
2008 – 2010
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2010 – 2012
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2012 – present
Internal Auditor and Senior Accountant (Marriott, Caterpillar, Brunswick).
Got my first camera and took pictures for fun.
Quit everything and went to Australia to study Commercial Photography.
Traveled around the world and took pictures of anyone who wouldn’t mind it. I did not improve my skills much, but made a lot of good friends.
Got back on track. Professional Beauty & Portrait Photographer and Retoucher.

WHAT I LOVE TO DO

Beauty
100%
Macro Beauty
100%
Portraits
80%
Fashion (full body)
70%
Beauty & Portrait Retouching
100%

OTHER PROJECTS

 

Besides the fun things I also am a recovering workaholic and here are some of the projects that I started and was fortunate enough to have great teams help me grow them:

Retouching Academy Founder & Editor-in-Chief: Retouching Academy

[RE]TOUCHED Magazine Founder & Publisher: [RE]TOUCHED

I wrote a lot on Beauty Photography for Fstoppers: Julia’s Articles

 

Contact Me

Got an urgent question? You can email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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