About Authors

About authors


Alex Koloskov

I grew up in Kiev, Ukraine where I later attended college and received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Needless to say, I’ve never put my degree to work in its specialty. It was a time of economical collapse after the fall of the Soviet Union, where the entire country was in chaos. This was when my “official” education ended. Since graduating I’ve never had any other formal education, all of my skills have been self-taught.

I’m a mix of technicality, innovation and out of the box thinking. I love taking on technical challenges in anything I do, including photography.
As a photographer, I am completely self-taught. I don’t know the rules, nor do I care about them. I don’t follow the herd, I do it my way. That’s turned out to be invaluable in what I do. It has allowed me to experiment, see outside the borders, challenge the authorities and create a stunning photography style that is crisp, sharp and crystal clear.

I’m inspired by progress and movement. I’m incredibly persistent and never take “less than perfect” for an answer. If I don’t have the right tools, I’ll build them myself. I like to make stuff happen.

I love power and speed, I love fast cars. I like to play with new gadgets and to create stuff with my own hands.

I have a programming background, working for industry leading IT companies in the US. Photography was a serious hobby of mine until my wife and I founded AKEL studio. That’s when we took the hobby and began providing professional photography services. Photography is a very big part of my life.

Having tried almost everything from portraiture, architecture and stock photography. I soon realized that my true passion is technically challenging studio projects. I prefer to work in my studio, where I can control everything.

My blog: Technical Secrets of Studio Photography
My portfolio: www.koloskov.com
Youtube: AKELstudio channel


Genia Larionova

I start each day anticipating the exciting situations that I’ve created for myself. I am a happy person, a mother of adorable twin girls Sonia and Lilia, a loved and loving woman, and a co-owner of our family business – commercial photography studio AKELstudio.

I am a digital artist and a retoucher who is passionate about Photoshop. I help photographers add the last, but very important touch to their photos. Helping them transform their pictures into masterpieces.

I write blogs and books to inspire and motivate people to start molding their futures according to their dreams. You can visit my blogs at www.perfectphotoblog.com and www.kapreez.com to get more ideas.

I truly believe that our thoughts shape our reality and affect our futures. That our surrounding environment affects us, but I am sure that we are able to create and manage the life we want.

My blog: The Perfect Photo Blog