behind the lens

    Congratulations on your engagement! I'm so happy you found my page and cannot wait to hear about your wedding. There are so many details you need to attend to, and I'm happy to guide you along the way. I love weddings!

    Of European descent and with my heart left in San Francisco, I love capturing city ballroom weddings and the intimate outdoor weddings under the sunset skies. Wedding photography is an art I love more and more, and I'm celebrating almost a decade. There's something sacred about being the artist on a couple's most special day, seeing families unite, history made, and moments that should not be forgotten passed down in photographs.
    You can read more about my photography journey below.

    Hello there

    IN MY OPINION . . .

    Early morning walks in new cities are romantic
    Stylish coffee shops make coffee taste better
    The skylines of New York and Chicago are worth all the sky miles
    Good days start with J.Crew blazers
    Sisters are a girl's best friend
    Travel is a lifestyle
    Amalfi Coast should be on everyone's list
    A nice watch completes every outfit
    The world runs on Iced Almond Lattes



    How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?
    My couples enjoy their wedding gallery 4 weeks after the wedding.
    How do we book Yuliya and reserve our wedding date?
    A signed contract and a retainer reserves your date! Ask about early booking incentive, with the many inquiries and Yuliya's travel schedule, we'd love to put you on a calendar right away!
    Do you do destination weddings?
    Most of my weddings are destination or for destination clients, who want me to capture a vision of their dream wedding amidst the vines of the Napa Valley, or the urban San Francisco views. I shoot frequently in Italy, and Chicago and New York city are also one of my frequently visited cities!
    Our reception will be dark lit indoors, can you work with that lighting?
    About half of my weddings are in the dark-lit romantic San Francisco ballrooms. I love setting up small lights on each corner of your dance floors to bring out the best lighting scenario! HERE is a sample of a San Francisco city church wedding and ballroom wedding with limited light
    Do you provide videography services?
    I'd be happy to recommend a few videography studios my couples absolutely love: Devad Weddings | Sean Kenney Films |Baby Blue Films

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

    I started my photography journey in the most unlikely place, a study abroad semester in Israel. I would make sketches of every city I visited, accompanied by many photographs. One warm summer evening, I found myself in Istanbul making a sketch of the Blue Mosque with its tiny minarets piercing the sunset skyline. I couldn’t imagine myself anything but an artist, although I was on a way to becoming a college professor.

    “If I could just spend the rest of my life meeting new people in new places and taking photos?” Inspired by that question and the curiosity of perfecting photography, I came back to California to pursue portrait photography and soon photographed my first wedding.

    Photography journey introduced me to fashion and deepened my love for art. I love J.Crew and my clients say my work looks so Vogue, and I’m thrilled!

    Besides being a wedding photographer, I’m a pianist, an avid coffee shop goer and a lover of big cities and travel. This summer I’m exploring the Amalfi Coast, and Morocco in the Fall. I give back by teaching music theory to kids and teens, and I hope to form a community kids orchestra!

    The city weddings and wine country weddings take me all over the Bay Area, Napa-Sonoma, Monterey-Big Sur, Chicago-NYC, and Italy-France, abroad. When possible I’ll be happy to host you in my studio in San Francisco. Schedule a phone call today to capture your day in style!