Russian Photographer Takes Portraits With Real Animals And People Say Her Works Look Like They’re Straight From A Fairy Tale (52 Pics)

These pictures are what dreams and fairytales are made of—Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova creates beautiful portraits that balance between the real and surreal. While she nails lighting, composition, and other important aspects of the craft, arguably the most impressive feature of Plotnikova’s work is her feature of animals that we aren’t used to seeing in fine-art photography. Like a bear. Or a moose.

While seemingly dangerous, these ideas were made possible with the help of professional animal trainers.

And even if Plotnikova includes a more “conventional” animal, the bond these creatures create with her models on set looks so strong, it’s like she has cast a spell on them.

Every pixel of Katerina’s photos radiates such rich mysticism, her work is absolutely enchanting

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Deal _Anneal3 hours ago

(´艸`) stunning3ReplyView more comments

Plotnikova has been interested in photography since childhood. “I was fond of drawing, did courses, went to art school, and entered university for a specialty related to design. One of the subjects was photography, and completing the assignments for this course fascinated me so much, I began to explore the world of photography,” she told Bored Panda.#2 

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Ms.M.2 hours ago

Goldilocks, is that you?1ReplyView more comments#3 

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chi-wei shen7 hours ago

I’m not as tough as this girl.4ReplyView more comments

Katerina finds inspiration in just about anything. It can even be a simple element like a dress and the rest of the photo simply builds around it. Plotnikova also gets a lot of her ideas from flea markets, secondhand stores, and even garbage bins. Sometimes people throw away stuff the artist finds simply priceless. However, more than anything, Katerina is inspired by nature—a landscape can make her fly.#4 

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Beautiful.0Reply#5 

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The animals find their way into Plotnikova’s photos in a variety of ways. “At the moment, I am collaborating with several farms,” she said. “We can say they lead a ‘transparent’ lifestyle and are active on social media, with numerous videos where they talk about how their pets spend their days, and each follower can watch and make sure that the animals are fed and loved.”#6 

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MantisGirl152 hours ago

Wow, beautiful!0Reply#7 

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Sprinkled Donut4 hours ago

Looks magical0ReplyView more comments

As you can see, the animals in her photos also look at ease. Comfortable. Katerina said there are a number of reasons for it. “The most important thing is that the owners of the animals inspire their confidence, they are professionals in their field, they are present next to their pet during the entire shoot and, as a rule, with a supply of treats,” she explained. “This helps both the model and the animal to relax. Another thing is, in most cases, I photograph an animal in its territory next to its home.”#9 

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Ray Githinji5 hours ago

Ginger0Reply#11 

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It almost matches her hair 🙂0Reply

Of course, animals don’t always pose the way we want them to. Katerina said sometimes they just stand or sit on the set. For example, a deer might get hungry and it just starts eating. For them, shooting becomes lunch. If that happens, Katerina just tries to make the best out of the situation and might brush up a few things in post-production or glue a few shots together.

“To me, every detail matters. Especially the location. I can go anywhere for a good location,” Katerina said.#12 

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Natalia5 hours ago

Nope1ReplyView more comments#15 

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Night Owl3 hours ago

Almost the same eyes0Reply#17 

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Deal _Anneal3 hours ago

(ノ*ФωФ)ノremarkable1ReplyView more comments#27 

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Deal _Anneal3 hours ago

She looks so young0Reply#28 

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Ellie J2 hours ago

The photos are beautiful but I can’t help wonder where the mothers of these baby animals are..1Reply#32 

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╰(*°▽°*)╯Impressive1Reply#36 

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Amy Begun Saab1 hour ago

This wig should be better placed? It’s the first thing my eyes go to. Maybe photograph the models who wear them in profile? Maybe it’s not a wig-if I’m mistaken forgive me1Reply#37 

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Perfumista Perfumista4 hours ago

what a lovely couple0Reply#39 

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Perfumista Perfumista4 hours ago

the wedding photographer did an excellent job1Reply#41 

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Luca Rosi7 hours ago

Those are masterpieces!!!0Reply#51 

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Austėja is a Photo Editor at Bored Panda with a BA in Photography.
Over many years she has developed a diverse set of creative skills and a wide portfolio which ranges from photography to digital editing and traditional/digital art. She solidified that knowledge after graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2018 and has worked as a freelance photographer until Bored Panda.
When not editing, she enjoys walks, drinking a bit too much coffee daily and drawing. Read more »

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