Photographer Alexandra Bochkareva loves working with redheaded models. However, series Autumn and Winter had double the pleasure because there were two red-haired beauties in front of her manual Helios 77m-4 lens – Polina or Olga and a trained fox named Alice.
“I adore working with redheaded and freckled models,” Alexanda says. And you can truly feel the magic in her photography.
The St. Petersburg-based artist typically shoots outdoors, where natural greenery further enhances her beloved ruby-haired subjects. Bochkareva started her photography career in 2012 after she gave birth and found herself with a lot more energy than before. Alexandra’s first models were her family members and friends and as time went by, she developed a unique style that combines peoples’ natural beautiful looks with gorgeous nature elements.
Originally based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, but now residing in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Alexandra’s shoots feature wild animals and surreal but beautiful scenarios straight from a story-book – a milk-pale nymph rising from a pond; a girl at ease in a field, caressing an albino python to her chest. We can’t help but think of the iconic Merida from Disney’s Brave, champion for redheads everywhere, when we look her work.
Her work also showcases the rich landscapes and hidden natural treasures where she lives, shooting in fields, ponds and grottos.