My name is Alex Koloskov. I am 36 years old, born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine and live in Atlanta, GA now. 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.
I am a father of cute twin girls Sonia and Lilia, happy husband and a co-owner of our family business – commercial photography AKELstudio.
On a AKELstudio Blog I want to share technical details of the photography I do, my experience, challenges I deal with and how I solve them.
I’ll be adding more articles here on this blog to explain how we did every photo-shoot, what gear was used and why. My goal on this blog is to show you practical, useful things that you won’t be able to find in any college or photography book. The real-world, everyday experience of successful commercial photographer is what I share here.
Can you combine edge and innovation in photography? I truly believe you can! That’s what sets us apart when our clients hire us and that’s what we want to teach others.
Innovative and edgy photography is what we are doing at AKELstudio. I know I’ll be one of the best commercial photographers in the world, and we’ll have best photographers, designers, stylists and retouchers working with us in AKELstudio. Just a little more time is what we need now. Stay tuned, subscribe to our RSS feed and you’ll see everything by yourself.
We also have a photo-editor’s blog, which is supported by my wife, Genia Larionova: The Perfect Photo Blog. She is our digital artist, photo editor and retoucher, and she’ll show you how we make our images look so perfectly clear and bright.
To learn some personal stuff about me, please read personal facts and my interview with myself below.