Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya who is a portrait photographer by profession photographs people and animals in a very crucial way. As she says,

“I strive to show both the external and internal beauty of people and animals, as well as highlight their uniqueness, depth, and individuality. I dream that every person who has an unusual appearance will believe in their beauty.”

Her passion for photography started from a young age

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

Anastasiya’s love for photography dates back to her childhood. Even great-grandfather was a professional photographer and therefore his love for photography was passed on to later generations, coming to her and her sister. Anastasiya has been clicking pictures, since she was a child, just “to keep up with her family.” But, she had no plan to go further into the profession of photography.

For her 20th birthday, Anastasiya’s mom and dad gifted her a camera, which she used to capture everything around her. After few years she bought a professional camera so she could capture macro pictures. According to her she wanted to sit for hours over a flower bed in the park, waiting for a beautiful butterfly to land on a flower.

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

Photography was only her hobby till she left her job because of depression. It was definitely not easy initially, and she landed up at her old job but left it again. Her third try to turn to a professional photographer came to be true in the year 2018.

Her love for portrait painting awakened when she was fighting depression

Anastasiya, because of her parents being a doctors, always acknowledged the fact that human activity should result in some benefit. Although, she couldn’t follow in the same profession. She went for portrait photography when she was fighting depression and anxiety disorder.

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

She said,

“I realized that a photo is not just a beautiful picture with a pretty girl in a dress. You can actually put some meaning into your work.”

After finding out Diana, a girl with vitiligo, she started thinking what animal would be perfect to click her photographs her with. Before that, she came to know about a girl who rescued a spotted fox from a fur factory. And these two situations began the very starting point of her project called “Different Beauty.”

A spotlight is the photoshoot that involved lot of girls with alopecia. After the end of photoshoot, one among the girls’ mothers rang up Anastasiya appreciating her for her work. Her mother said

“Nastya, after your shooting, Masha said that she felt beautiful for the first time in her life. Thank you. The whole family is crying.”

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

Her viral fox photograph kicked her to the picture of her leaving her old job

According to Anastasiya her starting plan was to capture a picture of a blonde girl holding a light fox and a dark-skinned girl holding a dark fox. But that appeared quite boring to her and that’s the reason she cake to the conclusion to mix the colors of the foxes and also add dresses. While many people thought that this picture is demanding to promote the ban of using fur, it actually promotes equality in its truest sense.

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

As she captioned the picture it depicts harmony inside one person and equality between different person, irrespective of their appearance, environment, and beliefs.The color of the models’ hair represents their outer characteristics. The color of their dress depicts their faith and values, while their foxes represents their social environment.

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

She is quite interested in matching a person’s and an animal’s appearance.

Take for instance, if she is photographing a model with albinism, she will select an animal with white fur or skin. Or if she is deciding to go for a blue-eyed model, she will go for a blue-eyed animal. This way she trusts that,

“if an animal can be so much like a human, then its desires and interests should be valued no less than human ones.”

On the other hand, she continues,

“If a person is so much like an animal, they cannot be considered ugly because of any specific features of their appearance.”

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

She wants everyone to know the fact that all animals that becomes a part in her photoshoots belong to their legal owners. Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya who is a portrait photographer by profession photographs people and animals in a very crucial way. As she says,

“I strive to show both the external and internal beauty of people and animals, as well as highlight their uniqueness, depth, and individuality. I dream that every person who has an unusual appearance will believe in their beauty.”

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

She won an award for her “Aliens” series

She highlights that she has never desired to prizes and titles in the field of photography. She only takes part in the 35 AWARDS every year out of her simple habit. In the year 2020, her picture won the competition and was also joined in the competition’s 100 top works of the year. This was selected from among 419,000 submissions.

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

All of the outfits are styled by her designer friend

Helena is her personal stylist of costumes and is also her source of motivation. She can most of the time be seen in various photoshoots as a model. As Anastasiya highlights,

“the clothes are always selected in such a way as to emphasize, but not to overshadow, the beauty of man and animal.”

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals

She desires to create an exhibition with her work

Anastasiya would desire to be known worldwide for her work. She says she want to arrange to print a book with my photos, because a lot of people are asking. Her goal is to be on the cover of Vogue with one of the girls from the “Different Beauty” project.

Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals Anastasiya Dobrovolskaya Highlight the Tight Bond Between Humans and Animals