Professional Fine Art Portrait Photographer in Riga, Latvia

The MasterQEP (Portrait) - the highest qualification award of European Federation of Professional Photographers.


Gold Medal (Portrait) of  the world biggest photo contest Trierenberg SUPER CIRCUIT


FEP-award:  European Professional Photographer of the year (2015)


Benini Photography Photo-studio owner


One of the founders of Latvian Photography Federation


Art Director of ArtCamp festival


Teacher in photo-school Portrait (Latvia)


Participant of international exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Belorussia, Russia, Italy, Israel, Germany, France.


Author or personal exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, Georgia

Reportage from the exhibition:


Jury member of photo contests:

Second republic photo contest «4383 days of childhood» (Belorussia)

International photo contests URBAN 2012 and URBAN 2013 (Italy)

Photographer of the Year 2013 (Ukraine)



Numerous photography seminars and personal photography and art exhibitions of different artists in Riga, Latvia

Art Project «Summer Calendar»

International Exhibitions in Riga «URBAN» and «Art Confessio»


Author and teacher of numerous workshops in Latvia, Russia, Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia.


Author of books:

«Call me Lavlada»

«Photoframe for my friends»

I was born in Latvia and live in Jurmala. FINE ART Pprofessional Photography is my job and hobby. I love what I do with all my heart. I am always honest and responsible towards the people I meet every day, I am open-minded, optimistic with a good sense of humor. I love experimenting and new projects. My favorite genres are portrait and nude photography. I love adding some mysticism into my pictures.  I never think through all the details before I get to work, usually idea forms itself during the process. I mostly work with individual orders. And the perfect model for me is the model who has forgotten that she is one. There are no such thing as ugly people or not photogenic people. There is an unwrought stone in every person, which turns into shining diamond after some manipulations.

I prefer black and white photography. I will never visualize something that will bring harm or will compromise anyone.

We all are different, everyone has his own manner of working, his own taste, feelings, emotions. There must be no competition in this. Do I have my own style? People tell me “Yes, you do” I say to myself  ” I don’t know”.  I believe it’s like one’s own body odor which you can’t feel so my viewers answer for me.

I wish you all love, harmony and understanding. Health and all kinds of artistic achievements. Never stop creating, playing, drawing, composing, fantasizing, inventing. Smile to the world and it will smile back to you! ;>

Ilona Pulkstene

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