The photographer

Welcome to my website! I am happy you came over!  My name is Galina and I am children and family photographer serving New York City and New Jersey areas since 2011.

I am a proud mom of my handsome little boy and an aunt of my three beautiful nieces who inspired me for what I love to do the most – photography. I used to spend a lot of time with my nieces when they were little, back in 2011. Watching them every day growing and changing gave me an idea to start documenting each day of their fascinating childhood moments. My first camera was Canon EOS Rebel xsi with its basic lens and I took it everywhere with me to take pictures of my little girls (now they live in England and became beautiful teenage girls).

At some point I became a student at International Center of Photography in NYC where I was lucky to meet and be taught by amazing professionals some of whom who were generous enough to become my mentors. It was the beginning of my photography journey. After ICP was lots of photography workshops, online classes, opening Tribeca Kids Photography (now Urban Kids Photography),family photo sessions, events (birthdays, baby showers etc), product photography, model portfolio development, (Galina Kotivets Photography), work at NYC photography company as a school photographer and lots of other photography projects.

When my son was born I have decided to put all my experience and photography passion into family and children photography. And as a parent myself I feel more connected to families I work with and I can better understand my clients, providing the best experience.

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”CESARE PAVESE