My name is Maria Savelieva. I’m a Russian-born photographer located in Melbourne .

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I’m a professional photographer with over 10 years' experience located in Melbourne, Victoria. I have been published internationally including Forbes Russia, Forbes Estonia, L'Officiel Russia, TimeOut Russia, Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times. Experienced in shooting a vast variety of genres, from private orders including portrait, still life, fashion, to commercial ones.

Experienced in managing shooting site during photo production process, both in studio and on location, which includes setting up camera & computer for tethered shooting, lighting setup, managing sets and props, as well as working with assistants in all aspects of the production.

Highly passionate about the arts, craft, hand made jewellery, design and fashion, I am a very focused dreamer with an ambition towards a solid end result.

  • Artistic vision
  • Creativity
  • Technical photography skills
  • Patience and concentration
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong networking skills
  • Team working skills

  • Creative, organized and result-oriented professional with a highly acclaimed reputation
  • Confident with all the stages of image making, including client liaison, brief creation and creative development
  • Сarrying out research and preparation for a shoot. Working in different locations and in different circumstances to get the right image
  • Liaising with other professionals, including retouchers, graphic designers, managers, commissioning editors and art directors
  • Familiar with managing and producing creative work with full service agency. Involved in every step of the photographic, design and printing process
  • Performing all administrative tasks to ensure smooth and efficient operations, scheduling work, invoicing and basic accounting
  • Able to work to tight deadlines and juggling competing tasks, working independently or as part of a team

  • In depth knowledge of production
    Working with an extensive range of technical equipment, including cameras, lenses, lighting and specialist software. Managing the processing and use of images, discussing technical problems, excellent quality control and dealing with clients' concerns. A technically minded, fast and exacting learner.

    Strong knowledge of post production
  • Expertise in Photoshop editing, image manipulation, and image restoration
  • Strong colour correction skills
  • The delicate skin retouching technique


    2017 to present
    Self Employed Commercial Photographer in Melbourne.

    2014 to 2016
    Self Employed Commercial Photographer in Adelaide.
    Work for a wide range of employers. Collaborating with VennMillar Harcurts Real Estate, Refined Real Estate, The Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange, SA Casting.

    2013 to 2014
    Freelance Photographer in Forbes Russia, Forbes Woman Russia and other magazines.

    2013 to 2014
    Independent lecturer in School of Modern Photography PHOTOPLAY. Creating the own two-day photography course “How to take pictures of people who have no idea how take a proper pose and look well and relaxed” (the title is much shorter in Russian ).

    2009 to 2014
    Collaborating with Non-standard Advertising and Special Projects Department of Mail.Ru. I did local projects with Nokia and htc, Electrolux, SanDisk and Phillips.

    2007 to present
    Self Employed Commercial Photographer. Work for a wide range of employers, including creative businesses, publishers and photographic agencies.

    2005 - 2007
    Editor in PR Department in AdWatch Isobar (the largest international digital marketing network which unites over 100 agencies in 38 countries). Experience collating the work of several authors, sending out briefs to writers (which can include word count, deadline, fee and writing style), writing own materials, planning and organising projects, liaising with managers, marketing staff, clients and client's agency.

    2003 - 2005
    Self Employed Copyrighter and Journalist. I provided creative ideas and concepts. Experience writing news releases, articles, slogans, marketing/sales letters.

    1999 - 2003
    Digital Color Correction Specialist and Junior Graphic Designer in a printing house and design bureau August Borg. Experience supporting graphics, photography, publishing, advertising, prepress, and retouching workflows.

    British Higher School of Art and Design, Faculty of Photography
    Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Faculty of Journalism

    Available on Request