Julia Kuzmenko McKim is a Los Angeles-based internationally published Beauty, Fashion & Portrait photographer, digital artist, retoucher and educator. An International College of Professional Photography (Melbourne, Australia) graduate.
I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and, like many, chose a non-artistic path right out of school. After spending almost a decade in the financial industry, I realized I needed a creative outlet in my stressful and uneventful life. With my first DSLR camera I found the love of my life – photography. Within one year I quit everything in Moscow and went to Australia to study at the International College of Professional Photography.
After traveling and shooting around the world for a few years I have finally found my new home in Los Angeles. Besides collaborating with local creative professionals, I also travel and teach Beauty Photography and Retouching around the world – Italy, Australia, Singapore and the UK – and write educational articles for Fstoppers.com and a number of international industry magazines such as Advanced Photoshop, Digital Photographer, Practical Photography and others.
I am the founder of Retouching Academy, an educational organization for professional photographers and retouchers. My team and I are working on a lot of exciting educational and entertaining projects for our students to present in 2015.
Even though I am a big fan of beauty retouching, I am a professional photographer first and foremost, so my approach is always – get things right in camera, shoot to minimize post-production time – and that is how I train my students as well.