“If we all focus on what we want instead of fighting against what we hate, we can all discover the unlimited potential and power within ourselves.” Irina Smirnova, Volunteer Videographer
Irina contacted Maureen McNeil, Executive Director at JHP about volunteering after an introduction to the organization by board member Matthew Sweetwood, owner of Unique Photo in NJ. Irina captured some amazing video segments during the Footstep program on The High Line earlier this month. Irina will next video the Independent Care System in Brooklyn.
Irina enjoying a pause during the JHP Footstep program photo outing on the famous NYC landmark, The High Line.
When she was twelve years old, Irina Smirnova was presented with a simple film camera. She spent many happy hours in her father’s homemade darkroom, watching her photographs come to life through chemical process. Though she didn’t know it then, that camera was the first of many that would help guide her path through life. Today she is an enthusiastic, professional photographer, a woman who strives to capture the essence of the subjects she finds in front of her lens. As Irina says, “Every single person has a story.”
Irina’s story began in Europe, where her eye for fine style was honed. Though photography always held a fascination for Irina, she moved away from it for several years and pursued a career as a software engineer. Hungry for new experiences, Irina traveled across the ocean and settled in the greater New York area – but she soon confronted the nagging certainty that something was lacking from her life. It wasn’t long before Irina dove into photography courses, experimented with her camera and found a firm foundation for her photography career.
She began taking photography seriously in 2008, delving into work for individual clients, and by 2010 she had opened her own studio. Today, Irina specializes in commercial photography, shooting creative portraiture for business, marketing, advertising and editorial campaigns, capturing messages that clients need to convey through visuals. Open-minded and welcoming, Irina is the kind of person who makes you want to open up, and that translates into images that reflect trust between subject and photographer.
Ever the consummate professional, Irina has built up an impressive network of makeup, hair and wardrobe stylists, as well as other production assistants to help bring even the most intricate concepts to life. She firmly believes that a carefully selected team opens up possibilities that take any work beyond expectation – to create something fresh, new and exciting.
Irina sees imagery as a powerful tool, and she combines her gift with the desire to help others. To that end, Dream Responsibly Productions was launched in 2012. Through creative and thought-provoking video and photography, Dream Responsibly Productions strives to inspire, inform and invent new ways to enhance lives of those touched by its creative works.
Deeply committed to social consciousness, Irina and her team work with various media agencies, communities, advertising, public relations and charitable organizations to focus on the greater good, creating works of art that inspire ideas and action. As Irina describes her vision, “If we all focus on what we want instead of fighting against what we hate, we can all discover the unlimited potential and power within ourselves.”
Irina is a member of the New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), New Jersey Creatives Network (NJCN) and the Advertising Club of New York (AdClub). Her professionalism is rivaled only by her heart: Irina gives ten percent of all her business income to charity each year.
Are you interested in becoming a videographer for the Josephine Herrick Project? Send us an email at giving@JHProject.org