Liya Kofman Petrides, New York

"If you’re into riding rollercoasters, you know that feeling of climbing slowly and casually to the top of the coaster, almost forgetting about the upcoming drop (the actual reason for the ride) and then, suddenly, looking down to see that the rail ends, and you’re about to begin the descent, fast and furious, down to the tiny trees underneath, sweaty palms and aching heart and all… This is how I felt when I saw Alexandra Vainshtein’s recent photo-shoot gallery of my 13-year-old daughter for the first time. It’s not that I didn’t already know the beauty and charisma my child possessed. It’s just that teenage-hood drew so close to the end of her childhood, and I didn’t even notice that her grown-up life is already stretched-out in front of her, “hidden in plain sight.” This is because Alexandra doesn’t simply access how the subject looks by itself and in the context of the surroundings, but because she actually looks “inside” the subject and captures what she sees through her lens. I think every parent of a teenager should consider doing a photo-session with this enormously talented and thoughtful artist. Not only will you become a proud owner of many beautiful picture-art pieces with your child as the subject – you actually might learn a few things, that, while you were busy laboring to give your child everything-everything, you might have already missed."

Elvira G., New York

"Alexandra is an incredibly talented photographer. Her work is very emotional and sensual, relaying the character of those she shoots, painting them in her unique style while keeping true to the subject's identity. She's able to achieve this by her sheer photographic talent and just as important her ease with her clients. Alya is a true pleasure to work with, she instantly put us at ease and let us be in the moment while she did her magic. My normally shy kids were so playful in front of the camera like never before. Can't wait to have our annual family photoshoot with her next year."

ArtHabens Biennial Edition

"Alexandra is an extremely talented artist: her sapiently structured Black and White palette imparts her photographs with such unique visual identity, to capture poignant moments and inviting the viewers to see beauty in everyday life. We are particularly proud to follow the evolution of her artistic research in our art publication."

Olena K., New York

"Love her street shots! She's got a special talent to see the beauty and irony of the seemingly ordinary things."

Ilia Gur, CA

"Awesomely talented individual!"

Marina Heisel, New York

“I am so grateful my friend recommended Alexandra to me! Working with her was pure pleasure and the results exceeded all expectations. We did a Brooklyn outdoor family photo shoot and what I loved the most about the experience is that it was so relaxing and enjoyable from the first minute. Family photo shoots might be a stressful affair but Alexandra managed to make everyone feel at ease. She came up with wonderful ideas as we were strolling around the neighborhood and all of them turned out great on film. Alexandra is very talented and sees things with a professional eye. We as a family look happy on the pictures and that’s what makes it a lifetime family keepsake. More than just photos, it’s Art.

Olga P, CA

“I am so glad we found Alexandra, and that she found time to do the very first photoshoot for our family! To say she is an amazing photographer would be an understatement. Professional - yes, but also just a generally very nice person, she instantly knew what we were looking for, and how to approach our baby. A potentially stressful experience (our daughter is only 6 months old and gets tired fast) turned out to be a lot of fun - a morning filled with laughs, love and affection. Her photos are full of natural light and warmth. We are proud to have that moment captured by her, and our expectations were not only met, but exceeded!”

Uyola Jayde, New Jersey 

"I truly could not believe that she shoots without filters, gels, and lights. This is true black and white, the real deal, done by an artist who truly has a gift for composition, symmetry, and lighting.
The best part? She makes it pleasant. Lovely. Easy. Peaceful. If you have ever modeled, or have posed for portraiture, you know how stressful the process can be. You sweat. You're self-conscious. You get tired. But not with her. She has a gift - and what a gift it is!" 

Liya Kofman Petrides, New York

"Alexandra is by far one of the most talented artists I have met. In her black-and-white works, she intuitively captures the magic of light and shade, releasing the full palette of the genre - much in the same way the great directors of black-and-white film did. To have your life event photographed by this master is to acquire a true work of art that captures your individuality and the precious fleeting moment of your life."

Natalia Korionova, New York

"Alexandra was great! We did family photos with our sons (3.5 y.o. and 15 m.o.). She new awesome places at Central Park and made the whole experience very enjoyable. The pictures are amazing! She managed to capture unique and real moments of our everyday life. Alexandra was extremely professional from the beginning to end."

Elena, New York

"I would like to thank Alexandra for taking such beautiful images of my daughter and her friend! Alexandra has such a gift! She is really able to capture the personalities of the children (and not only children!)... and totally able to bring out the very best in them! Once again - Thank you so much for great pictures and awesome experience!​"

Nikol Levitsky, New York

"I want to say a huge thank you to Alexandra for creating a memorable and beautiful wedding photos. Not only is she fun and easy-going, but she is full of great photography ideas that will blow your mind. HUGE recommendation!! REALLY! She's the best!"

Luba Ostrovsky, New Jersey

Alexandra has photographed my family twice in the last two years. Her style is unique and extremely alive. When I look at the photos, I feel that they truly portray the core nature of my beautiful feisty three year old daughter and my sweet little fifteen month old son. She manages to capture the true essence of people in her shoots: there is nothing posed about them, they come out natural and easy-going, yet beautiful and stylish enough to share with friends and family and to display on your walls. People have asked me many times who our photographer was because of her truly different approach. Additionally, Alexandra is a lot of fun to work with. A mother herself, she is great with the kids: a good mixture of playful, professional, and efficient, yet not overbearing. She worked around our nap schedules and limitations and was always a joy to work with. I hope Alexandra captures my family for years to come.

Regina Zak, Florida

“For someone that is truly in love with the art of photography, I have finally met my kindred spirit. I only now wish that I could reshoot my wedding so that she can capture my wedding as I saw it. When asked to choose my favorite shots for albums, the only problem I encounter is that they are all so equally brilliant that they gain the title of Favorites. Guess we will have to have many more photo sessions in the future!”

Mark Salinas, Creative Director of Arrow Up

“Her photography shows a dedicated personal effort combined with technical skills to deliver exciting, clever compositions and captured moments. I knew photo documentation of my event was in good hands when I hired her. I was able to enjoy my event without a worry!”


Ranjeeta McGroarty, Financial Journalist/Analyst, Lloyds

“Alexandra is an incredibly talented photographer and a dear friend. Her sense of creativity, color and imagination brings pictures to life. Alex has taken numerous pictures of my three kids, and they are simply AMAZING! She is very patient with kids and painstakingly looks through very angle and light to take the perfect picture. I highly recommend Alexandra.”

Julia & Eugene, FL

“We just got our pictures back from Alexandra, and all I can say is WOW, WOW,WOW! These are the most amazing pictures of our family I have ever seen. Alexandra has a gift for capturing beauty in every shoot she takes. And the session itself was a huge fun to us – we enjoyed every minute. We will treasure these pictures always, and we plan to use Alexandra for all of our future family photo shoots.”

Anna Irzak, Israel

“Dear Alexandra,

Thank you so much for such nice photos of my sons.We all know that kids grow up very quickly and they change all the time. Thank you for catching  with your camera our everyday moments – a child’s smile,  mommy’s eyes and many, many more. Thanks to you, the kids on the photos look so real. Looking at your photos, we will remember all those lovely moments for years. 

Thank you again!”