Founder of Best Self Studio
Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
Dating Profile Photographer
Photo by Adriana Kopinja
My biggest hobby was photography. I bought my first serious camera in 2006 and started improving my skills. I’ve learned how to use editing programs and finished a basic photography course in Moscow. I enjoy travelling and connecting with people and have learned how to take beautiful portraits.
I discovered another passion when a family friend began her private psychology practice. 10 years ago, psychology in Russia wasn’t popular at all; people didn’t trust it. There was an overall opinion that if you have problems, it's better to talk to a friend than a stranger. But I was inspired that someone dared to create such a risky business and I was curious how psychology could affect my life, so I decided to become the first client. Our sessions were the beginning of my personal development and it planted the seed in my mind that I didn’t have to go with the flow but could choose the life I wanted.
Confucius said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
I grew up in Moscow, Russia in an environment where people didn’t believe they had the choice to pursue the path they wanted. I was raised to believe that stability was the key to a good life. During my school years, I enjoyed studying foreign languages and visual arts, but despite my interest in design, I was convinced that if I got a “serious” degree, it would result in a good job at a reliable company. That's how I ended up with a diploma that reads, “Engineer of Mining and Underground Construction.” But by the end of school, I knew I was never going to work in this field. I didn't like a single thing about it!
As I gained increasing satisfaction from photography and psychology, I decided to I quit my regular 9-5 job and took a break. I was invited by a family member to visit her in Boston and improve my English at a language school. My 6-month stay in America turned into a permanent move and I learned how many opportunities exist for people who want to create and develop themselves.
I knew I had to start my career from the beginning, focusing on what I truly wanted to do. My love of photography continued but the depth of people’s minds attracted me so much! I researched educational opportunities and related professions which led to coaching!
I obtained my certification in 2018 and decided to combine coaching with photography. In January of 2020 I opened Best Self Studio and started a new chapter of my life as a Dating & Relationship Coach and Dating Profile Photographer.
I like to get up in the morning and think that today I can change somebody’s life by bringing awareness, listening deeply, and by offering compassion.
Confucius said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Having found my calling, I find this statement to be absolutely true.