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Vera D: Artistic Photographer

Tell us about you.

My name is Vera Djackova. I am the owner of VeraD Photography. Photography is my passion and I truly love what I am doing. Originally, I am from Europe (Lithuania) but lived in the USA for more than 15 years. I live in Chicago suburb with my husband, 14-year-old son and two cats. I have multiple degrees in different areas, such as Philology, Law, Healthcare but photography was always with me. I got my first camera when I was in high school and since then love photography. I am fascinated that the camera can stop the moment and create memories. Two years ago, I opened my own company, VeraD Photography, and now I am living my dream.

What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a photographer and do it simply because I can’t live without a camera. I love life and my photos reflect a variety of life – family, sport, fashion, nature. I can’t choose one area because I believe that my goal is to take photos of every aspect of life. 

How does what you do benefit others?  
I hope that my photos create memories and bring joy to people. I am trying to show the best in person and to ascent the beauty. Some of my clients said that only in photos taken by me they saw themselves truly exceptional and beautiful. 

Describe your career journey and how it led you to where you are now.
My photography journey still continues. I got my first real camera when I was in high school. Then little by little cameras were more sophisticated and my skills were growing. I was taking photos of my family and friends; it was just a hobby. In the meanwhile, my life was changing, I moved from Europe to the USA with my husband and became a nurse. Life was good but I was dreaming to become a professional photographer. So, I started taking many classes, getting certifications, educating myself on photography and photoshop. Then I decided to jump into the world of photography and see if I would be able to swim in it. Two years ago, I have opened my own company VeraD Photography. I didn’t regret this decision, my business is doing well, I am happy to do work which brings joy to me and people. My journey is not over, I am moving forward and have so many plans ahead! 

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
In five years, I plan still to be in the photography industry. Open my own big studio which would provide customers not only photo sessions but also hair, makeup and stylists services to create the best photos for people. 

If you could have one superpower to help you further your purpose, what would it be and why? How would you use it? 
I would like to be super strong because the photo equipment I use on a daily basis is very heavy.