Getting To Know Your Model – Introducing Olga Solomakhina


Lee Iggulden



At Welshot

Knowing your model is an important part of your photo-shoot!

Making great images that have that WOW factor can really only be achieved if you have a great rapport with your Model, and an understanding of how he, or she works best. This genre of photography is a collaborative process, and building a relationship with your Model fosters a positive working environment. Collaboration can lead to better ideas, improved creativity, and a more enjoyable experience for both the photographer and the model.

By establishing trust you will build the rapport needed to create a sense of trust and comfort. This is crucial for capturing natural and authentic expressions, as a relaxed and comfortable model is more likely to open up in front of the camera.

At Welshot, we do the hard work for you – We get to know our Models first, before we introduce them to you, the photographer. We make sure the Models we bring to Welshot are going to be the right fit – for them, for us, for you!

This is a new blog series where we introduce you to the Models we will be bringing to our new range of photographic events for those photographers who are wanting to take photos for camera club competitions, serious about their own personal continued professional development and building a photographic portfolio.

Introducing Olga Solomakhina

Olga is an experienced model, actress and dancer from Ukraine . As an actress she has had parts in television and movies, proving herself to be an artistic and expressive actor in a wide variety of roles. Olga’s favourite photo-shoots are ones where she can be get into different characters in front of the camera – and show emotion, readily able to switch from laughing to crying in an instant. Olga is very versatile and creative and loves getting into character. Olga says. “Just say me your idea and type of photos you want to receive and I will adjust my outfits poses and expressions to achieve your goal!” – At Welshot, all we can say is what more would you want from a model!

We asked Olga:

How did you get started in your modelling career?

From childhood, I dreamed of being an actress and a model. But i always was afraid to do it. My boyfriend once gifted me a modelling course at a very popular school in Kyiv. There was an acting class as well and I enjoyed the it so much that I decided to pursue it. I attended other courses and completed them in two different schools within two years. Afterward, I started appearing in TV series, movies commercials, and performing in the theatre. Occasionally, I modelled for various brands, but it wasn’t my main main job, cause I had a business and was focused on it. When the full-scale war began in Ukraine, I moved to the UK and finally dedicated myself to my favourite profession: modelling. Any terrible situation has some silver lining. My work here is the positive outcome that the war brought to me.

Do you consider yourself a Model first or something else?

Model first, than actress, then dancer 

What do you think your greatest achievement has been so far?

To start working as a full time model in the United Kingdom

If you could say just one thing to a photographer, what would you say?

Thank you for all the creativity you bring in my life!

On location (outside) or studio?

Studio (locations are cool but always cold)

Favourite snack?


What would your dream shoot look like?

In jungles with a beautiful view with a waterfall and animals around.

If you could give one bit of advice to a dancer/model just starting out what would it be?

You have to make the backstage (BTS – Behind the Scenes) videos and then watch them back to understand what is your best aspects.

Sweet or savoury?


Six people you’d love to have around the dinner table (past, present or future) and if possible, why?

Stephen Hawking, Sigmund Freud (I like science and I would like to ask a couple of questions)

Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe (I admire how feminine and strong they are, and I would like to know more about their personalities)

Taras Shevchenko (Ukrainian poet and a key figure in Ukrainian national identity; I would like to tell him how strong and united the Ukrainian nation is nowadays).

From the future, the first AI (Artificial Intelligence) to ask it about its consciousness and answers to some questions about the world.

Annie Leibovitz or Mario Testino?

Annie Leibovitz.

Back of the camera images, Yes or No?  (Do you like to be shown them?)

Yes. You see what do you do right or wrong,  you see what is the style of the photographer to understand what poses work the best for them.

Video or Still’s?


Links for Olga Solomakhina:

Portfolio: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GkBnce8DCmEA7w5j6
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ola_solomakhina/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Olga.Solo.co
Emotions: https://youtu.be/7boo57cq-OQ
Purple Port. https://purpleport.com/portfolio/olgasolo/

  1. Ian avatar

    The best, most creative and professional model I have shot anywhere in the world.


    Dr Ian Hale FCIS.

    1. Lee Iggulden avatar

      Hello Ian
      Thank you for reading the blog about Olga – We love Olga here at Welshot, so much fun and creativeness and we agree, very professional.

      Lee & Eifion

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