Yuri Yatel

Los Angeles Photographer

Hi, I’m Yuri Yatel, a wedding and family photographer,
who likes natural light and film.

IF I HAVE A FREE SUNDAY I WOULD SPEND IT... I would definitely spend it with my wife and our two awesome cats. We also like getting together with our big family. Everyone comes - grannies and grandpas, aunts and uncles, grand and grand-grandchildren. Together we cook homemade meals and just talk for hours. These family gatherings inspire me so much!

MY MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WAS... I have great memories of Maria's and mine amazing wedding travel around the Southern Europe. We spent a month on a road trip around the tiniest villages and towns of Spain and Portugal. We met new people, tasted local food and just enjoyed life. Suburban Europe is a big book with many inspiring pages to be read.

THE COUNTRY I MOST WANT TO VISIT IS... I'm planning to visit Iceland. I feel like it's the edge of the world with its limitless horizons, dark soil, and strong winds. I really want to feel this raw connection with nature that runs in our blood.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY JOB IS... that it fills me with new ideas, emotions, and lets me travel and meet new interesting people. It's amazing! I feel like a Jules Verne book character.

IF I DIDN'T DO THIS FOR A JOB I WOULD BE... every time I'm travelling by air I cannot help but stay glued to the blue plain window. At those moments I understand that I would be happy to dedicate my life to the sky. I think pilots are the happiest people.

IF I COULD GIVE NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES ONE PIECE OF ADVICE IT WOULD BE... I believe that true love stories don't need any third-party advice. This could be my biggest secret of a successful wedding photographer.

I LOVE WHERE I LIVE BECAUSE... my home is where my family is. I am not strongly bound to some specific place. I feel equally good in Europe and in the USA. People are what makes cities and countries special and make you want to go back again and again.

IF I COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD IT WOULD BE... Ukraine has places where mountains kiss the sky, and fresh milk is the colour of the moon. I love visiting these Carpathian villages and recommend them to all my friends.

MY FAVOURITE MOVIE IS? I love Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni. It's a good story for a nice evening.

MOST MEMORABLE MEAL I'VE EVER EATEN WAS... I have been to many European countries and tried various cuisines. Nevertheless, the most delicious food is always at home, waiting for me at my dinner table. It's hard to explain, it's just this warm feeling inside.

THE PETS I OWN ARE... my wife often says that people were created so cats had someone to live with. :) We have two cats and we are crazy in love with them.