I'm a Photographer, videographer, and filmmaker with an international background, currently based in the New York City area. I like to travel and will move easily anywhere in the world to capture the images you need, still or in motion. I spent most of my childhood in a movie center because of my father - a movie director himself. The result is I'm addicted to film and cutting the boring part of life in general. I love music and my work. I believe every event is unique and I avoid routine as much as I can.
I would like to meet you before the event if possible to get to know each other better.
Thank you for your time! :)
The wedding for our daughter was a spectacular day with the wedding ceremony at St. Thomas of Villanova and the reception at the Ballroom at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square, Penna.
Blaga and her husband arrived promptly in the morning for the bridal suite photos and the groomsmen suite dressing; traveled 10 minutes to our residence in Wayne to shoot photos of the bride and our grandchildren; executed flawlessly at the church, both inside and outside, including extended family photos; then captured the fun, exciting celebration at Ellis. During the entire time, she was a consummate professional, both pleasant with the wedding party as well as an excellent program manager for photography. Her husband captivated the wedding party with the use of a drone, for special views of the day. We did not have to concern our time with one aspect of the professional, photographic talent and experience during the day.
We recommend highly her talents for your special event.
Response from Lush Life Film:
Priceless! Thank you so much Bill! You’re such an amazing dad! So honored to be chosen from you and your family! Thank you so much! 😊
We enjoyed working with Blaga as she was wonderful, easy to work with, professional and very caring! Cant wait to see the final product of the pictures & video film. Her engagement photo of the happy couple made it into the New York Times! Now that is an Honor in itself! A pleasure to work with! Highly Recommend!!
Blaga was wonderful right from the beginning. She has a calm easy-going personality which made it super easy to work with her. She's an outstanding professional and very talented photographer. We were thrilled with my daughters photo shoot and bar mitzvah pictures. She was on time and prepared and there were no surprises. I would highly recommend her for any event or photo shoot! We haven't seen the video yet but I'm sure it's going to be amazing
Blaga did an amazing job capturing every aspect of my wedding. The final video came out perfectly and I will always be able to look back on my special day and see all the friends and family who were there to celebrate with us. Videos capture moments that pictures can't and I highly recommend this very professional company.
Response from Lush Life Film:
Thank you so much Rebecca! You're great! :)
The true measure of a videographer comes in two forms: the manner in which they work with you, and the final output. When we saw the beginning of the video Blaga made for our wedding, my wife and I were overwhelmed with joy because we could not even imagine we would receive such amazing work from any videographer. Blaga is very, very nice and easy to work with, and she put her real heart and soul into our video as though it was that of her own wedding. We had a small wedding in a less-than-illustrious venue, but from Blaga's video it would seem we were a king and queen in a palace. She has an uncanny ability to be in just the right place at the right time and to pay attention not only to the more obvious "big" parts of the wedding but also the small touches. For instance, her video opened with a pan over some meaningful pictures of us we had placed on a side table. This was a beautiful way to frame the remainder of the production. Her editing made the video very smooth and perfectly captured the essence of the event just how it was in our minds on that day. After the wedding, she followed up with us promptly and even added music selections we chose to the video. We are happy to give Blaga our highest possible recommendation.
Blaga was very helpful and made sure everything went smoothly for my engagement proposal.
Wow! Where do I start? From start to finish, Blaga was extraordinarily professional and extremely prompt with all of her responses--whether it was through email, text, phone, etc... It didn't matter what time it was, she almost always responded immediately.
Blaga was also very pleasant to deal with; what a kind and caring person she is. Her husband Dimi who she works with is also an absolute gentleman. Blaga is willing to go the extra mile to make her clients happy. She literally felt like family and still does; we continue to keep in touch!
The event I booked her for was a flash mob engagement proposal. Blaga arrived early to familiarize herself with the venue. In addition, Blaga arrived to the flash mob performance rehearsal a day before the event so that she was adequately prepared for the actual event.
The group that she works with is amazing! Everyone who works with her is so passionate and attentive; they didn't miss a thing.
The video that she made from my flash mob proposal is perfection. It's so beautiful it has literally made everyone that has seen it cry. My fiance and I cry every time we watch it. In addition, we did an engagement photo shoot afterwards. The angles that she takes produce breathtaking photos.
Look no further, Blaga is the real deal. If you want your moment captured beautifully, go with her. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my event. Blaga is able to provide both value and quality. I will most definitely be using her for my wedding and any other event that I would love documented.
On short notice, we were in need of a Videographer for a few long days of shooting. We were fortunate to have found Lush Life Film through Gig Salad. Blaga was the most responsive and accommodating throughout the booking process, and gave us the confidence to book. This professionalism showed during her time with us and it could not have worked out better. I highly recommend the highly talented Blaga for any type of video needs.
I hired Lush Life Film to capture moments of my fiance's 40th birthday party. As soon as I reached out via Gig Salad, Blaga was extremely communicative and responsive. I wanted Blaga to capture very candid moments, with very few formal shots and she certainly exceeded my expectations. Blaga arrived early to take pictures of the event space, which was meticulously decorated. and captured photo's of my surprised fiance as soon as he walked in. The event was held at City Winery in NYC, and Blaga worked very well with the staff. She provided a very fast turnaround for the photos; within two weeks which is really unheard of! I was very comfortable with Blaga, and she knew just when to pop up to take a picture, and when to step in the background. She even gave my fiance a birthday present of some of her beautiful work; so sweet of her. I enjoyed working with Blaga so much, that I have decided to work with her again for my engagement photos. If you are considering booking with Lush Life Film for any sort of event, you won't regret it. Thanks Blaga for capturing such a wonderful night!!!
Blaga responded to my very last minute request and she was wonderful! Great pictures, professionalism, and responsivity.
I was thoroughly impressed by my experience with Lush Life Film. I reached out to them on very short notice and in hindsight provided criminally minimalistic detail as to what I was looking for in terms of a final product and they stepped up to the challenge and far exceeded expectations!
Blaga and team know exactly what they're doing and did not require extensive instruction or constant feedback/coaching. They showed up early, stayed late, and performed according to agreement and even beyond!
I look forward to working with Lush Life Film on future occasions and enthusiastically recommend them to other entrepreneurs, event planners, and the like.
Blaga and crew were wonderful to work with! We hired her to film an event in New York City, and found her to be professional and very conscientious, not to mention one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! We will definitely use Lush Life Film in the future.
Blaga and her staff are absolutely amazing. Not only were they able to book last minute but they gave an amazing rate too. I just received a copy of a short video she made (they also sent a full length one and pictures) and I'm in tears. It is absolutely beautiful. She really captured my special day.
I am impressed with the attention I received and how easy it was to book, trust and get what I needed for my professional fashion show recording. I'll definitely book for my next event in a few months!
I have known Blaga for about 10 years now, and she is a super human being: super friend, super photographer and art director, super professional, super mom and last but not the least - super funny! She can make you laugh just like that, turning a gloomy day or a dull moment into sunshine! Her name means kind and she IS kind to every thing she does and touches with her heart and talent: her family and friends, her colleagues, her clients. I do believe it is her genuine kindness and her natural ability empathize with and relate to people/audiences that makes her work so real and so full of life and beauty. Always enjoying everything new she does for all the color and light that comes from within! Go Blaga!
Thank you to Lush Life Films for doing a beautiful job capturing our wedding! Balaga was wonderful to work with leading up to the wedding and during the filming you could hardly tell that she was there. She is very friendly and made the entire experience fun. I can't say enough how impressed we were with the final product. It captured the essence of us - our story, how much fun we had with our wedding party and guests and how thrilled we were to be getting married. We are so happy we went with Lush Life Film and that we have a wedding video to remember our unbelievable day!
Blaga made our most special day magical. Not only did her pictures capture the moment for all time the video she created for us is beyond words. Blaga is amazing to work with, she adapts well to every situation. Our wedding had it's challenges, Blaga breezed through them like the true professional she is.
For us capturing this moment in our lives was of upmost importance. I had done many hours of research before making my decision and I couldn't have made a better one. Blaga is simply the BEST!!!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 120 - 1200 minutes
Unions: PPA, ASMP
What to Expect
I could offer my photography or video service /occasionally both/for your event. This includes the candid shots /documentary style/, the traditional photography/filming with all the family posing and I include more artistic photography/filming.
I can offer to print a custom made album with up to 50 photographs if you choose the photography package. You'll receive by mail a CD with both print and Internet quality photos after I've edited them. The album will come with them if you choose to get one. I place no water marks on my photographs.
I'll also give you all the video footage I filmed if one day you wish to make a different editing for example on client's hard drive. I can edit as a final product one short and one long version of the film. There will be some audio from the event and background music by your choice.
I can also offer video more as a documentary, with wishes/interviews from the guests. Just depends on what you need. It takes extra time to edit and film a documentary style video, that's why the price little bit higher.
I'm open to do the serves clients imagine to have, I accept any referrals if you have already liked a product and you want me to work in a similar direction.
For more information, please do contact me :)
photographer . cinematographer . director
Photographer, videographer, and filmmaker with an international background,
currently based in the New York City area. Moves easily anywhere in the world
to capture the images you need, still or in motion.
2002-present Freelance photographer, videographer, and documentarian.
2006-2009 Deputy Creative Director, Leo Burnett Advertising Agency Sofia, Bulgaria
2005-2006 Photographer, Leo Burnett Sofia Advertising Agency Sofia, Bulgaria
New York Film Academy, May 2013, Digital Filmmaking Intensive Workshop
New York Institute of Photography, 2004-2006
New Bulgarian University, Photography, 1997
Photography & Videography
From high-end advertising to weddings to documentary film, I have a wide variety of experience. Photographing and filming musicians and musical events is a specialty of mine.
Canon, Philip Morris, BTC, vivatel, Eibank, Grant’s, Johnnie Walker, Jazz
музиканти, Baileys, Vidima, Esper, Leopard Trading, ProVisiov group, Western
Union, Devin, “Rolling Stone” magazine, Microsoft, Lufthansa Technik, and
I conceptualized, developed, wrote, produced, and filmed “Without Borders,” a documentary film that follows the journey of Bulgarian classical and jazz musicians scattered around the world. I travelled to Italy, France, Spain, New York City, Germany, Holland, England, Austria, finally ending up where the soul of jazz lives — New Orleans. The work began in 2009, culminating in a five-city tour where we presented it as part of a performance exhibition that included the film, a display of my photography from New Orleans, and a Mardi Gras themed show featuring the Paulin Brothers, a prominent New Orleans jazz band. The final performances were in Sofia, Bulgaria in March 2013.
Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, InDesign, Encore, Lightroom.
I have my own studio photography equipment as well as two HD cameras, the
Mark ll and Mark lll 5D.
3/15/2013 New Orleans - Mardi Gras 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria;Bridge of The People in Love
3/23/2013 Veliko Tarnovo Art Galleries “Rafael Mihailov"
3/24/2013 Varna; 03/25 - Burgas. 03/26 - Plovdiv; 03/28 - Sofia
8/02/2012 Lozenetz Jazz Festival - Photography exhibition, Without Borders
8/3/2012 Spirit of Burgas
8/5/2012 Art Space
8/6/2012 Bansko Jazz Festival
9/17/2012 ART Hall VIVACOM
9/21/2-12 Plovdiv Night of the Museums
9/23/2012 Veliko Turnovo Municipality Art Summer
9/25/2012 Pazardjik Municipality
9/26/2012 Burgas Municipality
9/27/2012 Jazz Festival Haskovo
9/28/2012 Sofia Life Club
3/1/2011 Permanent Exhibition, Elisaveta Bagriana School, Sofia, Bulgaria
4/15/2011 Lufthansa technik – National Palace of Culture Open Gallery
12/5/2011 Sofia Life Club
9/17/2010 Bulgaria Hall Gallery – Exhibition Without Borders Europe
9/1/2010 Tea House Jazz Club & Gallery
10/1/2010 Bulgarian National Radio
10/22/2010 Farenah Concept Art Gallery
9/1/2009 Microsoft Gallery, Bulgarian Cultural and Historical Monuments (still on display in online gallery)
Award of Merit New York Institute of Photography, 2007
Rising star for 2013 - Gigmasters
Additional Booking Notes
That's not for my service
Past Booked Events
|March 17, 2018 • 12:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 06, 2018–January 07, 2018 • 2:30pm - 12:30am||Wedding Reception|
|October 28, 2017 • 4:00pm - 10:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|May 29, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:30pm||Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party|
|May 21, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|November 23, 2016 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 27, 2016 • 7:00pm - 7:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 14, 2016–May 15, 2016 • 11:00pm - 3:00am||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 07, 2016 • 11:00am - 3:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|December 30, 2015||Prank/Surprise|
|December 05, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 01, 2015||Wedding Engagement|
|October 18, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|September 26, 2015||Birthday (Teen)|
|September 18, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding, NY, NY|
|August 16, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|August 15, 2015||Wedding Engagement|
|July 25, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 28, 2015||Prank/Surprise|
|June 28, 2015||Studio Session|
|June 10, 2015||Wedding Engagement|
|April 05, 2015||Private Party|
|April 01, 2015||Studio Session|
|January 10, 2015||Birthday Party|
|December 16, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 29, 2014||Birthday Party|
|November 20, 2014||Launch Party|
|November 16, 2014||Anniversary Party|
|November 09, 2014||Seminar|
|September 20, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 05, 2014||Other|
|August 11, 2014||Birthday Party|
|August 10, 2014||Wedding Reception|
|June 11, 2014||Baby Shower|
|April 26, 2014||Private Party|
|Dimi Ditrow||Sound person in Videography gigs|
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