Hello! My name is Polly...

I love photography, travel, people, Netflix and cheese!

Once upon a time I was a graphic designer until I discovered the joy of travel, which was when I hit the road with my backpack. After six years of globetrotting I settled into office life within the travel industry. Photography became my hobby, then the pesky thing got out of hand... so back in the summer of '15 I made my passion into my career. Today, and every day, I do what I love.

As a professional photographer I shoot people and places, and teach street photography. You won't find me in a studio - you'll find me outside seeking out natural light creating urban portraits, street stories and travel tales. Sometimes I dream about photography! I love being inspired by the work of other photographers and love sharing new ideas during my street photography workshops. I've even had the pleasure of meeting and shooting one of my photography heroes, Martin Parr

Amongst my clients you'll find Hey Saturday, Kiso Ontake Tourism Organisation, Pacific Asia Tourism Association, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Rhythms of Life; and my work has been featured by National Geographic Traveller UK, Edge of Humanity Magazine, Creative Boom, TimeOut and Fubiz.

Let's chat about collaborations, commissions or workshops. Say hello!

Photo Credit: Saskia Nelson

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Nice stuff people are saying...


"Polly is incredibly friendly, encouraging and has a passion for what she does. The session itself was absolutely fantastic. With a series of exercises and immediate feedback and support this was an outstanding experience. It truly changed my view and I had to step out of my comfort zone a couple of times. The day with Polly was a real boost to my confidence and very inspirational. I can absolutely recommend Polly. 5 stars!"

- Bettina booked me for a 1:1 photography workshop.


"I love how Polly captured my personality and created exceptional value from a small-scale, limited budget outdoors shoot. Polly has a wonderful warm manner which puts you at ease at once and allows her to get straight to work. Polly's location choices fit the brief spot on and she made the most out of the light, textures and moods of the urban landscape. I'm looking forward to working with Polly again."

- Heli booked me to shoot new headshots for her website. 


"This was intense. I'm used to organizing my travels myself and I enjoy the freedom of choosing my own pace, so I was a bit reluctant to join a tour. Knowing Polly's meetups, though, I thought this one was definitely worth a try. And I was right. Wow. Polly, not only was the organisation absolutely perfect (including great places to eat), but you managed to take us through so many fascinating spots, and at every place providing some time for photographic mini-projects. It feels like we dove deep into Lisboa even if we were only there for too-short a time. Congratulations for the perfect work and many, many thanks. It was great fun. Absolutely loved it.

- Pierre attended a weekend workshop in Lisbon. 


"Jenny and I had an amazing day on a street photography workshop with Polly Rusyn yesterday! Polly is fantastic fun and an engaging teacher for anyone interested in learning about photography!! Thank you Polly!!"

- Alyson booked me for a private photography workshop as a gift for her sister.

Some 'award-winning' snaps...

WINNER - National Geographic Traveller UK - "Spain" Theme (June 2017 issue)

WINNER - Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contest

HONOURABLE MENTION - London Photo Festival 

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CURRENT STATUS: Cooking up new workshops in my laboratory!

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