Hello! My name is Polly
I am a London-based freelance photographer and street photography tutor with a background in the travel industry.
After a decade as a graphic designer I discovered the joy of travel, which was when I hit the road with my backpack. That adventure led to six years of globetrotting until I settled into office life within the travel industry. Photography became a hobby that got out of hand... And back in the summer of 2015, I took a chance and switched my “out of office” on for good, and put everything I had into turning my passion into my career! Today, and every day, I do what I love. I often dream about photography, and am growing a photo book collection endlessly inspired by the work of other photographers.
Since 2016 I’ve been freelancing for multi award-winning dating photography agency, Hey Saturday; I also take commissions for all sorts of interesting projects such as travel photography assignments and documentary style shoots. In addition I teach street photography in London at my Meetup group, Street Club; and I launched The Photo Weekender in 2019, a company running small group street photography weekend adventures in Europe.
"It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera...
they are made with the eye, heart and head."
Henri Cartier-Bresson (the godfather of street photography)
"I love photography so much it hurts!"
Polly Rusyn (me)
A few highlights from both commissioned and personal work
Dive into Commission and Projects for more!
Some trumpet blowing
Awards: Winner (monthly theme) - Street Hunters (2015, 2018), Winner (monthly theme) - National Geographic Traveller UK (2017), Honourable Mention - London Photography Festival (2016, 2018), Long Listed (portfolio category) - National Geographic Traveller UK annual photography competition (2018), Finalist at Miami Street Photography Festival (2018), Finalist - Photosynthesis PhoSofia (2019)
Group exhibitions: London (2015, 2017, 2018), Paris (2018), Miami (2018), Sofia (2019), San Fransisco (2019), Brussels (2019)
Judging: London Street Photography Festival (2018)
Speaking: Spotlight Session - Street London (2018), Keynote "The Science of Street Photography" - SNAP Photography Festival (2019).
Publications: Photographic Mercadillo, Life Is Street, Creative Boom, Fubiz, Edge of Humanity, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveller UK, and Digital Photography magazine.
Nice stuff people are saying
"If you're thinking about booking Polly, then you need to stop thinking and start booking. Dang! She is one of the best photographers and coolest people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. She has been freelancing for Hey Saturday for over a year and in that time has worked with well over two hundred people creating stunning portraits and super happy clients for me. If you're looking for a talented, passionate photographer who also happens to be rock solid in terms of reliability and cool in terms of how personable she is, then you, my friend, need to look no further."
- I freelance for Saskia who is the boss of me at Hey Saturday
"Polly and I worked together to devise and shoot a collection of images for a feature for a magazine in the US - she was full of ideas, fun and a breeze to work with. Her shooting style is with minimal fuss and equipment, almost fly on the wall so not intrusive in the least. She worked fast - two locations on the same day - and a package of images delivered within a week."
- I have worked with Vanessa a couple of times including on an exciting editorial shoot
"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."
- I worked with Heli on some cool new headshots for her start-up
"Polly is an amazing photographer and an even more amazing person, and I am very grateful to her for taking great snaps of me in a recent photoshoot. I was a bit nervous and shy at first, but she made me feel relaxed and at ease the entire way through. Her warmth helped me be myself during the shoot, and her photos really captured and portrayed my personality in a genuine way. I cannot recommend Polly highly enough for any photos you may want to take of yourself, your loved ones, or any other occassion that is important to you."
- I worked with Ashwini to pimp up his social media profile and we had a lot of fun doing it
(Portrait shot made by: Saskia Nelson)