Hello! My name is Polly

I am a London based professional photographer.

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 accept commissions for interesting projects such as travel photography assignments and documentary style shoots. In addition I teach street photography at Street Club, London's best street photography Meetup group, where I organise and host regular afternoon mini workshops in London, days out around the UK and weekenders 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)

Now for a bit of trumpet blowing! I’ve had work exhibited at group exhibitions in both London (2015, 2017, 2018) and Paris (2018), I was a judge at the London Street Photography Festival (2018), I presented my work at Street London (2018), and have been booked to give a keynote talk on street photography at Snap Photography Festival (2019). I have won some small awards in competitions held by Street Hunters (2015, 2018) and National Geographic Traveller UK (2017), received honourable mentions at the London Photography Festival (2016, 2018), was thrilled to be long listed in the portfolio category for the National Geographic Traveller UK annual photography competition (2018) and honoured to be a finalist at Miami Street Photography Festival (2018). My work has appeared in both online and printed publications such as Creative Boom, Fubiz, Edge of Humanity and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Find out more on my NEWS page! 

I am always on the look out for an interesting project. Let's work together! 

(Portrait shot by: Saskia Nelson)



Nice stuff people are saying

Saskia

"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."

- Saskia is the head honcho of Hey Saturday for whom I freelance.

Ashwini

"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."

- Ashwini booked me to revamp his social media profile.

Heli

"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. 

Pierre

"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 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 street photography workshop in Lisbon with Street Club. 

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