Human stories

Real people

Relationships and emotions

These are my passions. Inspired by fine art and documentary portraiture, I craft intimate, moving, immersive visual stories for publications, institutions, and brands.

Russian born and East Coast raised, I’m in love with my city, Los Angeles. Its people, communities, and environments continuously inspire me. I'm a graduate of Art Center College of Design and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Always looking forward to the next collaboration!


Instagram: @stella_kalinina

Member of Women Photograph and American Photographic Artists (APA).

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ArtCenter College of Design, Harvard Business School, UCLA, University of Southern California, Skirball Cultural Center, California Community Foundation, AIGA, Emotive Brand, EmDash, Cadence, Grey, Piranha NYC, GrubMarket, DOT Magazine, Modern Farmer Magazine, Wamiki Germany.


Becoming Los Angeles, National History Museum, Los Angeles, California (2018)

APA Off the Clock, Los Angeles, California (2018)

Marina del Pedro, Angels Gate Cultural Arts Center, San Pedro, California (2018)

South Bay Focus 2017, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California (2017)

Annual Gala, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Los Angeles, California (2018)

Portraits of Compassion, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, California (2016)

APA Something Personal, San Francisco, California (2015)

Picturing Power, The City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, Los Angeles, California (2014)

ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2012)

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (2012)

ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2011)