Cute photos that stole the world's heart

Elena Shumilova, 32, an architect by training, previously worked in her own architecture firm. However, she recently went on maternity leave.

Elena Shumilova, 32, an architect by training, previously worked in her own architecture firm. However, she recently went on maternity leave.

Elena Shumilova
A series of photographs by the Russian photographer Elena Shumilova have been making the rounds on Facebook in recent days. Thousands of followers are leaving enthusiastic comments on Elena’s page.
A series of photographs by the Russian photographer Elena Shumilova have been making the rounds on Facebook in recent days. Thousands of followers are leaving enthusiastic comments on Elena’s page.
This success story started not long ago when the photographer was selected two months ago for an ad campaign by British mobile company, Vodafone.
After that, media organizations from the United States and England expressed an interest in publishing a series of photographs and telling the photographer’s story.
Elena takes photos for the family photo album, not for any professional or commercial purpose. And it’s precisely for this reason that her photos turn out so heartwarming and inspiring.
Alongside her children, various pets make it into the frame like dogs, rabbits, and ducklings. That’s because Elena and her family live in a country house in the Tver oblast, not far from Lake Brosno.
The proximity to agriculture and nature also give a special esthetic to her works. The image is idyllic: children, animals of all sorts, a quiet, unhurried life, wallowing in haystacks, and walks along the lake shore...
She has two children, boys aged 5 and 2. The photographs that star the two boys are not the product of a special photo session.
“They are a nice surprise in our flood of images! Your work is absolutely stunning! so inspiring. I love the way you see your world and the way you incorporate your children into that vision,” commenters from around the world write. This rush of activity has been a pleasant surprise for Elena.
Despite the fact that this young mother picked up photographer only recently (she assures us it was only last year), her own unique style can be felt in them.
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