Hey! Thanks for stopping by! My name’s Ruxandra Balea, but you can call me Ruxi. I’m a professional photographer based in Zürich Switzerland, where I make cool things for families and entrepreneurs. If you like my work then don’t hesitate to reach out.
Emotion, or a feeling, is what makes the difference between a snapshot out of obscurity and a photography that makes YOU shine. Either a family photoshoot, a family event or a studio photoshoot just for yourself, your story and your connection to your loved ones will make every single image precious.
For your business, I will help you foster a connection with your target clients. Speaker photography, self branding photography or for your business event, I will create authentic and compelling imagery that promotes you, your products, and your brand’s personality for impactful marketing that stands out.
I am here to give people a transformative experience through my photography so they can end up with the most beautiful portraits they have ever seen of themselves. With your family, her focus is on the connection between you all. In your business I will help you foster a connection with your target clients. Similar, but with a different result and scope!
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I just realised that today was the #MentalHealthDay. What a wonderful thing to remember, celebrate and talk about. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never believed stronger than now that we should have more discussions on this topic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Been thinking a lot lately about my progress and my huge steps towards self-confidence. And most recently about MY WHY as a portrait photographer. Why is it that I got so hooked with this job? I first educated myself in international economics and Digital Marketing, so what made me fell in love so much with photography that I pivoted in such a different direction?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They are really connected: photography and confidence. When I could finally SEE myself, believe in myself, heal myself and let myself BE SEEN just the way I am it enabled me to do the same for others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The more my business grows, the more weight goes off. The more value I put on my work, the better my work and my service get because I am more invested. More self love, self value = more sustainable income. And that is only because I made it to find my true why.
I really believe a good picture of you can empower you to embrace the love for every part and side of yourself. My why is the thrill I see on my clients` faces when they see themselves. It has a healing and therapeutic effect on both of us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Whether I’m having a great or horribly dark day, the connection I make with a portrait client and time spent in the studio feel like they exist in another, beautiful dimension. I serve clients well and speak affirming truths to them, and then can’t help but do the same for myself in my personal life! It’s a wonderful cycle." - @mitzistarkweather, fellow photographer in my mentorship program, commented one of my posts. Couldn`t have said it better! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My new mental wellbeing involved sports, yoga, meditation and two amazing mentors: @suebrycephotographer and @sandra_jauslin ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you do for your mental health?
I should post some more about the recent amazing shoots I am working on but my grid needs to align with the previous stuff
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED @natalie_chandra
I am supposed to nominate other amazing women to do the same but, I find every single one of us is amazing in our own unique way. So I nominate YOU beautiful, gorgeous woman to post a black and white image, mention my name if you want to and spread the #womenempoweringwomen 💕
Thank you for this photo @tim hughes - I love seeing myself in them.
New website launches 🚀 next week on Monday! Last chance to book me with my current price list this week.
You can go at https://calendly.com/ruxi/shootwithme and book a 15 minutes consultation with me where you can tell me how I can help you.
There will be no more Headshot Days, Short Story shoots (mini sessions), weekend fees will apply for any of my products, there will be new cancellation policies and new rates. Services are improved, more personal, more you. More sustainable to our industry as your visual creatives and partners.
Picture Reveals and sale sessions will always be in person, either via zoom or meeting each-other at my office or your location of choice. Easier booking and pricing system via the website.
Honestly, speaking of pricing as I was researching it a lot, if any one-person business, freelancer or startup is charging less than CHF 100/ h, they are not sustainable, and that is for survival/ covering cost/ beginner mode. It should all !!start!! from CHF120/ h at entry level - no experience services.
Thank you Tim Hughes of @goodluxphotos for taking this image of me that I really love.
It was about time to introduce you Della @dellaisara my rock solid boss lady friend who is also no1 Styling Consultant and Hair and Makeup Artist. I work with Della since 5 years now. Della runs my wardrobe consultations and pampers our clients at the studio. We made many clients happy together.
It might sound bizarre, makeup will make your photos look more natural. Yes, Read on. 💄
The older we get, the more uneven our skin tone. Red noses, chins and cheeks are all softened with a little concealer. Also, blemishes, sun damage and dark circles are mitigated. 💄
Makeup Cuts cuts down on the amount of retouching I need to do in your photo. Ironically, this makes you look more natural. It also helps us turn around your retouched photos faster. 💄
Makeup reduces face shine. This is a big one for me. If I see shiny face skin in photos, i consider an unprofessional photo. We naturally have oil in our skin and tend to shine. Even without a makeup artist, I carry translucent powder with me to reduce shine on subjects. With strobe lights flashing, shine is enhanced, so makeup really makes a difference. 💄 Get The Right Color for You Della knows what looks best with your coloring. She will enhance your look to show the best you. Lipstick alone can have a dramatic effect on your look. With Della as a professional makeup artist, the color will look fantastic in your portrait. 💄
Makeup Brings Out Those Eyes Mascara can really enhance your eyes. A professional makeup artist can hit the perfect balance. 💄
Pampering Makes You Special Getting pampered before your shoot can really make you feel like a star. We find the makeup session really relaxes people and puts them in a good mood for their photo shoot. Many people tell us how much the special treatment adds to their headshot experience. 💄
Men Need Headshot Makeup Too Of course many people won’t wear lipstick and mascara. Most, but not all of our male clients don’t. Many female clients do not either. We strive to bring out the best in you and Della will always asks how you want to look before proceeding. However, anyone can from a little powder and/or hair smoothing.
Some more behind the scenes photos of our work in Venice from my iphone. It was an absolutely fantastic experience and we couldn’t be more happy with the images and the footage we have. Yes, the life as a creative is sparkling and so much fun and exciting, all the wonderful places and people you find along the way. The colourful sunsets and sunrises. The rush when you get that one perfect shot or the adrenaline that you might miss it or fall in the water getting it. Even if is so much fun and excitement, being a visual creative is not an easy job at all, if you want to do it right.
There is so much more to it. Every minute of footage you take had hours of work in data management and editing, pictures as well. Besides the time you spent planning and taking the shots.
We produced almost 5 terra-bytes of data over 4 days. That is huge. There are risks and a plethora of logistical elements to think about. There is a lot of gear involved from memory cards and disks to professional cameras and lightning. You have to be physically strong to manipulate all the gear involved on the go. But check the glamorous photo of me in the comments on my Facebook Ruxi.photo page. There I also have more behind the scenes images.
Me and Tim are beyond grateful for the experience in Venice, for our clients Almudena and Peter, partners Atelier Marega and Palazzo Zeno and our wonderful friends Tabitha and Vinay for their support!
This was just EPIC! #veniceitaly #venicecarnaval #venicecarnavale #ladolcevita #veniceball #italianpalazzo #venice #venicephotographer #venicevideographer #thisisruxi #eventswithruxi
And the prize for the best dressed photographer’s goes too ... We couldn’t be more honoured to be at the 2020 Casanova Grand Ball, Scent of a woman. A heartfelt thank you to our dear @a_berzosa who introduced us to this new amasing world of the #venice Carnaval and also to the @atelier_marega and @palazzozeno for your generous hospitality. We couldn’t be more excited about the creative work! #veniceitaly #venicecarnival #thisisruxi
Fantastic time in Venice documenting the Venice Carnaval. We feel honoured to work with such incredible people like @atelier_marega @palazzozeno @a_berzosa in the making process of an authentic documentary around the organisation of one the most pro-eminent Carnavals in Europe and internationally. Sunrises here are something to die for. #venicecarnaval #venicecanals #venicecarnival #bestcostumes #veniceitaly #venice_sunsets #venicephotographer #venicefilm @ruxi.me #thisisruxi
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! This year we are spending the holiday season welcoming friends from around the world or being welcomed ourselves by close friends into their homes. When you live abroad away from family, your closest friends become your family. We feel blessed to have such a rich numerous extended by friendship family by now. As a photographer I also got the honoured to shoot some family reunions, which I so much adore doing. Generational and family reunion shoots are the best! #familyreunion #merychristmas #photographerlife #thisisruxi
Me at work captured by @goodluxphotos. I was in the Aula of the University of Zurich here, where I come quite often. My tools are the most important to complete a job successfully, but my shoes are important as well. Since I discovered @vivobarefootswitzerland I am having such a good time at work, even when I am on my feet running around all day. Less back pain too! . . . #behindthescene #photographerinaction #eventphotographer #barefootshoes #photographerzurich #thisisruxi #eventswithruxi
“You can’t control how other people receive your energy. Anything you do or say gets filtered through the lens of whatever personal shit they are going through at the moment. Which is not about you. Just keep doing your thing with as much integrity and love as possible.” – Nanca Hoffman
First time in 7 years since our first baby 👶 that we took a parents only holiday. I will be honest with you, right on the day before leaving, while packing, I was wondering how will we manage 14 days of being with each-other non-stop: morning, breakfast, lunch, evening, dinner, bed, in 20x20 rooms just the 2 of us. We are quite an “airy” couple and we like spending time together, but in the same time we also thrive from spending time on our own doing different things with different people: improv, standup, runs, pub quizzes, friends and have lots to talk about and share.
We survived and it was such a wonderful time being with my husband without distractions, have undivided attention to eachother. Especially for having my own personal photographer with me to make him take these amazing shots (with an iphone by the way) of me 🥰💞💃🏻💅🤳. Do you also sometime take time off for yourself or for you and your life partner? . . . #loveyourself #happycouples #portraitphotography #personalbrandingphotography #personalbrandingphotographer #healthylifestyle #inlove #timeforourself #zurichphotographer #swissmountains #swissnature #thisisruxi
When I am not 📸 you might find me 🥾 in the 🏔. Behind me Diavolezza Glacier . . . #behindthescenes #whoisyourphotographer #mebesideswork #freetime #holidayphotos #timeforme #photographerzurich #rechargingmysoul #swiss_views #swissmountains #thisisruxi
Do what you love and you will never work a day, they say. Happy to shoot with Apple, the company I was an employee last at before following my own entrepreneurial journey with best possible team I could have @n_gabriele & @carmen.photo #eventphoto #eventphotography #eventvideography #zurich #photographerzurich #zuricheventphotography #portraitphotography #brandambassador #thisisruxi #eventswithruxi
#Repost Thank you for the intro @nicole_stadler_trainings ・・・ Heute darf ich den Blickwinkel der Peoplefotografin Ruxi Balea von @ruxi.photo mit euch teilen. Ich habe sie im Rahmen meiner Serie "Frauengeheimnisse - Erfolgsgeheimnisse" befragt:⠀ ⠀ 💎⠀ ⠀ "Als ich mit der Fotografie anfing, habe ich davon geträumt, “gross” zu werden. Ich wollte bekannt sein und gut bezahlt werden.⠀ ⠀ Ich wollte, und will noch immer, die Art und Weise ändern, wie mein Werk von Kund*innen wahrgenommen wird.⠀ ⠀ Um ein erfolgreiche Fotografin zu sein, muss man berühmt und gut bezahlt sein. Aber Erfolg ist relativ, wenn wir Leute wie Robin Williams betrachten, oder? War er oder Tiger Woods zum Beispiel ein Erfolg? Oder der berühmte japanische Fotograf Daido Moriama. Wenn wir sie durch das Objektiv eines grossen Familienmitglieds untersuchen, sind sie Misserfolge. Tiger Woods betrog seine Frau, Daido liess seine Familie für die Fotografie schlittern, Robin hat Selbstmord begangen. Ob es sich dabei um Erfolge oder Misserfolge handelt, ist relativ zu dem, was für uns am wichtigsten ist: Berühmtheit, Familie etc.⠀ ⠀ Es ist nichts Falsches daran, Bekanntheit und Reichtum zu wollen, wenn wir dies in unserem Leben handeln können. Ich denke, Erfolg ist eher ein Weg, der begangen wird als ein Ziel, das man erreichen kann.⠀ ⠀ Erfolg ist für mich, täglich nach meinen Werten zu gehen.⠀ ⠀ Meine Werte sind: Familie, Freiheit, Spass, Gleichgewicht, Disziplin und Schönheit.⠀ ⠀ Wenn ich täglich nach meinen Werten lebe, definiert dies meinen Erfolg als Fotografin, Mutter, Frau, Unternehmerin, ob es sich dabei um das auffälligste Naturfoto handelt, ob ich während meines Urlaubs Fotos von meinem Sohn und meiner Tochter am Strand mache oder ein episches Familienalbum für die Ewigkeit für meine Kunden mache oder alle drei.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 💎⠀ ⠀ Ruxi und ich leiten am 29. März einen Instagram & iPhone Fotografie Workshop in Zürich. Es gibt nur noch ganz wenige Plätze für den Nachmittag (Der Vormittag ist ausgebucht).⠀ ⠀ Details hier: instagram.nicolestadler.com⠀
May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Ruxi.photo wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! . #christmaswishes #familyphotography #photographer #zurich #fineartphotography 📸 by my talented friend @carmen.photo
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
You want a picture that captures more than just your smile!
Photography is about capturing who you are, what you do, and what makes you or your brand unique. Are people seeing what you want them to see?Curating your own digital footprint with captivating visuals is a golden opportunity to get more customers, attract potential employers and increase your business.
Online presence is essential to modern business. Social Media allows you to reach current and new consumers, spread your message, and build your brand.If you leveraged social media already by growing a base organically, a personal branding photo-shoot will considerably enhance your brand.
If you are at the early stage of starting a business, having the right imagery is an essential step to send the proper message to your clients.
Having your professional images done is an investment in you, your personal branding and your business. This is what makes the difference between standing out or merely becoming part of the crowd.
On big scale event and branding photography, I work with @skripnikphoto. Irina Skripnik is a friend, mentor and exceptional awarded photographer.
I am very fortunate to have formed excellent partnerships with many of my clients. And we’ve formed more than just working relationships; we have formed true friendships. Here’s what they’re saying about me and the way I worked with them.
Wir, das theater anundpfirsich, sind begeistert von Ruxis Arbeit! Sie hat unser komplettes Improfestival abgelichtet,... einzelne Shows ins perfekte Licht gerückt und ganze Marketingshootings mit uns gemacht. Die Ergebnisse könnten nicht toller sein: Ruxis Arbeit ist professionell, persönlich und die Resultate sind immer grossartig. Wir sind ein grosser Fan! Danke, Ruxi!read more
Me and my sister had a very nice and relaxed photoshoot in Klagenfurt, Austria. we had a lot of fun although it was... raining a lil bit. Ruxi had great ideas and instructions for us how to pose. We felt like models for one day. Thank you, Ruxi! <3read more
Meine Schwester & ich hatten ein wunderschönes Fotoshooting im paradiesischen Klagenfurt mit der empathischen, lustigen... & einzigartigen Ruxi. 🥰 Es war ein entspannter Nachmittag. An verschiedenen mit Liebe zum Detail ausgewählten Locations in und um Klagenfurt am Wörthersee in Österreich entstanden wunderschöne Fotos. Ich freue mich schon aufs nächste Mal! 😃read more
I already had several photo shootings with Ruxi and am superhappy with the way she works. She is always encouraging her... clients and makes them feel comfortable and relaxed in front of her camera. And the outcome is just awesome! 🙂read more
Ruxi makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera because she is such a charming and relaxed woman. She is... incredibly professional and so talented! I'd definitely recommend working with her if you're lucky enough to be able to book a session with her!read more
Dear Ruxi, thanks for a great photoshoot. It was amazing with all your ideas for posing and your professional guidance-... you really made me feel in good hands and I could relax. And wow the final result- absolutely love it. You really captured what I wanted and I am so satisfied with the pictures. Top rating from my side. A very happy client- Sararead more
It was amazing and so much fun to work with Ruxi. Highly professional with incredibly beautiful photo's as a result.... Making me, as a newly entrepreneur, feel so much more confident and proud! 🙏Thank you!!read more
It was an absolute joy working with Ruxi! The day was well planned and we got some great shots in the studio, in the... city and at sunset on the Uetliberg. Although I felt a little self-conscious in front of the camera Ruxi made me feel so comfortable and assured me I looked beautiful 🙂 Sure enough when the photos came out I was blown away! I couldn’t be happier! My family and friends LOVE my photos and it was all-round an amazing experience which I would definitely recommend ❤️read more
I am very happy with the photographs Ruxi took. They look professional and exactly what I wanted for my new linkedin... profile picture. I will also use them for many different projects because they are very versatile. I can highly recommend Ruxi's photography!read more
I want to put more than 5 stars! Ruxi did an excellent job with taking picture of my team. She is very talented in... making everybody feel good, provides a very easy and safe environment, she is very professional and helped all of us to feel at ease in front of the camera! We are very happy with our pictures and it will for sure help us with our external image. Thanks so much Ruxi!read more
Nach mehrere Versuche hat unsere Familie (2 Erwachsene, 2 Zwillingssöhne, geb. April 2015) in Ruxi endlich ihre... offizielle Fotografin gefunden 🙂 Die Anlässen, an denen wir mit Ruxi Highlights in unserem Leben festgehalten haben waren bereits vielfältig. Und immer erfolgreich:- Outdoor Photoshoot- Studio Weihnachts-Shoot- Event Shoot (an einem runden Geburtstag)- Mini Studio Fotoshoots (weil die Mama es sich gewünscht hat)Ruxi hat eine speziell angenehme, freundliche und jedoch wirksame 😉 Art, ihre Sujets vor der Kamera zu "steuern". Das Resultat spricht von sich alleine: unsere Erinnerungen wurden mit WOW-schönen Bildern verewigt. Wir planen bereits das nächste Fotoshoot. Dass sie auch einen sehr guten Humor hat macht sie noch beliebter!read more
We loved Ruxi’s photos!! Not only are the pictures gorgeous, but she’s also a wonderful photographer. A discrete, quick... and efficient presence at the event, she made sure we kept having fun while she photographed small important details, facial expressions and small moments of joy.read more
Ruxi is a talented photographer. She is honest, direkt and cares a lot about the staff aswell as clients. I can really... recommend all the workshops aswell as a private session with Ruxi. Its not just coming in for a photo. Its a experience, feeling comfortable, beeing together. I'm usually the visa, but she managed to take photos of me too and its a great result 🙂 Thanks a lot.read more
Ruxi ist zwar eine Fotografen-Freundin von mir, aber ich habe sie als meine persönliche Portrait-Fotografin auserkoren.... Gerade wenn man selbst in dem Genre tätig ist, ist man überaus kritisch. Sie hat das phantastisch gemeistert und wundervolle Fotos für meine Homepage und FB-Seite von mir gemacht. Ruxi ist ein so toller und herzlicher Mensch, es macht Spass sich von ihr fotografieren zu lassen.read more
HERZLICHEN DANK RUXI - Danke, dass wir kurz vor Weihnachten noch einen Termin bekommen haben. Das Shooting hat richtig... Spass gemacht, die Atmosphäre war toll und locker und die Bilder die wir bis jetzt gesehen haben fantastisch! Wir sind so froh dich kennen gelernt zu haben und freuen uns jetzt schon auf die Bilder und auf das nächste Shooting mit dem Baby dann! �Man kann dich nur weiter empfehlen - hast wirklich ein Auge für Fotografie und hast genau das umgesetzt was wir uns vorgestellt haben!Auf diesem Weg möchten wir dir und deiner Familie noch schöne und besinnliche Weihnachten wünschen!Sarbatori fericite!read more
We came to Ruxi´s studio for a photo shooting of our 10-days old son. This was our first outing and we had mixed... feelings about leaving home. Ruxi was very supportive from the very first moment, she really made the three of us feel very relaxed and in ease. She was generous with the time and ideas. It was a fantastic and memorable experience from the beginning to the end. Having these beautiful photos from our first period as fresh parents are invaluable. Thank you very much!read more
Ich habe Ruxi für einen Lebenslauf Fotoshooting gebucht und bin begeistert von dem Ergebnis. Die ganze Erfahrung war... toll; wir haben uns toll unterhalten und ich konnte mich schnell entspannen. Ich kann Ruxi herzlich empfehlen.read more
Ich habe Ruxi für ein People-Fotoshooting in Zürich gebucht und bin überwältigt vom Ergebnis! Hervorzuheben ist, dass... ich ihr das Setting, Motiv und Umfang am Telefon erklärt hatte und sie ohne grosse Vorbereitung sofort die Bilder umgesetzt hat. Ihr Auge fürs Detail, Bildideen, Einsatz der Location, Licht und szenische Darstellung ist hervorragend! Die grossartige Retusche rundete das Paket ab, gab den Fotos die gewünschte Stimmung und Qualität. Ich werde Ruxi auch bei anderen Projekten buchen, an die Community meine wärmste Empfehlung!read more
Liebe Ruxi, vielen herzlichen Dank dass du Teil unserer Hochzeit warst! Es wäre nicht der gleiche Tag ohne dich... gewesen! Es war der beste Tag meines Lebens und ich bin so froh, dass du diesen Moment bildlich festgehalten hast! Ich bin überglücklich, dich kennengelernt zu haben und kann dich zu 100% weiterempfehlen! Vielen herzlichen Dank liebe Ruxi!!!!read more
On wednesday the 1st of June I gave a concert at Barfussbar and Ruxi came to make performing pictures.It was very... great!After the concert we did a short shoot at different places at the location and it was nice and easy going to work with her!I am very happy with the result of the pictures!read more
I went to Ruxi's studio to get a CV/LinkedIn type photo, with a few others thrown in for fun. I'm so happy with the... headshot, it's perfect - natural but professional at the same time. The other shots took me totally by surprise, I love them. This was my first shoot and I wasn't really looking forward to it, but by the end of it I was really enjoying it and it shows in the photos. We had a great afternoon, thanks Ruxi, highly recommended.read more
Make your trip to Switzerland memorable with Ruxi Balea Photography. Ruxi is a professional photographer who showed... us some of the most beautiful areas of Zurich and took beautiful and authentic pictures of us. We loved the whole experience and we recommend everyone her tours and photography services.read more
Ruxi did our Christmas cards. It was our first family portrait after the birth of our sone 2 years and 7 months ago. We... had a very pleasant experience and although our son was not very well behaved, Ruxi was patient and we always felt at ease. We also got beautiful Christmas cards delivered at our place after a short time from the session. We certainly recommend her.read more
Ruxi took some lovely pictures of our 9month old daughter and managed to capture some really special expressions and... moments. The perfect present for all of the family for Christmas. She worked very professional and we received the pictures very fast.read more
Our wedding day photos were fantastic. Ruxi was professional, discreat and very nice to work with. We received the... photos back also very quickly. Would recommend again. Thx Ruxi, Ben and Leigh xread more
Ruxi is a wonderful photographer. She's very personal, cares about her clients and has an eye for catching that special... moment behind the camera. I would recommend her to anyone looking for photography needs.read more
You are ready to finally have photos of yourself that you love. You are ready to create a legacy for your family. You are ready now. You are ready to feel confident about yourself online and offline. You are ready to feel empowered by this new experience.You are good as you are, now.
I cannot wait to photograph you.
Hey! Thanks for stopping by! My name’s Ruxandra Balea, but you can call me Ruxi. I’m a professional photographer based in Zürich Switzerland, where I make cool things for families and entrepreneurs. If you like my work then don’t hesitate to reach out.
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