A photographer's life

Every shoot is a big adventure. I can not really say what is more unpredictable: water, horses or people in the studio. Read my stories from events and shooting days and see more of photo work in my blog

About me


I am sport and adventure photographer, traveler, sailing fan & horse lover. I live by three simple rules: work hard, play harder and laugh a lot.

Over the last 5 years I have travelled the globe and covered the best sailing competitions. I met impressive world known sportmen and seen and captured all sides of life from luxury in Monaco casinos to Varanasi’s backyards.

The ocean has played the big role in my growth as a photographer as sailing is my passion. I’m working as official photographer for sailing events, as media crew for teams and shoot for sailing and sport magazines. Every assignment is unique and I try to be ready for whatever may come my way. That is how other sports and documentary came into my life.

I am a full-time photojournalist crusing between Portugal Russia and India. My bags are always packed and I am willing to shoot anything, anytime, anywhere, if it means capturing a meaningful story. I’m running a creative agency Matrioshka Media, to which we add few more heads, hands and legs when the project is too big for the core team.

Let’s work out something interesting together? Feel free to find me on social media by #katyamatrioshka.

Nick name: Katya Matrioshka
Name: Ekaterina Zhilina Nationality: Russian Languages: Russian/English/Portuguese
Skills: Photography, videography, editing in Photoshop, Lightroom, Final Cut
Qualifications: PADI Advanced Diver, Amateur sailor, amateur horse rider, occasional surfer and golfer.