Solomia Maievska came into my life in a particular way. It all started when Katzi from Playboy Germany mentioned her. She told me that Solomia had auditioned for Playmate of the month. Katzi showed me some of her photos, and I got super curious. So, I checked her out on social media and started chatting with her on Instagram, and lo and behold, about a month later, we found ourselves doing a photoshoot together!
We did this photoshoot on October 12, 2022. It wasn’t quite summer anymore, and the weather wasn’t ideal for outdoor shoots. It was a bit chilly, so I thought, why not find a cool house with big glass windows and an infinity pool looking out over the ocean? That way, we could take photos both inside and, if Mother Nature was feeling cooperative, outside too.
I hadn’t met Solomia Maievska before, and I knew it was going to be her first nude photoshoot. I was a bit nervous at first because I usually work with experienced nude models. But Solomia had this amazing look – slim with a large bust and her face: a mix of mischievous, sweet, and a little badass, kind of like Cara Delevingne. So, I took a chance on her, and I’m so glad I did!
Mia turned out to be a dream model for any photographer. You wouldn’t even guess it was her first time posing naked. We wrapped up the whole shooting in just 5 hours because we arrived at the location late, and in October, the sun sets early. As we worked, the vibe was just right. The chemistry between us was fantastic, and Mia’s enthusiasm was infectious. Despite the initial nervousness, her confidence grew, and we shared plenty of laughs throughout the shoot.
It was one of those unforgettable experiences that remind me why I love what I do. Creating beautiful art with an incredibly unique model like Mia was an absolute blast, and I can’t wait to do it all over again. It was a day full of creativity, laughter, and a genuine connection.
– Ana Dias
BTS photos by Gonçalo Jorge
Model: Solomia Maievska; Photographer: Ana Dias; Producer: Gonçalo Jorge; Makeup & Hair: Sara Portugal – Team Raquel Batalha; Video: Filipe Figueiredo