Katerina Lubek & Zachary Zirlin

In a city that harbors over 8 million people, Katerina and Zachary’s paths crossed through FStop – here’s what they created. Learn more about Katerina below and check out Zachary’s interview here.


Where are you from?  Where have you been?

I was born in Moscow, Russia. At a very young age, I started to travel and have been to many places. I’ve lived in Miami, Montreal (Canada), and I currently live in New York.


In addition to modeling, you’re a dancer and a graphic designer – tell us about those aspects of your career.

Yes, I am – I consider myself a creative person. I need to create and express myself; somehow, I found that in modeling, dancing, and graphic design. Those are very different and divergent careers, but they satiate my need.

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Photographer: Zachary Zirlin

What sparked your interest in modeling? How did you get started?

At the age of 16, I was discovered by a professional photographer. At first, I didn’t take it seriously, but I discovered that I enjoyed being in front of the camera.


How does dance influence your modeling and vice versa?

I’ve had a lot of photoshoots to showcase my skills as a dancer, not as a model in the traditional sense for commercial, fashion, or beauty work. I believe photographers who I’ve worked with appreciate the fact that I know how to move in front of the camera due to my dance background. At least that’s what they tell me. 🙂

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Photographer: Zachary Zirlin

What’s one of your biggest fears?

I don’t think I have any fears. If I happen to have a fear, I would try to work through it. If I can’t, then I need to accept it as it is.


What advice would you like to offer to aspiring models?

Believe that your differences can make you successful. Kate Moss is a 5’7″ fashion model and Carmen Dell’Orefice has been modeling for 70 years. She is 82 years old now and still looking fierce.


Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

I’d love to create my own dance show. Hopefully, that will happen within the next five years.

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Photographer: Zachary Zirlin

What’s been your most life-changing event?

Moving to the U.S. was definitely a life-changing event for me.


Tell us about your experience working with Zachary.

It was a very nice surprise to work with Zachary. He was very professional and a lot of fun.

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Photographer: Zachary Zirlin

What’s the best way for a photographer to bring out your personality?

By making me comfortable at the shoot.


What factors play into deciding upon working with a photographer?

My one and only deal breaker is their portfolio – it says everything.


What’s something nobody knows about you that you’d like to share?

I’d rather keep it to myself. 🙂


For anyone who wants to get in touch with Katerina, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.katilubek.com

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @katerinalubek


For anyone who wants to get in touch with Zachary, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.zacharyzirlinphotography.com

MM: Profile

Instagram: @zacharyzirlinphotography

Tumblr: Page


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