Polina Kostromitina – official I´M YOUR DJ kizomba photographer

There had always been many photographs in Polina Kostromitina´s house. It was full of developing machines and photo equipment, because her father was very keen on the photography. At the same time, Polina was attending an Art School, which helped a lot to create a further vocation.  Polina thanks her parents: her dad who instilled in her a love for photos, and her mom who developed her good artistic taste.

The start

Her first photo camera appeared in 2009. It was a New Year’s gift Nikon 450 D. There she started shooting. She did not go to any courses and was not shooting very often at that time, but already then, she was particularly interested in people, their portraits and bodies.

How did you start shooting dancing events?

  • In 2012, I started dancing Salsa and Bachata in Chelyabinsk, the capital of the Southern Urals, where I am from. Over time, I understood that dance is not that interesting as the atmosphere itself! I began to shoot at local dance parties in my city. In 2014, kizomba came into my life. Then I went to my first kizomba festival in Saratov (Russia), where I took some pictures that many people appreciated. After that, I got invitations to other cities. In 2017, I moved to Moscow and already there I turned this hobby into my main job.

What is your theme in kizomba dance?

  • Sensuality, emotions, intimacy, touching, looks, intertwined with music. You see how people dissolve into each other in music. You realize that they are gone into space and they are already not here. When I see such a couple on a dance floor, I can do pictures of them endlessly.

There is a myth that photographers shoot at parties only their own acquaintances and friends?

  • This is true. I did that earlier, but now I try to shoot absolutely everyone. Although, I always have my favorites that will definitely be in my album)))

Do you dance often kizomba yourself?

  • When doing photos, one or two dances for the party. I like more shooting the dance itself and listening to music.

What are your favorite parts of body?


  • Hands and eyes

Why are your famous for shooting asses then?))

  • Most of dancing girls have a very nice bunda! However, many photographers do not convey so completely the beauty of this part of the body. But, again, my thing is the hands and eyes, touches and looks. And bundas…, it’s because I manage to show them in the very best way). It is a pity, that European men do not wear clothes, which emphasizes their bundas, otherwise my photos would have more men’s´ bodies.

What is the most important thing in an album?

  • The most important thing is the atmosphere! In my photos, there is always a history: something that captures the look. I see beauty in people and I can convey it. I can find something beautiful in everyone. I love to show beauty, although not everyone sees it in himself or herself. I am for sincerity and for true emotions. So, I try to take a photo before I will be noticed with the camera and people start posing.

In addition, I´d like to say that in parallel with the dance shooting, I lead a studio photo shooting. In addition, more often I photograph famous people with a small amount of clothes on them, especially because some simply have incredibly beautiful bodies, and in clothes, no one can see them.

Who would want a NU-session? People normally cannot publish this kind of photos. Alternatively, those who would, what is this crave to show yourself off?

  • I believe that nude photo shooting helps people to see themselves differently, in a new way, to gain self-confidence, to love oneself, to discover the source of sexuality. This is work on their complexes; this is the moment of full acceptance of oneself.

Is there any difference between Russian and European festivals?

  • Yes, there is, in the atmosphere and the people. Everyone knows that in Russia, girls are very beautiful and in Europe, there are many handsome men. However, there are many similarities as well, like high level of dance floor and of the music, as at big festivals in Russia mix the same Djs.

What are your plans for the nearest future?

  • I want to develop myself further as a photographer. I want to go to kizomba festivals in Europe. This is a slightly different view and a different atmosphere. I need new faces.






















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Santa Barbara

It is that big kizomba festival, one of the best in Europe, where everyone goes, and where among the crowd you do not even meet your friends in 3 days, as there are too many people. But there´s always That Person you´ll see through the bunch of people, you will figure him/her out even if you are lost in an ocean, you will follow him by the smell, you´ll grow a third eye on the back of your head to watch him. That special person you want to dance with most, the one you were thinking about while getting ready for the weekend, the one you called and made sure he/she would come.

Now you are nervous, having your second mojito (caipirinia, wiski-cola, etc.) to relieve stress. He/she doesn´t pay attention to you, hardly said “hey” and all the time busy dancing with others… You take a deep breath and invite her/him for a dance. In two songs, he/she says “thank you” and disappears in the crowd again. You are upset, frustrated, trying to enjoy the party, getting distracted by the music, friends, etc.. But nothing works out for you. So,

Option 1: you get drunk and smoke outside complaining about the shitty weather, festival and life in general. The night is gone….

Option 2: you call your ex… During the night/social, you are high and distracted somehow. In the morning, you feel empty and sometimes regret what you did.

Option 3: you dance with someone else, unexpectedly you have an incredible connection in the dance and an interesting conversation afterwards, and your stomach is filled with butterflies again, you smile, you are excited, you feel the atmosphere, inspired for new improvisations. Everything around is magical. Then you realize – you switched and you MOVE ON! (Doesn’t happen every time, but in the kizomba world much more often than anywhere else in “normal” life)


On this scene people can fall in love 5 times a year, they can feel connections with several partners at the same time, they can be in love with all of them at the same time, or want all of them at the same time, or even have sex with some of them together at the same time!
I´ve heard many stories, which seem incredible, but have their right for existence. Threesomes, foursomes, in all possible combinations, mixed genders, nationalities, ages. Guys filming their sex experiences secretly (or even openly! with the agreement of a girl) and sending snapchats to their friends to show them what a nice ass they could fuck tonight. Sometimes there are more than one ¨movie¨ per night. Yeaa, this is not any news already for anyone. The most popular guys are able to get 5-6 different sex partners in one night, especially in festivals like Rovinj.

Girls do not lag behind

They are even more emancipated! They offer themselves! A normal dancer, not even a teacher or a taxi dancer or a famous artist from Paris, can receive several invitations per night (I mean invitations for sex, indicating the hotel room number). This is more common for Easten countries, where black men are very in demand, but also often found in Europe. Girls can also have several partners in one night, and they agree to do it in the same room with partner´s friends, and even invite his friends to join them in the act!

What I am trying to say is that they are no better than men.

Real talk when a girl from a small town makes thousands of kilometers in order to have sex with a famous kizomba artist or Dj. She would book a room and preview every little detail to make it easy and comfortable for him. She would wrap her around his neck and beg him to go with her to the room. Sounds incredible and humiliating, but it is so. People hungry for sex, insecure, with very low self-esteem, those who do not know how to control themselves, who have lost their last principles and dignity, ready for a minimum, picking up crumbs after dinner, donating their bodies, without self-respect, without thinking about the consequences.. I can enumerate indefinitely!!!

What is wrong with them? What is wrong with all us? Psychological traumas? Lack of love in childhood? What leads us to blurring our own boundaries? To the loss of the inner core? What causes us to lose ourselves?

Some are engaged in debauchery openly, they don´t care what people say. Others play games: beloved girlfriend and a number of mistresses behind her back. Very often you have conversations of two girlfriends, telling each other their love stories, and after a while finding out that they speak about the same man.


The most interesting thing is that THEY ALL KNOW EACH OTHER! Moreover, they TALK! Don’t just do all above-mentioned things, but talk about them, discuss in little details, attaching photos and screenshots of conversations. That´s why this is a whole Santa Barbara thing. Even Santa Barbara is not in any comparison with Santa Kizomba! So, maybe the recently popular slogan “Raconte pas ta vie!!!” (“Don´t tell about your life”)  is the best advice ever and you should take it serious.

Pregnancies, tears, scandals, promises, break-ups, revenges, etc. – all this is part of our wonderful world called the Kizomba dance! Who said this is a fake world? I see nothing fake in it. It is a huge vibrating organism, a Family, particular one, but as real as everything else in this world where we live, suffer and rejoice, change and grow.  This is the most real thing I have ever experienced in my life, on all levels- physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.