About Christopher Kilkus – Taking his mom (Who was a successful fashion model) as an inspiration, Christopher Kilkus chose the path of fashion and photography early in his life. Although his career voyage commenced with fashion model management and bicycle racing but finally he discovered his dream career of a professional photographer. Christopher Kilkus started his practice in San Francisco, and then next two years he spent working throughout Asia, and then served the New York City for another 7 years, where he created repute for excellent work with an outstanding attitude.
I’m often asked from students or photographers that are just starting out “How do I become a fashion photographer?” Well here is an article with some answers, check it out:
So you want to be a fashion photographer? Sounds exciting? Sailing around on yachts with models, shooting in the Caribbean or Tahiti, or maybe even Paris with your favorite model are perks of the job, right? How fun it must be to shoot models for Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated! Who wouldn’t want to travel to exotic locales and make a fortune while working with and befriending the most beautiful women in the world?
Everything listed above—while possible—is not exactly what we do. I know, I know. It looks like that in the movies and on television. And yes, this year I was in Greece, Rome, and the Caribbean working on shoots with very lovely models. But it’s not that simple or everyone would be doing it, right? Right!
Take some basic courses in photography so you can understand the functions of a camera.
Go out and take pictures of models. There are many websites out there that have models who are ready to shoot with you and who live in your area. Start with an internet search to find model websites.
After you become comfortable taking pictures of amateur models and have some great photographs in your book, approach local modeling agencies by giving them a call or sending an email and ask to shoot their models for their portfolios. You may be able to shoot their models for free—or perhaps even get paid in the process of doing so.
Look through the magazines that you want to be in and study their styles. In time you’ll be able to shoot as well as the photographers in the magazines.
When you’re ready, submit your pictures to the photo editors of these magazines. You ‘ll find their contact info in the first few pages of the magazine.
Network and maintain relationships with people in the industry. Social networking sites are great for this, as great fashion photographers, fashion designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, magazines, and photo editors can be found online. It may take some digging, but social networks have a ton of resources to aid you in your quest.
When you first start shooting, it’s easy to fall into the trap of copying other artists and trying to shoot their style. This is not always bad. For centuries, painters and sculptors have swarmed to the Louvre in Paris to duplicate the Mona Lisa and other great works of art.
After you’re done practicing, however, it’s important to move on and forget about trying so hard to imitate the great masters. Instead, imitate life. That is what art does. Work on developing your own style and you’ll be rewarded for it handsomely.
Get a couple of great lenses. Both in the beginning and at the advanced stages of your career you’ll find yourself working a lot with natural light. Harness that power. It’s the greatest light available.
Of course, at times you will find yourself working in the studio, as well. Get a few quality lights.
Afterwards, focus on the craft of photography. Man made the picture and the picture made the man.
The road to becoming a successful fashion photographer can be a long one. Don’t give up. Shoot in the beginning as a hobby in all of your spare time. Create as often as you can. The experience will be invaluable.
An agent can be instrumental in promoting your photography career. When you are armed with a portfolio full of pictures start approaching them. They are extremely competitive in the major markets and it will be a task to get your work in front of them but well worth the effort.