Interview: Photographer Christopher Cavanaugh (USA)
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Tell us something about yourself
My name is Christopher Cavanaugh I’m a 23 Year Young Editorial Celebrity & Fashion photographer out of Charleston SC I've been a photographer for about 8 years now started out professionally in My first Year of high school and have been shooting from then on .
How and when did you get into photography?
I was always that kid who loved cameras I got my first camera when I was in middle school i remember i would bring my camera to school and just capture the memories over the years up until high school where my love for fashion and wanting to be a designer and love of photography collided into loving shooting my friends who were models and going on to work with modeling agencies out of high school developing my portfolio to now working with magazine publications , celebrities , fashion houses ext
What does photography mean to you?
It’s my everything it's who I am its a way that I can express myself my creativity it's my way to relax what I get the most enjoyment out of .
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My style of photography sells a lifestyle of Luxury & Glamor and everything that's fabulous when I shoot I always strive for the viewer to want to be the person in the photo I'm shooting
Where do you get inspiration from?
fashion , from the great architecture of beautiful buildings , the beauty of clothing , colors , ext
Studio, on location or both? both
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
What has been your most memorable session and why?
My first memorable session was the first time I flew to Los Angeles to work with my first celebrity client Tina Campbell from the gospel group Mary Mary, she was shooting her first solo project and wanted me to be the photographer and it was amazing when she walked in the studio for the first time because this is someone I grew up listening to , singing her songs in church on Sundays and seeing her on TV every week and now I was shooting an album cover as she stood in front of my lens I remember praying for that moment to happen in my career and with hard work and gods favor & grace it happened just the way it needed to happen.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
My love of Fashion , Luxury , and craftsmanship and detail that goes into Making a quality product
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens? Nikon, favorite lens Nikon 24-70mm 2.8
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
“ SHOOT WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN “ I think so many photographers try to become the next Mert & Marcus , Steven Klein , Mario Testino , Steven Meisel , Annie Leibovitz and so many other leading photographers that they miss the mark in creating their own style that would make them stand out in the business. it's ok to get inspiration from the greats but don't try to copy what they do to the point the only thing you're doing is creating a look that has already been done meaning you will be overlooked and never booked as a photographer because nobody wants what is already available I think another thing is shooting as much as you can you're going to have some really bad shoots in your career you're going to have some really amazing shoots in your career but always make sure after each session & lens click you take something from that shoot rather its good or bad and improve it or apply what was good and then fine tune it to become great. you're going to have good days in your career and some bad but just know that things will get better it’s an inevitable process we all have to take but what makes the greats become the greats is because they never gave up in those down times so keep pushing let nothing stop you from getting to where you want to be in your career, not friends , family and most of all yourself people will tell you what you want to do is impossible , people will tell you what you dream is not realistic but as long as you let god guide you and go before you in whatever a door will aways open and away will always be made for you to become what you need to become and get you where you need to go. IM LIVING PROOF OF THAT!
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think is forever fabulous it’s a very clean magazine and very well detailed and I think you for taking the time to put me in it. that means a lot to me!