About Christopher Kilkus

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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 grew up in a small farming town in Marin called Point Reyes Station.  It was an interesting mix of old school dairy farmers and ranchers and hippies — members of the Grateful Dead lived close by.  I have a typical California family in that I have only half siblings.Different fathers and mothers.An older brotherand older sister from different fathers, and a younger brother from a different mother.I was a gifted athlete in grade school and last time I checked I still held the school record for the 100 meter dash.

My mother married a Park Ranger and we lived for a few years way out in the country.  My closest neighbor was 2 miles away and I had to hike down a mountain for an hour to catch the bus to school, a 45 minute bus ride away.  Needless to say I had to hike back up that mountain every day as well.  But my first year of high school was worse, I had a 1.5 hour car ride every day to get there and if I missed my ride I would have to hitch hike.  My 2nd year of high school we finally moved to the suburbs which made things much easier.  I loved growing up in the country though and wasn’t excited to move.  Funny how that works, all my friends couldn’t wait to get out of our small home town, and I wanted to stay.

But it turned out I was the only one of my friends to leave. All my old school friends still live in our little home town even now.  Towards the end of high school I got seriously into bicycle racing. I raced at elite levels both in mountain bikes and road bikes and even spent a summer at the Olympic training center the same time as Lance Armstrong — just before the 1992 Olympics.  I raced for a MTB team sponsored by Diamond Back Bicycles that also had an Italian team.  When their Italian team came to the USA they offered to take me on for the season in Italy and around Europe.  I started racing MTBs over there, but quickly moved into road racing.  I spent two years in Italy with Italian Road Teams, and 2 years in Belgium with Belgian road teams.  Eventually I realized I was never going to make it to the highest level at cycling, so I came back to the USA to go back to school.

About  Author  – 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.

What does a Fashion Photographer do?

Fashion Photographers not only photograph garments but also interpret the underlying ideas or themes of the season, the clothing range, the designer or the brand.

They work in studios and on location to produce imaginative and eye-catching images that advertise clothes, accessories and lifestyle.

There is never-ending demand across the industry for originality and innovation. Photographers who understand fashion trends and can take striking images that sell the look and style of the clothes are much in demand and can command large fees.

Fashion photographs are commissioned for a variety of publications, ranging from mail-order catalogues and websites, to high-fashion magazines and Sunday supplements. Their working methods, as well as the creative skills required, vary accordingly.

Fashion Photographers often work within a team, which includes art directors, editors and other creative support staff. They need to understand each client’s brand, the various uses of images, and be able to work closely with other creative people to fulfil the brief. High Fashion and Magazine Photographers work from their own studios, on location, or occasionally, in a studio supplied by their clients.

They must be innovative and artistic with a deep interest in, and knowledge of, the latest fashion trends, as well as the history of fashion, art and fashion photography. They must also develop and maintain top-level contacts within the fashion industry and the fashion publishing business.

They must refresh their style continually and communicate their passion and creative vision to a very demanding and sophisticated audience.

Mail-order Catalogue and Website Photographers work with a variety of models and situations, representing the style and features of clothes as accurately and stylishly as possible. They are usually employed by photographic or design studios and may spend days, or weeks, working on a single range of clothing, producing enough photographs each day to fill many catalogue or website pages.

 

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