two + seven: So we want to know a little more about the man behind the camera. What are you up to these days?
Christopher Miggels: Well where do I begin… I, like many other photographers out there, am currently a complete slave to my shutter, shooting any and every chance I get. I’ve been shooting more for submission to magazines around the globe, and have been getting a lot of great responses with a few published works most recently. Although it may have taken a little while to get to this point in my career, I’m proud to say that it all seems to be working out great thus far. Fingers crossed, ha! I am very fortunate to work in an industry where I meet a lot of very talented people, which makes it easy to form an awesome team of people that I trust with an equal collaborative vision.
2+7: Tell me about your current work. Do you feel that fashion is where you want to stay with your photography?
CM: I do shoot a lot of beauty and fashion, but if I were to pick one to do forever it would most certainly be fashion. There is a great dynamic between myself and the model, not to mention the underlying beauty that’s involved in the process of shooting them. Witnessing a model move with great styling, lighting, makeup, what have you; to me it is basically pure gasoline on the fire, so to speak. It’s a kind of give-and-take that only makes me work harder to push them and myself for a final product that I am 100% proud of. In a way, the relationship I have with my subjects helps me see things before they happen during a shoot.
2+7: What would be your dream shoot?
CM: I’d have to say it would be a cover story for any number of top fashion magazines with a great creative team and model by my side. Hopefully, with a lot of drive and focus, sometime soon that dream will become a reality.
2+7: What inspires you?
CM: Inspiration has always come in many forms for me. Anything from street style, random magazine tears, and great photographers, both past and present. A friend of mine once told me that the most important thing to realize while looking for inspiration, is to always remember that it’s up to you to find inspiration within yourself. To me, the main source of inspiration in my life and work, as cheesy and cliche as it may sound, is love. I am a really passionate dude, especially when it comes to my work, and if there is no love to coincide with that passion then ultimately how can I love my work? It’s a vicious cycle really…. but it works for me.
2+7: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CM: In ten years, oh God, I’ll be 37. Haha. I really don’t like contemplating the age aspect! But all jokes aside, ideally I’d like to have my own studio to have complete creative freedom on my own projects, along with having a nice list of great clients to propagate those projects. A great in-house team of young, eager-to-learn individuals as assistants and retouchers on the pre-production side of the business would be great. Having people to work on the business aspect of my work would allow me to focus purely on shooting. I can see already how amazing that could be as it’s getting hard to juggle it all around currently, and being able to trust people to take care of such things in the future would be wildly beneficial.
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Credits for featured images:
Nick Corey-Graphic Design nickcorey.com
Makeup Artist Tanya DeJesus @ breakmanagement.com
Fashion Styling Katie Keim katiekeim.com
Hair Styling Jess Later