As you most of my readers in the DMV may know, April 1st marked the start of the campaign for Fashion Awards Md finalists. Today we visit one of the finalists for Best Emerging Photographers Chris March of Christopher March Photography . Although Chris may label himself as “lifestyle photographer”, his great eye for fashion is making him a very sought after photographer here in Baltimore and possibly beyond .
DC King: How long have you been a fashion photographer ?
CM: A little less than three years as a pro. I consider myself more of a
lifestyle photographer. I love fashion, but true fashion photographs
tell a story – mine don’t. I’m not ashamed to say I’m not there yet. I
have much respect for fashion photographers, but see myself reaching a
more commercial goal in the future – like shooting menswear for great
clothing lines/stores. Most of my photographs are creative portraits.
DC King: What was your first big project?
CM: I was hired by Goodyear to shoot a lot of wiper blades. The first
time, it was totally nerve-wracking!!! I didn’t have much experience in
product photography and felt an immense amount of self-inflicted
DC King: It was brought to my attention that you received a well deserved
nomination in this years Fashion Awards Md
CM: Yes, Best Emerging Photographer. Emerging because I’ve been pro for
less than three years. I’m honored and the awards are May 8th. To be
DC King: Who’s work in your field do you admire the most ?
CM: I admire and respect the work of many people on many levels. The
people who catch my eye the most are the ones who are successful because
they “get it” – they are agency-repped, frequently traveling, very busy
people shooting big commercial clients on a weekly basis. I’ve worked
as an assistant on some major shoots and two people who do just that are
Matt Hoyle and Gary Copeland. Laretta Houston is inspiring in many ways
DC King: Do you have a style Icon living or dead whose style that you
CM: Hmm, Johnny Depp. He is extremely talented and very humble – that’s
the way a gentleman does it – blowing minds and out of the spotlight.
I’m not a fan of showboaters!! For a female, it has to be Rosario
Dawson and that’s not because I have a major crush on her. She’s
beautiful, talented, and not over-done. Both people are educated,
class-acts and I appreciate that because that’s rare these days.
DC King: How would you describe your own personal style?
CM: Oh Jeesh! Today, it’s realistic, classy, and somewhat clean. I’ve
been getting into some new ideas, so don’t get too comfortable!
DC King: Name for items you can’t do without on a daily basis?
CM: Coffee, Diesel Jeans, music, and more coffee!
This weekend we had the honor of showing for a crowd of 12,000..yes! 12,000 honorable members of the largest black sorority in the US Delta Sigma Theta Inc. This has been the largest fashion show of my entire career.The theme was for the period of 1953-1963 and we were the only menswear designers to walk. We wanted to give a nod to that period and a time when all men regardless of creed or color dressed like gentleman, despite their station in life. The period in which my parents were born and my grandparents lived. It was a for me a reminder of how we carried ourselves with dignity and class despite being viewed by some as second class. As an African American I was proud to be a part of the event, and learned much about the rich history of this sorority of strong proud women. Their participation in the struggle for civil rights, justice & equality and how because of the sacrifice and hard work of organizations such as theirs and the other frats and sororities of the “Divine Nine” I and my son are able to enjoy freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.
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GQ-MARCH 1974 – Gatsby Flair
till this day my most favorite movie , costume designed by my favorite designer Ralph Lauren