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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!
You’ve done it! You have finally taken the plunge. Convincing your wife to be’s old man you will take great care of his daughter coupled with the gut wrenching task of asking her to marry you not knowing what the outcome will be…. Yeah that was the easy part. You set the date, and the real fun begins.
The planning… cake tastings , finding the church, planning the honeymoon, a lot of investment for the day that you and she both will remember for the rest of your lives. Let’s face it, the bride is the star of the show. She’s been planning this day and how she will look on this day ever since she’d been introduced to Barbie & Ken. All eyes will fixate on her as she gracefully makes her way towards you on the altar.
Then there you are, profusely sweating your life away in some ill-fitted,baggy mess of a tux that will be returned after the wedding. You just threw away over $200 just to look like ….well to put it lightly a poor clownish schmuck. Forever immortalized in a digital cloud of online wedding photographs, that probably cost you more than the tuxedo rental itself. You sir, will be poked fun of for generations to come. Do you really want to be this guy ?
Weddings can be extremely overwhelming both mentally and financially. That is precisely why planning is key. So if you are planning out anywhere from a six months to a year, maybe two, put that same thoughtfulness into how you (the co-star) will look on her (the star) day. Get yourself a custom-made tux or better yet if you’re doing a more modern wedding a custom-made suit. This will not be the last formal event you will attend, nor the last time you dress up. The turnaround on a custom suit or tux can take about 6 weeks. More than enough time to go through a first and second fitting and still have it in time for your wedding.
For the same or lesser amount that she is spending on her dress that she will only wear ONCE, you can invest in a suit or a tuxedo that you will get more use out of in the long run. A decent two-piece custom suit or a tux will cost you a little over $800 at the least, depending on your choice of fabrics or details. That’s four tuxedo rentals!! It fits shoe and… NO CRAPPY SHOES!! You get to have it and use it for the rest of your life or until it falls out of fashion. Which won’t happen as long as you stay in the realm of the classic with your detailing. She’s spending probably twice that on a dress that is going to be a one and done. She may never wear that dress again except for the renewing of your vows, but every time you wear your suit or put on your tux for those formal occasions, you will remind her of the happiest day of her life. Most importantly you will remind her of why she chose you, because you were smart with your money ! Here are a few custom suiting looks we previewed during the Cinderella Event , A Fairy Tale Wedding at Maryvale Castle for Brides Against Breast Cancer . Photographs are courtesy of Borrowed Blue Photography . For more information go to christopherschafer.com or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Christopher Schafer will be hosting his Autumn Trunk Show Oct. 11, 2012 from 12-8pm. come and view new selections of fall fabrics, as well as cocktails and live jazz by The Jerron White Trio from 6-8pm . Discounts on custom suits, shirts,ties, sports coats and tuxedos, as well as end of bolt fabric specials. More information on http://www.christopherschafer.com, or contact me directly @ email@example.com
I had originally intended to attend the event as press , but was blessed with the opportunity to work freelance as a wardrobe stylist for Mr. Christopher Schafer of Christopher Schafer Clothier and assist along with he and Chris Rondo with styling the gentleman for their walk. Catch our handiwork @ 6:13 on the video, and Thank You Ms Charms Chic for the amazing footage !
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Get your tickets from Mission Tix for tonights event … tickets will also be sold at the door