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Fashion Spotlight: Katie Thompson

Fashion Spotlight: Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson (pictured below) is a notable Munich based American photographer whose stunning captures have gotten attention on Tumblr and beyond. Some of her clients have already included W, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Marc Jacobs, Airbnb, and J.Crew, among many others. We’ve caught up with Katie on her work, motivations, and inspirations.

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When did you realize you can do this professionally?

Growing up I was into all different kinds of art, but I think I realized pretty early on in my teens that photography in general was an industry that had a more clear-cut path as a profession. This may have come from looking at fashion magazines or watching shows like America’s Next Top Model and knowing that someone was getting paid to take all the photos we see everyday. I decided when I was 16 I was going to be a professional photographer, and for the rest of high school I was shooting family and senior portraits. I remember when I got to college we had an advisory class, and in one of the first ones we had to share what kind of jobs we’d had during high school. I was embarrassed to say that I hadn’t had one, but I realize now that I did have a job and income. It just happened to be something I enjoyed.

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What work excites you the most?

I have a lot of fun with some of the quick editorial portrait jobs I’m assigned. Time is usually limited and I’m not able to plan much, but I think it can lead to some cool results when I have to work with what’s available. Among the images that I’ve made, the ones that I’m still most excited about are from personal test shoots with models that I style myself. 

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What’s the most challenging part of your day to day?

Most of my time is spent retouching or emailing, so I’d say remembering to take breaks and get off my computer. Staring at a screen all day makes me feel pretty awful but it’s easy to forget.

What’s your most unforgettable Fashion Week memory?

This isn’t really a positive memory, but it is unforgettable. On my first ever fashion week assignment I was supposed to shoot a NYFW Men’s show. I checked in and got my badge, then was told to go backstage. Being totally new (and there being no signs) I didn’t realize that there were two different shows going on and I ended up photographing the wrong one for over 90 minutes! I remember seriously panicking and rushing over to shoot the right one for 15 minutes before the show started. Fortunately, 15 minutes was enough and the publication that hired me was really happy with the images.

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What brings you satisfaction in fashion photography?

I like working with the colors and patterns in clothing. I think with fashion you have a lot of room to experiment. I actually get the most satisfaction after the shoot once I start post-production and putting images next to each other.

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What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of myself for being able to support myself and make a living with something I love. I set a loose goal that I’d be working as a photographer a couple years out of school and I made it happen. Getting to that point was filled with a lot of stress and self-doubt, but now that I’ve reached it I’m pretty content with where I’m at.

Want to hear more from Katie? Of course you do. Follow her at @katiethompson check out more of her work HERE.

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Fashion Spotlight: Kate Owen

Fashion Spotlight: Kate Owen

We’re excited to kick off our Fashion Spotlight series with multi-talented Kate Owen. The young New York photographer (pictured below) has already worked with the likes of of French Vogue, The New York Times, W Magazine, Interview, Dior, Opening Ceremony, among many others. Her photos radiate originality and energy, and she’s just getting started…

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What work excites you the most?

On the one hand, I like pictures that tell a story.  I like real moments and flashes of delight. On the other hand, I like pictures that are confusing, that tell part of a story…but not the whole story.  I like to see something and come up with a bunch of different explanations for why.  As if I’m walking into a conversation and have no idea what they’re talking about.

What is your most distinct, unforgettable Fashion Week memory?

In 2015 I was shooting Prabal Gurung for Self Service. It was crazy backstage as usual – people and bags everywhere. The girls were all in their looks and the show was about to start.  I was kneeling down on the ground shooting the shoes, which had a stiletto heel like I felt I had never seen before – tall and sharp, when all of a sudden I feel something grazing my back and pulling me down to the floor.  Hanne Gaby Odiele hadn’t seen me and with those very same razor heels had torn my shirt and pinned me to the floor!  I always think how lucky I was that the angle wasn’t slightly different because the heel would have definitely punctured me and it would have been really bad scenario.

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What are you passionate about right now?

It’s difficult for me to pinpoint just one thing. I’m obsessed with shapes, colors and lines. I like when dimensionality is done in a really flat way. I think that’s part of what makes collage so interesting.  I like seeing how materials are used in different and pleasing ways.  I like words and conversations that speak but explain nothing at all. I like the chaos of the world.

What brings you satisfaction in fashion photography?

Fashion and fashion photography are interesting because they are a visual representation of the world.  People define themselves by the clothes they wear, whether they mean to or not. I find the idea of uniforms and signifiers really interesting. At the end of the day, I enjoy how fashion and the photography that surrounds it gives the wearer power.  Fashion allows individuals to be whoever they want to be, if they have the guts to do it.

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Are there female fashion creators that make you smile?

There are so many female artists of all kinds that make me smile! I’ve found myself recently enjoying work, and then only finding out later that it was a female creator.  That’s happening more and more, which is incredible.

Want to hear more from Kate? Of course you do. Follow her at @thekateowen, and check out more of her work here.

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