Christion Beales: Go out and start capturing anything and everything
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how did you get into the photography world?
My passion for photography began when I was seventeen years old. The first time I held a professional camera was in my multimedia class where from that moment my world changed. Capturing landscapes in the US and UK inspired me to transition to capturing portraits as I do now.
You have a very unique style. How would you describe your photography to someone who has never seen it?
The best way to delineate my work is that it is very vintage style. I like to mix fashion and bikini together throughout my work, and create work that is different from other photographers that I have seen over the years since I was in High School.
In your experience, what are the most difficult aspects of professional photography?
As far as preparation, visualization, brainstorming, and then creating the work on set; I think the most difficult angles to professional photography is making sure that my work is consistent and diverse throughout every photoshoot or project I do.
What's going through your mind when you are on set behind the camera?
I am generally quiet and calm in my mind. Everything is at ease and my focus is locked in to do nothing else but create astonishing art.
How do you use social media in conjunction with your business? What role does it play in your job?
Mostly advertising my work and connecting with other artists as sort of like a web. Connecting all the important parts to expand and build my brand so more and more people can look at my work and say, "I want to work with this photographer".
What advice would you give to someone looking at a career in photography?
Go out and start capturing anything and everything you can that you are passionate about. Once you start, do not stop cause you never know what opportunity will arrive in front of you.
What does it take to achieve a unity of the artistic and the commercial aspect of fashion photography?
Having a good sense of knowledge of who and what you are working with. In the Fashion World, editorial or for commercial, it is good to know the style and brand's themes are for you the thrive in publication work.
Christion, tell us a secret, what is the key to getting the best out of someone for fashion shots?
The secret is making sure they are comfortable with whom they are working with. If the model is relaxed and having fun during the shoot, your work will come out so much better than you anticipated it be.
Do you look to other photographers for inspiration, or does your inspiration come from other sources?
My inspiration does come from photographers that I have followed for years, but I try not to dwell on other people's work. I push to be different as much as possible so I honestly study fashion catalogs more often than I do on social media. The clothing patterns, theme, locations, etc. Basically wondering how much thought and preparation it took to create that photoshoot is what I carry with me for my art.
What has been the highlight of your career so far and what are your hopes/dreams for the future?
The biggest accomplishment of my career so far was being published on the cover of a magazine not too long ago. My goals for the future is too work with fashion brands and have my work published on a huge Billboard. So people driving on the highway or downtown city can look up and see something I created behind the camera.
Where can our readers keep up with your work and get connected with you?
Anyone can always see my work and reach out to me on my Instagram page @bealesphotography.
Photographer: Christion Beales @bealesphotography
Agency: Modelscout @modelscouttalent
Model: Julianna Mariah @juliannamariahh