Featured Photographer: Chris Whalen

"I learned to push myself outside my comfort level and work hard."

Model Citizen App is the platform where we recognise fashion models, photographers, designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, creative directors, bloggers, stylists, and labels around the world. Every day, we feature an individual on Model Citizen Interviews. People get to know each of them - their hopes, challenges, aspirations and inspirations in life.

Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I'm easy going and passionate with my projects. I love to get the best out each shoot. A lot of learning with each project but all part the of the fun. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? My main goal is to get into magazines and work with a team. Over the years, I made huge progress with what works best and fastest. Tuning into what works and what doesn't. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? With working with clients, I'm passionate and joke often. I like to keep the environment easy going while getting what the client and myself want. No ego's needed when shooting. The team is equal and want the same thing. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? To do it again, I'd study more. Learning what is the best way to do things is better then just winging it when you just begin your craft. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? My siblings and best friend are my heroes. They taught me to keep going for you goals and keep your composure no matter what. Don't sink to others levels when they try to bring you down. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? Education is good with teachers who care about what they talk about. I learned to push myself outside my comfort level and work hard. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Be patient with people and yourself. Not everyone is good hearted and will bring out their ego on set. With yourself, it takes time to get what you want. Don't give up.

Photo Credits: @julapron_official @alexispoarch @almajasmineee @traci.anderson2 @msruina @celestine.fit @officialtiffanyhannah - Ava Wayland - Contact Details: Instagram: @cmwhalenphoto Email: Chris@cmwhalen.com


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