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Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Koeppen.

Chris, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I went to college for Hollywood Film Production and emphasized in directing. During my first year, I had a professor who didn’t let us even shoot video and his philosophy was: “If you can’t control 1 frame, how can you control 24 frames per second?”

So, I started taking photos to learn to get better at film production. I slowly grew more and more fond of still photography and decided to pursue it. In 2017, I finally quit my part time job at Apple and have been a full-time wedding photographer since. At 27 years old, I cannot describe how much I love what I do for a living. I am truly blessed.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Well, like I said, I am now a full-time wedding photographer. It is important to me that each wedding is unique in how I shoot and edit it, so as to showcase the individuality of each couple I work with.

On my personal time, I create fantasy-based shoots with models that I have befriended. It is a way for me to unleash any pent-up creativity I have left over, that I haven’t released in my weddings or engagement shoots. I hope that with all of my work, viewers can feel as they are taken away from reality, into a world and moment I’ve captured or created.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
It’s ok to take bad photos. I take bad photos all the time. Don’t get discouraged. Take a moment to pause, even if you are worried your client is getting angsty or whatever, and look at your shot. Figure out WHY it’s bad. Adjust your settings, angle, pose, and take another shot. It’s ok to take bad photos, so long as you understand why it didn’t work, and adjust to fix it. Some of my favorite shots in my portfolio have come 30 seconds after my worst failures.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’m most active on my Instagram and my website.

I do Live coaching sessions and have tutorials on double exposures, color gradient theory, Etc. on my Instagram account so feel free to follow me if you are a photographer and hopefully you might pick up a trick or two!

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Chris Koeppen Photography

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