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RICHARD KNAPP

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES

 

 

 

 

Richard Knapp is an established fashion photographer based in Los Angeles.  He loves life, and even with the busy fashion industry, Richard seems to find time to balance his career and family.


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Exclusively Fashion Magazine: Tell me a little about how you became a fashion photographer?

Richard Knapp: I can’t identify one instance of what made me a fashion photographer.  I have always been intrigued by the freedom and creativity that fashion allows and inspires.  I have just always had the drive to create fashion imagery for myself and that has fueled work.

EFM: What is your typical day like?

RK: It starts off with my son Ryder, who is 8 months old, and a morning person, just like his father.  I usually make some coffee, play with him til mom comes downstairs, and then the three of us take a walk on the river behind the studio.  After that it is time for work.

My evenings usually revolve around a nice dinner with my family and friends.

EFM: What gives you inspiration?

RK: Inspiration for me is more of a mental place to get to….  It usually comes when I get a little escape from the daily grind.  A long drive, a nice hike or someplace where my mind can have the space to wonder.

I definitely spend many hours in museums and on the city streets.  Life is what inspires the most,  and of course all of the other great photographers out there…..

EFM: What do you do in your spare time?

RK: Surf, Skate, Hike, and oddly enough, take a lot of pictures…. Many of my favorites are snapshots.

EFM: How do you prepare for a photo-shoot?

RK: I have ideas and locations that I always want to shoot and I try to figure out which one best suits the job at hand, then it is all about getting everything in order to allow for the shoot to be a success.  Having all of your homework done so to speak….

EFM: What is your favorite camera to use?

RK: I have been using the Canon EOS 1DS cameras since the Mark 1.

EFM: You have a studio that is available for other photographers; can you tell me how did the idea come about, and how long have the studio been open?

RK: I really just wanted my own studio.  I found this location with its beautiful light and I couldn’t keep it all for myself.  It is fun to see others enjoy this space.  I have been here for a little over 2 years, and if all goes well I will be expanding into the unit next door someday and I will have perfect bounce or direct light all year round.

EFM: What advice can you give to aspiring photographers?

RK: Listen to the advice of others, but always follow you dream!


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