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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FASH­ION PHO­TOG­RA­PHY?

I al­ways had an in­ter­est in the sto­ry­telling that came with the fash­ion world. I worked two jobs to save up enough money to buy my first cou­ple of cam­eras and a lap­top.

From this I be­gan pho­tograph­ing my fam­ily, then trav­elled to Lon­don to shoot at Lon­don Fash­ion Week. LFW was where I started to get to know peo­ple, from de­sign­ers to mod­els, from make-up artists to other pho­tog­ra­phers, all while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the re­al­ity of be­ing un­der pres­sure. I haven’t looked back since!

WHAT WERE THE CHAL­LENGES YOU FOUND WHEN START­ING OUT?

I swiftly re­alised just how much com­pe­ti­tion there is. Ev­ery young fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher is aim­ing for those same mag­a­zines, shoot­ing the same style with the same ideas. I knew if I wanted to suc­ceed, I needed to re­ally think about who I was as a pho­tog­ra­pher.

HOW HAS LIGHT­ING AS­SIST­ING HELPED YOUR IM­AGE PORT­FO­LIO?

It’s helped me in many dif­fer­ent ways, in all dif­fer­ent av­enues of the in­dus­try. I ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing part of a tight team and lead­ing oth­ers as a first as­sis­tant. The knowl­edge I have gained of cam­era equip­ment, light­ing and pre-pro­duc­tion en­ables me to know what a pho­tog­ra­pher wants be­fore they ask and learn about what set­ups work in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions, such as work­ing with mod­els or celebri­ties as well as still-life shots.

HOW DO YOU DE­CIDE WHAT PHOTOS TO PUT IN YOUR PORT­FO­LIO?

The first thing I will al­ways look at is the light­ing, but first and fore­most it needs to be whether that im­age is telling that story and evok­ing that emo­tion from the au­di­ence I’m try­ing to trans­late. My port­fo­lio is like a se­ries of mini sto­ries – a jour­ney through my work.

Ex­pe­ri­enced fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Kai Narin re­counts his jour­ney to­wards a fully rounded im­age port­fo­lio

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AL­WAYS TELL A STORY

Kai Narin con­sid­ers his au­di­ence when adding work to his port­fo­lio, to en­sure his col­lec­tion tells a se­ri­alised story that will evoke emo­tion in its view­ers

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KNOW YOUR CRAFT

Tech­ni­cal knowl­edge of your cam­era and stu­dio equip­ment, in ad­di­tion to an un­der­stand­ing of light­ing, can help you take chal­leng­ing images that will high­light your po­ten­tial

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STICK TO A THEME

Build a port­fo­lio that shows a thread of con­ti­nu­ity of light­ing style to make it clear that you’ve de­vel­oped a work­ing method and have creative vi­sion

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