Photographer and graphic designer Bianca Lowkeen has been a busy freelancer since graduating with a Graphic Design degree from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Since graduating in June 2009, Lowkeen has worked as a graphic designer for nonprofit organization What a Pair; as a photo assistant, retoucher and photo shoot project manager for leading action sports brand Volcom; and as a digital painter and retoucher for video game company Yoostar (where she worked alongside FIDM Digital Media Alumni Ryan Sommerville and Andrew Persing).
At her most recent job as an in-house photographer at contemporary women’s fashion brand ANGL, Lowkeen quickly took on additional creative responsibilities.
“My tasks ranged from booking and dressing the models, shooting the lookbook photos, collecting the samples of clothing and accessories, updating the website with photos, graphics, and copy, handling customer service, shipping and returns, social media updates and also a little marketing and advertising!” says Lowkeen. “I definitely was not expecting to jump into so many jobs at once, but I am glad I was given the opportunity to grow with a company for a few months, which taught me a lot about organization, prioritizing, and how to run a whole E-commerce business.”
Lowkeen’s interest in photography began when she was in high school (Redondo Union High School), taking photographs of friends to build up their modeling portfolios, she says.
“Soon I realized photography went hand-in-hand with graphic design and I have actually done more work with photography than with graphics,” she says. “I like to photograph all kinds of things but my main focus is trying to get more into the fashion world.”
Lowkeen stays inspired by an “endless” list of iconic fashion photographers, including Terry Richardson‘s celebrity and fashion portraits, the drama and elegance of Helmut Newton‘s black and white photos, Steven Meisel‘s Vogue editorials, as well as younger photographers like Charles Lucima and an English photographer, Lara Jade.
Currently Lowkeen is seeking opportunities in the high fashion industry for photo retouching and interactive online marketing.
“I miss FIDM, there are some great teachers there,” says Lowkeen. “My advice for current Graphic Design students would be to take your time in college. Also, try really hard to find an internship, because once you are done with college, most places do not want to hire anyone without some kind of experience in design, print, or production.”
Lowkeen also emphasizes the importance of networking with your classmates.
“Stay in contact with everyone and anyone you ever meet at FIDM, especially friends in other majors, and your teachers,” says Lowkeen, whose connection with FIDM Digital Media Alumni Sommerville and Persing landed her a job at Yoostar.
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