Whether he’s filming movies or taking photographs, FIDM Alumnus Chris Mumford has an eye for capturing moments from behind a lens. As a graduate from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Digital Media Program in December 2009, Chris is well-educated in the various aspects of film-making, from digital composition and motion graphics, to editing and sound design. And now, he’s utilizing some of those skills and focusing his attention on another passion: still photography.
While working as an assistant to a friend, photographer Adam Hendershott, Chris’s interest in photography piqued, and he decided to get a camera for himself. “I absolutely love it,” he says. “I like how you can take a crazy idea that’s in your head, and make it look like reality.”
In order to make his “crazy” ideas come to life, Chris organizes photo shoots after his normal work schedule in the FIDM Productions department, where he works in editing and motion graphics.
Focusing on fashion photography, as well as scenic photography to capture the “grunge” atmosphere that Los Angeles embodies, Chris says he looks at the work of profesionals such as Meeno, Dave Hill, Miguel Starcevich and Joey L (Joey Lawrence), and of course his friend Adam Hendershott as sources of inspiration.
Hoping to ultimately get featured on the cover of a magazine- such as Inked Magazine or Rolling Stone, Chris keeps a running list of ideas that he’d like to execute, and in the meantime takes photos of everything he can to bring his creative ideas to life. His most recent work includes commercial food photography for the “Great Balls on Tires” food truck for their print marketing materials.
Chris’s Website- www.chriswaynephotography.com- was recently featured on a Blog called The Daily Fix (read the article here), part of a Website called DigitalFix, which sells fashionable designer electronics.
Chris admits that pursuing a career in the arts has not always been an easy feat, but encourages his peers to overcome whatever hurdles they encounter, and continue to go after their dream career.
“You can basically do anything you want as long as you don’t get down on yourself,” says Chris. “Stay positive and always have fun.”