Shooting models with Chris Callanta

This week’s shooter spotlight focuses on a talented photographer in Richmond, Virginia who mostly shoots models. Chris’ photos caught our eye not only because they contained beautiful women, but because of the occasional stories and commentary accompanying the photos. There are many people following his work online and commenting, and if you take a look, you’ll understand why. Complementing his stream of lovely ladies with a healthy dose of self-portraits, daily life, products, and fun conceptual shots, Chris keeps it fresh and interesting. Read on about the man below…

Self Portrait © Chris Callanta

Name: Chris Callanta

Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA but currently in Richmond, VA

Tell us about yourself:

I work in the Engineering field and photography is my hobby. I started many years ago when my mom bought me my first camera after graduating from High School. It was a Minolta Maxxum 3000i. My second camera was a Minolta X-700. I decided to switch to Canon when the Elan 7 came out.

When it was time to upgrade to digital, I stayed with Canon because I love their products and most of my equipment for the Elan 7 were compatible with the Canon 30D. I started by basically taking photographs of women I knew with the 30D who needed pictures for their portfolios. One suggested I start charging instead of shooting for free.

Favorite camera and lens? Why?

I shot with the 30D for years until the Canon 50D came out so I upgraded. I mostly do fashion/modeling shoots so my equipment is portable. I love the 50D couple with the EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM. I also shoot with the Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L. Excellent lenses. I have (3) Canon 580 EX II, flash umbrellas, softboxes, reflectors, backdrops, wireless triggers for the flash heads and of course, an Aputure wireless remote. I typically do location shoots that’s why I opted for the portable equipment.

Photo by Chris Callanta

If you could shoot anywhere/anyone/anything, what would it be? I would love to visit Hawaii and shoot sunsets or anywhere that will allow me a great vantage point. I’m not much of a scenic/landscape photographer but I would like try that. Long exposures are fun!

What’s your shooting style? Photographic influence?

Fashion, modeling, still life product shoot. I shoot from different perspectives and I love playing with light.

What’s your favorite photo? Why?

This is a tough question to answer because there’s a wide array of photographs that I like. Any photograph that has a lot of creativity behind it. In this digital age anyone can take a picture. Your creativity, perspective and style is what sets a photographer apart. (editor’s note: we quite like his Hooter’s gallery :P)

Photo by Chris Callanta

What’s your most memorable shooting gig?

All of my shooting gigs are memorable and fun. The models I have worked with love working with me. It also helps that I have a great and lovely assistant, Angela. But if I have to choose the most memorable one, I would have to say the time when I shot my friend Kelly’s wedding. I was so focused on getting the shots that during the reception, Kelly took my camera from me and told me to get out on the dance floor and have fun and she started taking pictures. The DJ said to the guests that he has never been to a wedding where the photographer got out on the dance floor and danced with everyone while the bride took pictures. I danced with the bride as well. It was a great time.

Who is your favorite photographer? Why?

I would have to say, Julie Harnage. I love her creativity and style.

What does the future hold for you?

I’m not really sure but I’m open to anything. Right now I’m helping an aspiring model build her portfolio. I’m hoping she will bring me more business.

Where can we see your work:

A few more photos:

Photo by Chris Callanta

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