Chris Thorn of Chris Thorn Photography is a pro photographer of three years now. The 37-year old photographer was born and raised in Vancouver.
“I’m a reformed jock who found my creative soul and it changed my journey & life.” said Chris.
Read the interview with Chris and enjoy some of his photos of Vancouver skimboarder Hyuna Hong.
Interview by Kelli Bean.
Tell us why you love being a photographer in Vancouver? Describe the city through your lens.
I love the opportunity to shoot all that this city has to offer! We live in one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world and being that photography (in my opinion) is the art of capturing beautiful moments, how could you not love to shoot here? Viewing this city through my lens is always an adventure….I can go out shooting and capture a moment or a space or structure that I may have seen a thousand times prior but it takes on a new life when I point and click….and maybe just a little photoshop? 😉 Also, this city seems to come alive when we’re all outside being active, in whatever form that takes on for you.
What made you come to the decision to get into active lifestyle photography?
My passion for shooting authentic athletes doing what they love, in their element is what gets my juices flowing every time! It’s literally RAW beauty to me…
What was this first experience like doing a skimboarding photo shoot?
Chill, very chill….Hyuna Hong was super easy to shoot with, and since we were doing both stills and video with Mark @ Moonrider Productions, we had a chance to stop and let the other guy take over, go over the shots and get back in there with a fresh perspective. I also see where waterproof housings come in handy in these scenarios, so much sand and salt water!!
All in all we had a blast and it was a great learning experience on how to prep and execute a shoot in these conditions.
Did you encounter any obstacles with shooting at Spanish Banks Beach?
Not really, our only real obstacle was trying to find a tide that aligned with better light…I really wanted to shoot at sunrise but it wasn’t in the cards…that day at least.
Tell us about shooting with athlete Hyuna Hong?
Hyuna was cool. Full stop. You never really now how athletes are going to be in front of the camera…are they going to be awkward or is our chemistry going to be off. Hyuna was fully on board (pun intended) and totally gung-ho right from the start, not to mention the smile that never faded. What more could I ask for?
Her style matched her personality….as a “non-skimmer”, I am not really sure what to look for, but I did notice a fluidity to her that was easy to capture….she was aggressive on the entry yet seemed to settle in as soon as her feet touched the board. Overall, just rad…’nuff said.
Would you be interested in shooting other riders?
Totally, I love the purity of this sport and how the community supports it with no pressure or judgement. Anytime I can connect with that it’s a win for me.
What is the best way to contact you?
I’m building a spot light with my logo on it so skimmers can shine it into the sky when my services are required, kinda like Batman.
If that fails, they can email (email@example.com) or call me @ 604-805-3258.