A GRAPHIC DESIGNER WITH A PASSION FOR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION CHRISTIAN MONTOYA IS KILLIN' THE LA GAME, AND DEFINITELY TAKING NAMES.
Check out some of CHRISTIAN's recent work and an exclusive SKYN interview here:
SKYN: Who are you (answer this however you interpret it)?
CM: My name is Christian Montoya or @kurieitaa. I am The Creator.
SKYN: Ha, "The Creator" that's dope. What inspired you to do what you do? What made you want to become "The Creator"?
CM: My main inspiration has to be my past love. She is a great photographer, my favorite still to this day. She showed me everything I know from photo editing to taking photos and even work ethic. I've always had a natural eye for art being a Graphic Designer as well so everything took off once I started believing in myself. That's really all you need to do and never give up.
SKYN: Absolutely. It's all about that self confidence. So did you have any mentors who helped hold or guide you into it? Who helped you along?
CM: My only mentor was Marilyn Hue. I am very new to this photography game so I am still molding myself everyday.
SKYN: What’s your favorite picture that you’ve taken over the years? Do you even have a favorite?
CM: I have MANY favorite photos. I'd have to say one of my favorite photos is the photo I took with @mendesmarina where the shadow of the blinds are casted over her highlighting her eyes. Amazing.
SKYN: Yeah, that's definitely a great shot. Ok so now we know how you started taking pictures, and your favourite shot, it's time to tell us - Who was your favorite subject to work with?
CM: I currently think I have a few favorite subjects. You click with some people and you don't with others.My favorites at the moment are @joneofthewonders @victoriamynguyen @kelseyroseofficial
SKYN: That makes total sense. It's all about that vibe. Even when you're vibing with someone though, sometimes those shots can still be tricky. What was the most difficult shot you ever had to get?
CM: I think the most difficult shoots I've done are the shoots for the big brands. I just did a collaboration shoot for @shiekhshoes, @levis, @neweracap, @starterblackusa, and @timberland. The reason being is the set up, planning, and post editing it requires.
SKYN: Dope man. That's wicked.
SKYN: Alright, so now that we know all the technical stuff, what was one big challenge that you had to overcome?
CM: Believing in myself. I believe I am pretty skilled for only shooting for 7 months so I have not really overcame anything major yet. I guess we will wait and see....
SKYN: Well we look forward to seeing it all unfold for you. Do you have any tips for aspiring new photographers in the industry?
CM: Never give up keep. Believe in yourself. If you know you're the shit than act like it.
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