A Quick Q&A With Colleen Chrzanowski | Fashion Photographer

By: Michael Suber | Founder & CEO


-Do you agree that you are challenged everyday to create something that has never been created before?

I challenge myself every time i am creating/shooting. Passing myself to see something new, going beyond where i did before.  to always move forward towards something new.  to use what i know and what i love and the aesthetic that i strive to reach in everything i create, but take it out a new path, even if only a slight change.


-Can you describe your creative process? What do you look for when creating a shoot and does your shoot line up to be what you expected?

The creative process for me, has no specific structure or a process that i always go back to.  i guess i live "in process."  everything i see is influencing my thoughts which then influence my ideas and opinions on things.  and often, even with a clear idea for a shoot, as it unfolds, in real time, there is always straying from the thought-out path.  but i welcome that. an idea on paper is often not THE idea that is given birth to in the end.  


-You have to have a favorite artist in mind that drives your creativity or inspires you, who is it?

I have always loved the way Ralph Gibson sees things.  Everyday things when captured through his lens, are no longer ordinary.  And, my father.  He is an artist that has always, by example, shown me that one's art can be and by definition of being an artist, is ingrained in everything aspect of one's life.  the quest to create doesnt stop when you leave your studio, or finish a job.  


-How would you describe yourself as a person & artist?

I am a pretty regular person who i just has a very strong direction and pull towards things that i find aesthetically pleasing to me.  I am very opinionated and focused on creating images that i have seen in my head even before clicking the shutter.  I try very hard to stay true to what i like - always...in what i surround myself with at home or in my studio.  


-How did you know you wanted to be a photographer?

Pretty simply, because i love it so much.  When i am looking through the view finder and composing and giving direction is when i feel most in control of my existence which is a very comforting feeling.  When i know i have captured on film the essence of what i had in my head, it is a feeling i am addicted to.


-Can you describe one of your favorite projects that you have worked on and why was it your favorite?

I have had many projects over the years, it really is difficult to pick one that stands out as a favorite.  But i will say, i think one that i wont ever forget for multiple reasons was a trip to the Dominican Republic to shoot for LIlla P.  It was a highlight.


-We have taken a look at your website/portfolio Online, how do you want the viewer to feel when looking at your work?  

I hope that with each image, they want to keep looking.  and also, i hope they smile.


-Do you ever collaborate with designer brands.  

Often.  Mostly for my kid fashion work.  When i have editorial ideas, there are brands that i go to over and over.  


-In the artistic world of photographers, do you see yourself not only trying to achieve your perfect shoot but also being known for your work?

I think becoming known for your work is something that can only organically happen if you are staying true to who you are when creating.  the more specific the flavor of one's work is, the more it becomes recognizable.


-If you could shoot an editorial anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why is that?

I think it would be something spectacular to have a team of talent from Paris creating a story of wonder with me.


-Tell me about your latest shoot. What was your vision when you created it?

I wanted to investigate the idea behind the game of Rock Paper Scissors that we all have played.  How the power of one can immediately change depending on what it is matched up against.  It exemplifies really, how everything is relative.


-To be a photographer, you had to undergo a lot of struggles. What was the most difficult obstacle for you when putting together a shoot?

I think the hardest thing is the getting your vision clear to everyone else participating on the shoot.  Things easliy get lost in translation.  what is in my head sometimes is impossible to put into words for others to try and understand my intent.  When artists on the team get it, it is an amazing moment.


-If you had to pass on a suggestion for someone starting out in photography, what would you tell them?

If saying yes to a job makes you nervous because you dont know if you can do it, SAY YES.  


-How is your style of photography different from others different from any other photographers?

I am not creating imaging that is breaking boundaries or is remarkably different from other photographers.  It is different because i have an emotional connection to it.  I marry every image i create - for better or worse.