Francesca McKibben is a Los Angeles based Photographer and Model. She focuses on Streetfashion Photography and Skateboarding. On her Website Galatea Photography she shows us some of her works. We love her style of images sometimes with the old skool double-exposure effect. We wanted to know more about this girl so we asked her for a quick talk.
Let us introduce Francesca McKibben
Cesca, Tell us how did that all started?
I started off as a model back in college, doing photo shoots, music videos and fashion shows for fun. It was being in the studio and around Photographers all day that got me interested in taking photos. I would definitely say I’m more of a Photographer than a Model now.
What is your main profession modeling or photography?
Neither- both are hobbies of mine. My hope is to become a Creative Director for a magazine or a clothing line (fingers-crossed)
You are focused on Fashion & Street Photography especially Skateboarding. Why this focus?
Skaters are everywhere in West LA- No matter what age or race, you will find someone on a skateboard- in a bikini or wearing a suit. I think it’s pretty cool.
How would you describe your style of photography?
Abstract or Experimental, especially when I use film. I love double-exposure, you find that in almost every editorial I’ve done.
For which customers are you taking images?
I just finished shooting a fashion show for the lovely Michelle Aquino of M dot Design Studio. M creates limited edition cut & sew garments in LA. We are currently working on a number of projects together, can’t wait to show you what’s in store.
Which model jobs are you doing and for which brands?
I’ve made the switch from Model to Photographer, so I haven’t been modeling for any brands lately. I do model from time to time, but I love the role as a Photographer, and think I want to keep it that way.
What is your connection to the skate scene?
Living in LA, especially on the west side. It’s part of everyday life around here, and it’s pretty fascinating to see kids and adults do crazy tricks around the skate park in Venice Beach.
Which camera do you use and do you have a special technique taking images?
I use a standard DSLR (Canon) and a whole bunch of film cameras from Lomography. They are kind of like toy cameras- replicas of old Dianas and Holgas from back in the day. The cameras themselves have pretty amazing features. They are known for light leaks, double-exposure, and dream-like vignetted images.
What is an interesting motive for you?
Diptych/triptych photography. I love telling stories through photos.
Who would you love to take images of if you’d have the chance?
Bambi Northwood-Blyth. She’s a gorgeous Aussie model with killer brows.
Who are your idols?
Nirrimi- a young Aussie Photographer who’s been shooting since she was thirteen.
Describe us your own style.
simple & clean-cut
How does your apartment look like?
Minimalistic; black & white furniture with only a few pieces around
Your favorite Bar in L.A.
Shangri-La rooftop bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Your favorite Beach in L.A.
Matador Beach in Malibu
Your favorite Restaurant in L.A.
Hae Jang Chon– Korean BBQ in KTown
Your current 5 Essentials
Bottled water, my iPhone, Internet, dark chocolate & my polaroid camera
What are your future plans?
To make this hobby of mine my nine to five
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