The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Christin Rose
Photographer: Christin Rose
Location: I’m based in Manhattan Beach, CA! It’s home these days without a doubt. Since I travel a lot - anywhere that I have my camera can sometimes feel like home. I grew up in Medford Oregon though, and it still has a big part of my heart.
Style: Photography to me has always been about story telling. It’s about letting your voice be heard from behind the lens. I started in photojournalism & photographing sports. So to go back to that with my ‘She Plays We Win’ project that promotes young girls' athletics was really me going back to what I love the most. I love athletics and I love telling real stories, so it has proven to be the perfect combo of both for me as an artist.
Equipment: I shoot with the Canon Mark III & edit everything using Capture One. I have lots of styles saved that I mix and match on my shoots. I’m always working on post editing because it’s a big part of a photographer’s unique style. There's always something more to learn. I play with polaroids a lot too for fun!
How did you get into photography? Tell us about your first experience.
I always wanted to be a photographer (or a rockstar) since I think I was like 5. Once I figured out I wasn’t going to be a country star, photography took over. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the little girl in Oregon that wanted this so badly. I was in Maine the other day on a job, we were starting really early in the morning… I looked around and thought “Christin Rose - you’ve wanted this since you can remember. enjoy every second!”
Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable photos you’ve shot.
Sky Brown at the Venice Skatepark almost 1 year ago... It was my first ‘She Plays We Win’ shoot. Well, it was before I even had a title for the project, I just knew I wanted to do something for little girls. I showed up that day and 7-year-old Sky had a backwards hat, a skinned up knee, chipped nail polish, and a fearless spirit. I took a portrait of her that day (which went on to be the face of my project). I had no clue that day that one image would change the course of my year, and potentially my entire career.
Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
For me it’s about letting people be themselves. It’s so much about spending enough time with your subjects so you can get to a point that you’re documenting their authentic selves. Asking your subject questions, getting to know them, & really being apart of the experience is so important.
What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
Travel. Travel. Travel. Going places I’ve never been before. It clears my head, changes my perspective & constantly inspires me (even when I return home)!
“Trust yourself. Don’t worry so much about perfect exposures, just shoot what you see!”
Tell us three photography tips.
1. Trust yourself. Don’t worry so much about perfect exposures, just shoot what you see!
2. Shoot what you love always. I always make better images if I care wholeheartedly about the story I’m telling.
3. Shoot into the sun. Playing with backlight is my favorite. Don’t be worried if some of the shots are out of focus, keep shooting - you’ll get the perfect shot!
Finish the sentence.
I wouldn't be where I am today if... I had doubted myself at all!
I've been listening to... Fleetwood Mac (always).
Kids these days... are brilliant. (my 'She Plays We Win' girls teaches me something everyday).
I look and feel my best when... the windows are down, my hair's blowing in the wind, music blasting without a care in the world.
When no one is looking... I put on excessively bright lipstick.
Traveling... is everything.