Photographer Christopher Tomás is the one-to-watch. His creative vision is simplistic, alluring and captivating. This quiet stylish man lets his work speak for itself while taking you on a cinematic journey. Tomás gave us the opportunity to understand his creative process.
How did you get into photography?
Photography is something that I just fell into growing up. My parents gifted me a film camera when I was little, and I never put my camera down ever since.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Minimal. Moody. Thoughtful.
Dream brand as a client?
My dream brand to work with would be Jacquemus by designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. I love everything about him and his brand. I feel we’d create timeless work together with both of our aesthetic. He really makes me FEEL!
What photographer dead or alive inspires you?
The ultimate would have to be the legend himself, Richard Avedon. Also likes of Irving Penn & Steven Klein.
My portrait would be of Michaela Coel. For one, she is Gorgeous! Also, she is such an inspiration as well. Young, black, multitalented, a boss, stunning, I could keep going. SHE is a statement, and I’d love to capture that essence through my lens.
Your work has a minimalistic feel. Have you ever thought about being a creative director for a brand?
It has definitely crossed my mind. If given the opportunity, I would be open.
Aside from NYC, my favorite city thus far would have to be Porto in Portugal.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t doing photography, I would be more than likely designing, focusing on art: illustrations, painting, etc. or music: the trombone
Any plans to branch off intro video directing?
Absolutely! I definitely want to gravitate to that aspect more in the near future.
Growing up in Richmond Virginia, Tomás fell in love with the art of capturing a moment in time. At a young age when his parents gifted him with his first camera in grade school, his sister became his first muse. Tomás became instantly attached to his camera and hadn’t put it down ever since. Like any world-renowned photographer, Tomás pulls his inspiration through many different avenues of life, whether it is Fashion, Music or Contemporary Art. Through his matriculation at Norfolk State University where he studied Fashion Design and Merchandising on a Marching Band scholarship, he fell in love with the famed fashion photographer Richard Avedon. He endlessly studied Avedon’s work ethic and the minute details of his photographs.
Since moving to New York City in 2012, Christopher Tomás has shot with a number of brands and publications from Huffington Post to shooting Bernardo 1946 full campaign and lookbook. Tomás’ journey came full circle after finding out that Richard Avedon used to shoot Bernardo’s campaigns back in the 60s. Christopher continues to capture beauty through his lens with plans to open his own photography studio and collaborate with more brands and art galleries.
Portrait of Christopher Tomás photographed by Greg Vaughan | Instagram @gmvaughan
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