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A UK-based photographer Kris Kesiak has been taking pictures since his early teens. Armed with his first camera, a Zenit 11, he fell in love with Photography and started to specialise in portrat, lifestyle and music photography.

60-Second Interview

What inspired you to get into photography?
I remember playing with my parents’ semi-automatic camera when I was 10 or so
and taking pictures of everything and anything - my younger sister (victim of many
shoots over the years…), flowers, dogs, etc. Once the first batch of pictures came
back from the lab I really liked what I saw and thought, hey, I’d like to do more of
Who was your biggest hero when you were young?
Madonna. I always admired her tenacity and fearlessness. She’s also worked with
some of my favourite photographers - Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino and,
more recently, Mert & Marcus.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I was 17 and took a series of photos for a girl I knew who wanted to be a model. I
don’t remember how much it was exactly but it was enough to cover the film and
paper costs (that was before digital).
How do you define success?
Looking into my calendar and seeing I’m booked for months in advance.
What has been the biggest challenge so far with your business?
Getting used to the lack of steady wage coming in on the 1st of each month and the
usual cash flow problems that a lot of young businesses struggle with.
What is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My partner, family and friends - their faith in me and support always helps.
What is it that gets you out of bed in the mornings?

On a more serious note, I’d probably say whatever I’m working on at that
particular time. I genuinely love what I do, it doesn’t feel like work and it’s easy
to get up in the morning and be excited about the day ahead.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
Would having one of my photos on the cover of Q Magazine be too much to ask for?
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don't take it all so seriously!