Raleigh, NC, USA
Hotel Europe Saint Séverin.
Avedon Something Personal.
Nathan Richards is an up-and-coming international fashion/editorial photographer based in Raleigh, NC. Nathan started his journey in photography at the age of 15 when his father bought him a small point & shoot camera. Before he turned ‘full time’ photographer, Nathan spent years travelling the world skateboarding.
Now, 10 years after getting his first camera, Nathan has taken his love for photography and turned it into a career. Since beginning his career as a fashion/editorial photographer 2 years ago, Nathan has photographed for many different publications, both in America and the U.K. On top of shooting, Nathan does all his own editing so he can have full creative control of his images for start to finish.
Nathan cites Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, and David Sims as inspirations for his work.
“I am so grateful to be able to call myself a fashion photographer,” Nathan says. “It’s hard to believe I can pick up my camera to make a living. It’s hard to call it WORK.”
-Did you always want to be a professional photographer?
No. I used to want to be a professional skateboarder.
-What words best describe your style of photography?
Classic, artistic and clean, I’m really not good at describing my own work..
-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?
No, at least I don’t think there is…
-How do you attract new clients?
Strangely, most of my clients come to me through Instagram.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I shoot into Capture One, I then go into Photoshop, then back into Capture One if needed. However, I don’t do a lot of post work. I like people to look like people, not plastic..
-What is your dream project?
I would love to shoot the cover for a Vogue Magazine.
-What is your creative process like? What are you start, middle and end points?
I start with a rough sketch that I draw on paper, I then make a mood board for myself and the team, and then I shoot. I usually keep it pretty simple..
-How do you approach posing or directing your subject?
I never tell a professional model how to do their job, I simply tell them the idea or emotion and let them go with the flow.
-What is your general guide when it comes to lighting?
Keep it simple! I try to only use one main light since there is only one sun..
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
“Don’t be afraid to dream big.”