#WhatDrivesYou: Photography mastermind and Canadian film guru Caitlin Cronenberg
September 15, 2015
Just in time for TIFF 2015, we caught up with the incredibly talented Caitlin Cronenberg before she hits the red carpet to snap our favourite stars.
The daughter of prominent Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor David Cronenberg, Caitlin is no stranger to the camera lense, the movie set or to creative genius; her work with legendary actors and actresses exposes the true emotion in a moment and is one that inspires 'awe.' Recently her work includes shoots with Michael K Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), and countless A-list celebrities at the Toronto International Film Festival (check out her website).
During her time in the FShop, the FAULHABER Showroom, we chatted all things fashion, beauty and got to know a little bit about where Caitlin forged this passion for photography.
1) What was it like growing up with a Canadian film genius as a dad?
Growing up I didn't really know much about the films he was making because they weren't the kinds of films I was interested in seeing (much too scary!). But I did get to go visit set and I realized pretty quickly that my dad had a very interesting job. The thing that always struck me and has stayed with me the most is that he loved going to work and was always happy at the end of the day, even when it was late or he had worked through the night. I always knew I wanted to have a job that I loved that much. It is very inspirational to watch somebody love what they do and continue to do what they love, no matter what.
2) How did you discover your love of photography?
I was always curious about cameras. I have hundreds of old photos I took as a kid, I used to dress my little cousin in my clothes and do mini fashion shoots with her. I really started getting into photography when I borrowed my parents' old camera and went to summer camp, which I hated. I took photography at camp and got to spend time in the darkroom. That was it, I was hooked. I still sometimes think about setting up a darkroom again for fun. There is really nothing like it. It is so amazing to watch images appear and really spend the time perfecting them. That is something that is easy to forget about when everything moves so quickly in the world.
3) What’s your favourite thing to shoot and why?
Well apart from my cats, I just love shooting people. Some people are amazing at shooting landscapes, and I am not one of them. I really like to have a person to play off of. I especially love shooting actors because we really get to play around with different kinds of emotion. I like it when my photos are able to tell a story. Or I shoot various baked goods. But that's mostly for Instagram.
4) Any advice for budding photographers?
Stick with it and take your time! This industry is very competitive and gets even more so because everyone has access to a camera and can make their work public with the click of a button. If you really love it and want to make a career out of it it takes time and patience, and, like anything, hard work and focus. Shoot a lot and shoot often! And don't forget to have fun sometimes!