Behind the Door: Christopher Cao
- BY: SARAH SWIFT
- Dec. 19, 2016
Tell us a little bit about yourself and background!I picked up photography out of the blue, when I was about 10 years old. It all started with an interest with the mechanics of my dad’s camera, I started taking it to parks, shooting anything I come across - I basically started taking my camera everywhere I went, shooting landscapes and anything I find. Later, I started photographing at my mates’ parties, which soon grew into a small personal business - a way of making some cash while also practicing and learning hands-on. My first ever party was James O’Brien’s 16th birthday, which was the beginning of ‘Too’Eazy Photography’ and also the start of my love and ambition to make something big out of this. Capturing MBFF Sydney in 2014 was a turning point for me, as it brought me into the fashion world, gaining an interest in fashion photography and portraiture. This gave me the opportunity to also do some modelling shoots and portraiture on the side as well. I also do music and concert photography, which something that just came out of the blue. It all started off shooting Sticky Fingers at Enmore Theatre in April this year. Since then, I’ve been trying to get to as many concerts as I can, with the help of a music blog called Australian Music Scene where I contribute as a photographer. The most amazing and surreal experiences doing music photography was definitely capturing and watching my favourite music artists live such as Flume, Sticky Fingers, Schoolboy Q, Travis Scott, A$AP Ferg and Allday. Getting to shoot at events like Listen Out, This That, and Spilt Milk has really been such a pleasure and great experience.
How did you discover Miro Door?
I first discovered Miro Door back in 2014. I emailed the volunteer department inquiring about doing photography at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney at Town Hall. Somewhat unexpectedly, I got a reply back from Miro to come and shoot, and that's how I started doing fashion photography.
What roles did you perform while working with Miro Door?
I mainly did runway, and front and back of house photography, capturing the models, volunteers, makeup artists and Miro Door’s team in action. I was working with Miro most of the time, he would tell me what I needed to capture for him. At other times, I would be working with other photographers on his team, asking them tips and questions if I'm having any trouble.
What was your favourite part of working with Miro Door?
Getting to photograph celebrities! From my first celebrity shot - Michelle Bridges back at MBFF 2014 - to MBFWA16 getting to photograph Bella Hadid and Shanina Shaik, it was an absolute treat and dream. I never thought I would be so close and get this sort of opportunity, it was just so surreal.
Image: Christopher Cao
How did your time with Miro Door influence or shape your career path?
My time working with Miro Door opened a whole new world of opportunities for me. I started off as a party and formal photographer for my friends and locals, but after experiencing the fashion scene at MBFF 2014, I began to grow an interest in fashion photography. It also built my self-confidence and the belief that I could achieve so many more things. Doing MBFWA16 pushed me set the bar higher for myself - meeting and observing other photographers gave me a goal to aim for and something to look up to. Shooting at MBFWA16 for Miro Door definitely set my mind on pursuing fashion and portraiture photography for my career path.
What is your ultimate career goal?
My absolute dream is to open up my own photography studio capturing modelling portraiture, portfolios, working with magazine/editorial companies such as GQ, Sports Illustrated etc., travel around the world doing portraiture, start my own photography class, and maybe on the side opening a camera shop selling and becoming a Nikon Ambassador. I would also love to work under the Italian photographer Emanuele Ferrari, he is one of my favourite and most inspiring photographers.
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to Miro Door members who are just starting out?
Take every opportunity you can, and start out small. Volunteer for jobs you normally wouldn’t, as it will help you get a taste and boost your experience. Make as many friends and connections as you can; help each out, and you'll be surprised what new things you will learn. Don't be nervous or afraid to experience new things, always smile and treat those around you how you would treat your family or close friends. Be humble and never forget where you started and came from. Everyone has to start somewhere, and there will be ups and downs, but it's those who can smash past the speed bumps that can achieve their goals and aspirations.
Check out Chris’ photography and keep up to date with his journey via Instagram @2ezyphotos
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