Chris Bogard’s Talent With Color Suggests a Promising Career in Photography
Chris Bogard has always been an artist, experimenting in theater, graphic design, drawing and painting throughout his youth. But he didn’t decide that photography was his medium until he took a class in digital photography at Sacramento City College, from where he recently graduated. There, he found his calling shooting models and friends in the studio. “I dived into it, and I haven’t stopped since,” he says. “I really enjoy working with people.”
Bogard is involved in all aspects of his shoots. For “Twister,” a series that show three people playing the game Twister in a bucolic meadow, he spent weeks shopping for costumes for them to wear in thrift stores.
A monochromatic photograph posted by a musician Bogard follows on Instagram inspired “Red Guitar,” another recent shoot. Bogard loved the idea of capturing a model in a red outfit against a red backdrop with a red guitar. For the series, Bogard borrowed a guitar from his manager at Mike’s Camera, where he currently works. “I can use [my manager’s] guitars because he makes them by hand and designs them,” Bogard explained. The resulting images look like professional publicity shots by an experienced photographer, or selects for a national advertising campaign.
The general polish of his portfolio has already landed Bogard jobs with brands including Vite Ramen, a startup that sells nutritionally complete instant noodles, and recently raised almost $250,000 on Kickstarter. Vite Ramen uses Bogard’s images on their website, and all of their marketing materials.
Bogard hopes to continue his upward trajectory when he moves to New York this fall, where he will continue shooting.
He was recently featured in the “Singles” section of the Spring 2018 issue of PDNedu.
Below is a selection of images from “Twister” and “Red Guitar.” All images © Chris Bogard.