We love the effortless raw beauty Daria Ritch always seems to capture through her lens, and couldn't help but want to pick her brain. Along with shooting some dreamy editorials for publications like Nylon, Oytster, I.D. and C-heads magazine, we can't get enough of her casual yet edgy photography style. Read our interview with her below and check out some lovely shots she took of Gabi rocking Valfré.
When did you first pick up a camera?
The first time I picked up a camera was in elementary school. I used to compete in these countrywide art competitions called “Reflections”. I actually won quite a few awards. It wasn't until high school though that I really fell in love with photography.
Describe your style in 5 words or less.
Casual, eclectic, … usually involves a choker or something denim
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw most of my inspiration from magazines (print and online) and other photographers /artists. I have stacks of magazines in my room – i-D, Oyster, Pop, Love Want, etc. – that I continually look through when in need of inspiration. I also spend a lot of time online ‘pinning’ photos from random sites.
How do you find your models?
Instagram, friends, modeling agencies – I’m really particular about who I photograph so I spend a lot of time searching for people I find uniquely beautiful and who seem cool and authentic. I think casting is the most important part of photography – at least for what I do.
Your styling is always so raw, natural, and on point! Do you style most of the photos yourself? If so where do you find the pieces?
I work with some really amazing stylists but yes, half the time it’s just the model and I pulling clothes from their wardrobe mixed with random styling pieces I’ve collected from different clients. I really love shooting one on one with people; it allows for a more authentic and genuine relationship that I think shows in the photos. When I’m choosing a subject I often look for people who’s style and overall aura inspire me. I wish I could take credit for the styling, I just know good style when I see it ;)
What's on your current playlist?
I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Bowie lately.
What's next for you?
I actually just graduated college last year so it’s a really exciting time for me. I think this year is going to bring big things and I just feel so grateful for all the great opportunities that have come my way thus far. For now, I’m just planning to continue working hard and look forward to collaborating with new and amazing people.
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