Fashionable Reads

April 18, 2012
  • Now that "Texts from Hillary" is no longer being updated we look to “#WHENINDC” for comedic relief. (via #WHENINDC)
  • StyleLikeU hosts a roundtable on what it means to be “feminine” today. (via StyleLikeU)
  • Those after-work happy hours are more productive than you may think. New research shows that drinking alcohol can provide a boost of creativity. We’re still testing this one out… (via Washingtonian)
  • So, it’s come to this: John Edwards now gets his hair trimmed at Supercuts. Lightyears away from the $400 haircuts he used to get. (via The Cut)
  • Would you dare to wear….a red wedding gown? (via Fashionista)
  • Jeopardy will be filming in DC this Saturday. We can’t be the only ones who love to shout answers at the screen. We know Mr. Trebek hears us.(via WCP)
  • Speaking of DC, turns out it is NOT one of “America’s Hardest Working Cities.” (via Forbes)
  • Etsy has employed detectives to scour the site for factory-made goods that go against its handmade mission. (via WSJ)

Featured Image Credit: Fashionista

Each month we will showcase a Washingtonian who works in a fashion related industry. By doing this we hope to show off the great talent we have in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

In this inaugural post we interview Jonathan Thorpe an photographer who specializes in fashion and commercial work. If you are interested in being our next “Fashingtonian of the Month” or would like to nominate a friend email us at staff@allthingsfashiondc.com.

 

What sparked your interest in photography?

Photography, in a sense, found me. Two years ago I picked up a camera for the first time, and a month later I was published in a national magazine. (XXL) I literally never thought of myself as a photographer, and have never had any “formal” training in the field, but I’ve practiced to perfect my craft, and to gain a style that stands out.

When did you decide that photography was something you wanted to pursue as a career?

The decision was made when companies started contacting me, and I had to make the choice between what I was doing full time or to take the leap and trust my self and what I was capable of. It was definitely a scary decision, but looking back on it, I’m so lucky to being able to do this full time and make a career out of it.

 

What kind of photography do you specialize in?

Commercial and Fashion; I tend to shoot with a lot of lights, and production. I like my photos to look more cinematic than like an actual photograph. I take the time to sketch out my shoots before I do them, and really put a lot of thought into planning them.

 

Did you learn to shoot with film first, or did you go straight to digital?

I’ll occasionally shoot film, just for fun, but digital for me is the only way to do my work. Just the ease and speed of it is so necessary in my field.

How do you find your subjects?

Lots of ways, Facebook and Twitter have been awesome for me. Can I throw in a shameless twitter plug? @jthorpephoto

 

Who are your influences?

There are a few photographers that I like, David Lachapelle and Drew Gardner are probably my favorites, but honestly I’m influenced a lot by movies and just everyday life.

 

Are you a native of Washington, DC?

I’m from Virginia, and was in Philadelphia and California for a bit, but I’m a native of Northern Virginia.

 

What makes Washington, DC a unique city?

Ah, I love DC, such a unique mix of people, and great nightlife and dining. Also, some of the world’s biggest decisions go down here too, so that definitely makes it stand out.

 

What are some misconceptions people have about the Washington, DC fashion industry?

That there is no fashion. Slowly but surely DC is becoming an awesome place to be a working creative. Fashion is getting bigger around here, so don’t sleep on it.

 

Do you have any advice for someone trying to pursue a career in photography?

Keep at it! This is a tough industry, and is easy to get caught up in it. Stay true to who you are and photograph things that are important to you. 

For more information about Jonathan Thorpe visit his website

Images courtesy of Jonathan Thorpe.


Each month we will showcase a Washingtonian who works in a fashion related industry. By doing this we hope to show off the great talent we have in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

In this inaugural post we interview Jonathan Thorpe an photographer who specializes in fashion and commercial work. If you are interested in being our next “Fashingtonian of the Month” or would like to nominate a friend email us at staff@allthingsfashiondc.com.

 

What sparked your interest in photography?

Photography, in a sense, found me. Two years ago I picked up a camera for the first time, and a month later I was published in a national magazine. (XXL) I literally never thought of myself as a photographer, and have never had any “formal” training in the field, but I’ve practiced to perfect my craft, and to gain a style that stands out.

When did you decide that photography was something you wanted to pursue as a career?

The decision was made when companies started contacting me, and I had to make the choice between what I was doing full time or to take the leap and trust my self and what I was capable of. It was definitely a scary decision, but looking back on it, I’m so lucky to being able to do this full time and make a career out of it.

 

What kind of photography do you specialize in?

Commercial and Fashion; I tend to shoot with a lot of lights, and production. I like my photos to look more cinematic than like an actual photograph. I take the time to sketch out my shoots before I do them, and really put a lot of thought into planning them.

 

Did you learn to shoot with film first, or did you go straight to digital?

I’ll occasionally shoot film, just for fun, but digital for me is the only way to do my work. Just the ease and speed of it is so necessary in my field.

How do you find your subjects?

Lots of ways, Facebook and Twitter have been awesome for me. Can I throw in a shameless twitter plug? @jthorpephoto

 

Who are your influences?

There are a few photographers that I like, David Lachapelle and Drew Gardner are probably my favorites, but honestly I’m influenced a lot by movies and just everyday life.

 

Are you a native of Washington, DC?

I’m from Virginia, and was in Philadelphia and California for a bit, but I’m a native of Northern Virginia.

 

What makes Washington, DC a unique city?

Ah, I love DC, such a unique mix of people, and great nightlife and dining. Also, some of the world’s biggest decisions go down here too, so that definitely makes it stand out.

 

What are some misconceptions people have about the Washington, DC fashion industry?

That there is no fashion. Slowly but surely DC is becoming an awesome place to be a working creative. Fashion is getting bigger around here, so don’t sleep on it.

 

Do you have any advice for someone trying to pursue a career in photography?

Keep at it! This is a tough industry, and is easy to get caught up in it. Stay true to who you are and photograph things that are important to you. 

For more information about Jonathan Thorpe visit his website

Images courtesy of Jonathan Thorpe.