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Chris Kilkus Photography featured in www.dphclub.com

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Here is some of my work featured in the www.dphclub.com blog.  I don’t remember putting some of these versions of the photos out there!  A couple of them I forgot how much I liked so it’s nice to be reminded….  and it’s always fun to see what other people respond to in my work 🙂

 

Photography by Christopher Kilkus

Photography by Christopher Kilkus

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September 14th, 2013 at 6:15 am

Just for fun, another recent portfolio shoot – christopher kilkus chris kilkus fashion photographer that works in santa monica

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Went out and did another little shoot for my portfolio recently… again going for the retro California sunshine look, this time with 1973 Corvette added for a little more flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 23rd, 2012 at 5:50 am

Shooting a stock image gallery for Cosmopolitan Magazine – chris kilkus photographer christopher kilkus photographer

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A while back Cosmo asked me to shoot a gallery of images they could use to illustrate men’s stories in their magazine.  It called for getting a lot of images in a day, and a few different scenarios and moods as well.  They wanted most of it to have that California vibe, so we stayed out in the sun around Santa Monica and Venice for everything.  It was a long day, but also quite fun… it always is shooting around the beach towns in SoCal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Can’t beat the California Sunshine! A recent shoot for the portfolio…

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I had a couple free days recently and I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful California sunshine to do a shoot for my portfolio.  We met up in Santa Monica to prep and from there spent the afternoon driving around in the hills above Malibu taking photos.  I was going for that backlit sun look and also wanted to try out a bit of a retro 70’s vibe. It was nice to just go out and take photos just for fun after being on so many big productions for the last 6 months…. just a simple and relaxed day really.  And I even got a bit of a tan! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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May 22nd, 2012 at 7:59 am

Wet Seal Campaign by Chris Kilkus

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Here is a Christmas campaign I shot for Wet Seal at the Paramount Studios back lot in the New York Streets section.  I know, this one is a little late….. We actually shot this back in September.  I’ve had a crazy few months, shooting almost every single day since then, and it’s taken me this long just to look through the images and add them to my website.  Enjoy them, and I’ll do my best to catch up a bit with more recent work 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 23rd, 2012 at 6:29 am

NEXT Swimwear Campaign by christopher kilkus

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We’ve had one hell of a cold, long winter this year here in North America. On top of that, I live in Houston, Texas, so this business of freezing rain in March can go die in a fire already. I enjoyed shooting moody styles outside during this extended drabness in recent months, if I’m honest. However, sunny days are coming and I couldn’t happier it because summer means outdoor swimwear projects begin, which is one of my favorite styles to shoot. However, having been so bleak for so long this winter, have yougotten yourself prepped for this most popular of fashion and glamour photography you’ll preface all of this with acknowledging that there is nothing more stereotypical than a poorly shot photo of a model in a bikini. While it’s not quite warm enough, even here in south Texas, to start taking on outdoor swim projects, I reasoned this is the perfect time to go through my checklist of things to do to prepare for the season. When the client calls on you, it’s always best to have a handful of locations already in mind that you can recommend. And since you’ll be shooting swimwear, your locations should ideally make sense with the world of bikinis and swimwear fashion pieces in general. Naturally, there are no hard and fast rules about locations for swimwear photography, necessarily, but having a varied set of options, up front, is always ideal since you sometimes don’t have tons of time to take advantage of that perfect summer weekend weather when it happens.

 

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March 22nd, 2012 at 10:34 am

Three Dots Campaign by Christopher Kilkus

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December 1st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Christopher Kilkus for Arden B.

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September 26th, 2011 at 9:49 am

Behind the Scenes on Wet Seal by christopher kilkus

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Here is a little Behind the Scenes video that Wet Seal made from our most recent shoot.

 

 

Orange County retailer Wet Seal Inc. pioneered the quick translation of Southern California’s beachy lifestyle into fashions for young women. But now it is trying to avoid drowning in the competitive teen marketplace.

The Foothill Ranch company said Wednesday that it would close 338 stores, or two-thirds of its locations, and lay off nearly 3,700 employees as the retailer tries to stave off bankruptcy and revamp its business. It will continue to operate 173 locations and its online business.”Our financial condition leaves us no other alternative than to close these stores,” Chief Executive Ed Thomas said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision to make.”

Wet Seal has suffered in recent years as parents cut back on allowances for their children and older teenagers battled Expensive leases for mall space also weighed on Wet Seal. Shopping center rivals, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale, have struggled to attract fickle young shoppers. Delia’s Inc., a competing teen chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month and is holding a going-out-of-business sale.Wet Seal may be heading for the same fate unless it can dramatically overhaul its brand and perhaps find a buyer, analysts said.

“The best chance of survival is to take the company private and in turn revitalize the company,” said Britt Beemer, founder of America’s Research Group. “At the rate they are going now, they won’t be here next year.”

The announcement of the closings follows an outpouring of anger on social media this week by workers who said they were suddenly told they were losing their jobs.

Photos of handwritten signs taped to some Wet Seal storefronts went viral online with hashtags such as #ForgetWetSeal and #BoycottWetSeal.

“It’s truly crazy. It was a big shock, especially coming so suddenly,” Bowlin said. “We all have bills and car payments and families, and our job was just taken from us.”

Wet Seal’s troubles started before the Great Recession, analysts said. The chain has wrestled for years to define its identity; it acquired other merchants and rolled out new brands, but never managed to resonate for long with fashion-conscious shoppers.

The chain’s woes were apparent in the lackluster sales at the locations that are being closed. Although they represent 66% of Wet Seal’s stores, they accounted for only the chain got its start in 1962 as a stand-alone swimwear shop in Newport Beach, originally named Lorne’s, after founder Lorne Huycke.

The name was changed a few years later, according to a company history, after the founder’s wife saw a model strutting down a runway clad in a black bathing suit and described her as looking like “a wet seal.”

The retailer rapidly expanded in the 1980s and ’90s, even adding for a time a chain selling unisex teen clothes called Limbo Lounge. The chain went public in 1990 and later acquired more than 200 Contempo Casual stores from Neiman Marcus Group.Competition for teenagers has only increased as young shoppers flock to the new generation of fast-fashion rivals that can rush items into stores only a few weeks after a trend is spotted.

In addition, consumers are no longer shopping en masse at enclosed malls, where many Wet Seal stores are located, Beemer said. “Wet Seal is part of that problem,” he said.

The company has lost more than $150 million in the last two complete fiscal years. In its third quarter that ended Nov. 1, Wet Seal reported a loss of $36 million, compared with a loss of $12.5 million a year earlier.

The turmoil in its finances has been reflected in boardroom drama. Wet Seal has had three CEOs in the last four years. In 2012, activist shareholder Clinton Group succeeded in ousting most of its board members, including the chairman.

The company also became mired in a racial bias lawsuit alleging that it fired black employees so it could hire white workers. In 2013, the retailer paid $7.5 million to settle that suit.

Now Wet Seal has to figure out a way forward — or risk becoming extinct.

Several analysts said the best path forward is to file for bankruptcy, restructure and find a buyer. Wall Street investors appear to be hoping for a sale; they drove the company’s stock to nearly 13 cents a share Wednesday from 7 cents the day before. That’s down from a trading peak of $2.75 nearly a year ago.

Last month, the company said there was “substantial doubt” it could continue operating. Last week, the retailer said it had received a default notice on $27 million in debt. The company’s creditor has given it until Jan. 12 to pay what it owes.

“The best way to get out of leases on retail stores that aren’t performing is through Chapter 11,” said Ron Friedman, a retail expert at accounting firm Marcum. “Their choices are raise more capital, get rid of all your bad stores and downsize.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 18th, 2011 at 5:13 am

Scott Chrisman films Chris Kilkus Wet Seal shoot

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My friend Scott Chrisman, a talented Director of Photography here in Los Angeles, shot a really nice behind the scenes video of a recent shoot I did with Wet Seal, check it out below.