Contributor Spotlight

A Contributor Spotlight on photographer Saryn Christina

Get to know our contributors better with our Contributor Spotlights. Saryn Christina is a long-time contributor to Auxiliary Magazine shooting beauty and fashion editorials along with artist and band features. She is a beauty and fashion photographer based in Los Angeles with a focus on creative beauty portraiture. She is a full time photographer, shooting in house for Nordstrom Rack, and freelancing on the side. There is a special place in her heart for all animals, but is especially for Pit Bulls and Mastiffs. Her home is over run with rescues of all kinds.

What creative projects are you up to currently? What do you do that you want to tell our readers about?
Currently I’m exploring remote photography using my iPad, DSLR, and video chat with the model. I’m also exploring shooting product at home, but feel I need to get some more interesting backgrounds and props for my sets. I’m passionate about beauty photography, so I want to shoot more beauty and skin care products, and am pulling together more mood boards to get shooting once we are out of quarantine.

What is some of your experience? Schooling? Past jobs? Past projects?
I started learning film photography in high school, loved the process of printing and shooting black and white. I attended community college for a bit majoring in photography, but left to pursue work. From there is hot on the side and tried to push my skills on anyone who would hire me. I freelanced for a while, and have been shooting for Nordstrom’s Hautelook and Nordstrom Rack studios for the last 7 years. I’ve returned to school as of last year, finally going after my Bachelors of Photography.

What are some of your passions?
I am passionate about beauty photography, as I said before. Other things I am passionate about are LGBTQ rights and pit bulls, though, really all animals. I wish I could rescue them all. I love motorcycles and have been riding for close to 15 years. I love Cafe bikes, though my current bike is a Yamaha sports bike.

How are you spending your time during social distancing?
I am spending my days between my parents and home with my wife and our fur babies Unfortunately my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer in November 2019, so since I’ve been furloughed for 6 weeks I’ve spent most of my time with my mom. We go on road trips when she’s feeling better, but for the most part we just hang out around the house. I’ve also been doing schoolwork, joining in on Zoom calls with other photographers, and experimenting with new avenues of photography. I’m very thankful for all of the time I have with my mom.

What is one thing that’s keeping you in a good mindset or you’d recommend right now? An album, show, book, hobby, self care ritual?
To stay in a good mindset, I have been spending time in my back yard doing yoga, reading or video chatting with friends, just enjoying being outside and the peace and quiet.

Read content by Saryn and check out her work in the new Spring 2020 Issue.

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