I’ve been an amateur photographer for a few years and probably will be for a few more ’til I get the hang of this new venture. I’m always looking for inspiration and styles to learn from. One particular style I love to emulate is this vintage / washout photography that’s popular in catalogs like Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Nylon Mag and the like. Even posted a quick tutorial in my blog for Light Leaks.

So in my search for the mysterious photographer that has single-handedly branded that Heritage 1981 style, I stumbled upon the amazing work of Christopher Kilkus. I know his work mostly due to the Forever 21 (Heritage 1981) style that’s branded that Fashion Co. Without a doubt he has a fantastic eye for composition and a unique post-production style that many envy.

I visited his site and pulled a few of my favorite shots and found behind-the-scenes videos that can give you a good sense of his work. Take a quick look at the photos below and the sweet videos.

Checkout his work. Follow him on Twitter. Learn and get inspired.


Originally from San Francisco, Christopher Kilkus discovered his love of fashion and photography early in life through the influence of a successful fashion model, his mom. He pursued careers in bicycle racing and fashion model management before beginning his path to becoming a professional photographer. After starting out in San Francisco, he spent two years working throughout Asia, and 7 years in New York City, where he developed a reputation for excellent work with a great attitude. Christopher currently lives near the beach in Los Angeles, where he still manages to get in some cycling.

BCBG Max Azria, Herve Leger, Forever 21, Macy’s, GAP, Banana Republic, Wet Seal, Fox Girls, Billabong, Sony Music, Island Def Jam, Interscope Records, Vogue Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Interview Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Surface Magazine, Teen Magazine, & others.

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