Portrait of Kris SaelenI was born on December 7, 1970. Exactly 29 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, HI in the 2nd Word War. An historical event that would become quite important to my career as photographer.

I love to travel and I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii on my birthday to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 2001, I made that dream come true. While preparing for that trip, it seemed obvious that I would want to make pictures off that trip. A good friend let me borough his Olympus E-10 and got me started.

One thing led to another, and not long after the trip to Hawaii, I bought myself my own DSLR: a Canon EOS 10D. I have an engineering background and started with computers at a very young age, so I had no problem with the digital side of the DSLR. And I was no stranger to Photoshop. To be honest: if it wasn’t for the digital revolution, I wouldn’t be a photographer right now.

I am very passionate about photography. But it’s just a hobby and that means that I don’t do it if it ain’t fun. I don’t work on assignment; it is strictly for fun. Even though it is just a hobby, I keep pushing myself to get better at it. Photography has become an integral part of my life. I’ve come to integrate it with the things I like to do the most: travel, listen to music, cook. I am and always will remain a proud Canon shooter.

I rarely leave the house without a camera. And I will always pack my gear when I travel. I love to shoot cityscapes, architecture and the occasional nature thingy.

Bruce Springsteen‘s music plays an important role in my life. His music is probably just as important to me as photography is. I became a Springsteen fan in 1984 when he released the Born in the U.S.A. album. I saw my 1st Springsteen concert on April 23, 1993 and have since then seen over 40 shows in 10 countries.

And it’s not just Springsteen’s music I listen too. I listen to all kinds of music: I have a collection of over 3000 albums and I see about 20 concerts a year. And I don’t mind traveling to go see a concert. Actually it is the perfect excuse for a city trip. Life is just better with Music. Occasionally, I take my camera along and shoot on assignment for FrontView Magazine.

I like to cook. I am not afraid to spend a day in the kitchen to prepare dinner for myself and my friends. Nothing beats an evening with friends, sharing good food and couple of drinks. And I try to put some attention to the food I get on a plate: good produce, homemade as much as possible and nice presentation. And if it all works out, I try to make a pretty picture off of it.

Self Portrait with Shannety in LatexBut in the end, photos seem to appeal the most to an audiences if they had people in them. I started shoting portrait and fashion years ago. I actually met some pretty amazing people, who I consider to be my best friends, that way. With their help and support, I ventured of into latex and fetish glamor photography. And that is where my heart has been for quite some time. I love the shine and reflective qualities of the latex and the way it accentuates the beautiful curves of my models. The bulk of my work these days is latex glamor photography. As a model you will have a better chance at collaborating with me if you want to work with me on one of these projects.

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