Beach Day

‘There are no rules to good photography, only good photographs,’ is the creative mantra of Charis Kirchheimer. The now San Diego based photographer understands there is no one size fits all formula to her craft and that every situation and every subject is different. She prides herself on being able to tailor her style to whatever is on the other side of her lens in order to better capture its essence.

How did the idea for the series come about? 

Olivia is one of my good friends and one of my muses, we usually just make magic organically with little or no direction. There was no real idea, just having a beach day.

Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?

I feel the female body gets over sexualized and seen as obscene and offensive. I think we should try and break away from the taboo of the nudity and just see it for what it is a nude body and nothing else.

What inspires you and how would you define beauty? 

Anything can be inspiring to me: a cloud, a song, a simple walk around the block … It’s just about approaching everything with and open mind and curiosity. Beauty can’t be define I feel, beauty is in everything … and at the end it’s how we perceive it, as they say: ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’

Film or digital?

I personally shoot with both; I like the instant gratification I get when I shoot digital and with film I like the surprise element of what you’ll get once you develop it.

What makes you happy and what’s next for you?

Photographing, travel, family, and food! I’m not sure what is next for me as I like living my life in the present, always looking for new adventures; thinking Thailand!