Christopher Correia (CJC Photography) is an internationally published fashion and fitness photographer. He has been featured in over three dozen publications including book and magazine covers, and photographer features. His print work includes editorials on 8 magazine covers worldwide, 5 photographer features, and 10 book covers.
Chris decided to collaborate with a few of his family members for this project. Allison is Chris’s sister, and Janessa and Ashley are their cousins. Allison, Janessa, and Ashley have each worked with Chris on solo photo shoots but this was their first group shoot together. In total they have been featured in: 16 magazines:1 cover, 3 book covers – New York Times Best Seller, USA Today Best Seller, and have 2 upcoming releases scheduled. The unique twist about this is that they’re all related!
You’ve each done solo photo shoots, what was it like working together in a group?
Nessa: Working with family members guarantees a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We’re not afraid to be a little quirky and laugh at ourselves, which we certainly did during this shoot. At the same time, we know when we need to be serious. Also, I know these people will be 100% honest with me if I am making a strange face or my hand looks awkward in a shot. I appreciate their input.
Alli: It was a lot of fun! We’re all really close and comfortable with each other so it was easy working together. We had a lot of laughs
Ashley: Working together in a group setting was fun. There was more laughter and plenty of constructive criticism.
Dream concept for a shoot?
Nessa: We’re all of Portuguese descent. It’d be awesome to shoot back in the homeland! Madeira is an absolutely gorgeous island with breathtaking landscapes, beautiful flowers and so much culture and tradition all around. Being able to capture all of that would make for an incredible shoot and my Vovo’s (grandparents) would be so proud.
Alli: I couldn’t agree more with Nessa!
Ashley: My dream concept for a shoot would be something wild and crazy. I would love to push the limits and do something completely unique.
How does it feel to see your photos in a magazine?
Nessa: I give those who fully pursue modeling a lot of credit because it is an extremely competitive industry with long hours and not many guarantees. For someone to see some potential in me is a complete honor.
Alli: In one word- surreal.
Ashley: I agree with Alli- it is surreal to see my pictures in a magazine. I am pretty humble about it, but at the same time stoked that I am living many people’s dreams.
Any unique talents?
Nessa: I’d like to say my talent is making things unique. I try to add some creativity into everything I do.
Alli: I can tap dance! Nessa can too. We danced for 10 years together when we were kids.
Ashley: My unique talent would be painting. It’s my way to separate the mind from the body. I can add my own creative twist into my artwork.
In one word how would you describe each other?
Nessa: Well no one can be described in one word but I will tell you what I love about both of them. Alli is an extremely caring person and always makes sure to ask how you’re doing and offer any advice she can to help a situation. Ash has this laidback sense to her and is up for anything, which I really appreciate and admire!
Alli: Beautiful- both of them, inside and out!
Ashley: Driven- We always make sure everything we do we accomplish with stride. Even though we had a lot of fun in this shoot, we each wanted to show our personal bests.
Who/what do you draw inspiration from while shooting?
Ashley: Honestly, sometimes I get lost in the lens which is funny to say. The less thought I put into it the more natural the shot is.
What is the most challenging aspect of modeling?
Nessa: Making a daring move and not knowing if it reads as well on camera as it looked in your head.
Alli: The most challenging aspect would be getting over your insecurities. We can be our own worst critics.
Ashley: The most challenging part of modeling would be getting past the fact although there are going to be great shots there will also be not as flattering shots. The key is never get down on yourself. You only have yourself to prove.
How would you describe your personal style?
Nessa: I love taking basics and neutral color palettes and adding a unique twist to them, like a funky shoe or necklace, to make the look my own. But, I really don’t have just one style I stick with now-a-days. I get inspired by different looks and enjoy pulling certain pieces together to create something classy but fun.
Ashley: I would say my personal style depends on my mood. Sometimes I am more daring with my outfit choices but for the most part my style is usually pretty basic with a few pop items. I’m definitely a skinny jeans & t-shirt kind of girl.
Alli- I like to be comfortable and have fun with what I wear because that’s what style is all about. Depending on how I am feeling I may dress more flirty, or more simple, but I always stay true to myself.
If you could have any costar for a shoot who would it be and why?
Alli: I like shooting with my family/friends because we have so much fun. It doesn’t feel like work.
“A Family Affair” part II is currently in the works…
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CJC Photography – @c2correia , www.facebook.com/cjcphotograpghy, www.cjc-photography.com
Alli – @atc316
Janessa – @janessa_rose
Ashley – @ash_kelly