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Meet Fashion District Photographer: Vatche Karagozian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vatche Karagozian.

Vatche, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started in Film and Television, working on USC student productions as a unit stills photographer and moving on to work on feature films and Union TV shows. I made a jump to work in Retail and Wholesale eCommerce for a company that I no longer am a part of. I took the money and partnered with a coworker from that business and started a fashion studio that is located in the heart of the fashion district of DTLA.

I’ve been shooting fashion for only two years but I love the challenge and the freedom that it presents, It’s a very competitive business but I love what I do and I think there a lot of big potential business prospects for our studio just on the horizon, I’m excited to see our business grow even further.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think art in any field can be a smooth road, I think a lot of people are afraid to fail, yet the greatest painters in the world had to fail before they created that one masterpiece. I encourage failure in the process of growth, so naturally, there will always be struggles on the road to one’s success, my road still has a long way ahead and I will pursue it until death because every stop along that road is bliss.

Has there been people or an institution that has played a pivotal role in your career?
My friends have played an important role in influencing the path to pursue photography. The friendships that I have that have stayed with me over the years are some of the most important inspirations to me. When it comes to family, when you break a trust/bond, it can still be repaired, it’s a fragile thing, but it’s something to fall back on. I value friendship equally, if not more, because once you break trust in a friendship, it becomes nearly impossible to repair that and having something so fragile calls for attention in the importance of valuing it, knowing it might be lost forever.

What type of clients or projects do you look forward to most?
I just recently got hired to shoot some behind the scenes and portraits for Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s for an interview style shoot, so I’m always excited to meet someone who I grew up watching as a child and taking their picture.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?
I would have explored the arts more to find photography sooner, I know that I love art and photography and the medium of film and it’s importance of expression, I only wish I would have started right out of the gates of high school instead of seven years later. I’m glad that I am still relatively young, it will give me plenty of time to further explore photography and hopefully evolve as an artist.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 213-590-1591
  • Email:
  • Instagram: vatchephoto


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