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Meet Phil Limprasertwong of PHILLL

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phil Limprasertwong.

Phil, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I had always loved to draw since I was young, so growing up, my plan was to eventually go into animation so I never expected that photography would end up being my career. It was surprising for me to have completely traded up drawing for photography but I believe that photography was an evolution of everything that drawing had ever taught me. America’s Next Top Model also heavily influenced why I decided to go into fashion because I was always inspired by the creativity of the photoshoots that they did on the show.

During my first year of college, my parents surprised me with a DSLR camera, which encouraged me to enroll in a photography course and it ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. I photographed anything that caught my eye and experimented with mostly every type of photography including film, long exposure, landscape, photojournalism etc. but photographing people was always one of my favorites. I remember always doing little photoshoots with my friends every time we hung out and the more I photographed, the more my passion for it grew and I knew that this was something that I truly wanted to do.

I went on to pursue photography as a degree and graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Art with an emphasis in Photography in 2015. It was scary not knowing what my next step would be after graduating especially in the fashion industry but luckily I was able to get an internship with Irvin Rivera aka Graphicsmetropolis, an amazing celebrity and fashion photographer who I still work for as his First Assistant. It’s been an incredible 2.5 years and I’ve learned so much and couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to have been able to meet and work with so many talented individuals and celebrities.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Getting to where I am now was definitely not an easy road and there’s still so much that I need to learn but I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made and the goals that I’ve been able to accomplish. Initially, I thought that everything would be smooth sailing once I got the internship but it was far from it. There were many challenges along the way that I had to overcome.

Rejection is one of them and probably the most common in this industry. You need to learn to take rejection and move on from it, otherwise it will tear you apart. Aside from rejection, I was also faced with normal life situations like drama that caused me to lose sight of what I wanted. It was a dark time for me because I stopped photography for quite a while not knowing if I even wanted to do fashion photography anymore. You never know what life is going to throw at you and you just need to learn to adapt and go with the flow especially in this industry if you want to survive.

Fashion photography is not a career that will generate stable income unless you’re already established. You need to be willing to invest your time and keep shooting and getting better and build your reputation before the clients start to come in. It’s always going to be a work in progress but it will happen if you truly believe in it.

PHILLL – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
PHILLL or what most people like to call me, phillldotcom specializes in men’s fashion photography. The reasoning behind the triple L’s comes from the order of the “L’s” in my name: Phillip Limprasertwong. Initially, my focus for fashion photography was for both men and women but I realized that I was a lot stronger with men’s fashion. Choosing to focus on men’s fashion was the right move for me to make because I’m able to focus on one specific thing that I’m really good at. I was able to build my portfolio and reputation at a much faster rate because of it.

I’m most proud of all the magazines that I’ve been able to get published in because it definitely helps with booking clients. I’m best known for my clean edits and attention to detail, which I believe, sets me apart from many photographers in the industry. My biggest competition is myself because I’m always striving to do better than my last shoot.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My definition of success is doing what you love. As long as you’re happy in what you do, then I call that a success already! Everything else that you’re able to accomplish along the way just validates that you’re on the right path. I love what I do and it’s been an amazing journey so far and I’m excited for what’s to come! I definitely have a lot of goals in mind of where I want to go but you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

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