We had the good fortune of connecting with Cassidy Andryana Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cassidy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Photography saved my life in a sense that it helped me escape my reality. It let me explore different avenues of photography and helped bring my imagination to life.
Photoshop helped as well to bring an artistic flair to my photo editing. It is also a form of therapy for me. Helping process each concept of the process of a Photoshoot is quite soothing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other photographers in my perception is my Photoshop capability. At the age of 5 (this was not my idea, I swear!) I was shown a computer and allowed to borrow it. It has the program we know as Photoshop. I was not this type of girl to play with barbies but LOVED technology. It sounds so stupid and cocky but in all honesty, my dad tells this story till today: he wanted me to show how to paint on Photoshop…. yes. Being a normal 5 year old, I should taken that offer, but no. Instead I went to YouTube for lessons! You are probably asking, what kind of 5 year old did that back then… well… you are reading about her! By the next week, I was cropping an image, transforming it, using the masking tool and yes… I was using the painting tool. From then on, I knew Photoshop could make my imagination my reality!
By 19, I was not waiting for New York Fashion Week to invite me, so I messaged a photographer that I had never met, and by the way, he had worked with Peter Lindbergh, a photography hero of mine, PLOT TWIST! How was I even supposed to get ahold of him!? Well, ladies and gentlemen, we call it, THE IN-TER-NET! I DM’ed him on Instagram, and told him why I should be there. That was the most nervous moment of my LIFE! I clicked send, and now it’s history! I get to go to fashion week yearly on my own recognition and don’t need others to sponsor me!
An important thing I learned along the way is one will always have an advantage over another as well as a disadvantage. Be grateful and humble to anyone you talk to, because in this industry, you never know who you are going to chat up!
My photography business allows one to differentiate imagination and reality and we bring them together! I love to do High Fashion and Surrealism as one!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I cannot go on without mentioning my mentor, Jeff Dicky, the one who invited me to New York Fashion Week and gave me a helping hand. After that, my photography career started to take form.
A known designer, Lenshina Nchami, is now a near and dear friend, has flown me to New York for her photoshoots. Washington State, where I live, is not a hop, skip and jump so this was the most meaningful thing that she could have done. Another designer, Fiori, has been opening so many doors for me as well. Without these people, I could have not done much.
My family has been my foundation ever since I started this journey. They gave me my first camera and were there for my first feature in Vogue Italia. Last but not least, I have met many photographers, models and individuals who have each made meaningful contributions to my life that I appreciate.
Model: Kateryna Tolstokorova | Walace Style Model: Aineka Carlson | Andres Pinedo Co Model: Friday Chuol EMG Models| Dress: Lenshina Nchami | Franci Jewelry | Makeup: Marcus Pacha Model: Friday Chuol EMG Models Gabriela Ramirez | Makeup: Jacquline Ochoa Model: Friday Chuol EMG Models | Makeup: Tri-Anh Nguyen | Coat: Christine Evans Art Model: Aineka Carlson | Dancer: Aaron Hilton | Hair + Makeup: Lucie Teresa | Assistant Director: Emma Yates Models: Steve Eisele & Sophia Somner | Dress & Corset: Fiori | Makeup: Chaya Beauty