Get to Know Team MR: Photographer and Creative Asset Manager Krista

  • HI! Here I am in a typical shoot-day 'fit. I'm wearing a Burberry vintage trench coat, Uniqlo x Lemaire poloLevi's vintage jeans, and Dries Van Noten shoes.
  • Wear sunscreen, kids!
  • My real life doll, Elizabeth, has done some pretty gross things for me, including putting room temperature spaghetti in her mouth.
  • Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! This was the first shoot where I really got our studio set up working smoothly. I think of this shoot as a the turning point for MR photos.
  • This picture was heavily inspired by the work of Irving Penn and Andy Warhol, all to insinuate a confused relationship with food. I love anything and everything with a Surrealist bend. What fun!
  • Photographing Maryam Nassir Zadeh was one of those surreal moments of realizing that you're doing what you love. I shot this story two days before my college graduation, and it's still one of my favorites.  (And Maryam loved them so much she asked me to shoot her again for Vogue !!)
  • Modeling for Elizabeth and Emily helps with directing others in front of the camera tremendously. The best way to know how someone will respond to direction is by being directed by someone else. I get ASMR tingles when the photographer is particularly calming, and take those moments and try to replicate them for whoever's in front of me. I'm happiest when the subject loves their portraits.
  • The first collage I ever made for Man Repeller! From when I was an intern! It took me SO LONG. I surprised Charlotte with it after having overheard that she and the team were stumped about how to make this dry cleaner look spiffy.
  • So much of my job is playing around with things like they're puzzle pieces. This is from the time Amelia tried to become a morning person. I don't think she succeeded.
  • Honey, smile! JK. Do whatever you want with your mouth.
  • Every once in a while everything clicks, and Leandra and I take pictures that feel like they should be Céline ads. But Céline ads with party hats.
  • Amelia styled by Leandra for a cool friend's wedding was the first shoot Amelia really seemed at ease in front of the camera. I felt like a proud momma seeing her kid walking off to the first day of pre-school.
  • I once managed to convince Amelia I needed to bleach my hair back to my childhood roots (and write about it). Now that my technically-real roots are showing, I'm itching to get that bleach burning again.
  • One of my favorite discoveries that came about from a shoot was Flo! Her music is a dream. It's the perfect spring soundtrack.
  • One of my best slideshows to date: Men Leaning in Throughout History. Here's Lyndon B Johnson really "LYNing in."
  • My favorite time of the season is showing you how weird I look when I get to work. Here's my fav monochrome look from winter.
  • It's always a treat to photograph Laura, our very own Jane Birkin.
  • Times like these are when I love to send selfies to my friends about how fun my job is. Masking while emailing at the office all in the name of the Rubber Mask shot is my idea of a great day at work.
  • I can't stop using these Carel shoes as props, so I figured they'd be a perfect part of a breakup guide.
The Writers | March 22, 2016

After you get to know Krista, meet our Graphic Designer, Emily Zirimis, our Digital Director, Kate Barnett, our Managing Editor, Elizabeth Tamkin, our Audio Engineer, Quazzy and the woman who founded this website, Leandra.

In honor of career month at Man Repeller, we’re profiling the team so that you can get a better sense of who does what, how this place runs and who’s capturing all of the photos so that they don’t take off in the middle of the night like cats who’ve been waiting to get out this whole time. What a segue! Meet Krista Anna Lewis, our photographer and Creative Asset Manager who has a dedicated Instagram to her feline, Bill Furray.

Hi Krista! So you’re the MR photographer, which sounds self explanatory, but your’e also the Creative Asset Manager. What do you actually do?

I get to help form and refine the visual identity of Man Repeller! Sometimes this means editing other’s visual contributions, but once a week it’s planning and pitching ideas for each story a few weeks before it goes live. The rest of the time, I’m executing these ideas, usually through photography, but sometimes in creating fun slideshows or helping Emily out with a collage.

Where were you before this?

School! Barnard College. And I interned at Man Repeller my junior year summer through to graduation. My internship before that was at Garance Doré where I helped out wherever I was needed and learned how to take the subway with my eyes closed.

What did you go to school for?

Art History with a Concentration in Visual Arts, which means I did fine arts for my thesis (I made a photo book!) and learned as much about 20th Century Art as I could stuff into my brain.

How did you find/get started at Man Repeller?

Good ol’ Charlotte Fassler was my freshman year astronomy lab partner. She knew I had been reading the blog since high school when she started interning with Leandra before she graduated. A couple of years later she asked if I’d want to intern for her, and the rest is MR history.

Favorite part of your job?

Learning how to make strangers feel at ease in front of the camera and getting to relearn and relearn this each time I meet someone new. Everyone we feature is so fascinating and intelligent and wonderful to talk to. Part of my job is befriending interesting people, and I feel so lucky each time I meet someone new.

Least favorite part of your job?

Having to make great slideshows under a time crunch. It’s stressful to take something you’d normally do over the span of a few hours meandering online and compress it into as little time as possible.

What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?

Looking back, it’s most surprising that everything seems like a natural progression. I interned all throughout school and made each job a chance to figure out what I could see myself doing. But at the time, I felt like I was jumping around and just trying to watch people whose work I admired and had NO idea how I could turn my interests into a paycheck.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fashion and art photographer. Maybe even a creative director or furniture designer or anything else that involves making a beautiful little world. I want to make photo books! I want to make photographs that mean something to me (emotionally, politically, or aesthetically) that someone random can look at and see a sliver of what I hoped they would get from it.

What’s one piece of advice for someone who wants a job like yours?

It feels like everyone else is trying to be a photographer these days (admittedly, I’m a little biased) so work hard, but don’t tire yourself out. Once you figure out what you’re interested in photographing, don’t stop. Keep making work even if you think it’s shit. Don’t ever destroy your negatives; you could end up loving them in a year (or 10). Having a hard day? Try again the next time. Make sure there’s a next time. Use your self-criticism as a push to try new things, to be better at them. Give yourself time between taking photos and editing them. Most of the time, as little as a day is enough to give you a clearer mind.

What’s your advice to someone who has no clue what they want to do?

What’s the first thing you want to do when you have a day off? Ok, after sleeping in? Find a way to make whatever it is into a job, which might mean assisting, interning, reading about other’s career paths in a related field or making things on your own while you work a job that doesn’t feel like a condom-fit glove. It’s not going to be instantaneous, but it will keep your brain moving. Eventually, you’ll figure it out.

Anything else?

Take time to take care of yourself. Your mental and physical health is top priority (and if you need to make an argument to a boss, health is central to being a productive and innovative employee). This will look different for everyone, but figure it out as soon as possible. No one gains from overworking yourself to impossible lengths.

Tell me one weird thing about yourself.

My stripper name would be Beau The Strand.

Photographed by Amelia Diamond (!!!).

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  • https://thecactusmag.wordpress.com/ Terri C

    First off, I love Krista’s photographs! Her advice about making sure there’s a next time and using self-criticism as a way to move forward is key, I love it. I’m not a photographer but as a little fledgling writer I think it’s really positive advice 🙂

    Terri x

    https://thecactusmag.wordpress.com/

    • http://www.thevisionarymeetsthecreator.com Whithevisionair

      I totally agree. I think her advice is spot on! As a writer sometimes I question whether my work is good enough or even relevant. But writing another phrase, sentence or even paragraph when my self criticism pushes me to do everything else but that is definitely new to me. I guess it’s more like seeing your passions and interests like a committed relationship. You’re both stuck to each other like glue, for better or for worse.

  • Amelia Diamond

    LET’S HEAR IT FOR KRISTA HAY KRISTA

    • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

      I love her so much it hurts! Hay!

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  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    Funny, but I am sure I would feel at ease while being photographed by you … you look like someone who can perform this kind of magic 🙂

    (To put things into perspective: I actually don’t get photographed much, never did, and if I do, I tend to make strange faces showing my doubts and pouts – not in a good way.)

    I have also learnt to simply say “I cannot do the job you need me for because I don’t want to work this weekend” in a nice way and then simply do it. By now, everyone should know only a sufficiently relaxed translator is a good translator 🙂 It works!

  • Carmen

    I’d love to hear your advice for becoming comfortable in front of a camera. I abhor playing up to a camera, for which reason I avoid pictures like the plague. But there are so few pictures of me out there; my (future hypothetical) children will have no idea what I once looked like.

    • Amelia Diamond

      She’s a master at it. She just makes you laugh!

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      Amelia’s right! Laugh! Don’t pose, just wiggle around to get all of the nerves out and then don’t stand still after that. The best pics come when you’re not thinking about the camera, but instead interacting with the person behind it.

  • Lebanese Blonde

    Wore that same top/jeans combo to work yesterday! Except with heeled boots and a blue suede jacket. Lemaire is the best.

    Also, go Krista! Inspiring me to dust off my high school dark-room negatives.

  • http://www.fracturedaesthetic.com/ Natalie Geisel

    Next to Eliza’s job THIS is my dream job

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      THAT’S what’s up.

  • Kirsten

    Beautiful to read your descriptions of each of the photos in the slideshow. Love your work!

  • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

    Hey Krista!! You forgot to mention one vital component of your dream career/life which is living with me in a lil adobe style house in L.A. with lots of natural light and succulents and iced coffee! xo

    • Leandra Medine

      East coast (I) need her. sry!

      • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

        fine, fine !

    • http://www.ellaetcetera.com/ Ella

      hi hi, crashing in on this roomie situation xx

      • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

        Pls do Ella!!!

  • Allie Fasanella

    KRISTA !! loving the sheer sweater/trench.

    i love hearing about the different connections and how you guys got your start. also i was doing some mild stalking of u and i want to buy your book?! please hmu if i can do that!

    also your slideshows are awesome!

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      OMG UM YES. DM me!!!

  • Leandra Medine

    …Amelia shot these photos!?

    • Amelia Diamond

      yes! suck it

  • Yvonne Dunlevie

    I am just gonna leave this right here [praise hands emoji]

  • Harling Ross

    Krista, YOU give me ASMR tingles.

  • Living Paula Blog

    It was great getting to know her!

    Paula- http://www.livingpaula.com

  • http://www.amoniclaire.com Amoni Liddell

    The bleached blonde crop! So babein!

  • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

    KRISTA u r too cool and your photos of Maryam for vogue are refreshing. HI!

  • http://yeyechic.com/ Elena Dumitriu

    Dear Krista, can you tell me what version of Photoshop do you use for your collages? They are simply amazing, always so funny <3

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      It’s CC 2014. Nothing special, it’s all about the lasso tool and knowing your layers 😉

      • http://yeyechic.com/ Elena Dumitriu

        Thank you, it was so kind of you to answer! <3

  • sam

    I loved this article, and your work is brilliant Krista. #Realtalk though – I just bought a vintage Burberry trench nearly exactly the same… how about styling that bad boy up with some different combos for some rad photos / styling inspiration

  • http://www.goldlilia.blogspot.com/ goldlilia

    I am looking for my very first internship, and this article was very helpful for me. Thanks a lot.
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