Caitlin Bellah grew up in San Francisco, and at the age of 16 she started shooting with her first point and shoot camera: “- My friends were always willing to pose for me. They would dress up in crazy outfits and go to abandoned buildings and homes and explore. It was a really fun time in life. There was no pressure for there to be good makeup, hair, wardrobe or an agency represented model. It was just about the love of the photograph.”
Now she’s 22 and currently living and working in Los Angeles, having shot for publications such as Peppermint, Teen Vogue, Chaos, Dujour and many more. She mentions movies and the works of other photographers as main sources of inspiration, and elaborates: “- I am inspired by Terrence Malick for his slow, emotional, films like Days of Heaven and The New World, Sofia Coppola for her colorful, dreamy, pop films such as Marie Antoinette and The Virgin Suicides, and Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood and it’s raw intensity and colors. I also love Annie Liebovitz for her always perfect yet emotional photographs, and Mert & Marcus for their originality. Whenever I plan a shoot I am probably watching one of those films and looking at photographs from one of those photographers.”
Caitlin has had a hectic but great start of the new year, with about 5 shoots planned this month for different publications: “- I’m really excited about the future!”
Here’s some of her work:
Check out her portfolio here.