Caitlin Cronenberg has managed to reach the peak of her career. The artist has photographed some of the biggest names in the world (including the cover and art for Drake’s 2016 album, Views), and her art has been featured on the covers of Vogue and W Magazine. She was also able to use her talent and praise to pursue more creative endeavors, including a recent NFT short in collaboration with acclaimed Toronto horror filmmaker and her father, David Cronenberg.
But Cronenberg says it took her a while to get to the point where she could do the kind of work she was passionate about.
“At the beginning, I kind of paid my membership fee. I spent a lot of time doing things that were outside my comfort zone and not really where I saw myself, ”she explains, referring to the event photography she started with Hello Canada . “I didn’t like it, but I got a lot out of it. I have met a lot of interesting people and have had experiences that I would not necessarily have had otherwise.
Cronenberg says it was when she finally quit event photography for good that she knew she had developed enough self-confidence to pursue this career as she wanted.
“I think taking steps to only do the types of jobs you want to do is kind of like telling you that you feel confident in your ability to only take on certain types of jobs,” she says.
She started taking film stills, which she said was an “incredibly busy” field, but that’s what allowed her to do full-time photography.
Ever since she was a child, Cronenberg says she always knew she wanted to do something creative as a career and that she was influenced by a family full of creatives. In high school at Bishop Strachan School, Cronenberg remembers setting up a darkroom in his senior year.
“Basically, I just moved into the darkroom,” she said. “It made sense to me. I wanted to capture images and create art that way. And it kind of fell into place.
Cronenberg certainly made that dream come true, although she looks like she doesn’t feel like she “made it” yet. But you’d be forgiven for thinking she did, considering her credits so far: she’s photographed everyone from Megan Markle to Robert Pattinson to Jennifer Lopez, and has published two photo books. . His second, The endings, starring Keira Knightley and Julianne Moore, led to directorial credit as Cronenberg turned the book into a short film which debuted at TIFF in 2018.
She hopes to go further and direct feature films and says there are “big projects” on the horizon.