Meet the photographer.
My name is Christina Zimmerman and I am a 25 year old professional photographer based out of Southern California. I currently live in Murrieta, but I commute to Los Angeles for most of my photoshoots and I plan on moving back to Los Angeles soon as we transition out of the pandemic.
With an emphasis on fashion and portrait photography, I am passionate about working with models and influencers who want to get published and elevate their portfolio and booking potential. My work has been internationally published 60 times in a variety of reputable fashion and portrait magazines and I’ve found it to be an incredibly valuable marketing opportunity for my clients. I look forward to building lifelong relationships with models, dancers, stylists, HMUA's, brands, and people who want to change the world for the better.
My love and inspiration for photography came from my passion for people and the creative capacity that humans possess. Before I even picked up a camera, I was a student of movement and light: as a dancer since the age of four, I learned about lines and how to connect moments to tell a story in a way that both challenges and invests in human emotion. I studied vulnerability, confidence, and developed a resilient spirit and competitive mindset. I was a dance teacher and choreographer as well, and that really informed my ability to originate and communicate my ideas and give good direction. My dance background has a huge influence on my style and I often try to incorporate dance elements into my work.
Exploring movement and light through photography was very intuitive to me when I first picked up a camera and studied film and digital photo basics in high school. I saw the potential to combine my love for dance and storytelling with a whole new medium of art. The summer after my junior year of high school, I took my ambition to an academic program at Oxford University in England to study photography and filmmaking intensively for the summer. This was a really transformative experience and it gave me a new perspective of myself, my work, and the impact of imagery.
After high school, I pursued my undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. While at Pepperdine, I had the opportunity to be the Creative Director and Photographer for a start-up record label, I worked as a freelance photographer for the Malibu Surfside News, and I was a PR consultant & Photographer for the Pepperdine Institute of Entertainment, Media, and Culture. I graduated with a with a BA in Public Relations which gave me a strong marketing and social media background. Fusing all of this knowledge and experience with photography has given my craft a strategic edge and it’s provided me with the skills I need to now run my own business successfully.
I officially established Z Photography LLC in 2020 and I’m really excited to see the fruition of my vision for my business. While my focus is currently on building my fashion editorial portfolio, I look forward to eventually opening a few Peerspaces in Los Angeles, starting a high fashion & dance magazine, and doing amazing photoshoots all over the world with extraordinary people. I’d love to shoot at a runway show as well and really dive into the fashion photography world. I know I have so much to learn and so much growth ahead of me, this is only the beginning!
While I’m not running my own business, I get to travel and photograph dance competitions all over the US with a company called Dance Pixs. It’s very fulfilling to be able to use my dance background to push myself to become an exceptional dance photographer, and it means so much to be able to support the dancers by capturing those moments that I know are really meaningful to them. I’m really grateful to be able to do what I love and use my talents to spread joy and confidence.
Some of my favorite photographers to study from online are Sue Bryce, Olivia Bossert, and Susan Strippling. They have all inspired me in different ways and I would definitely recommend absorbing all of their knowledge and advice if you’re looking for some people to learn from!
Below you can view some of the publications that have been released so far, click on any cover to view the entire magazine.