Gail Kilker Interview

Model: Marla Meringue
Catsuit: Scarlett Bliss
MUAH: Anna DeMeo


This interview was feature in issue #8 of Sinical. Print copies can be purchased here.


Gail Kilker is a wife, mother, and wedding photographer. She also loves shooting pinup, latex fashion, and high fashion. She is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started as a photographer?

Gail Kilker: I’ve always had an interest in photography. I didn’t go to school for it but I really loved it and wanted to learn more. I was sick of normal 9-5 jobs so I bought my camera and equipment and decided to try to make a career out of it. When I found Model Mayhem a few years ago I was really drawn to fetish and alternative photography so that’s mainly what I do now.

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

Gail Kilker: Sometimes it takes up to six weeks to plan a shoot. Most of my shoots are customized so a lot of times that requires help from designers who custom make wardrobe for my shoots.

Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Gail Kilker: I use a Canon 5D MarkII, Einstein lights with a softbox or Different types and sizes of umbrellas. I have lots of different L-Series lenses and a Canon 7D as a backup camera. I also love my Sunbounce reflector if I'm shooting outside during the day. I'll be upgrading to the 5DMarkIII after I move back to CA in June. Can't wait!


Model: Marla Meringue
Catsuit: Scarlett Bliss
MUAH: Anna DeMeo


Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer continuous lighting sources or off camera flash style lighting?

Gail Kilker: Off camera for sure but I do like to play around with my lighting.

Sinical Magazine: What is your favorite lens or focal length for portraits?

Gail Kilker: My favorite lens is my fixed 85 but I do need more time and room if I'm using it. If I'm in a cramped area or shooting with my studio lights I like to use my 24-70 so I can move around more.

Sinical Magazine: What do you view as the most important aspect of a photo shoot?

Gail Kilker: Styling for sure! I have a muah at every shoot to make sure the styling matches the wardrobe. I also like finding new places to shoot. I don’t like doing plain studio backdrops. I have a list of places to shoot so I can match any concept a model wants. I’m always looking for new places.

Model: Jade Vixen
Latex: Westward Bound

Sinical Magazine: What photographers have been a source of inspiration to you?

Gail Kilker: That’s a really hard one! I would say Helmut Newton. Not that my work is anything like his. My favorite photographers right now are definitely J. Isobel De Lisle and Corwin Prescott. I could look at their work for hours!

Sinical Magazine: Do you have a preference for shooting pinup or fetish?

Gail Kilker: Definitely fetish fashion. I do like to shoot classic pinup sometimes though.

Sinical Magazine: You are moving back to Los Angeles, California in 2013. How does the city of Los Angeles inspire your work?

Gail Kilker: I’m from Orange County, California so it’s home to me. All of my friends and family are there. Also a lot of my favorite models live there so I know I’ll have a lot of great work to do.


Model: Jade Vixen

Latex: Westward Bound

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models?

Gail Kilker: I’m a stickler for punctuality!

Sinical Magazine: Who in your opinion are the top 5. alternative models, currently?

Gail Kilker: Hmmm... Mosh, Ulorin Vex, Lauren WK, Ophelia Overdose, and Rachel Dashae.

Sinical Magazine: You state on your Model Mayhem that you are a wife, mother, and a wedding photographer. How do you find time to balance everything?

Gail Kilker: I don’t! My house is a disaster!

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Gail Kilker: I like to keep all my projects quite but a lot of them include models stripping latex clothing and lingerie. I’m also working on a book someone hired me to shoot. It may take me another year or so.

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