Meet Kris Fulk
Born in Laguna, Philippines, Kris Fulk is a commercial photographer based in North Carolina. She immigrated to New York City when she was only 10 years old. In the fall of 2001, Kris was accepted into the fashion design program of the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Witnessing the fall of the Twin Towers during September 11, however, precipitated her enlistment into the United States Navy. She served as an aviation electrician’s mate, working on F/A 18s for four years until her honorable discharge at the age of 23. Since then she has graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College of Southern Maryland with a Studio Art/ Art History degree focused on photography and illustration, and pursues her love for fashion and art through her camera.
CCE: What led you down the path of creative entrepreneurship?
KF: I have always been a creative entrepreneur as far back as I can remember. When I was in kindergarten, I remember drawing on masking tape with markers and selling them as stickers to my classmates, and steeping paper in tea baths after drawing on it with markers to make “stationary”. It’s the most natural thing in the world for me to be on this path as a visual creator and businesswoman.
CCE: What does being a creative mean to you?
KF: To me, a “creative” is someone who produces original content, especially pertaining to artistic work.
CCE: What excites you most about being a commercial photographer?
KF: I like that commercial photography lets me use my eye and art background to create content in order to help other people’s businesses. It’s also problem-solving what they need, whether for their headshots or producing images for their marketing or advertising, and how to best interpret that need visually so that it’s effective and reaches their target demographic.
CCE: What’s the best piece of advice someone ever gave you about business?
KF: A great piece of advice I was given is to be comfortable with silence during meetings or negotiations. This helps me really listen to the clients/potential clients and understand or flesh out what they are trying to say.
CCE: What’s your favorite thing about the creative community in the triad?
KF: I love that it’s such an active community! Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely road, but I don’t feel alone when places like the CCE and Momentum exist.
CCE: What can we find you doing when you’re not at a photoshoot with your camera in hand?
KF: When I’m not actively shooting, you’ll see me on my computer. So much of my work gets done on my iMac and Macbook Pro, whether I’m retouching or finishing a set of images for a client, emailing, getting my own marketing done or reaching out to leads and potential clients.