Cory Vanderploeg, resident artist at Hermann & Audrey, has established himself as one of the most sought after photographers throughout North America; having added a multitude of high-end clients, such as The Coveteur, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Veuve Clicquot, and many more to his roster in recent years. His experience in the film industry inspired his passion to create works of art that combine photography, motion and interactive design. Cory is an award winning photographer and has been published nationally for his photography and motion work predominantly in the fashion world.
DNP: What does a typical day look like for you?
Cory: A typical day for me is waking up, heading to the studio to either work on post production or to shoot. I spend most of my days in my Toronto studio with my Hermann & Audrey crew.
DNP: What projects have you recently been working on?
Cory: I like to keep busy so I always have different projects on the go. Editorials for YYZ magazine, iMute Magazine, 708 Magazine – as well as projects for Daily News Project, and a fashion film house exhibit.
DNP: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Cory: The most challenging thing to me I think is satisfying myself with the images I create. I always want to be better – I’m never happy with my images and I’m always thinking about what I can do to make them better. That’s also the most exciting thing about shooting.
DNP: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Cory: I don’t think I do – my work is my life, and my life is my work. All I want to do all day everyday is take photographs and develop my style.
DNP: What’s your go-to spot for a drink in the city?
Cory: Wide Open – a hole in the wall with cold beer.
DNP: What does success look like to you?
Cory: Being fulfilled. If you truly love what your doing and you find pleasure in your work then you’re successful.
DNP: How do you stay inspired?
Cory: I stay inspired by knowing I can always improve. After every shoot that I review I always find something that I can improve on. This makes me excited about my next shoot every time.
DNP: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
Cory: I'm a photographer and a filmmaker. If I couldn’t do this I don’t know what I would be doing. I’m in love with creating original content everyday.
DNP: What do the next 6 months look like for you?
Cory: Moving to NYC in August to work with the master Platon and take the city over.
DNP: Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
Cory: I love Europe, London or Paris. Its impossible to not be inspired by the amazing locations, the beautiful people, and the amazing fashion.
DNP: If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be?
Cory: Stanley Kubrick.
DNP: What's the most borderline illegal thing you've ever done?
Cory: Breaking and entering into an outdoor location to shoot, I do that all the time.