Interview with NY-Based Photographer "Cory Vanderploeg"

New York


November 2017

Cory Vanderploeg, has established himself as one of the most sought after photographers throughout North America; having added a multitude of high-end clients, such as Vogue, Thom Browne, TIME magazine, Human Rights Watch, 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.



Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?

Cory: I wake up on the weekdays at 7:30am, go to the gym, or do emails until 10am. Then from 10-6 roughly I’m on set shooting or working on photos. The day is always hectic and no day is the same, but I am locked in, in work mode for 8 hours MINIMUM. After 6 the rest of the evening is spent retouching or planning for next shoot. If I don’t go to bed exhausted and completely spent then I feel like I wasted the day.

Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?

Cory: I am working with Platon right now on a bunch of cool projects. Like a documentary from our trip to the Congo, a commercial for Washington Speakers Bureau, short films of leaders for his foundation ‘The People’s Portfolio.” I am also doing videos with Vogue and Tabula Rasa.  In-between all of that, I shoot pictures.

Daily News: What was the inspiration for your career route?

Cory: Films. Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. All I want to do is tell stories in an aesthetically pleasing way – the way they did it was masterful and I look to them constantly for inspiration.

Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?

Cory: My job is simply problem solving and troubleshooting and that is my favorite and least favorite part of my career.

Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?

Cory: If I didn’t have my beautiful, vegan, yogi girlfriend Erica in my life, I wouldn’t exercise or eat healthy. She taught me that once you do those things regularly that’s what your body craves. Erica rules.


Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Cory: I have achievements and accolades but I don’t have one singular achievement that I think is the greatest.

Daily News: Where do you see yourself in 5?

Cory: On a yacht with brown booze in my hand laughing about the last five years.

Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

Cory: Repetition, repetition, repetition. That is the only way to become great at a craft. Whatever you are doing – do it more, and submerge your life into it.


Daily News: Where is your favourite place to dine in your city and why?

Cory: Mexican Radio, amazing Mexican. The Butchers Daughter, great day time spot, amazing food.  169 Bar, you have to go to know why.

Daily News: What’s your most treasured possession?

Cory: Camera and laptop.

Daily News: Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?

Cory: @coryphoto


Daily News: What’s your favourite city or country to visit and why?

Cory: Probably Toronto because I have family and friends there.

Daily News: What is your greatest fear?

Cory: I’m not really afraid of anything… so, cholesterol?

Daily News: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

Cory: Smoking inside.

Daily News: And lastly, what does success look like to you?

Cory: Being able to put food on the table and shooting pictures, and smoking inside.