MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Alexander LeKingOctober 1, 2015
All Images © Alexander LeKing
When a striking black-and-white beauty shot with a retro vibe and a polished feel graced the cover of Rangefinder Magazine last December, we felt compelled to unearth more about the photographer, Alexander LeKing. He had just won a spot in the WPPI Second Half Members Only Competition in Beauty/Boudoir and we were very taken with his shooting style.
Born and raised in China, LeKing says he was introduced to photography at the age of 21 after buying an entry level DSLR just for fun. “Surprised by the beauty of the world through my lens, I soon switched to a more professional camera body and immersed myself in a self-taught photography career.”
Having been a photographer for just five years now, and a WPPI member since 2014, LeKing learned from the pros by reading other photographers’ blogs and watching their videos. He sent his work to hundreds of magazine and eventually it paid off—he’s since been published in Vogue, PINK Revista, 2BE and many, many more (his work has been published in international magazines 68 times).
“Shooting fashion and beauty gives me the opportunity to collaborate with a team of people, world brands, celebrities and modeling agencies.” LeKing says he gradually opened his path from fashion into the wedding and portrait industry and has won WPPI awards multiple times (see below).
2014 WPPI First Half Competition: Engagement, 1st Place
2014 WPPI First Half Competition: Fashion, 1st Place
2014 WPPI First Half Competition: Fashion, 2nd Place
2014 WPPI Second Half Competition: Beauty, 3rd Place
2014 LSM Award: Nominee for Best Editorial Photographer
2014 WPPI Competition: 34 Silver Awards
2015 WPPI Competition: 7 Gold Awards
2015 WPPI First Half Competition: High School Senior, 1st Place
2015 WPPI First Half Competition: High School Senior, 2nd Place
2015 WPPI First Half Competition: Beauty, 3rd Place
2015 WPPI First Half Competition: 5 Silver Distinction Award
2015 WPPI First Half Competition: 29 Silver Award