Featured Photographer: Edward Sweet

"When I shoot a photo, I don't go for technical correctness, I shoot emotion, every single time."

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Edward was really open and enthusiastic when we interviewed him, and he provided us some great perspectives that we want to share with you. Please have a read, and be sure to check out his fabulous photos!

How did you get to where you are now in your career?

Tell us something interesting about you, something inspiring. Don't be shy. :)

My career started by accident, oddly enough. I was never interested in fashion, beauty and editorial work, but I ran across my 1st model and the bug bit me. It was fun to me to have wardrobe changes and hair and makeup and to create something with someone else. So, I put my face in front of every website, in every book and in front of anyone who would answer a question or even point me in the direction of more guidance. Something interesting about me, I'm completely opposite of what most people think of me. The book is a plot twist and the cover is run of the mill. I collect fountain pens, I'm a 70's rock and roll junky and I think I'm a nomad by spirit.

Something inspiring? When I shoot a photo, I don't go for technical correctness, I shoot emotion, every single time. I think that's because of how I fell in love with shooting. When I was looking at other people's work, trying to identify a style, I lucked up and found the work of Kalle Gustafsson, and I knew the minute I saw his color grading and shot framing, what i wanted my work to be. Between him,Gordon Parks my identity was set. I've found others who inspire me, like Melissa Rodwell, who I love because she's open and to the point, but when I'm in a rut or don't fell like it, those two always bring me out. I look at Kalle Gustafsson's work and always end up shaking my head and asking myself "How the hell?"

Have you taken any photography courses?

I think model education is paramount to a photographer and model. From a model's standpoint, it helps them understand what a photographer might be looking for and from a photographer's point of view, a model who knows where the light is and understands lines is a shooter's dream come true. I'm self taught, so as far as classes, I haven't physically been in one, but I learned my model education from some online courses, but my best resource has been great quality models and the gift and the curse of trial and error.

What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?

Honestly, it's me. I've learned over the years that you have to rely on you. It's wonderful to have help, but in the end, it's you whom you have to rely on, because YOU have to do whatever it is, no one else can.

Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?

I feel, like I have met some goals and have tasted some success, but driven people never never reach the pot of gold at the end. There's always something else to grab hold to and achieve. I feel like if I get to a point where I can't move forward anymore, then I will walk away. I respect photography too much to stay in it and mot continue to improve and produce. I refuse to be the guy who does it just because.

If you were to do it all over again, what would you change?

I would change my lack of confidence early on... That lack of confidence hinders your vision and the quality of people you work with. If you don't feel like you're good enough, you will work with anyone, whether they are quality or not. I would love to get a few of those shutter clicks back, but in the end, I'm good with it, because it's my path and my journey.

How do you stay inspired?

The work I see being produced keeps me up at night at the computer and planning the next shoot. One of my big inspirations is music, I may hear a song or a lyric or a beat and something pops in my head. I also, love other art mediums because we are all connected in the end. We are all artists and we all are creators.

What photography-related tips do you recommend?

The only one I subscribe to is learn and execute. Study your craft and put what you learn to use, that's the only way you improve your work and your eye.

Be vigilant and continue to learn and grow as an artist. Vigilance will help you not take it personally, when people tell you that you aren't good enough. Honesty with yourself will let you know when they are right and give you the push to keep working.

What is your most memorable moment on the job?

I guess it would be the time I was really out walking around and zoning out with my headphones on and just shooting landscapes and buildings when two women approached me and asked if I was a photographer. Turns out they needed head shots and their photographer didn't show up . So, I shot head shots and every time they had something they needed shot, I got the phone call.

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Instagram: @edwardsweet and @opticaljournalist Facebook: edwardsweetphoto Website: www.edwardsweetphotography.com Email: info@edwardsweetphotography.com Photographer: @edwardsweet MUAs @raylay2711 and @aliciasanchezmua Stylists: Self style

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