"My advice to a young photographer would be to learn everything you can, work as much as possible with local models in order to come up with your unique style and practice, practice, practice."
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How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I’ve gotten to where I am today by studying everything I can about photography and lighting. I’m pretty much a photography addict. I’ve attended college and have conducted numerous TFP shoots in order to refine my skills. As far as something interesting about myself, I’m a caffeine junkie. I always play music during the photo sessions in order to get the model in the right mood and to create a relaxed atmosphere. While conducting the actual photography session, I’m basically part of the camera. I don’t like overly posed images. I prefer to have the model pose as naturally as possible and then make any small tweaks as needed. I want both myself and my model to have fun and not feel as though the shoot is a job. I feel the images come out much better this way.
What do you look for in a model?
High energy and a willingness to have fun during the photo shoot. I like to have fun during shoots and enjoy models who share or can at least deal with my sense of humor.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
I really don’t have one particular person who has been an inspiration to me. I admire the work of several photographers, both past and present, and strive to combine and emulate many of their styles into my own artistic vision.
Do you feel like you've met your goals?
I have definitely not met my goals as a photographer yet and do not consider myself to be successful. While I enjoy working with local models who are fairly new to the business, my goal is to work with local businesses in the commercial modeling industry.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely change the way I marketed myself to local businesses. I definitely would not change anything that afforded me the opportunities to work with some fantastic models, thereby, gaining valuable experience as I progressed.
Do you have any tips?
My advice to a young photographer would be to learn everything you can, work as much as possible with local models in order to come up with your unique style and practice, practice, practice. That’s the only way you’ll excel in your field of endeavor.
How do you stay inspired?
I continuously look at Pinterest as well as numerous Instagram feeds for inspiration.
What photography related things do you recommend?
Plan out your photo shoot to the smallest detail. Do not “spray and pray”, hoping to get one good shot out of a hundred. Study and master lighting. Understand your camera and its settings and learn how to use Manual Mode. That way, you have creative control over the image. Once you have your shot set up and lit correctly, take a maximum of three shots. If you’ve done your job, post-processing should be minimal.
How can people reach you for a job?
I can be reached on my Facebook page or on my website in regards to scheduling. Rates will be discussed during the initial planning stages of the shoot and depend on the complexity of the shoot.
What's your favourite camera?
I love Nikon cameras. I shot for several years with a Nikon D3S but have recently transitioned to the new Nikon D810 which I absolutely love.
What was your most interesting experience?
An interesting time working with a model. Hmmmm, there have been many on my shoots. I guess the one that stands out the most as being the funniest was while working with a model in a cemetery. I had a fellow photographer with me as an assistant. We had set up a portable tent for the model to change clothes in and while she was changing into a corset, she asked me to come inside the tent and help her with the corset. When I opened the door, she was standing there with her bosom fully exposed. I wasn’t sure what to do or say at that point so I asked her if she needed help buttoning the front. She said, “No, I can do that.” I then asked her what exactly she wanted me to do and she said, “Squeeze!” I asked, “Squeeze what?” She said, “Squeeze my bosom together so I can get the front buttoned up!!” So, I squeezed as per her request. I could hear my photographer friend outside of the tent laughing at me.
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