What made you get into photography?
I suppose it was an urge to be creative. Coming from a family of artists, photography was a natural outlet for me. My earliest photographic memories were as a kid, maybe 6 or 7, with a disposable camera. I began photographing desert race vehicles and from there, moved on to photographing people.
How would you describe your photography style?
That’s something I may not be up to do yet… I’ve never been a big fan of labels, or being put in a box. I shoot what I feel I can put the most amount of energy into, and that I feel is the most beneficial route to take for my business, as well as my creative demons. Right now, I describe myself as a lifestyle photographer.
Any photographers or artists that you looked up to that helped influence your style?
Chase Jarvis, Dean Bradshaw, Chris Rowland, Vincent Kinakle, Jason and Joanne Marino, John Schell… I could go on and on… I continue to gain inspiration from other creatives, literally on a daily basis.
Did you study photography in school or are you self-taught?
Self-taught. Though I respect formal education, as an autodidact, I’ve always found it much more efficient to study the incredible amounts of information available at no cost (sorry Education Department). One thing I firmly believe is that you don’t get better at taking pictures, by sitting at a computer or a desk. I’ve learned the most by getting out there and snapping photos.
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about starting a photography business?
Owning photography as a profession. It’s something that today, has a very blurred line between what is considered professional and what isn’t. Keeping your head out of the clouds, and staying focused on the business side of things is important for any photographer or business person.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
The creative freedom. Being able to have a vision, and materialize it into something that I can hold as a print, or share with millions online is incredibly satisfying. It’s also something that my wife, Leah and I can work on together. I’d literally forget to pee if it wasn’t for her. She helps me to stay focused for sure.
I also can’t complain about the people we get to work with or the place it takes us. It’s great being able to work with other people passionate about what they’re doing.
What project are you currently working on that you would like people to know about?
Currently, we’re working on booking unique, beautiful tattooed people. We’re pretty stoked on the incredible individuals we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the last year, and we’re even more stoked on how bright the future is looking! Also, a calendar is in the works for 2015.
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